Spirituality and Religion

Spirituality and Religion



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
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ASERVIC Session
Program ID #430, Poster Area 14
Relating the DSM-5 to Client Spirituality: Overview and Clinical Implications

30-Minute Poster Session
Shannon Karl, Tara Jungersen 
This poster provides an overview of the DSM-5 changes as they impact spiritual issues across a myriad of counseling settings and with a diverse client population. The presenters will focus on the spiritual implications of these diagnostic changes and will cover relevant ethical concerns that may arise. Leave with an understanding of the changes in service delivery and the concomitant impact on client spirituality and religion that covers variances in belief systems and client demographics.


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

Program ID #512, Poster Area 12
Religious and Spiritual Beliefs: How Does This Affect Your Client’s Sexuality?
30-Minute Poster Session
Molli E. Bachenberg, Elizabeth S. Thraen, Amanda M. Kendrick 
The morals and ethics that occur in the five world religions have a role in a person’s sexual interest. It is essential for counselors to be knowledgeable of religious beliefs when assisting clients concerning sexuality apprehensions. There are specific religious mores that may influence what a person may feel comfortable engaging in sexually. In this presentation we review the religious beliefs regarding sex and sexuality. We discuss how religious proscriptions about people’s sexual lives can be used to enhance a person’s sexual life or may cause problems. Counselors’ competence with the beliefs of the five world religions is necessary prior to engaging in conversations on sexual topics with clients.


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.

ASERVIC Session
Program ID #561, Poster Area 13
Spiritual Awareness and Influences of Men and Women in Midlife: A Review of Literature

30-Minute Poster Session
Lisa Jackson-Cherry, Ryan D. Foster, Victoria Holmes, Shelley A. Hudson, Dominique Adkins 
Humans have a spiritual dimension by nature of being human and each person has the capacity for spirituality. Spiritual capacity gradually increases with age with regards to self-acceptance and perceptions of one’s life, particularly in mid-life stage. It consists of finding core meaning in life, which is influential for spiritual experiences and expressions as one ages and confronts various realities associated with mid-life. This progression changes the nature of meaning making from provisional, everyday meaning to larger life-meaning. This poster will present a review of literature on spiritual experiences of men and women - what it means to them and how it affects their lives and relationships in their mid-life stage of life.


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

Program ID #577, Poster Area 13
Counseling Conservative Religious Clients: A Primer for Addressing LGBT and Gender Issues

30-Minute Poster Session
Robyn Brammer 
CACREP has begun emphasizing the importance of religious-based cultures. However, many practitioners have only a cursory knowledge of various religions and little understanding of how to address sensitive topics within various religious cultures. This poster will provide the key religious texts regarding LGB practices, transgender (and eunuchs), sex outside of marriage, and perceptions on divorce. All of these issues can lead to profound anxiety for clients, and counselors should have a basic understanding of how the religious worldview impacts their thoughts and decisions.

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Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

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Day: $170
Evening: $125

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Day: $125
Evening: $100

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Day: $230
Evening: $185

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