Wednesday | Evening Sessions

5:30 pm – 8:45 pm


Program ID #18013, Introductory
Alligators and Ice Scrapers: Injecting Creative Thinking Into Your Counselor Life
John McCarthy, PhD Out-of-the-box thinking? Mind wandering? Inattentional blindness? These ideas and more relate to creative thinking (CT) and creative problem solving (CPS), both of which can play a part in success in the various roles of professional counselors. This highly interactive workshop combines exercises and activities as it covers the importance and benefits of CT and CPS before exploring pivotal concepts, models, and techniques that can be used in aiding professional roles.

Program ID #18014, Introductory
An APPLE a Day Keeps the Lawsuits at Bay
Anne Marie “Nancy” Wheeler, JD, John Duggan, MA Act now to update your HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures and thrive in an electronic world. Professional liability insurance...does your policy cover what you need? Prepare for sudden counseling practice closure due to death, illness, or disability. Liability pitfalls you can avoid in dealing with custody issues, subpoenas, reporting duties, boundary extensions, and civil/criminal fraud. Emergency procedures: What is in YOUR informed consent document?

Program ID #18015, Advanced
Creative Couples Counseling
Mark E. Young, PhD The Integrative Couples Counseling Model is a step-by-step approach for working with couples. Based on research and experience with hundreds of couples at the Marriage and Family Research Institute, the model allows the practitioner to bring a variety of techniques. At the center of the model is the development of an interactive definition of the couple's problem that brings hope and avoids blame. In the workshop, participants will learn and practice the model, as well as five creative techniques for working with couples.

Program ID #18016, Introductory
Experiential Activities With Children and Adolescents: Theory, Practice, and Creativity
Teresa Behrend Fletcher, PhD, Amanda Christine DeDiego, PhD, Keith Davis, PhD Experiential activities contribute to a positive environment for children and adolescents to engage in counseling in order to develop, practice, and acquire life skills for long-term well-being and happiness.This LI includes the theoretical foundation that contributes to best practices and provides a systematic framework for developing and processing activities. Activities and case studies will be shared and participants will be encouraged to engage in the creative process and experiential learning.

Program ID #18017, Introductory
Foundations of Program Evaluation in an Age of Accreditation
Jeff Parsons, PhD, Amber Hord-Helme, MA This LI will train participants on the fundamentals of program evaluation for the purpose of program improvement and accreditation. Using the Logic model of program evaluation, participants will learn methods for effectively evaluating their programs. The 2016 CACREP Standards will be used as a framework to explore evaluation processes and expectations. However, principles from this session can also be applied for institutional and regional accreditation purposes.

Program ID #18018, Advanced
Motion Engages Emotion: Bypassing Client Resistance With Experiential Activities
W. Bryce  Hagedorn, PhD Clients struggle with change—be it grappling with an addiction, navigating a mandatory lifestyle change, or changing a maladaptive behavior pattern. As such, traditional talk therapy aimed at challenging thoughts and behaviors can prove ineffective. Research has shown that motion  through experiential activities can engage clients’ emotions and help them explore new ways to approach change. Attendees will leave with a bevy of creative exercises.

Program ID #18019, Advanced
Narrative Approaches to Addiction Counseling
Pamela S. Lassiter, PhD Problem-saturated stories are common among people struggling with addictions. Narrative approaches view people as separate from their problems and encourages competency-based narratives that help reduce the amount of influence problems have over their lives. Strategies such as deconstructive listening, externalizing conversations, unique outcomes, and thickening the plot will guide our exploration toward creating alternative stories and preferred realities in therapeutic work with addicted clients.

Program ID #18020, Advanced
Practical Skills in Suicide Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention
Darcy Haag Granello, PhD, Paul F. Granello, PhD This program will provide participants of all skill and experience levels and in all types of settings with concrete, practical information on suicide assessment, prevention, intervention, and postvention. An extensive booklet will provide more depth for participants to implement prevention programming and to conduct culturally and developmentally appropriate risk assessments, as well as a 7 step model for intervention that includes specific and concrete strategies.

Program ID #18021, Introductory
Promoting Mental Health and Wellness in Later Life
Matthew C. Fullen, PhD The aging of the population will lead to a greater need for mental health professionals with training in gerontology. Participants of this interactive, evidence-based LI will study the impact of demographic shifts on older adults, caregivers, and local communities; discuss barriers to older adults’ utilization of mental health services, as well as strategies to offset these barriers in their own counseling practices; and analyze current research related to developing a positive psychology of aging.

Program ID #18022, Introductory
QEEG: Mental Health Assessment of the 21st Century
Christen H. Stahl, MA, Thomas F. Collura, MS Do you feel like you can’t seem to grasp a complete picture of your client or aren't having as much clinical success as desired? This LI will inform you of a neuroscientific and evidenced-based assessment called quantitative EEG (QEEG). It can be used as a research or clinical tool to augment thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatments for mental and emotional disorders, as well as for empowering clients in the treatment process. Case studies and a QEEG demonstration will be presented.

Program ID #18023, Advanced
Salutogenesis: A Strength-Based Approach to the Work of Trauma-Informed Care
Eric W. Owens, PhD, Debra G. Hyatt-Burkhart, PhD This presentation will provide participants with a new approach for the treatment of trauma. Attendees will learn the theoretical underpinnings of Salutogenesis, the research that supports the use of this approach, and specific treatment techniques. This program also examines Salutogenic approaches to supervision that can improve client outcomes and mitigate negative trainee results while enhancing possible benefits gained from the work.


Thursday | Evening Sessions

5:30 pm – 8:45 pm


Program ID #18037, Introductory
Art Therapy for Trauma Survivors
Mercedes Ballbé ter Maat, PhD, Tara Jungersen, PhD Interested in incorporating art making into your practice with trauma survivors? This LI addresses the power of art in recalling traumatic events and accessing trauma-related emotions in a non-threatening way. Learn how art assists trauma survivors in identifying, expressing, and containing emotions by engaging in a process that creates a safe distance from painful feelings while providing a concrete vehicle to explore potentially volatile emotions. Participants will engage in an experiential activity.

Program ID #18038, Introductory
Complementary and Alternative Methods and Counseling Practice
Mustafa A Moyenda, EdD With healthcare coverage uncertain, many have begun to look to other methods of healing outside of the established traditional realm of counseling. Commonly referred to as Complementary and Alternative Methods (CAM), it makes reference to techniques that are more commonly heard of in traditional practice (e.g., hypnotherapy, breathwork) and to Eastern spiritual wisdom (e.g., Qigong, Reiki). It is purported that these practices can enhance the therapeutic process. This LI will introduce CAM to counselors.

Program ID #18039, Advanced
Connecting With Parents: Cultural Considerations in Child-Centered Play Therapy
Phyllis Post, PhD, Peggy Ceballos, PhD, Charmaine Conner, MS This session seeks to enhance multicultural competence for practitioners providing filial and child-centered play therapy. After discussing cultural considerations when working with minority parents through lecture, sharing video-clips, and case studies, participants will practice new ways of communicating with parents to engage them in the therapeutic process.

Program ID #18040, Introductory
Essential Provider Competencies in Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling
Leslie  Stewart, PhD Animal-assisted therapy in counseling (AATC) represents an area in professional counseling that requires a specialized set of skills and competencies.The presenter aims to introduce attendees to the topic of AATC and to familiarize them with the essential competencies required for incorporating AATC in counseling settings so that they may be prepared to offer high quality AATC services that promote positive therapeutic outcomes and safeguard client, counselor, and animal welfare.

Program ID #18041, Introductory
How to Build a 6-figure Counseling Practice in Less Than a Year
Anthony Centore, PhD It's always been your dream to have your own solo private practice; but for you dreams and reality are miles apart. You have bills to pay and mouths to feed, and isn't starting a private practice expensive? Don't businesses lose money for the first 5 years? Don't 90% of businesses fail? In this LI, you'll be shown a roadmap that details how to start a solo practice affordably, and how to reach profitably (and $100,000 in revenue) within 12 months.

Program ID #18042, Advanced
How To Listen So Parents Will Talk and Talk So Parents Will Listen
Sara A. Polanchek, EdD, John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD Many counseling professionals dread working with parents. This is partly because parents can easily feel vulnerable and become defensive. Fortunately, there are a number of key counselor attitudes, strategies, and skills for managing parent defensiveness and helping parents become better parents. Attendees will learn specific strategies for how to exert a positive influence on parents, and how to help parents become a more positive influence in the lives of their children.

Program ID #18043, Advanced
More Than Child’s Play: An Advanced Experience in Adlerian Sand Tray Therapy
Mindy A. Parsons, PhD Adlerian sand tray therapy can reach the depths of an individual’s psyche, offering insight that for some is unavailable through talk therapy.This unique therapeutic tool creates a metaphoric dialogue with clients of any age.Sand tray is effective across the developmental life span, including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Using real life examples and an essential experiential element, participants will be able to work with, understand, and treat their clients with increased insight and efficacy.

Program ID #18044, Introductory
Resilience and Disability: An Intervention to Promote Positive Coping
Susan  Stuntzner, PhD, Angela MacDonald, MEd Resilience is an essential part of life and appears to have much relevance for persons with disabilities. In recent years, it has been proposed as an important element in coping and adaptation to disability, but few resources and interventions exist. In an effort to change this trend, professionals are afforded the opportunity to learn about resilience, its applicability to people with disabilities, resilience-based skills and factors, and strategies for cultivating resilience.

Program ID #18045, Advanced
Shame and Shame Resilience: Strategies for Dealing With Disconnection and Fear
Jill R. Nelson, PhD Shame is a critical topic in the counseling room but it is rarely addressed in counseling training. With the popularity of researchers like Brené Brown, whose books and TED talks normalized the topic of shame, an opportunity presents itself for the counseling profession to make shame a part of the conversation again. In this interactive session, you will learn about shame and its destructive influence on peoples’ lives. You will also be introduced to shame resilience strategies, some of which we’ll practice in the session.

Program ID #18046, Introductory
The Human Ecology of Leadership: Women Counselors as Leaders in Higher Education
Rhonda M. Bryant, PhD, Beth Durodoye, EdD, Deneia Thomas, PhD Counselor training suggests that counselors move in neutral spaces, but leadership spaces are not neutral. Presenters will use human ecology theory to explore women counselors in relational and political leadership. Participants will explore their leadership styles to plan for maximal effectiveness. This will be an interactive session that uses human ecology to explore the “spatial and temporal relationships” between women counselors and “economic, social, and political organizations”.

Program ID #18047, Introductory
The Long Good-Bye: Grief Work in Substance Abuse Counseling
Susan R. Furr, PhD, Kathryn Hunsucker, MA Grief counseling is not only about death—it can also include experiences encountered by those who abuse substances. Many have experienced significant losses early in life and may begin abusing substances as a way of coping. In turn, the addiction can facilitate other losses such as job, relationships, and even freedom. And often, we do not consider the losses that occur when giving up the use of a substance. This presentation will explore the basic concepts of grief and loss theory as applied to work with client who abuse substances.

Program ID #18048, Introductory
Youth, Addiction, and Suicide in the LGBTQ+ Community
Derrick Johnson, MA, Pamela S. Lassiter, PhD, Michael S. Spivey, MA LGBTQ+ youth are significantly more likely to die by suicide and engage in substance use at higher rates than other adolescents. We will focus on the dynamics associated with youth suicide and substance use in the LGBTQ+ community and steps counselors can take to support this vulnerable population.