Technology and Social Media in Counseling

Friday, March 17
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Program ID #639, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
Online Counseling: What You Need To Know
30-Minute Poster Session
Leslie Contos
Are you interested in offering online counseling, but concerned about issues of confidentiality and ethical and legal ramifications? This poster session reviews the ACA, AMHCA, and NBCC ethical guidelines for online counseling and provides an overview of the variety of ways that states and insurance companies are responding to this new practice. In addition, it provides basic familiarity with training programs, HIPAA-compliant software, and some of the research on the process differences and outcomes of online therapy.

Friday, March 17
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #667, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
Coordination of Care Apps for Caregivers of Individuals with Psychiatric Disorders
30-Minute Poster Session
Jordan Richards
This poster session will describe mobile apps that are currently available to assist caregivers of individuals with psychiatric disorders in coordinating different aspects of care. These apps can be used to reduce caregiver burden. Apps are an affordable, accessible, and portable resource for counselors to recommend to clients and their families. Caregiver burden can affect the health of both the giver and the receiver of care, so it is important for counselors to promote resources that can help to reduce caregiver burden.

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.

Sunday, March 19
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #842, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 14
Exploring Innovation in Counselor Education: A Grounded Theory Approach
30-Minute Poster Session
Elizabeth Vincent
This poster session will provide a foundational understanding of innovative counselor educators’ professional experiences. A constructivist grounded theory approach will be used gather information from counselor educators who self identify as being innovative. This poster will outline ways to support the innovative efforts of counselor educators, barriers that hinder innovative counselor educators, and experiences counselor educators associate with being innovative in the field.


Sunday, March 19
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Program ID #853, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
Using Technology To Better Counsel LGBTQ Adolescent and Young Adult Clients
30-Minute Poster Session
Raquista Claitt, Elizabeth A. Holmes
The stark reality in our world is that those in need of counseling services may not receive them for various reasons, including lack of access, cultural barriers, shame, and a wide array of other possibilities. These barriers may be amplified and multiplied for individuals in the LGBTQ community, particularly adolescents in or considering the LGBTQ community. The presenters propose the ethical use of technology as an alternative way to provide valuable, much-needed counseling services and support to these clients in a safe environment.


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