Clinical Mental Health

Friday, March 17
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #613, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Intimate Partner Violence Within the LGBTQ Community
30-Minute Poster Session
Rhonda Johnson
This poster session will increase counselor awareness about, and provide steps to address, LGBTQ intimate partner violence.

 

Friday, March 17
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #627, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
An Evidence-Based Procedure for Reducing Anxiety in Distressed Dental Patients
30-Minute Poster Session
Lori Chalmers, Conni Rush
Dental anxiety is a common form of anxiety that can prevent individuals from seeking dental treatment. The purpose of this study is to determine if wearing a weighted blanket will reduce dental anxiety in patients. There are few options beside medication that are available to patients who experience anxiety during dental treatment. The goal of the study is to provide clients and dental patients with a nonmedical strategy for managing their anxiety.

 

Friday, March 17
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Program ID #654, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 12
Reactive Attachment Disorder in the Context of Adoption
30-Minute Poster Session
Sarah Kindscher Marie Kindscher
This poster session will discuss reactive attachment disorder in the context of adoption. Professionals will be able to gain insight into the DSM-5 implications of the diagnosis and diagnostic concerns. The primary focus of this session will be on current evidence-based practice and ways to advocate for individuals with this diagnosis.


Friday, March 17
4:00pm - 4:30pm
ACC Featured Session
Program ID #676, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 6
Horses: Experiential Learning Lessons for Counselors and Their Clients
30-Minute Poster Session
Ioana Boie, Ana G. Reyes
This poster session will discuss the benefits of the horse-human relationship in training counseling students. This poster session is based on a qualitative analysis of the students' reflections after participating in equine assisted therapy courses. The themes revealed focused on both personal and professional growth as a result of participating in a systematic group experiential training with horses, including connection, self and other awareness, communication patterns, and authenticity.

 

Friday, March 17
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Program ID #681, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
Strike While the Iron Is Cold: The Recovery-Oriented Benefits of Advance Directives
30-Minute Poster Session
Anne L. Metz
Advanced directives (ADs) are legal documents that let consumers direct their future health-care treatment. Many consumers report that having an AD with mental health instructions increases their sense of autonomy, empowerment, and well-being. The use of ADs has also been linked to improved clinical outcomes, such as a better working alliance and reduced rates of future involuntary treatment. This poster session will provide guidance on the basics of using ADs in recovery-oriented treatment planning.


Friday, March 17
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Program ID #687, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 3
Do Certain Drugs Determine the Type of Crime Someone Will Commit?
30-Minute Poster Session
Megan K. McGugan
The research will show the relationship between specific drugs and types of crimes committed. A closer look will determine if age is a factor and is it strongly correlated to the crime more so than the type of drug used. Attendees will gain a better understanding of what types of crimes are more prevalent among users of certain drugs, as well as knowledge on different age groups and crimes committed. This information will be beneficial to counselors aiming to prevent offenses whose clients have a history of violence or incarceration.

 

Friday, March 17
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Program ID #694, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 10
Understanding Mental Health and Aging Issues of Immigrant Older Adults in the U.S.
30-Minute Poster Session
Mijin Chung
This poster session provides a critical review of published data and studies on mental health and aging issues of older immigrant adults residing in the U.S.. This poster aims (a) to understand mental health needs of older immigrant adults, and (b) to increase counselors’ awareness of challenges older immigrant adults face while seeking mental health services. Counseling approaches and intervention ideas for improving older immigrant adults’ mental health and quality of life will be explored.

 

Friday, March 17
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Program ID #696, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 12
Wellness, Burnout, and Law Enforcement Personnel: Implications for Counseling
30-Minute Poster Session
Ashley J. Blount, Daniel B. Kissinger
Wellness in the law enforcement personnel (LEP) population is important, because these individuals face stressors that may be unique from other helping professionals and from the general population. As such, it is imperative that counselors know how to work with the LEP population and how to assess wellness and burnout, as well as how to promote holistic wellness in themselves and others. Information about wellness, law enforcement personnel, and implications for providing effective counseling services will be provided.

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
AADA Featured Session
Program ID #715, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 1
Veterans and the Challenges of Returning to College
30-Minute Poster Session
Wendy K. Killam, Christian D. Chan
This session will assist counselors to gain insight into challenges and difficulties faced by veterans returning to college. They face issues with adjustment and relating to others. This presentation is based on recent qualitative research (interviews) with Veterans who were currently enrolled in college at the time of the study. Attendees will learn about the perceptions veterans have and how this impacts their ability to be successful in a college setting. Attendees will also gain insight into how counselors can assist veterans in adjusting to college.

 

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #723, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 9
Why Not Give Up? Optimism in Former Refugees and the Counselor’s Role
30-Minute Poster Session
Hannah E. Acquaye
The presence of refugees wreaks havoc on politicians, policymakers, and citizens. Despite this, there can be shared humanness. If refugees and immigrants can still maintain optimism despite the horrors they have endured, there can be room for shared experiences as well as vicarious psychological growth. All counseling professionals can use this population to help clients who are either similar or dissimilar to refugees and immigrants, because optimism is a shared human strength.

 

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #728, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 14
The Missing Piece: Counselors and Workplace Wellness Programs
30-Minute Poster Session
Yvette Saliba, Nevin Heard, Michelle D. Michell
This poster session discusses wellness as it pertains to counselor identity and work-site wellness programs. While many work sites, both in the business and health-care sector, are using these programs, results have not been consistently positive. Counselors, however, have the skills necessary to enter into these programs to help make them successful. This poster session explains why mental health counselors are the best qualified to fill this missing piece in workplace wellness programs.

 

Saturday, March 18
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #769, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Empirical Classification of Perfectionists Based on the Dimensions of Perfectionism
30-Minute Poster Session
Hyunhee Kim, Changdai Kim, Hongryun Woo
This poster session aims to provide empirical findings of classifying perfectionists using the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale. The presenter’s findings support the presence of positive perfectionism and indicate what qualities or dimension of perfectionism are related to perfectionism. It means that setting a high standard alone is not a problem, but the combination of excessively high standards and evaluative concerns leads to problems. The presenter will suggest how to assist clients with perfectionistic tendency.

 

Saturday, March 18
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #770, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 14
Counselors Creating Compassionate Models of Care for the Chronically Ill and Caregivers30-Minute Poster Session
Chaiqua A. Harris
It is estimated that more than 130 million Americans are currently living with a chronic illness, with the numbers expected to rise in the coming years. As these numbers increase, more individuals will seek the support of mental health services for a more holistic approach to care. This poster session will educate practitioners on ways to adequately address the psychological, social, and emotional needs of this population in order to build resiliency for more improved outcomes of care for these clients.

 

Saturday, March 18
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Program ID #777, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 7
Interprofessional Simulation: Preparing Counselors for Integrated Primary Care
30-Minute Poster Session
Christine L. Chasek, Grace Ann Mims, Jason Dillard
Simulation-based activities are emerging as effective training tools to prepare physical and behavioral health-care professionals to work in integrated primary-care settings. This poster session summarizes a research project that investigated the effectiveness of an interprofessional simulation designed for clinical mental health counseling and nursing students to teach each other how to recognize and diagnosis mental health disorders as well as how to work collaboratively in an integrated setting.

 

Saturday, March 18
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Program ID #783, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
The Mediating Role of Anxiety in the Relationship Between Adult Attachment and Empathy
30-Minute Poster Session
Ying Yang, Yanhong Liu, Qu Chen
Adult attachment has been found to have impact on empathy. Anxiety disorders are one of the common mental health issues experienced by Americans. This poster session provides information of a quantitive study on this topic. The presenters will discuss the application of attachment theory into the treatment of anxiety disorders and the facilitation of college students’ development of empathy.


Sunday, March 19
9:00am - 9:30am
IAMFC Featured Session
Program ID #805, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 5
Further Exploration of the Therapeutic Relationship: New Findings from The Alliance Lab
30-Minute Poster Session
Paul Peluso, Robert Freund, Patricia Diaz, Andrew Baker
The therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of any effective therapeutic encounter. Little is known about the effects of specific emotional behaviors of therapists and clients on this important therapeutic factor, or how they can be modified to improve the quality of the relationship. Emotional behaviors of master therapists will be compared to other therapists. Suggestions for improving the therapeutic relationship will be discussed.

 

Sunday, March 19
9:00am - 9:30am
Program ID #811, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
Building Simple Solutions to Remedy Wait Lists
30-Minute Poster Session
Debra Murray
Wait lists are detrimental for those in need. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to examine pre-engagement practices and present a model for implementation to bridge gaps in mental health services. This is a practical approach in which individuals are assessed, stage of change is identified, and individuals are provided with information, interactive activities, and motivational interviewing. Take-home resources will also be provided for practitioners to implement a pre-engagement group.

 

Sunday, March 19
9:00am - 9:30am
Program ID #812, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 12
LGBTQ Aging and Mental Health: Qualitative Differences Between Midlife and Old Age?
30-Minute Poster Session
Paula J. BrittonJ. Brad Shepherd
Based upon strength-based models of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) aging, this qualitative study explored relationships among mental and physical health, financial anxiety, body shame, alienation, loneliness, sexual /gender identity, self-compassion, and self-transcendence in midlife and older adulthood. Results suggest that aging gets more difficult as the LGBTQ population enters older age, especially when facing these issues in isolation. Implications for counseling are discussed.

 

Sunday, March 19
10:00am - 10:30am
Program ID #828, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 14
Calming the Anxious Mind: Implementing Neurofeedback Training for College Students
30-Minute Poster Session
Caitlyn McKinzie-Bennett
This poster session explores using neurofeedback training for college students experiencing anxiety. Due to the change that accompanies starting college, students are at an increased risk of experiencing debilitating anxiety. The literature on neurofeedback training, anxiety, and the mental health needs of college students will be addressed. Recruitment, methodology, and assessments for this quasi-experimental design will also be explored as well as the emerging effectiveness of neurofeedback training.

 

Sunday, March 19
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #838, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 10
The Overlap of Community Counseling Agencies and Outpatient Settings
30-Minute Poster Session
Jessica Gonzalez
In community agencies and psychiatric hospitals, counselors are expected to wear multiple hats at any given time, and this poster session will highlight some of the techniques and interventions that can be used by new counselors in the aforementioned settings. In addition, attendees will learn ways of how to advocate for themselves and their clients within a systemic environment.

 

Sunday, March 19
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #852, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 10
The Relation Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Schizophrenia
30-Minute Poster Session
Amanda Estella Landry
This poster session will consist of research related to traumatic brain injury and schizophrenia as co-occurring disorders.

 

Sunday, March 19
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #855, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Decide or Divide: Exploring Intersections of Client Identities
30-Minute Poster Session
Ashlei A. Rabess
In the poster session, the presenter will first present a relevant case study describing a session in which clients tell of turmoil they are experiencing due to a clash in their identities. Next, attendees will have the opportunity to interact and tell what they would do if they were to encounter a similar case, or tell what they have done in the past when they encountered a similar case. Following, the presenter will briefly describe what’s being done currently, along with a suggestion for future research.

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$645

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$485

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