ACA 2020 Pre-Conference Learning Institutes offer attendees an opportunity to come early and earn up to 8 additional CE credits. Learning Institutes are organized in 5-hour daytime sessions and 3-hour evening sessions. Attendees can learn with well-qualified, highly rated presenters. We host both introductory level and advanced level courses. Class sizes are limited and some fill up fast, so plan to register early to avoid disappointment.
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Daytime Pre-Conference Learning Institutes
Thursday, April 16, 2020
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Program ID #2001
To Tell the Truth: Navigating Court Involvement From Start to Finish
Ann M. Ordway, PhD, Donna S. Sheperis, PhD, Ruth O. Moore, PhD
Counselors are often called upon to testify in court proceedings involving their clients. Through this Learning Institute, attendees will have an opportunity to explore intended and unintended court involvement, while becoming more familiar with process and terminology. Attendees will participate in a highly experiential workshop regarding best practices and have an opportunity to practice court skills and increase preparedness through court exercises.
Program ID #2002
The Many Facets of Grief
David Capuzzi, PhD, Mark D. Stauffer, PhD
Because loss is connected with a variety of life experiences, there are many circumstances in which counselors and therapists are called upon to assist clients. Participants will be presented with guidelines and techniques related to working through loss issues. A varied, sometimes experiential, format will be used.
Program ID #2003
Dealing with Clients Suffering from the Effects of Trauma, Rejection, and Other Painful Experiences
Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD
The WDEP system summarizes reality therapy and is an immediately usable set of skills rooted in five human motivators as described in Glasser’s choice theory. Simulated counseling sessions will illustrate the utility of reality therapy and its seamless integration into cognitive therapy, Adlerian therapy, and brief therapy. Large and small group discussion and plans for implementation facilitate the involvement of attendees.
Program ID #2004
Counseling Theory in Practice
Gerald Corey, EdD, Jamie Bludworth, PhD
An overview of key concepts and techniques based on psychodynamic, experiential and relationship-oriented, cognitive behavior, postmodern, and integrative approaches to counseling practice will be presented. Emphasis will be on developing a systematic way of drawing on various techniques applicable to counseling diverse client populations. The presenters will interact with the attendees with the aim of making the workshop practical and lively.
Evening Pre-Conference Learning Institutes
Thursday, April 16, 2020
5:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Program ID #2013
Trauma, Addiction, and Treatments that Work
Shannon Karl, PhD
This Learning Institute addresses the connection between traumatic experiences and the substance-related and addictive disorders enumerated in the DSM-5 and beyond. Best practices in clinical diagnosis and treatment are explored with an emphasis on integrated care teams and evidence-based treatment interventions. The combination of seminar, case study, and discussion will make the training valuable for clinicians, educators, and counselor trainees.
Program ID #2014
Motion Engages Emotion: Bypassing Client Resistance with Experiential Activities
W. Bryce Hagedorn, PhD
Clients struggle with change—be it grappling with an addiction, navigating a mandatory lifestyle change, or changing a maladaptive behavior pattern. As such, traditional talk therapy aimed at challenging thoughts and behaviors can prove ineffective. Research demonstrates that motion (i.e., through experiential activities) can engage clients’ emotions and help them explore new ways to approach change. Attendees will leave with a bevy of creative exercises.
Program ID #2015
Suicide Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention: Practical Techniques for Counselors
Darcy Haag Granello, PhD, Paul Granello, PhD
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and the 2nd leading cause for adolescents. This Learning Institute will provide attendees with concrete, practical information on suicide assessment, prevention, and intervention. An extensive booklet of information will provide more depth to conduct culturally and developmentally appropriate risk assessments and 7 step model for intervention that includes specific and concrete strategies for implementation.
Program ID #2016
Ethical Cross-Cultural Supervision
David J. Ford, Jr, PhD, Jason Branch, PhD, Samuel Sanabria, PhD, Matthew Tirrell, MS,
The counseling profession is becoming more diverse and, as such, there will be more instances of cross-cultural matching in supervision. This presentation addresses our ethical duty to be culturally-sensitive and provides a framework for being ethical in cross-cultural supervision. The interventions will integrate the Multicultural and Social Justice and Counseling Competencies, cultural broaching, and the multicultural orientation model.
Program ID #2017, Advanced
Ethical, Clinical, and Practical Considerations for Counselor Supervision in a Modern World
Jennifer Nivin Williamson, PhD, Daniel G. Williamson, PhD
This Learning Institute will focus on the clinical, practical, and ethical considerations involved in providing strong counselor supervision. Special attention will be given to the issues involved in the modern world and professional relationships. Technology, distance counseling, distance supervision, boundaries, and dual relationships will be addressed.
Program ID #2018
Addressing Anxiety: A Primer for Counselors Who Work in Schools
Eunice Humphrey, PhD, Eva M. Gibson, EdD, Carleton Brown, PhD, Maureen Quiles Ponce, PhD, Nancy Carlson, PhD
Anxiety in the schools has myriad causes and presents itself in many ways, especially in this age of social media scrutiny, school shootings, and the prevalence of social injustices experienced by immigrant student populations. Traditional school stressors, including academic grades, college choices, peer relationships, and family issues also continue to be prevalent in schools. This Learning Institute will provide participants with evidence-based strategies and resources, including tools for assessment, to help counselors support students experiencing anxiety.
Program ID #2020
The Impact of Work-Life Balance on Career Management
Sharon Givens, MS
Mastering work-life balance is necessary for one to unleash their ultimate career potential. Many people feel like they are constantly juggling and not often fully engaged in their career. Work-life balance is important for good health, and to enable productivity and overall work satisfaction. The presenter will explore and identify the facets of work-life balance that influence career management and describe interventions that cultivate and sustain a high level of career self-actualization.