Wednesday | Evening Sessions

5:30 pm – 8:45 pm


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 #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.


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 #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 #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 #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.