Multicultural and International Issues

Multicultural and International Issues



Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AMCD Session
Program ID #403, Poster Area 3
Sex-Role Egalitarian Attitudes of African Americans: Implications for Mental Health Counseling Needs
30-Minute Poster Session
Kimberly Frazier 
A mixed-methods study was conducted to explore the gender role experiences of African Americans. Results revealed an apprehension to display vulnerability and to adhere to gender role familial and societal messages that encompass iconic strength, the ability to overcome obstacles, and meeting traditional gender role standards. The purpose of this poster will be to provide in-depth information regarding the multidimensional exploration of African-American gender role experiences that revealed the intersectionality of gender and psychological health.


Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #405, Poster Area 5
Playing the Race Card: An Exploration of Facilitative and Detrimental Dialogical Practices in Conversations About Diversity

30-Minute Poster Session
Stella B. Kerl-McClain 
What is meant by “playing the race card” and what purpose does it serve? What is the goal and purpose of conversations and dialogues about race, and does this vary depending on the participant and context? The power of language, awareness of goals, and knowledge of facilitative and detrimental dialogical processes related to conversations about race and difference will be explored in this poster.


Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #409, Poster Area 9
Ethnic Identity Development and Ability To Recognize Racial Microaggressions

30-Minute Poster Session
Malik Raheem 
In the quantitative study, the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and awareness of racial microaggressions with counselor educators was studied. Supervisors are responsible to assist counselors or counselors-in-training to be competent in providing therapeutic services to clients and to ensure that their supervisees are multiculturally competent counselors. The relationship of supervisors’ racial/ethnic identity development status and supervisors’ competence and comfort to address multiculturally competent issues in supervision, as well as their ability to recognize racial/ethnic microaggressions within the supervision session, was measured.


Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #412, Poster Area 12
Academic Resilience in African-American and Latino Adolescents: A Study of Emotional Intelligence, Discrimination, and GPA

30-Minute Poster Session
Nick Abel 
The goal of academic resilience research is to identify factors that contribute to academic success among groups of students generally thought to be at risk, including African-American and Latino adolescents. This poster will provide an overview of literature related to academic resilience, as well as the results of a recent study that investigated the relationships between academic achievement (high school GPA), perceptions of discrimination, emotional intelligence, and gender in a sample (n = 79) of African-American and Latino high school students in the upper Midwest. The presenters will discuss implications for counselors (including strategies for reducing discrimination in schools) and recommendations for future research.


Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #413, Poster Area 13
Utilizing Native American Spiritual Concepts in Adolescent Counseling

30-Minute Poster Session
Imre Emeric Csaszar, Jennifer Curry, Christopher T. Belser 
This poster highlights Native American spiritual concepts (i.e., Medicine Wheel, story telling, Medicine Bag) that may be useful for assisting adolescent clients in developing holistic wellness, coping mechanisms, problem solving, personal balance, and emotional self-regulation. The use of these techniques has historical significance with Native cultures but also has been used extensively in outdoor and adventure therapies. Research on the efficacy of these techniques, criteria for using Native spiritual concepts in counseling, and descriptions of techniques will be provided.


Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CSI Session
Program ID #416, Poster Area 16
Instilling Excellence in Counseling Students Living Abroad Through International Community Engagement

30-Minute Poster Session
Jennifer Cliff, Shauna Ianson, Alexia DeLeon, Brandon J. Wilde 
Engaging chapter members globally is a focus of the Alpha Sigma Chi Chapter at Adams State University. Our chapter's unique efforts to engage counselors-in-training residing internationally have presented challenging, but exciting opportunities to support community engagement beyond the scope of traditional chapter activities. Using technology to inclusively engage counseling students living across the continental US and abroad demands a dynamic approach to building professional counseling competency while fostering multicultural awareness among all students.


Friday, March 28
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Program ID #425, Poster Area 9
The Asian Values Scale-Revised: Are We Measuring Asian Values, or Something Else?

30-Minute Poster Session
John Gruenewald, Jeannie Eamnarangkool 
Examining Asian values is essential for clinicians and researchers working with Asian populations. This study examined the Asian Values Scale–Revised (AVS-R; Kim et al., 1999) and its ability to measure Asian values with Japanese and Japanese-American cultural groups and to compare them to European Americans. Data were collected from different communities and areas in both the United States and Japan. The three cultural groups completed the values scale. The results of the study suggest that the AVS-R may not be effective at measuring Asian values specific to Japanese individuals. Implications for future study and clinical practice will be presented.


Friday, March 28
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Program ID #426, Poster Area 10
Attachment Style and Academic Achievement: How Will Students of Color Rise Above the Achievement Gap?

30-Minute Poster Session
Latori S. Griffin 
This poster investigates the distinct relationship between attachment styles, focusing on nutrient-rich relationships, and academic achievement in African-American students. There is specific focus on how these nutrient-rich relationships will impact the achievement gap, thus increasing academic achievement in African-American students.


Friday, March 28
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

CSI Session
Program ID #432, Poster Area 16
School Counselors as Community Asset Mappers: Building Bridges Between Hispanic/Latino Parents and Schools

30-Minute Poster Session
Stacey Diaz, Miriam Bernard, Kenyae L. Reese 
School counselors are charged with developing effective school-community networks. However, there is a divide in some Hispanic/Latino communities where collaborating is jeopardized by language, cultural differences. Thus, finding new ways to increase participation and communication between schools and this community is imperative. Community asset mapping is a strategy for how school counselors can partner with parents to identify existing resources to meet students' needs. This poster will illustrate an approach for developing community asset maps.


Friday, March 28
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

ARCA Session
Program ID #435, Poster Area 3
Multidimensional Assessment of College Women’s Perceptions of Body Image

30-Minute Poster Session
Kathryn K. Yamamoto, Brenda Y. Cartwright 
The purpose of this study was to estimate validity and reliability of Korean-translated versions of measures that have been found to predict body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. The BIQ questionnaire - consisting of 60 items exploring body dissatisfaction, 14 items assessing dieting behaviors, and 14 items examining societal attitudes about attractiveness - was utilized with 205 college women enrolled in a summer program in a large university in South Korea. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were performed. The results of this study may be of practical benefit to enhance prevention programs and health education.


Friday, March 28
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #440, Poster Area 8
A Cross-Cultural Study of the Self-Efficacy of Counselors-in-Training

30-Minute Poster Session
Karin K. Hansing, Suhyun Suh, C. Veronica Crawford 
A counselor-in-training’s level of self-efficacy is determined by many factors. This poster will share the results of our cross-cultural study that takes a closer look at these factors and their relationship to the counselor-in-training's self-esteem level. Data collected in the U.S. and Korea will be compared. The poster will include current literature, the methodology, results, limitations, implications, and areas for future research.


Friday, March 28
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #441, Poster Area 9
Infusing Multiculturalism in Choice Therapy

30-Minute Poster Session
Nicole A. Jones 
Ethically it is our duty as counselors to provide competent services to all of our clients. Counselors must be prepared to utilize varying techniques to support the well-being of our ever-growing diverse communities and nation. Infusing multiculturalism techniques and skills with choice therapy will prepare counselors to address the varying components of the diverse clients we serve.


Friday, March 28
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

CSI Session
Program ID #447, Poster Area 15
Supporting Diversity: Empowering Emerging Leaders

30-Minute Poster Session
Marlise Lonn, Angelica Tello 
Creating an inclusive leadership environment invites participation of counselors from diverse backgrounds. This poster identifies ways to support emerging leaders from underrepresented groups. Enhancing diversity, incorporating advocacy, and strengthening voices from a variety of cultures and contexts serves to advance the profession. Specific suggestions from the literature are presented for encouraging and incorporating leadership development with a focus on new clinicians and junior faculty.


Friday, March 28
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Program ID #456, Poster Area 8
Bringing It Home: Examining the Challenges of Integrating Western Counseling into Home Countries of International Students

30-Minute Poster Session
Ihsan Ulus, Wannigar Ratanavivan 
International counseling students are faced with the challenge of incorporating their training experiences to counseling settings in their home countries. This poster explores the challenges of international students in the counseling program when returning home. The knowledge, skills, and awareness in counseling content areas such as multiculturalism may be challenged by cultural practices, beliefs, and norms that limit or alter in applicability in the home countries of each student. The presenters aim to discuss experiences and challenges faced by international students to increase communication between the presenters and attendees in the counseling profession in the United States.


Friday, March 28
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Program ID #457, Poster Area 9
Promoting Counseling Utilization in the Caribbean Region: A Multimedia Initiative

30-Minute Poster Session
Angela J. Adams 
Members of the African Diaspora in the United States and the Caribbean Region tend to underutilize Counseling services. U.S. Virgin Islanders endorse four categories of barriers that prevent access to Counseling. Practical barriers (cost, time, service availability, and care giving) are widely endorsed barriers. Other barriers included apprehension about outcomes; constraints of competing activities, physical concerns, and transportation; and stigma or fear of being vulnerable and showing emotion. These four barriers form the basis of a community-based multimedia initiative designed to promote service utilization in the Caribbean. The following overview highlights the role of Caribbean culture in designing strategies to promote service access using a multimedia campaign.


Friday, March 28
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Program ID #460, Poster Area 12
Addressing School Counselors' Attitudes, Attributions, Self-Efficacy and Beliefs Related to Poverty

30-Minute Poster Session
Jamie S. Carney, Sarah Kitchens, Lacey Ricks, Samantha Booker 
This poster focuses on the results of a study addressing school counselors’ attitudes, attributions, self-efficacy, and beliefs related to poverty. This study included practicing school counselors and school counselors-in-training. There will be specific discussion of attitudes, attributions, beliefs, and self-efficacy as it relates to school counseling. The results also will be discussed in relation to practice and training implications. This will include a consideration of programs that school counselors can implement to address educational barriers and counseling concerns in high-poverty schools. Handouts will include resources for program implementation and resources related to poverty and education.


Friday, March 28
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

AMCD Session
Program ID #472, Poster Area 8
AMCD Writers Consortium: To Write or Not To Write ...

30-Minute Poster Session
S. Kent Butler, M. Ann Shillingford, Mary Whitfield-Williams 
The Writers Consortium provides opportunities for novice and expert colleagues to collaborate on writing projects intended for publication. This poster outlines how seasoned professionals and mentees of shared research interests and writing goals are paired. We also will showcase how the writing groups are designed to meet a myriad of needs, most importantly, mentorship and the production of quality manuscripts that address relevant multicultural and social justice counseling issues. Join with a mentor who will share their wealth of knowledge germane to publishing in the counseling field as well as the prospect to learn about other important aspects of the profession.


Friday, March 28
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CSI Session
Program ID #473, Poster Area 9
The Impact of Community Violence On Children And Youth in Trinidad and Tobago

30-Minute Poster Session
Nadine Isaac 
Counselors have an integral role to play in providing mental health services to children and youth affected by exposure to community violence. In Trinidad and Tobago, there are unique historical and sociopolitical issues that impact children's lives. This poster will present the traumatic and negative effects of exposure to community violence, along with the interventions used to address them.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #504, Poster Area 4
Creative Activities To Help Counseling Students Explore Unearned Privilege

30-Minute Poster Session
Katrina Cook, Mary G. Mayorga, Suzanne D. Mudge, Tamara J. Hinojosa, Sabina R. de Vries 
When counseling students first learn about the concept of unearned privilege, often their reaction is one of denial and resistance. In order to facilitate the development of culturally competent counselors, counselor educators are challenged with the task of making this concept visible for their counseling students. But how can instructors approach such a sensitive topic in a manner that students will find non-threatening? Creative and experiential activities designed to facilitate an understanding of privilege will be shared and demonstrated. Student reactions to these activities also will be shared.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #505, Poster Area 5
Relationship Between Management of Cultural Differences and Dyadic Satisfaction Among Interracial Couples: An Empirical Study

30-Minute Poster Session
Katherine L. Richards, Mark S. Gerig 
In 2010, 10% of married couples in the United States were interracial; percentages are closer to 20% for unmarried couples. Counselors today are increasingly likely to find themselves working with interracial/intercultural couples and their families, so it is important to understand how these couples successfully manage their cultural differences and maintain optimal wellness and resiliency in the face of unique familial, societal, and cultural stressors. This poster will outline the specific challenges that interracial/intercultural couples face and will present the results of an empirical study investigating how such couples manage their cultural differences, and how their specific strategy influences levels of relationship satisfaction.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #508, Poster Area 8
Facilitating Discussions of Privilege in Counselor Education Programs: A Review

30-Minute Poster Session
Julie Bates 
Systems of privilege surround us. They are inescable, even in the counseling relationship. Power differentials are often discussed in counselor education programs, but a much more taboo discussion is the privilege (and subsequent power) that many individuals carry beyond the counselor title. Understanding the impact of White privilege, heterosexual privilege, socioeconomic status, and educational privilege is an important part of becoming a multiculturally competent and culturally sensitive practitioner. A review of the literature surrounding privilege will be presented as well as suggestions (i.e. assignments/activities) for stimulating class discussions.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #509, Poster Area 9
Perfectionism, Stress, and Levels of Burnout Among Turkish School Counselors

30-Minute Poster Session
Suleyman Akcil, Philip Gnilka 
Professional school counselors are susceptible to stress and burnout on the job. High levels of stress over extended periods of time have been linked to burnout; however, personality differences (e.g., perfectionism) have been shown to reduce or exacerbate these relationships. While previous studies have surveyed stress and burnout levels among U.S.-based school counselors, few studies have been conducted on school counselors who practice outside the U.S.. This poster examined the effects of perfectionism and stress in predicting various forms of burnout in a sample of 189 school counselors practicing in Turkey. Implications for school counselors (both in the U.S. and Turkey) and preventative interventions will be discussed.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CSI Session
Program ID #515, Poster Area 15
A Night Without A Home

30-Minute Poster Session
Ramesh Neupane 
Organizational steps and outcome data are shared about the "Night Without a Home" event, a counselor/community collaboration to raise awareness and stimulate advocacy for the homeless. Included is information about a participatory simulation experience involving counselor education students, community members and area counselors, as well as personal stories of setbacks and triumphs from those experiencing homelessness, and data on the impact of the event on attitudes of participants.


Saturday, March 29
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ARCA Session
Program ID #524, Poster Area 8
Standing Behind and Listening to Native Hawaiian Students in the Transition Process

30-Minute Poster Session
Kathryn K. Yamamoto, Rhonda S. Black 
The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to describe how culture, disability, and prospective first-generation college student status influenced the transition process and goals of five native Hawaiian students with SLD who attended a Hawaiian- focused public charter school. Findings suggest that students’ strong ties to their history and culture influenced all facets of their lives, including their decisions about the future. College was viewed as a vehicle to support family members. The lack of economic, social, and cultural capital presented a larger barrier to accessing college education than did disability. The researchers present implications for educators and adult service providers who develop culturally appropriate programs.


Saturday, March 29
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Program ID #525, Poster Area 9
Working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Clients: Implications for Practice

30-Minute Poster Session
L. Marinn Pierce, Amanda K. Sortwell 
Deaf and hard-of-hearing clients must learn to navigate between two cultures. In this poster, professional counselors will explore opportunities for increased inclusion of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the counseling process. Factors such as language, interpreting, logistics, culture, and social justice issues will be presented. Particular emphasis will be given to the limitations and challenges of current counseling models and interventions, including suggestions for overcoming these challenges when working with Deaf and hard-of-hearing clients.


Saturday, March 29
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #539, Poster Area 7
Ethnic Identity Development and Comfort and Competence of Counselor Educators in Addressing Multicultural Issues

30-Minute Poster Session
Malik Raheem 
In the quantitative study, the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and comfort and competence of addressing multicultural issues with counselor educators was studied. Supervisors are responsible to assist counselors or counselors-in-training to be competent in providing therapeutic services to clients and to ensure that their supervisees are multiculturally competent counselors.


Saturday, March 29
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #540, Poster Area 8
African-American Help-Seeking Behaviors: The Role of the Black Church

30-Minute Poster Session
Janee' R. Avent 
African Americans are disproportionately represented in a number of vulnerable populations; however, compared to majority racial and ethnic groups, African Americans are less likely to seek mental health help from counseling professionals. One alternative resource that is central within the African-American community is the Black church, which is considered a less stigmatized method of getting help in the Black community. This poster provides background information on the Black church and its influence on African-American help-seeking behaviors.


Saturday, March 29
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Program ID #557, Poster Area 9
Traumatic Grief and Loss: Lessons Learned with International Latino Families, Implications, Training, and Research

30-Minute Poster Session
Betty Cardona, Jenny Cureton 
The presenter will discuss the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies model for counseling and international training. Counselors need preparation to serve traumatized clients and manage our own vicarious trauma. Guidelines exist for culturally sensitive trauma-informed practice, training, and research. The presenters will review the guidelines, the trauma curriculum delivered to providers at the U.S.-Mexico border, and related research findings. If you work with clients who are dealing with trauma concerns, are survivors of community or other violence, and are refugees, immigrants, or otherwise international or culturally diverse, this session will provide information on culturally sensitive trauma treatment, training, and research.


Saturday, March 29
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Program ID #558, Poster Area 10
Breaking Down the Differences: Latino Men Gender Role Strain and Depression

30-Minute Poster Session
Jesse Valdez 
The experience and expression of depression for some men is unique. As such, it is inconsistently identified by those who would be able to help. Latino men in particular may be at high risk for experiencing this undiagnosed and therefore untreated masculine type of depression. The goal of the current investigation was to conduct a secondary analysis assessing if the endorsement of traditional masculine gender-role norms, trait-type anger, and outwardly expressed anger could predict depression scale scores differentially for Caucasian and Latino men. It was hypothesized that Latino men’s endorsement of these variables would significantly predict their depression scale scores. Implications for clinicians and future researchers are provided.


Saturday, March 29
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Program ID #573, Poster Area 9
Indigenous Counseling in Taiwan

30-Minute Poster Session
Pei-Chun Chen, Sandra M. Logan 
To enrich our understanding of international counseling is to enhance our understanding of the paths and the contents of indigenous counseling from other countries. This poster will provide the development and the accomplishment of indigenous counseling in Taiwan. Utilization of alternative models and approaches in cross-cultural counseling and multicultural counseling also will be discussed.

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