Wednesday | Daytime Sessions

9:00 am – 4:30 pm


Program ID #18002, Introductory
Bipolar Disorder: Accurately Diagnosing and Ethically Treating the Latest “Fad”
Jason H. King, PhD, Matt R. Buckley, EdD
Learn clinically sound skills to properly assess children, adolescents, and adults for bipolar-related disorders, depressive disorders, and self-injurious and suicidal behaviors. Develop focused and ethically sensitive treatment targets by using course, descriptive, and severity specifiers and eliminate cultural and diagnostic bias through ethical assessment of gender, culture, and age-related factors. Explore Dr. Ellen Frank’s Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) for treatment.

Program ID #18003, Introductory
Taking Care of Yourself: A Luxury or an Ethical Mandate?
Gerald Corey, EdD, Michelle Muratori, PhD, Jude T. Austin, II, PhD, Julius Austin, PhD
Self-care is an ethical mandate, not a luxury. If counselors are not practicing self-care, they will be unable to provide competent services. Counselors are generally committed to helping their clients improve their quality of life, yet they too often neglect taking care of themselves. The emphasis in this LI will be on designing a personal action plan for all participants that will facilitate putting intentions of lifestyle changes into practical action, both personally and professionally.

Program ID #18004, Introductory
Disaster Mental Health Essential Skills and Competencies
Seth C.W. Hayden, PhD, Nicole M. DiLella, PhD, Anita Engstrom Jones, MA, J Barry Mascari, EdD, Jean Marie LaFauci Schutt, PhD, Laura R. Shannonhouse, PhD, Jyotsana Sharma, Med, Jane M. Webber, PhD
This LI will prepare counselors to respond to the psychological needs of people across the continuum of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Through didactic and experiential activities, participants will learn about the psychological impact of disaster, including risk and protective factors; strategies to assist disaster survivors and responders; legal and ethical implications of DMH work, including cultural competence; and ways to get involved in disaster response organizations.

Program ID #18008, Advanced
Paved With Good Intentions: Ethical Dilemmas, Court and Ethics Board Reviews
Ann M. Ordway, PhD, Ruth O. Moore, PhD, Donna S. Sheperis, PhD
Building an ethical foundation is essential. Through ethics, counselors examine personal values and how they impact professional decisions. During this workshop, three counselor educators ( who are also an attorney, an expert witness, and a former chair of the ACA Ethics Committee) will explore decision making for potential dilemmas that arise in clinical practice and in cases with court involvement, as well as how to address malpractice and ethical violations issues that arise despite best efforts.

Program ID #18011, Advanced
Tough Teens, Cool Counseling
John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD
Counseling teenagers can be immensely frustrating or splendidly gratifying. In this workshop, participants will sharpen their skills by viewing and discussing videos from actual counseling sessions. More than 20 cognitive behavior, emotional, and constructive counseling techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated. Examples include acknowledging reality, the authentic purpose statement, asset flooding, and externalizing language. Counselor countertransference and multicultural issues will be highlighted.

Program ID #18012, Introductory
Trauma 101: Brain Basics, Best Practices, and Self-Care in the Age of Trauma-Informed Care
Amy McCarthy Sifford, PhD, Kristen Litvak, MA
This LI offers an opportunity to learn about and experience the basics of trauma-informed care. Participants will be informed about the basic brain structures involved in trauma and how the brain stores and recalls traumatic memories. In addition, participants will learn about the history of and key figures in the emergence of trauma-informed care, as well as strategies based on trauma-informed care from two to three schools of thought that can be used to assess and address trauma.


Thursday | Daytime Sessions

9:00 am – 4:30 pm


Program ID #18026, Introductory
Counseling Theory in Practice
Gerald Corey, EdD, Jamie Bludworth, PhD
An overview of key concepts and techniques based on these theories: psychodynamic, experiential and relationship-oriented, cognitive behavioral, postmodern, and integrative approaches to counseling practice. Emphasis is on developing a systematic way of drawing on various techniques applicable to counseling diverse client populations. The presenters interact with the attendees with the aim of making the workshop practical and lively.

Program ID #18027, Introductory
Demystifying Ethics and Law for Telebehavioral Health
LoriAnn Stretch, PhD
Distance delivery of mental health services is growing in popularity and evidence-based support. However, many mental health professionals are baffled by the details of providing ethical services. Participants will use ethical codes and best practices to determine how to set up telebehavioral health services, including counseling and supervision.

Program ID #18028, Advanced
Group Leading Nuts and Bolts:  Skills That Will Make Your Groups Better
Ed E. Jacobs, PhD, Christine Schimmel, EdD
Leading groups well is difficult! This workshop focuses on the major concepts of group leading (e.g., the art of engagement ,the art of control, clarity of purpose), essential leadership skills, common mistakes, how to process exercises effectively, and how to work with one member while keeping other members engaged. Much of the workshop will be demonstrations. A wide variety of exercises will be discussed and demonstrated. Videos showing the skills and techniques will be shown. Beginning and closing skills will be demonstrated.

Program ID #18029, Advanced
Helping Unhappy Clients Overcome Barriers That Prevent Effective Life Choices
Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD
Cutting-edge tools are the focus of this practical, interactive session that addresses client behaviors that counselors find challenging. Role-play demonstrations show how to implement the advanced use of the WDEP system of reality therapy combined with mindfulness. Multicultural empirical evidence and neuroscience support the use of reality therapy with a wide variety of clients. Participants will gain information about multicultural research studies, as well as specific skills immediately useful on the job.

Program ID #18031, Introductory
Mindfulness and Compassion in Counseling
Alan W. Forrest, EdD, Joe Klein, MS
>The practice of compassion toward others and self provides emotional strength, resilience, and well-being. Self-compassion teaches us to motivate ourselves with kindness rather than criticism and to more fully open our hearts to ourselves and others. This experiential LI is designed for both new and experienced meditation practitioners. Participants will be guided through a series of meditation practices that will give them the tools to infuse compassion in their practice with clients and themselves.

Program ID #18033, Introductory
Preventing Child and Adolescent Suicide: Prevention and Crisis Management
David Capuzzi, PhD
This LI addresses suicide prevention, crisis management, and postvention for counselors working with children and adolescents at risk for attempting suicide. Information on myths; risk and protective factors; signs and symptoms; assessment; and practice guidelines for prevention, crisis management, and postvention will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on needed counseling techniques with children, adolescents, and survivors and their families. Role-play rehearsals will be incorporated as time permits.

Program ID #18034, Introductory
Psychological Intervention for Obesity: Integrated Weight Management Therapy
Heather C. Hamilton, MS
This LI introduces Integrated Weight Management Therapy and offers mental health providers the knowledge, skills, and structure to help their patients recover from the psychological conditions that lead to emotional eating and weight gain. Participants will appreciate the course workbook and straightforward approach that addresses and simplifies weight issues associated with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, relationships, and social environments.

Program ID #18035, Introductory
Train-the-Trainer: Delivering Presentations on the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics
David Kaplan, PhD
Earn an ACA certificate as you learn to present concepts in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics. Due to significant—and sometimes controversial—changes, the Code can stimulate debate and discussions during workshops and training. In this LI, the ACA chief professional officer will provide direction for facilitating interpretation and application of the Code. Participants will be trained for classroom, conference, and workshop presentations.