2017 Annual Conference and Expo Live Stream

Mar 17, 2017 ‐ Mar 19, 2017


Creative Counseling: 25 Expressive Play Ideas To Make Sense of Emotional Chaos

Mar 17, 2017 7:30am ‐ Mar 17, 2017 8:30am

Identification: 101

Natalie Rogers, daughter of the late Carl Rogers, wrote, “What is creative is frequently therapeutic. What is therapeutic is frequently a creative process.” Expressive arts foster emotional healing, resolve inner conflict, and awaken individual creativity. Come learn creative techniques that foster stronger helping relationships, expedite the counseling process, and deepen the level of the therapeutic work. Leave with 25 ideas to use immediately.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will witness how to clarify broad or abstract client problems and articulate the concerns more concretely and quickly using a creative expression approach
  • Using the phrases “show me,” “tell me,” and “help me understand” attendees will learn a framework for problem conceptualization
  • Participants will leave with 25 techniques for assisting clients in therapeutic expression


Conveying Information: Lessons from Homiletic, Ted Talks, and Carl Rogers

Mar 17, 2017 11:00am ‐ Mar 17, 2017 12:00pm

Identification: 123

This session will examine how information on counseling may be packaged at conferences so that it makes the most impact on participants in sessions. Attendees will hear, see, and experience ways that materials may be packaged to convey information. The best ways of conveying information will be shown and attendees will learn how what they do in professional counseling presentations makes as much difference as what they are trying to get across to audiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • To teach professional counselors how to make a presentation so it will have its biggest impact
  • To show professional counselors best practices for making a presentation at a local, regional, and national conference
  • To help professional counselors to translate their knowledge into language and graphics that can make the most on their audiences


Reflecting As If: An Encouragement-Focused Brief Counseling Process

Mar 17, 2017 3:00pm ‐ Mar 17, 2017 4:00pm

Identification: 168

“Reflecting As If” (RAI) is an encouragement-focused, brief counseling process that integrates elements from Adlerian, solution-focused, narrative, and evidenced-based counseling perspectives. In this skill-focused session, attendees will learn the basic RAI counseling protocol and discuss how to apply it with diverse client populations and in various counseling practice settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the theoretical framework and rationale for the encouragement-focused brief counseling process known as Reflecting As If (RAI).
  • Participants will understand and be able to implement the basic RAI protocol. Participants will understand how to implement the RAI process with diverse clients in various brief counseling settings.
  • Participants will understand how to implement the RAI process with diverse clients in various brief counseling settings.

  • Ms. Danielle Marks, LPC Intern, Cook Counseling Services
  • Lisa Hand, MEd, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Contract in private practice with Houston Center for Christian Counseling (HCCC) in Katy, Texas.
  • Dr. Richard E. Watts, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Counseling, Sam Houston State University

For Shame! The Neglected Emotion in PTSD

Mar 17, 2017 4:30pm ‐ Mar 17, 2017 5:30pm

Identification: 190

The primary emotions of PTSD are usually considered to be fear and terror in reaction to external dangers. However, the perceived internal threat—fear of exposing one’s shame—is often the predominant emotion for trauma survivors. This session describes the development of shame, focuses on the crucial role that shame plays in PTSD, and concludes with demonstrations of how counselor immediacies can use experiences of shame in the session as opportunities to promote client self-empathy and enhance shame resilience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish shame from guilt and describe the common dynamics of shame experienced by clients with posttraumatic stress disorder in the counseling relationship
  • Summarize the developmental milestones of shame and other self-conscious emotions that deter trauma survivors from seeking counseling and undermine their willingness to be truly authentic in the counseling process
  • Use a variety of counseling techniques to promote self-empathy and enhance shame resilience in survivors of trauma-causing events


“How Do I Handle This?” Limit Setting in Play Therapy

Mar 18, 2017 7:30am ‐ Mar 18, 2017 8:30am

Identification: 212

This interactive, hands-on session will offer play therapists examples of limit setting and application to adequately address challenging behaviors that arise during play therapy. The presenters will provide a combination of discussion, demonstration, and video clips to review issues that may arise as well as how to set limits based on three popular play therapy theoretical models. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss challenges they face in the playroom regarding limit setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to identify situations in which it is appropriate to set limits
  • Attendees will be able to set limits based on several theoretical models
  • Attendees will be able to adequately set limits to promote safety and self-control for clients

  • Dr. Jennifer Geddes Hall, Assistant Professor, Florida International University
  • Maureen C. Kenny, PhD, Professor, Counselor Education, Director, Clinical Mental Health Program, Florida International University

Grant Writing and Proposal Development: Best Practices for Obtaining External Funding

Mar 18, 2017 10:30am ‐ Mar 18, 2017 12:00pm

Identification: 235

Securing external funding to support programs or research is crucial to success and sustainability, yet grants are becoming increasingly competitive. This interactive session will highlight current research and provide strategies for identifying a community or research need, finding funding sources, and writing a successful grant proposal. To demystify the process, information will be presented in a practical, step-by-step manner. This session gives you the tools for producing a successful grant proposal.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn four effective strategies involved in writing a successful grant proposal including understanding the importance of a compelling need statement, writing goals and objectives, designing programmatic or research methodology and preparing a budget with budget justifications
  • Participants will be able to identify four funding resources that could be applicable to their proposal or project
  • Participants will learn three common themes involving counselors’ perceptions of grant writing based on the presenters recent research study: “Perceptions of Grant Funding of Counselors and Counselor Educators: An Exploratory Study"

Standard: $69.00
Members: $39.00

SIMPLE STEPS: A Comprehensive Model of Suicide Assessment

Mar 18, 2017 1:00pm ‐ Mar 18, 2017 2:30pm

Identification: 260

Based on a study of more than 12,000 callers to a suicide prevention hotline, the goal of this session is to take the mystique out of conceptualizing suicidality and to present an evidenced-based, comprehensive model of suicide assessment. Issues of working with a diverse clientele, clinical supervision, documentation, and treatment planning will be highlighted in the context of comprehensive suicide assessment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn about a new evidenced based, comprehensive model of suicide assessment.
  • Attendees will discuss not only how to assess clients with this model of suicide assessment but also how to document suicidality and integrate suicide assessment into continuous treatment planning.
  • Attendees will discuss the implications and practicality of this model in clinical practice and clinical supervision.


Creative Interventions for Use with Those Who Self-Injure

Mar 18, 2017 3:00pm ‐ Mar 18, 2017 4:00pm

Identification: 282

In this session, attendees will learn about evidence-based counseling approaches counselors can use with those who self-injure. The session will provide creative, engaging, interactive, and experiential counseling interventions that can be used in applying evidence-based counseling approaches across counseling settings. Attendees will receive detailed directions for applying the activities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the functions self-injury serves and the counseling interventions that can be used to address this behavior and its functions.
  • Identify ways counselors can enhance students’/clients’ motivation to cease self-injuring via the use of creative interventions.
  • Learn 10 creative counseling interventions (which are rooted in evidence-based treatment approaches) that can be used -when counseling those who self-injure- to aid in the development of emotion regulation skills and an enhanced interest and ability to stop injuring.


Play-ful Supervision: Creative Techniques for Working with Supervisees

Mar 18, 2017 4:30pm ‐ Mar 18, 2017 5:30pm

Identification: 304

Using experiential techniques can assist us in delving deeper into supervisee concerns allowing us to develop a growth-oriented supervisory relationship. This training is designed to highlight the usefulness of experiential techniques within the supervisory relationship. Attendees will explore several techniques designed to bring creativity to supervision, deepen supervisee self-awareness, and address supervision issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will engage in discussion about their own supervisory style and needs of their supervisees, and identify areas in which supervisees struggle to support client issues
  • Participants will discuss and review several expressive techniques that can be adapted to fit their supervision style and supervisee population to best respond to client needs.
  • Participants will understand several techniques that can be applied immediately to different aspects of the supervisory relationship.


Creative Means to Therapeutic Ends: Techniques for Narrative Practice

Mar 19, 2017 7:30am ‐ Mar 19, 2017 8:30am

Identification: 326

Interested in narrative therapy? Do you love the idea of story, and creativity in counseling, but aren’t sure how to put it into practice? Then this session is for you! Join in to hear more about narrative therapy and learn simple, yet powerful, creative techniques you can bring to your very next session. You’ll be re-storying before one can say “happily ever after.”

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide a brief introduction to Narrative Theory, in a high level, Narrative 101 format.
  • Participants will leave the session with several creative techniques to deepen their practice of narrative therapy with clients of all ages.
  • There will be an experiential component of the session, and participants will experience the power of creative interventions in accessing client story, meaning, and becoming.

Standard: $49.00
Members: $29.00