Wellness

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
1:00pm - 1:30pm
AHC Featured Session
Program ID #629, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 1
Mindfulness Practices for Children
30-Minute Poster Session
Mark D. Stauffer, David Capuzzi
This poster session explores how mindfulness practices have been tailored for the unique needs of children. Parents and counselors often want to know about effective awareness, centering, and wellness practices that honor children at various developmental stages. This session offers developmentally appropriate practices that counselors and/or parents can bring to the lives of children. We present mindfulness practices that are novel to encourage growth of all attendees.
 

Friday, March 17
1:00pm - 1:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #630, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
Chi Sigma Iota Student Members' Wellness: Intersection between Cultural and Professional Identities
30-Minute Poster Session
Maya Georgieva, Danijela Nardelli, Ana Reyes, Ioana Marcus
Achieving wellness leadership in the counseling profession should begin with counselors-in-training. Without competent guidance, graduate students may find the task of developing a strong professional identity challenging. This poster presents the outcome of a team effort of the Mu Upsilon Gamma chapter officers to engage student members in a dialogue about the role of cultural identity in professional wellness.
 

Friday, March 17
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Program ID #647, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 5
Burnout, Stress, and Direct Student Services Among School Counselors
30-Minute Poster Session
Patrick R. Mullen, Daniel Gutierrez
In this poster session, attendees will learn about the findings from a research study that examined school counselors’ (N = 926) levels of burnout and stress in relationship to their facilitation of direct student services. The results indicated that participants’ higher level of burnout was related to lower facilitation of direct student services. Also, participants’ stress did not relate to the frequency of direct student services but was positively related to burnout. These results and their implications will be discussed.

Friday, March 17
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Program ID #653, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
Transitioning Well: Using a Wellness Model with Transgender Clients Seeking Hormones
30-Minute Poster Session
Abby Roh
This poster will provide an overview of research into the use of the Wellness Model with transgender clients. The Wellness Model draws upon the inherent strengths in being transgender. The presenter will provide three case examples demonstrating the use of the five-factor Wellness Model with transgender and gender-nonconforming clients. The presenter will also describe how cisgender privilege can impact the administration and interpretation of intake interviews and assessments with transgender clients.
 

Friday, March 17
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Program ID #666, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 10
It Happened ... Now What?: Effective and Ineffective Responses to Client Suicide
30-Minute Poster Session
Nathaniel J. Wagner, Colleen M. Grunhaus, Victor E. Tuazon
This poster session will discuss the findings of a research study examining the impact of an unexpected death of a client on counselors. Client suicide, homicide, or sudden death and its impact on counselors were explored, along with supervisory, collegial, and agency support implications.
 

Friday, March 17
4:00pm - 4:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #672, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
Development of Counselor Identity around the Globe: Application of the Five Factors Wellness Model
30-Minute Poster Session
Kerry Testaverde Morath, Phillicia DaCosta
This poster will describe a global wellness initiative grounded in the Five Factor Wellness Model that the Alpha Beta Chi chapter has developed and implemented for a master's level counseling program. The presenters will describe the connection between wellness and counselor identity and provide wellness strategies designed to improve personal, professional and community wellness. The poster will highlight global and multicultural perspectives which are also reflected in Alpha Beta Chi membership.
 

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
11:00am - 11:30am
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #703, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 3
Enhancing Counselor Identity and Community Engagement Through Wellness Leadership
30-Minute Poster Session
Mary Huffstead, Joshua Castleberry
Research indicates that cultivating a strong professional identity among counselor trainees has the potential to reduce negative consequences when counselors enter the community workforce (Pistole & Roberts, 2002). Exposure to concepts of wellness and effective implementation of strategies to educate and evaluate student progress remains vague and mostly neglected (Roach & Young, 2007). This poster will explore how taking care of ourselves helps us take care of others.
 

Saturday, March 18
11:00am - 11:30am
Program ID #711, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
A Wellness Approach for Caregivers of Children Who Experienced Pediatric Stroke
30-Minute Poster Session
Daniel B. Kissinger
This poster session details a study exploring the wellness profile of parents (caregivers) whose children experienced a pediatric stroke through the framework of the evidence and counseling-based Indivisible Self Model. Significant results will be highlighted, with particular attention given to implications and intervention strategies consistent with designing wellness-based treatment plans for the caregivers of children and other individuals with medical and/or mental health issues.
 

Saturday, March 18
12:00pm - 12:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #716, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
Promoting Counselor Self-Compassion and Wellness through Authentic Leadership Development
30-Minute Poster Session
Lauren Ireland, Stephanie Pergantis, Connie Couch
Counselor self-compassion and its relation to wellness will be explored through Luthans and Avolios' Developmental Process Model of Authentic Leadership. A case example will highlight how counselors in training participated in a service activity for their Chi Sigma Iota Chapter utilizing the models' four components of self-awareness, internalized moral perspective, balanced processing, and relational transparency to facilitate and increase awareness around counselor wellness and self-compassion.
 

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 #770, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 14
Counselors Creating Compassionate Models of Care for the Chronically Ill and Caregivers
30-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
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #772, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 2
Scarce Commodities: Healthcare and Wellness Services for Persons with Disabilities in Rural Areas
30-Minute Poster Session
Lisa Dunkley
Access to healthcare and wellness services are pertinent needs for individuals with disabilities especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in rural areas. People with IDD experience decreased life expectancy and develop secondary health conditions without needed care especially with scare resources. It is important as counselor and advocates for persons with IDD to promote affordable healthcare and access to services to enhance longevity and overall wellbeing.
 

Saturday, March 18
5:00pm - 5:30pm
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #787, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 3
Enhancing Professional Identity through Wellness Leadership: Rho Sigma Upsilon's Journey
30-Minute Poster Session
Katrina Marks, Heather Fye, Katt Flesch
Discover Rho Sigma Upsilon's journey to incorporating a Wellness Leadership initiative into their CSI business meetings. Through utilizing individual wellness goals, individual and group activities were designed and incorporated into the chapter's initiatives. The energy brought from the Wellness Leadership initiatives helped boost membership at CSI events and new membership enrollment. Learn how CSI chapters can develop this Wellness Leadership model into their practices.
 

Sunday, March 19
9:00am - 9:30am
Program ID #804, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 4
Results of Three Body Image Assessments: Naked and Afraid
30-Minute Poster Session
Sandra K. Terneus
Issues of body image dissatisfaction have elevated the attention of counselors, especially for college counselors, as national statistics reveal that eating disorders rank high among the college student population. This poster session will present the results of three body image assessments distributed to college students as well as implications for research.


Sunday, March 19
9:00am - 9:30am
AHC Featured Session
Program ID #807, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 7
The Gloves Come Off: Inspired Counselor Wellness
30-Minute Poster Session
Laura R. Land, Sara W. Bailey
Requiring calm in the face of crisis and a willingness to change course mid-session, counseling in a hospital setting challenges counselors in growth-promoting (and often startling) ways. Visceral responses to sometimes overwhelming stressors may result in a counselor feeling shame or a sense of professional inadequacy (e.g., breaking eye contact with a client who just rolled over in bed and exposed naked flesh; the physical distress experienced while wearing the plastic gown and gloves mandated when visiting certain patients with contact precautions; a wave of nausea upon seeing a client’s severe burns).
 

Sunday, March 19
10:00am - 10:30am
Program ID #825, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 11
As We Forgive Our Debtors: Predictors of Forgiveness Among African Americans
30-Minute Poster Session
Dominique Adkins
This poster session examines the religious/spiritual factors and transgression-related predictors of forgiveness among African Americans. A multiple regression analysis indicated that religious affiliation, revenge, benevolence, and “BMMRS Forgive” were significant predictors of forgiveness. Qualitative analysis identified several additional factors that influenced forgiveness in the sample. A discussion of the results will be provided. Implications for counseling and further research on the topic will be discussed.
 

Sunday, March 19
11:00am - 11:30am
CSI Featured Session
Program ID #831, 2nd Floor, Poster Area 3
Personal Counseling for Counselors-in-training: Wellness or Professionalism?
30-Minute Poster Session
Alena Prikhidko, Jillian M. Blueford
The professional identity of being a counselor encompasses wellness in personal and professional realms. Personal counseling is an essential part of raising self-awareness and engaging in wellness activities. However, many programs do not require their students to seek personal counseling (Roach & Young, 2007). This research is elaborating on benefits of personal counseling for students and shows ways ACA and CSI leaders can perform research advocating for personal counseling in the profession as it would not only allow the space for the CIT to reflect on their journey and become aware of any potential barriers to being professional counselor but will also increase their wellness and add to the self-care activities.

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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