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The Body Keeps the Score

June 24, 2015
12:30-1:30pm EST
1 CE: $29 members; $49 nonmembers

If you are looking for proven alternatives to traditional treatments—and new ways for survivors of trauma to reclaim their lives—this webinar is for you.  Join Dr. Bessel van der Kolk for a lively discussion of his 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma. Does traumatic stress rearrange the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust? Dr. Bessel van der Kolk believes it does. He also believes these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, and yoga. 

Bessel A. van der Kolk,  M.D. is an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma. He has been active as a clinician, researcher, and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. Dr. van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, including Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, Israel, and China. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic, and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Can't make the date and/or time? All ACA webinars are available to watch on demand for up to one year after purchase. Instructions will be included within your registration confirmation. Technical questions djohnson@counseling.org.

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USING THE DSM-5: Countdown to October 1, 2015

7 Weeks
6 Speakers
7 CEs

Members $119; Nonmembers $159

Remember October 1, 2014 when we thought the DSM-5 would be implemented?  Then the World Health Organization postponed implementation of the ICD-10 until October 1, 2015 triggering the same delay for the DSM-5 implementation.  Well the wait is over! The 5-axis diagnosis will be gone! We will all need to start using the DSM-5 and the ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. 

This series will provide you with all of the tools you will need to start using the DSM-5.

General Introduction/Gender Dysphoria

April 8, 2015
1-2pm EST

This presentation will review major structural, philosophical, and diagnostic changes found within the DSM-5. Participants will also learn about a new diagnostic category, Gender Dysphoria, and review criteria sets for adolescents/adults and children.

Stephanie DaileyStephanie F. Dailey, EdD, LPC, NCC, ACS, is an assistant professor of counseling at Argosy University in Washington, DC. Her clinical experience includes 15+ years of experience within community mental healthcare settings and work as a disaster mental health responder. Dr. Dailey's latest publication is lead author of the book, DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors. She is co-chair of the ACA Ethics Committee and President-elect of the Maryland Counseling Association.

Substance Abuse/Disruptive Impulse Control/Conduct Disorder

April 15, 2015
1-2pm EST

This webinar provides an overview of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders and Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders. The presenter will discuss implications for clinical practice.

Shannon KarlShannon Karl, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, CCMHC is Associate Professor with the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University. She has extensive clinical mental health experience. Dr. Karl is also a Past-Secretary of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). She is a co-author of the DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors and has presented on the topic at regional, national, and international conferences.


April 22, 2015
1-2pm EST

In this webinar, Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders will be discussed. Participants will learn about changes to the DSM-5 criteria with regards to the aforementioned disorders. Diagnostic criteria will be explored.

Victoria KressVictoria E. Kress, Ph.D./LPCC-S, NCC is the director of the clinical mental health and addictions counseling programs at Youngstown State University. She has over 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. She was the 2012 recipient of the ACA Counselor Educator Advocacy Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACA Distinguished Mentor Award. She has published nearly 100 refereed articles. Her most recent book is entitled, Treating Those with Mental Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach to Case Conceptualization and Treatment.


April 29, 2015
1-2pm EST

This presentation will review major structural and diagnostic changes found within the DSM-5 regarding the diagnoses of Depression and Bi-polar spectrums. Participants will also learn about these diagnostic categories and review criteria sets.

Carman GillCarman S. Gill is Associate Professor for Florida Atlantic University's counseling programs. Dr. Gill worked as the counseling program chair for Argosy University, DC. She also has extensive counseling experience as a crisis services manager, inpatient unit counselor, and crisis services clinician covering three hospital emergency departments. Dr. Gill has published widely on ethics, distance supervision, poor, rural women, forgiveness and substance use disorder. She is a co-author on the Learning Companion to the DSM-5.

Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

May 6, 2015
1-2pm EST

The presenter will discuss the schizophrenia spectrum disorders, disorders that "look like" schizophrenia but fall short in meeting the full criteria, and the importance of diagnostic accuracy for psychotic disorders.

Todd LewisTodd F. Lewis, Ph.D, LPC, NCC. is Associate Professor of Counseling and Counselor Education at North Dakota State University. He has a long history of clinical work. Dr. Lewis has taught assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, motivational interviewing, substance abuse counseling, and quantitative research methods. He is the 2012 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Assessment/Emerging Measure/Recording-Coding

May 13, 2015
1-2pm EST

There will be a discussion of philosophical shifts in the DSM-5. Counselors will learn non axial diagnoses and transitioning to ICD-10 coding. Cross-cutting and dimensional assessment measures will be discussed. Finally, counselors will learn how to incorporate these changes into their clinical practice.

Casey Barrio MintonCasey A. Barrio Minton Ph.D, is Associate Professor and counseling program coordinator at the University of North Texas. Her clinical experience includes outpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, and inpatient mental health settings with a focus on crisis intervention and stabilization. She co-authored DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors. She is the editor of the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, and is a past president of Chi Sigma Iota International and the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.

Wrap Up/Answer remaining questions from all sessions


May 20, 2015
1-2pm EST

In addition to summarizing key points for all presentations and concluding the webinar, this presentation will address remaining questions from the previous sessions. Implications for counselor using the DSM-5 and trends for the profession regarding diagnostic nosology will also be highlighted.

Stephanie DaileyStephanie F. Dailey, EdD, LPC, NCC, ACS, is an assistant professor of counseling at Argosy University in Washington, DC. Her clinical experience includes 15+ years of experience within community mental healthcare settings and work as a disaster mental health responder. Dr. Dailey's latest publication is lead author of the book, DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors. She is co-chair of the ACA Ethics Committee and President-elect of the Maryland Counseling Association.

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  • ACA Ethical Standards Casebook and Boundary Issues in Counseling

  • Profit is not a Four-Letter Word

  • NEW ACA 2014 Code of Ethics: A 6-part Webinar Series

  • Spend An Afternoon With Dr. Irv Yalom

  • Distance Counseling, HITECH, and HIPAA: Navigating Compliance, the Law, and Ethics

  • Confronting the Darkness: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Suicide Assessment, and Counselor Self-Care After Client Suicide

  • DSM-5 Specifics, Drilling Down With the New Diagnostic Tools

  • DSM-5: Navigating the New Terrain

  • Adult ADHD: Help Your Clients to Thrive: if they have ADHD (or think they might)

  • Why does culture matter? Isn't counseling just counseling regardless?

  • Neuroscience: The Cutting Edge of Counseling's Future

  • The Secrets to Surviving Infidelity

  • Counseling Our Troops, Veterans, and Military Families: Cutting Edge Strategies

  • The Bootstrapper's Guide to Building a Private Practice from Scratch

  • Developing Your Own Integrative Theory of Counseling

  • Depression: New and Emerging Treatment Strategies

  • The Counselor and the Law: Avoiding the "Dirty Dozen" Legal and Ethics Traps

  • Creative Counseling When You Don't Have Time To Be Creative

Important Webinar Series Information

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No problem, you can watch any/all of the webinars you have missed on-demand after the live event. Sorry but you cannot sign up for single sessions within this series.

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You can register at any time, but registration will close for each live event one hour prior to the event. If you register after one or more webinars have already occurred, you will be able to access the previous webinars on-demand.

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Morgan Spurlock is Opening Keynote Speaker for ACA's 2014 Conference And Expo

by Ashwini Yelamanchili | Sep 05, 2013
Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, director, and producer best known for his immersive explorations of the social issues that both directly and indirectly shape the choices and life paths of our clients, students, colleagues… and ourselves. As a man with his finger on the pulse of a rapidly changing society, Spurlock will share experiences, insights, and reflections from the front lines of American culture.
Morgan Spurlock, Academy Award-Nominated Director of Super Size Me and Documentary Filmmaker
March 27, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

His first feature length film, Super Size Me, played in more than 100 countries, influenced school lunch programs across the nation, empowered millions to change their own eating habits, and eliminated super size options from the world’s largest fast food chain. The film was also used by senators, congressmen, and lobby groups as a call to action for multiple food and education related causes.

Other accomplishments include: the critically acclaimed FX program, 30 Days, which dealt with such polarizing issues as the minimum wage, prison reform, abortion, and gun control; Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?, which was named “one of the most important films of the year” by the Islamic Society of North America; The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice!; the film adaptation of the best selling book Freakonomics; and POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a documentary about branding, advertising, and product placement, which was funded by branding, advertising, and product placement, and made some serious points about the ubiquity of branding in our daily lives. 

In April 2012, Spurlock’s released the documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV – A Fan's Hope, which follows a group of attendees around the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. A month later, his doc Mansome hit theaters, which features an all-star cast of commentators including Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Zach Galifianakis who hilariously opine on the grooming habits of the 21st century man.

In 2013, Spurlock returned to TV as host and producer of the CNN original series, Inside Man. Each week Spurlock provides an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.