Multicultural and International Issues

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
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #610, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 10
Inclusivity and the Muslim Community in the Counseling and Helping Fields
30-Minute Poster Session
Alexandra Meyers, Sarah Jabr
There is an increasing amount of attention and focus on the Muslim community within the United States. The current refugee crisis in Syria, immigration laws, and the war against terrorism are just a few of the current issues that counselors may have to address in their practice. This poster session is focused on helping counselors become culturally competent with this population. It also encourages counselors to challenge culturally encapsulated ways of thinking and examine underlying cultural assumptions of theories.


Friday, March 17
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #613, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Dealing with Domestic Violence in the Hmong-American Community
30-Minute Poster Session
Song E. Lee, See Xiong, Yoshiko Takahashi
Since the Hmong American's arrival to the United States, multiple cases of homicide related to domestic violence have been reported.  Hmong clan leaders have been in the forefront, often taking the place of counselors and mediators to guide families in violent relationships.  This presentation will provide information on the Hmong clan system and leaders, the process that victims and perpetrators of domestic violence go through in the Hmong Clan System, and, recommendations for application in counseling and research.

 

Friday, March 17
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #623, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 9
Rehabilitation Counseling with Transgender Clients with Chronic Illness and Disease
30-Minute Poster Session
Valerie Couture, Christopher Brace
Transgender individuals with chronic illness and disease experience issues that counselors should be aware of to affirmatively counsel with this population. This poster session will review the unique psychosocial and vocational issues that clients experience at a higher rate, including substance abuse disorders, psychiatric disorders, victimization, workplace discrimination, internalized stigma, and social isolation. Implications for professional rehabilitation and clinical mental health counselors will be reviewed.
 

Friday, March 17
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Program ID #636, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 8
Counseling People with Disabilities: Trainee Bias and Professional Implications
30-Minute Poster Session
Kimberly C. Borenstein-Mauss
Counselors are increasingly likely to encounter people with disabilities (PWDs) in clinical work. Awareness of how counselors view PWDs and the impact their attitudes have on work with clients are important for effective therapeutic work as well as for the development and delivery of multicultural competence training. Attendees will benefit from the examination of professional and ethical issues related to positive bias of PWDs in professional practice. Further, training strategies for addressing bias will be discussed.
 

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
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Program ID #640, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 12
Acculturation and East Asian Students’ Attitudes Toward Seeking Counseling Services
30-Minute Poster Session
Yiying Xiong, Yegan Pillay
East Asian international students are the fastest growing segment of international students in the U.S.. They are reported to be challenged in their adjustment to America and tend to underuse counseling. There is a paucity of studies that have examined the relationship between acculturation and their attitude toward seeking counseling. The presenters will provide an understanding of the relationship between the two variables and implications of how to provide culturally relevant counseling interventions.

 

Friday, March 17
2:00pm - 2:30pm
NCDA Featured Session
Program ID #643, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 1
Career Counseling with First Generation College Students of Color who are Interested in STEM
30-Minute Poster Session
Jessica M. Li
There is a growing amount of literature that stresses the importance to increase diversity within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. However, there is limited research on what career counselors can do to when working with first generation students of color (FGSC) in college who are interested in STEM careers. Attendees will grasp a better understanding of various challenges FGSC may face and recommendations will be provided.

Friday, March 17
2:00pm - 2:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #645, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 3
Reframing Research in other Countries: The Role for Counselors in Adapting Evidence-based Practices to other Cultures
30-Minute Poster Session
Sarah Szarzynski
The benchmarking model, used to generalize efficacy findings of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to other countries, depends on cross-cultural assumptions. A concern is that cultural variations are sacrificed to design paradigms emphasizing randomized controlled trials, human universals, and isolating phenomena. Counselor researchers are encouraged to utilize qualitative research methods that emphasize differences among and within demographic groups when implementing EBPs in other countries.

 

Friday, March 17
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Program ID #652, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 10
International Group Counseling Outreach and Research Project in Malawi
30-Minute Poster Session
Lorraine J. Guth, Kimberly K. Asner-Self
This poster session focuses on an international group work outreach and research effort being conducted in two primary schools in Malawi, Africa. This project will be discussed through the lens of a group stage conceptualization. The importance of using a culturally responsive approach when conducting research and the steps taken during the initial, transition, working, and ending stages of this project will be shared. The successes/obstacles encountered and the importance of collaboration with the host country will be emphasized.


Friday, March 17
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Program ID #654, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 12
Happenstances as Career Opportunities: The Role of Career Counselors
30-Minute Poster Session
Boram Kim
This poster session is designed to introduce the theory of planned happenstance which can influence client’s career decision self-efficacy, career choice, and actual behaviors. Education on planned happenstance will facilitate a better understanding of the influence of chance events on career choice behaviors. Counselors also will learn how to integrate their ideas on happenstances in career path and strategies to prepare themselves to overcome career obstacles and attain their desired career goals.
 

Friday, March 17
3:00pm - 3:30pm
IAMFC Featured Session
Program ID #657, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 1
IAMFC International Programs in Family Counseling
30-Minute Poster Session
Brian S. Canfield
This poster session will provide details about international workshops, institutes, delegations, and study-abroad programs what have been developed by IAMFC over the past twenty years. Participants will be invited to share ideas and discuss their interest in international engagement.
 

Friday, March 17
3:00pm - 3:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #659, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 3
Volunteerism as a Tool for Enhancing Counseling Skills with Diverse and Multicultural Clients
30-Minute Poster Session
Journey McAndrews
Counselors will learn how volunteering in their community can enhance their multicultural and diversity competence skills (ACA Preamble 2) so they can better serve marginalized, diverse, and multicultural clients. This poster explores Interpersonal Connections (as outlined in the 2016-2017 Presidential Theme: Wellness Leadership) by examining the opportunities volunteerism creates for responsive and collaborative community engagement, while helping counselors acquire diversity related and culturally specific tools they can use to empower themselves and their clients. Research on the benefits of counselor volunteerism and an assessment tool for helping counselors identify volunteer opportunities will be presented.
 

Friday, March 17
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #668, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 12
Increasing Multicultural Counseling Competence Through International Experiences
30-Minute Poster Session
Steven D. Wright, Baxlee Bynum
It is imperative that professionals within the field of counseling increase their competency in providing effective services to an underserved international population. This poster session will observe current methods in which counselors are implementing multicultural counseling competencies, the needs of neglected populations within the counseling profession, and ways in which international experiences can have a positive impact on developing multicultural counseling competencies for professional counselors.
 

Friday, March 17
4:00pm - 4:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #673, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 3
Speaking through others: Implications for counseling trainees and supervisors using interpreters in therapy
30-Minute Poster Session
Claudia Interiano, Liz Hatzispiros
In 2014, approximately 60.4 million U.S. residents 5 year old and over, or 21% of the U.S. population, spoke a language other than English at home (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015), increasing the need for counselors to rely on interpreters in counseling. This poster session discusses the issues surrounding the training and supervision of practicum students using an interpreter to work with linguistically diverse clients. The trainee and supervisor discuss their experience in supervision in regards to the use of interpreters in a clinical setting serving low-socioeconomic, Hispanic, immigrants. It will also discuss benefits and limitations of using interpreters in counseling, and recommendations for counselors, supervisors, and future research.
 

Friday, March 17
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Program ID #684, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 14
Counseling for Public Speaking Anxiety: A Multicultural Framework
30-Minute Poster Session
Cebrail Karayigit, Jason Kushner, Gary Mihalyi Szirony
Based upon primary research conducted by the presenters, this timely poster session will provide counselors with the opportunity to learn about strategies for working with students, counselors, and other professionals with public speaking anxiety, with a particular focus on multicultural competencies. Specific skills and strategies will be presented from a social justice and multiculturally appropriate framework for counseling students and clients in the U.S. about public speaking.
 

Friday, March 17
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Program ID #697, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Domestic Violence Beliefs and Perceptions Among Hmong-American College Students
30-Minute Poster Session
Song E. Lee, Yoshiko Takahashi, See Xiong
This poster session includes findings from a survey conducted on 200 Hmong-American college students at a 4-year college. Findings include Hmong-American college students’ perceptions on causes of domestic violence, definition of domestic violence, appropriate responses, and their knowledge of available resources in the Hmong community and the mainstream community. Application of the study and how the participants’ perceptions may impact their understanding and help-seeking behaviors will also be discussed.
 

Saturday, March 18
11:00am - 11:30am
ACCA Featured Session
Program ID #701, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 1
Acculturation Among International Students in Higher Education
30-Minute Poster Session
Malvika Behl, John M. Laux
The international student population in the U.S. increased from 34, 232 in 1954-55 to 886,052 in 2013-14. International students who move to the U.S. face language, academic, social, and financial issues. This poster session will discuss what international students face as well as the acculturation models that have been developed to understand the transition for these students. The session will also provide suggestions for working with these students as a counselor and an educator.
 

Saturday, March 18
11:00am - 11:30am
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #702, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
Cultural Encounters: A Platform for Professional Identity, Wellness Leadership, and Advocacy
30-Minute Poster Session
Laura Rendon Finnell, Christopher Belser, Nevin Heard
The purpose of this poster session is to provide an overview of how one counselor education program created a platform with the purpose of engaging students and faculty in authentic conversations about culture, promoting genuine personal and professional identity, and involving students in community engagement and advocacy, with an emphasis on translating these conversations into actual community engagement and advocacy. As the project focuses on self-awareness, other-awareness, and empowerment, it fits well with the theme of professional identity, leadership, and advocacy, as well as wellness leadership.
 

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #718, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 4
Counselors’ Experiences: Working with Clients Who Have Experienced Race-Based Trauma
30-Minute Poster Session
Carrie D. Hemmings
This poster session will include an explanation of race-based trauma (RBT), the challenges associated with identifying and treating RBT, and the results of an exploratory study that examined counselors’ experiences with RBT. Treating individuals of color who have experienced RBT is an increasingly frequent problem that emerges during counseling sessions as well as in the school environment.
 

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #726, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 12
The Intersectionality of LGBTQ and Immigrant Populations into Multiculturalism
30-Minute Poster Session
Juanita Barnett, Courtney R. East
This poster session will identify the unique challenges that LGBTQ Immigrants face. The session will also provide counselors and counselors-in-training with information aimed at increasing their understanding of multicultural competencies, to include the intersectionality between the LGBTQ and immigrant populations and to understand the unique needs of this diverse group. The presenters will also provide educational handouts with resource guides.
 

Saturday, March 18
3:00pm - 3:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #759, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 3
Global Perspective on Professional Counselor Identity: History, Current Identity, and Future Paradigm
30-Minute Poster Session
Seungbin Oh, Caitlyn McKinzie-Bennett, Elizabeth Pennock
The practice of professional counseling developed in a variety of countries around the world. However, cultural norm and value in each country influence the process of establishing their training model and standards, which poses an additional concern to counselor identity and practice. This presentation will provide a global perspective on the development of the counseling profession and offer an implication of what is greatly needed for advocating and strengthening the profession intentionally.


Saturday, March 18
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #766, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 10
Fat-Phobia Among Counselor Education Students
30-Minute Poster Session
Kaitlyn Michelle Forristal
This poster session will introduce the audience to the concept of fatphobia and the negative effects it has on the lives of our clients. It will include findings from a research study exploring various ways fatphobic beliefs held by counselor education students manifested in the assessment of a fictitious clients' wellness and pathology.

 

Saturday, March 18
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Program ID #789, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 5
Understanding Post-Traumatic Growth To Address Historically Traumatized Populations
30-Minute Poster Session
Erica Merrill
The concept of making meaning and undergoing positive change, in spite of intense, life-altering crisis, is called post-traumatic growth (PTG). This poster session will explore research examining a brief history of PTG and its observation among multicultural settings. The session will examine specific cases in which PTG has been researched among minority populations and discuss the impact of historical trauma when addressing trauma in both an individual and community setting.
 

Saturday, March 18
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Program ID #797, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Multicultural Counseling for Third Culture Kids
30-Minute Poster Session
In Shil Paik, Hyojung Shin, Hyunju Choi
This poster session introduces counselors to the concept of the “Third Culture Kid” and their common experiences in general. Through the Third Culture Kid model, in different identity and acculturation statuses, this concept provides a good foundation for counseling. The session provides counselors with practical intervention strategies as the Third Culture Kid struggles with acculturation difficulties. Finally, attendees will be provided with various case studies of the Third Culture Kid.
 

Sunday, March 19
9:00am - 9:30am
Program ID #813, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Korean Adolescents Counseling System: Where Are We Now?
30-Minute Poster Session
Eunhui Yoon
This poster session will provide an overview of the school counseling and community counseling system for adolescents in South Korea. Specifically, it will illustrate the brief history of the Korean adolescent counseling system, the prevalence of counseling topics, the characteristics of clients, the employment status of the adolescents’ counselors, and budgets. Finally, the future direction of Korean adolescent counseling will be discussed.
 

Sunday, March 19
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #834, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 6
Personal Narratives on Overcoming Racism: An Ethnographic Content Analysis
30-Minute Poster Session
Amanda Marie Evans, Juanita Barnett, Jessica Antoinette Fripp
The counseling profession calls on counselors to demonstrate multicultural competence in their practice. To do this, counselors must first be exposed to the worldview of diverse populations. The presenters conducted an ethnographic content analysis to examine the ways in which individuals of color have conceptualized their experiences with racism. Themes from this study will be presented to assist counselors in addressing race-based trauma and to propose the infusion of post-traumatic growth strategies into practice.
 

Sunday, March 19
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #840, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 12
Embrace Diversity, End Discrimination: A Review of the Literature on ACT and Prejudice
30-Minute Poster Session
Mary Eleanor Burkhart Polk, Erica Lynn Magsam
This systematic review of the literature aims to investigate the outcome data on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and reducing prejudice. Although we are now in the 21st century and laws have been passed to help all people receive equal rights, there is still a great deal of hate in the world. ACT has shown to be beneficial in altering stigmatizing attitudes and promoting psychological flexibility in those who were relatively inflexible. It is time to take a step forward and use the tools we have to work toward eliminating hate.
 

Sunday, March 19
11:00am - 11:30am
CSJ Featured Session
Program ID #841, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 13
Applying the 2016 ACA Multicultural and Social Justice Competencies: Becoming a Social Justice Counselor
30-Minute Poster Session
Anna Flores Locke, Michaela Ambrosius
This poster session will provide an overview of the new 2016 ACA Multicultural and Social Justice Competencies. It will explore the crucial additions to this document that help guide us in our roles as social justice counselors. Additionally, the session will provide a case study involving an Argentinian Jew to demonstrate how to apply these competencies in counseling practice.
 

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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