Daytime LIs

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Daytime LIs (8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Evening LIs (4:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.)

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Daytime LIs (8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Evening LIs (4:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.)

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14001, Introductory

Motivational Interviewing with Clients who have Behavioral Addictions

Mary Crozier, EdD, Shari Sias, PhD

Research suggests that there are more similarities than differences between substance and BA. Many counselors are unaware of the specifics of BA, its relationship to substance abuse, and how to help clients. This LI will discuss the prevalence of BA in clinical populations; differentiate BA from substance addiction and describe the manifestations of BA; identify and describe MI strategies/techniques; summarize the literature that supports efficacy of MI for clients with addictions; and apply MI strategies for counseling clients who have BA.


8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14002, Advanced

Counseling Challenging Teenagers

John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD

Counseling teenagers can be immensely frustrating or splendidly gratifying. In this LI, you will sharpen your counseling skills by viewing and discussing video clips from actual counseling sessions and participating in live demonstrations. This LI is designed to add to your tool-box and deepen your understanding of specific interventions. Over 20 specific cognitive, emotional, and constructive counseling techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated. Examples include acknowledging reality, informal assessment, the affect bridge, counselor spontaneity, early interpretations, asset flooding, externalizing language, and more. Counselor countertransference and multicultural issues will be highlighted.


8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14003, Introductory

New Developments for Solution-Focused Counseling

Jeffrey Guterman, PhD, Clayton V. Martin, MS

Solution-focused counseling is a comprehensive model that emphasizes clients’ strengths, resources, and effective coping skills. This LI offers an opportunity to learn the newest developments for solution-focused counseling. First, the theory of solution-focused counseling is presented. Next, you will be introduced to the clinical stages and techniques of solution-focused counseling. Then, case examples illustrate the application of the solution-focused approach to a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicide, and psychosis. Group exercises and question-answer periods provide opportunities to learn the material.


8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14005, Introductory

How to Avoid a Malpractice Lawsuit – Or at Least Stack the Deck in Your Favor

Anne Marie "Nancy" Wheeler, JD

Did you go through a graduate counseling program to become a defendant in a malpractice suit? NO! This informative and interactive session will offer steps and techniques to help keep the practicing counselor out of court as a malpractice defendant. The presenter, one of the foremost attorneys in the United States in counselor law, will provide methods for addressing recent changes in the law related to HIPAA and HITECH privacy breaches; breaches that can lead to stringent financial penalties. Additional topics will include: legal aspects of social media and online counseling; recent changes to the ACA Code of Ethics; tips to avoid licensure board complaints; and other emerging legal and ethical issues pertinent to counseling practice.


8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14006, Introductory

Enhancing Clinical Outcomes for ADHD, Anxiety and Depression Using EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback)

Richard Soutar, PhD

By applying the findings of contemporary neuroscience to the clinical setting, neurofeedback has emerged as a valuable tool for reducing the symptoms of various disorders. This adjunctive clinical tool, recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a level one treatment for ADHD, can greatly enhance clinical outcomes in the counseling setting without the use of drugs. When integrated with the use of quantitative EEG Brainmapping, clients can be objectively assessed as well as tracked empirically for progress in terms of changes in dynamic brain function. This LI will review the science behind the technology, describe and demonstrate its implementation, and discuss how it has already begun to change the field of counseling.


8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14007, Advanced

Demonstrating Reality Therapy: An Action Centered System for Client Support, Guidance and Empowerment

Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD

This LI presents cutting edge and advanced tools for addressing difficult behaviors and for demonstrating support as counselors guide their clients in making more effective choices. Discussion of the advanced use of the WDEP system (wants, doing, evaluation, planning) of reality therapy and the incorporation of the Ericksonian principle of “Utilization” and the principles of mindfulness will illustrate the practicality of this multiculturally validated counseling method. Simulated demonstrations are the focus of this skill based, evidence-based and hands on workshop. Because of this fast moving and humor infused workshop, you will gain specific tools immediately usable for empowering clients.


8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14008, Advanced

Disaster Mental Health Essential Skills and Competencies

Jane M. Webber, PhD, J. Barry Mascari, EdD, Gerard Lawson, PhD, Karin Jordan, PhD, Tara Jungersen, PhD, Stephanie Dailey, PhD

This LI launches the ACA initiative to prepare a ready response corps of disaster mental health counselors to serve after natural disasters or incidents of violence and terrorism. The training presents five modules promoting individual and community resilience, recovery, and posttraumatic growth: a) FEMA disaster response fundamentals, b) advanced Psychological First Aid, c) traumatic exposure and trauma counseling, d) ethics and cultural competence, and e) counselor self-care in disaster response. The training will employ theory-to-practice techniques using real-world simulations. A plan for further training developed by the ACA Task Force on Crisis Response Planning and the Trauma Interest Network (TIN) will be discussed.


8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14009, Advanced

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Counseling Services: Surviving and Thriving in an Uncertain Market

Steven Kenneth Nielsen, EdD, Thomas A. Field, MEd, Michelle R. Ghoston, PhD, Stephanie Loveridge, MS, Sylvia Lantz, MEd, Debra Jefferson, Tammy O'Neill, Janice Huston

The Affordable Care Act promises to increase mental health care and substance abuse services to over 62 million Americans. This expansion of care is rooted in the principles of prevention and early intervention, but also creates challenges unprecedented in the history of the counseling profession. An expectation will soon exist for the development of comprehensive care systems, community collaboration, case management, evidence-based interventions, and measurable outcomes. This LI will inform counselor practitioners, directors, and educators with the implications of the legislation and equip participants to develop strategies for providing appropriate client services while aligning their organizations with the proposed changes.


8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Program ID #14010, Introductory

Lifehacking: Tech Tools for the Modern Counselor

Marty Jencius, PhD, Eric Baltrinic, MA

Lifehacking is one’s use of technology to streamline the multiple demands placed upon them with the intent of freeing time for themselves. Developing a better understanding of new technology tools is essential for the educator and counselor in today’s practice. Types of new tools (microblogs, blogs, social networks, cloud sharing, lifehacks, and RSS readers) will be explored and its applications in the field of counseling and counselor education. Receive hands-on opportunity to join and practice a variety of new tech tools during this LI. Ethical considerations of use in counseling will be infused throughout. Access to a dedicated website and a private shared folders of resources will be provided.

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Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

Professional / regular
Day: $170
Evening: $125

New Professional / student / retiree
Day: $125
Evening: $100

Non-member Attendee
Day: $230
Evening: $185

Non-member student
Day: $185
Evening: $160