Graduate Student Issues

Friday, March 17
11:00am - 11:30am
ACES Featured Session
Program ID #601, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 1
The Future of Integrating Neuroscience into the Counseling Profession: Graduate Student Involvement in the ACES Neuroscience Interest Network
30-Minute Poster Session
Maya K. Schmidt, Naomi Wheeler, Laura Jones
The ACES Neuroscience Interest Network supports counselor educators in integrating neuroscience into the counseling field and counselor training. As graduate students became a prominent force in this movement, the NIN established ways of fostering student involvement and facilitating student development. This poster discusses progress of the NIN to date, ongoing projects and opportunities, benefits students have derived from participation, future student led programs, and ways to get involved.


Friday, March 17
11:00am - 11:30am
AMCD Featured Session
Program ID #604, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 4
Racial Microaggressions and Coping Mechanisms Among African American Women
30-Minute Poster Session
Shanita Brown
Racial microaggressions, a form of subtle racism, are everyday encounters in the expression of words or actions that send degrading messages to people of color. African American women face a myriad of challenges due to the intersection of race, gender and class. This poster highlights the results of a study examining the effects of racial microaggressions in the work environment and coping mechanisms among African American women.



Friday, March 17
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Program ID #637, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 9
Predictors of International Counseling Students’ Counseling Self-Efficacy
30-Minute Poster Session
Abdulkadir Haktanir, Joshua C. Watson, Elif Emir-Öksüz
This poster session will include the findings of a study in which the researchers examined the predictor role of completed credit in the counseling program, counseling experience, perceived stress, social support, and acculturation in predicting the self-efficacy of international counseling students. Implications for counselor educators, counseling programs, and international counseling students along with the study’s findings will be provided.

 

Friday, March 17
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #670, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 14
Mentoring at the Graduate Level: A Student-Led Model
30-Minute Poster Session
Jason J. Dillard, Douglas Tillman, Peggy Deaver, Ryan Kawata, Chuanyao Zheng, Shaun Mewes
Mentorship at the graduate level comes with its own set of challenges, which include organizing and maintaining the program, to working around the schedules of students and faculty. Additional challenges include finding consistent leadership for the program and mentee utilization.  A student led mentorship program helps with retention of new students and provides the time to ensure it is effectiveness, while allowing faculty to focus on the education of their students.

 

Friday, March 17
5:00pm - 5:30pm
AMCD Featured Session
Program ID #685, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 1
Staying Engaged and Passionate in the Fight for Justice
30-Minute Poster Session
Mary Huffstead, Melanie Varney, Michelle Mitchel, Desa Karye Daniel
Do you feel exhausted when hearing of critical incidents such as the shooting of Philando Castile, the lack of discussion of race around the Latinx Pulse victims, or the backlash actor Jessie Williams received for his speech? This poster highlights fatigue experienced by students engaging in social justice work during times of critical social injustices in our country. Moreover, strategies for staying engaged despite mental exhaustion and ways to support one another will be shared.

 

Saturday, March 18
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #710, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 10
A Qualitative Investigation of Doctoral Students' Professional Identity Development
30-Minute Poster Session
Hongryun Woo, Na Mi Bang
Counseling doctoral students leads future directions of the profession through publication and advocacy efforts. They also influence the next generation of counselors, by transmitting various aspects of their professional identity to the students they teach and supervise. Studies on professional identity issues have mostly been limited to master’s-level education. This poster session aims to provide counselor educators with findings on doctoral students’ perceptions of their professional identity development.


Saturday, March 18
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #713, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Death in Life: Exploring Death Anxiety To Combat Ageism and Promote Wellness
30-Minute Poster Session
Mary Chase Breedlove Mize, Amanda D. Rumsey
In the wake of the growing population of older adults in the U.S., counselors can combat ageism to better serve older people and promote holistic wellness through addressing death anxiety. The information presented in this poster session will explore the relationships between death anxiety and ageism in order to develop greater self-awareness, knowledge, and skills related to working with older adults—a population each of us will hopefully one day join.

 

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #725, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
Counselor Educators’ Preferred Qualities of Candidates for Faculty Positions
30-Minute Poster Session
Patrick R. Mullen, Ashley Blount, W. Bryce Hagedorn
This poster session describes the findings from an exploratory research investigation that examined the preferred qualifications of candidates for faculty positions in counselor education. This study surveyed counselor educators working in a variety of settings and compares their preference of qualifications for faculty candidates based on their own academic record, type of university and program, and other demographic characteristics. The findings will be discussed along with implications for future research.


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. Britton, Darrell C. Greene
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 #821, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 7
Establishing Professional Identity Through Comprehensive, Student-Led Programming
30-Minute Poster Session
Melanie M. Iarussi, Justin Maki, Kaitlin O. McIntosh
Establishing a strong counselor professional identity is an essential component of counselor training and development. In this poster session, attendees will learn about a comprehensive, student-led program designed to establish counselor identity. The NEIGHBOR (New Experiences in Gaining Healthy Balance, Opportunities, and Relationships) program emphasizes wellness, advocacy, professional development, and mentoring in counselor education programs and extending into professional practice.

 

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.

 

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