Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling

Friday, March 17
7:30am - 8:30am
Program ID #503, Room 2001, Table 3
Integrating Couple and Family Religious and Spiritual Practices into Counseling
60-Minute Roundtable Session
Bradley James Crookston, Lauren Elizabeth Ireland
Come learn about the current literature on addressing religious and spiritual aspects with couples and families in an open group discussion! You are invited to share your own professional experience(s) of working with couples and families. Strengthen your professional practice by gaining new perspectives from your colleagues and learning current best practices in integrating clients’ religion and spirituality with couples and families.

Friday, March 17
11:00am - 12:00pm
Program ID #513, Room 2001, Table 3
Beyond PTSD: Treating Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Families of Veterans
60-Minute Roundtable Session
Patrick Wayne Powell
There are a variety of models and efforts to treat PTSD in soldiers, first responders, and other individuals who often experience crisis situations. However, the families of those individuals often develop symptoms similar to PTSD in the form of secondary traumatization. During this roundtable, clinicians will gain an understanding of secondary trauma, learn more regarding effective treatment models and interventions, and gain a great awareness of current resources for family members of soldiers. 

Saturday, March 18
7:30am - 8:30am
Program ID #547, Room 2001, Table 7
Family Caregivers: Supporting Your Most Valuable Resource
60-Minute Roundtable Session Advanced
Kirsten Murray, Catherine Off
Effective family caregiver relationships are a powerful resource for successful rehabilitation treatment. When caregiver relationships are considered close and patients show the greatest improvements, caregiver burden is at its highest. Caregiver burden is often considered “third-party disability” by the World Health Organization. Join this roundtable for a review of a caregiver counseling model, efficacy research, and strategy session for how to involve caregivers in your current treatment approaches.

Saturday, March 18
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Program ID #556, Room 2001, Table 6
Love Wins: A Father-Son Journey Through the Coming-Out Process
60-Minute Roundtable Session
Gregory R. Sandman
This roundtable examines the lived experience of an Evangelical Christian pastor whose son came out of the closet as a gay man. The lead presenter discusses his movement from an adversarial position against LGBTQ individuals to an advocacy position for LGBTQ individuals. The intersection of Christianity and homosexuality is reviewed. The presenter's evolving theological and personal views are discussed as are the stances of some sections of the Christian church.

Sunday, March 19
7:30am - 8:30am
Program ID #575, Room 2001, Table 5
Partnering with Families To Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: A Psychoeducational Program
60-Minute Roundtable Session
Jennifer M. Foster, Amie Murphy
Counselors will learn strategies they can use with parents and caregivers in their communities to reduce children’s risk of sexual abuse. Attendees will review the warning signs of sexual abuse, understand how sexual offenders operate, and discuss developmentally appropriate ways to talk with children about body safety. This roundtable will emphasize the important role counselors have in empowering parents and advocating for children. Attendees will leave with the tools to begin prevention work in their communities.


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