Professional 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
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
Program ID #607, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 7
Counseling Students' Perspectives of Professional Counselor Advocacy
30-Minute Poster Session
Taryn V. Richardson, Jamar Booth
While professional advocacy has been recognized as complementary to and intertwined with client advocacy (Myers et al., 2002), it continues to be an understudied area. To date, little is known about the perspectives of counseling graduate students as it relates to professional counselor advocacy. Therefore, the presenters will present findings from a national study that investigated professional counselor advocacy among counseling graduate students.
 

Friday, March 17
12:00pm - 12:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #616, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
Fostering emotional complexity in counselors to help them more effectively counsel individuals with opposing values.
30-Minute Poster Session
Alyssa Gavulic
Fostering emotional complexity in counselors may increase therapeutic effectiveness with clients who have opposing values. This quality expands the counselor's capacity to empathize with these clients while experiencing contradictory emotions regarding their values. It also increases their ability to consider multiple emotional perspectives thereby offering a more complex and objective assessment of these clients' cases. This quality should be fostered as an added competency for counselors.

Friday, March 17
2:00pm - 2:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #644, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
How Counselor Identity Affects the Therapeutic Alliance
30-Minute Poster Session
Clark Ausloos, Huynh Son, Madeline Clark
During the 20/20 Initiative: A Vision for the Future of Counseling, counselor identity was identified as an issue of interest. Kaplan, Tarvydas, and Gladding (2014) created a definition of counseling that has strengthened identity, and improved recognition and advocacy surrounding professional issues. Research has shown the therapeutic alliance is an important predictor in treatment outcome (Jensen & Kelley, 2016). This poster focuses on counselor identity and the impact on therapeutic alliance.
 

Friday, March 17
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #663, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 7
Defining Professional Counselor Identity Using Racial Identity Development Models
30-Minute Poster Session
Sudha Nagarajan
Developing a clear understanding of counselor professional identity is paramount to counseling practice and counselor education. This poster session will explore the professional identity of counseling as a minority profession conceptualized on the racial identity development models for minorities. Establishing the scope and vision of counseling based on professional standards and the code of ethics will be discussed.

Friday, March 17
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Program ID #689, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 5
Professional Identity Development Among Counseling Professionals
30-Minute Poster Session
Hongryun Woo, Cassandra A. Storlie
Regardless of work settings and positions, having a clear understanding of professional roles and expertise, the knowledge of the profession and its philosophy, and an understanding of the importance of professional engagement, which are all pivotal for the development of a professional identity, is expected of all counseling professionals. Findings of a quantitative research study that explored professional identity development of three different groups of counseling professionals will be shared.
 

Saturday, March 18
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #707, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 7
A Qualitative Investigation of Concerns Regarding Types of Online Distance Counseling
30-Minute Poster Session
Mary M. Livingston, Margaret L. Hindman
This qualitative research examines attitudes and concerns toward participating in a variety of types of online counseling (videoconferencing, synchronous chat, and asynchronous e-mail). A qualitative approach allows for a nuanced look at concerns compared to previous quantitative analysis. Using an Amazon M-Turk sample that is generally more comfortable in an Internet environment, it contrasts views of online therapies with that of in-office therapies. Results inform counselors of potential client concerns.

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #719, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 5
Counselor Educators’ Experiences of Service to the Counseling Profession
30-Minute Poster Session
Jade L. H. Letourneau
The presenters will present their research findings from a phenomenological study of counselor educators’ lived experience of professional service in ACA-related committees. Attendees will get a deep understanding of the emergent themes, as well as the implications and recommendations for ACA leadership. This research was supported by a 2016 ACES Research Award Grant.

Saturday, March 18
3:00pm - 3:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #758, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
Exploring CSI Chapter Leaders' Development Toward Leadership Excellence
30-Minute Poster Session
Edward Wahesh
This poster describes a study that explored the leadership experiences of fifty student leaders from various chapters of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI). The methodology of content analysis was used to determine the extent to which participants endorsed elements of CSI's Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence in their responses to open-ended questions about their leadership experiences. Attendees will learn of the results from the study and implications for leadership development in counselors-in-training.

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
CCA Featured Session
Program ID #784, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 14
Surviving and Thriving in Systems: Counselors Managing Multiple Roles and Challenges
30-Minute Poster Session
Rebecca L. Toporek, Cristine Sidela, Alejandra Tovar, Katricia Manalo, Roseanne Mengistab Gebre, Casey Leigh Gold, Jessica M. Li, Doris DM Garcia
Counselors often serve many roles to meet the complex needs of clients and organizations (e.g., case manager, advocate, administrator, crisis interventionist). This poster session explores balancing multiple roles and responsibilities, coping with role strain, and functioning within systems to advocate and serve clients while maintaining a core counseling identity. For illustration, findings of a qualitative study of college counselors shows how philosophies shape counselor roles and strategies in systems.

 

Saturday, March 18
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Program ID #790, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 6
Counseling Self-Efficacy: On-Campus and Distance Education Students
30-Minute Poster Session
Jill Marie Meyer, Sharon M. Weaver
The purpose of this poster session was (a) to examine the relationship between counseling skills training and self-perception of skills for rehabilitation counseling students, and (b) to examine whether class platform (on-campus vs. distance) has a significant relationship with skills acquisition. The Counseling Self-Estimate Inventory, based on Bandura’s theory, was the assessment. The results demonstrated significant change over the semester, but no differences between on-campus and distance education students.

Sunday, March 19
9:00am - 9:30am
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #802, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
Supervisors as Exemplary Models of Counselor Professional Identity and Leadership
30-Minute Poster Session
Christian Chan, Diona Emmanuel, Kshipra Jain, Donnette Deigh, Tessa Ratner
Several launching points in counseling scholarship have emphasized the inextricable relationships of professional identity, professional advocacy, and practice. Given the paucity of research on supervision as a component in professional identity development and leadership, the presenters will engage with audience members to produce insights from conceptual and empirical literature through a collaborative dialogue on supervision's contribution to professional identity development and leadership.
 

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 #835, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 7
A Supervisor's Guide: Who's at Risk for Vicarious Trauma?
30-Minute Poster Session
Orit Rubin, Ericka Shoaff, Mollie Sin
Vicarious trauma has been deemed an occupational hazard for the helping professions. To increase awareness and promote education, the presenters chose to focus their efforts on risks, symptom identification, and prevention. This poster session includes a review of common myths, risk factors, recognition of vicarious trauma in counselors, and preventative methods for supervisors and their supervisees.
 

Sunday, March 19
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #847, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 5
Addressing Counselor Wellness Through Equine Assisted Learning Workshops
30-Minute Poster Session
Cheryl Meola
Mental health professionals experience burnout, empathy fatigue, and other forms of distress that can impact client welfare and counselor wellness. There are common barriers to counselor wellness that require innovative strategies to overcome. Equine-assisted learning is an experiential learning approach in which the main goal is to facilitate personal and professional growth and the development of life skills through interactions with equines. This intervention can address common barriers to counselor wellness.

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