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Creativity to Make Counseling Better: The Brain Likes Novelty


Identification: LIVA18005

Credits: None available.

This session is built on the premise that the brain likes novelty. Presenters will discuss and demonstrate more than 15 creative techniques that make counseling more engaging. The use of simple props, chairs, movement and a whiteboard will be presented. Much of the session will be short demonstrations of creative techniques to use with various populations. Attendees will walk away with ideas they can use the next time they conduct counseling.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify ways to be creative in individual counseling sessions.
  • Participants will list four specific ways to make counseling more engaging.
  • Participants will discuss specific creative techniques that work with difficult, mandated clients

Standard: $69.00
Members: $39.00

Back-stabbers, Throat-Cutters, Sabotage, Oh My! Bullying in The Workplace


Identification: LIVA18001

Credits: None available.

Workplace bullying is on the rise and it is hard to imagine any clinician working with the adult population who has not had to address this issue. But what is the clinician to do? Advise the client to go to HR? Hire a lawyer? Stand up to the bully? We know from the research that conventional tactics have dismal success rates. And yet there are strategies that do work that just might be surprising to both you and the client. Discover why bullying happens and what you can do about it, along with tips you can start using with clients tomorrow.


Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will understand the current research on the topic, including how it contradicts with conventional wisdom on the topic.  This includes: prevalence of bullying in the workplace, why it happens, and the dismal success rates of conventional strategies for dealing with it.
  • Attendees with learn strategies that the research has demonstrated to be effective and how they can start applying these strategies when working with their clients.
  • Because workplace bullying is often a repeated cycle for victims, attendees will be able to identify techniques and strategies for preventing future victimization.

      Speaker(s):
      Standard: $69.00
      Members: $39.00

      A Counselor's Guide to Medication- Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction


      Identification: LIVA18015

      Credits: None available.

      As a counselor, have you ever wondered what you can do about the opioid epidemic? Have you ever had questions about medication-assisted treatment programs (MATPs)? If so, you do not want to miss this session! With a focus on providing baseline information for counselors new to opioid addiction, the presenters will utilize their combined expertise in clinical mental health counseling and addictionology to answer your questions about individuals with an opioid addiction and MATPs.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Counselors will learn the relevant background information related to the opioid epidemic, including prevalence data and current trends. Counselors will also gain an understanding of what it is like to be addicted to opioids, and they will have the opportunity to confront their own biases about individuals with opioid addiction.
      • Counselors will learn about Medication Assisted Treatment Programs (MATP). This presentation will provide information on methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine products, like Suboxone. Baseline information on the medications will be provided, including how it is administered and its impact on the brain. Narcan, the antidote for an opioid overdose, will also be discussed.
      • Counselors will learn about their role in Medication Assisted Treatment Programs (MATP). The presentation will include education on how to identify an individual with opioid addiction and what constitutes an appropriate referral to a MATP. Counselors will also learn their role in working with an addictionologist.

      Speaker(s):
      • Brian R. Russ, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University of Columbus
      • Bruce Baker, Addictionologist, Newaygo County Mental Health
      Standard: $49.00
      Members: $29.00

      Coming Out to Clients: An Ethical Decision-Making Model


      Identification: LIVA18002

      Credits: None available.

      Counselors who identify as LGBTQ+ often struggle with whether to disclose this identity to their clients. We will explore some of those struggles and review literature that addresses how disclosure may be performed ethically, as well as how disclosure of LGBTQ+ identity may serve to advocate for the LGBTQ+ population by role modeling and normalization. We will present an ethical decision-making model specifically for LGBTQ+ identity disclosure and apply the model to case vignettes through a group discussion.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Attendees will learn about the challenges that LGBTQ+ counselors face when considering disclosing this identity to clients through research and case examples.
      • Attendees will review literature concerning self-disclosure and advocacy while exploring how these two concepts may interact specifically in regards to LGBTQ+ identity disclosure.
      • Attendees will engage in an experiential activity in which they utilize an ethical decision making model to approach a number of vignettes regarding LGBTQ+ identity disclosure.

      Speaker(s):
      • Ben Hearn, MA, Trauma and Addictions Specialist, Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc.
      • Kelli Hess, MA, Mobile Therapist, Centerstone of Tennessee

      Affirming Counseling Practice with Queer People of Color: From Margins to Center


      Identification: LIVA18003

      Credits: None available.

      Within the diverse LGBTQ+ community, queer people of color (QPOC) represent a variety of gender, affectional and cultural identities and experiences. Intersectionality offers a unique lens for understanding multiple minority identities, cultural strengths and resilience. Using intersectionality as a conceptual framework, the presenters will review current research, share personal and professional reflections from the field and identify culturally relevant affirming counseling practices with QPOC.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Describe intersectionality as a framework for understanding the diverse experiences of Queer people of Color.
      • Identify, assess and emphasize cultural strengths and resilience with Queer people of Color in counseling practice.
      • Implement culturally competent affirmative counseling knowledge and skills in counseling practice.

      Speaker(s):
      Standard: $49.00
      Members: $29.00

      Cyber Sexual Assault: An Extension of Gender- Based Violence and Sexual Trauma


      Identification: LIVA18004

      Credits: None available.

      With the recent phenomena of cyber sexual assault and the lack of laws and a comprehensive knowledge of cyber sexual assault can have a devastating impact on victims’ psychological well-being. Findings from a quantitative study measuring the impact of cyber sexual assault will be shared. This seminal work serves to engage counselor educators in challenging how we define trauma as well as to provide empirical support that serves to guide how future clinicians are prepared for both evaluation and treatment of cyber sexual assault.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Increase counselors and counselor educators’ awareness of the definition of Cyber Sexual Assault; as well as the role of technology in violence against women. Cyber-sexual assault (e.g., “nonconsensual pornography” or “revenge porn”) is the nonconsensual sharing of sexually explicit images online, through social medial, or other forms of technology. Technology has impacted violence against women through avenues like cyber-harassment and cyber-stalking, and cyber-sexual assault is another form of technology-based violence that occurs within relationships.
      • Provide resources for counselors and counselor educators to utilize when working with clients who have experienced cyber-sexual assault. This extensive handout will include: (a) research with supporting references, (b) counseling implications/interventions, and (c) references to include specialists in legal support, photo removal, and counseling.
      • Increase counselors and counselor educators' awareness about the symptoms survivors may experience post cyber sexual assault, and how these mimic trauma. Thus, the third goal is to disseminate research findings regarding the psychological aftermath for survivors of cyber-sexual assault. Specifically, four theoretical constructs derived from sexual assault outcome literature established this research study on the mental health outcomes of cyber-sexual assault victims: (a) emotional dysregulation, (b) depression, (c) trauma guilt, and (d) PTSD. It is well documented that the trauma of sexual assault is longstanding, generating numerous mental health issues (e.g., sexual dysfunction, depression, suicidality, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional dysregulation, and trauma guilt) among survivors (Eaton et al., 2004; Kubany et al., 1996; Russel & Davis, 2007). Similarly, researchers have now identified mental health consequences among victims of cyber-sexual assault.

      Speaker(s):
      • Kelley Holladay, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
      • Bryce Hagedorn, PhD, Program Director of Counselor Education, University of Central Florida
      • Kristina Nelson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
      Standard: $49.00
      Members: $29.00

      An Ecological Approach to Understanding Opioid Abuse in Rural America


      Identification: LIVA18007

      Credits: None available.

      After outlining the details of the current opioid crisis in rural America, the presenters will offer an ecological model of case conceptualization to promote a better understanding of the complex, multisystemic factors that have led to and sustain this epidemic. A description of pivotal systemic issues and analysis of their relative centrality in the life and recovery of a case study client will provide participants with a complex and comprehensive foundation for treatment planning and advocacy.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Participants will be become familiar or refamiliarized with Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model of human development (e.g., 1979, 1994), including the micro-, meso-, exo-, macro-, and chronosystems. Participants will also be introduced to the work of Ungar and colleagues (2017), who have expanded upon this model.
      • Participants will be able to identify multiple ecological influences contributing to the current opioid crisis in rural America
      • Participants will apply the knowledge from objectives #1 and #2 by utilizing eco-webbing (William et al., 2015) to create an ecologically-informed case conceptualization and treatment plan for a client from an original case study. Discussion will include suggestions for the use of these strategies with students, supervisees, and clients.

      Speaker(s):
      Standard: $49.00
      Members: $29.00

      Addiction in The Schools: Improving Training for School Counselors


      Identification: LIVA18013

      Credits: None available.

      This session will pose a change in the way substance abuse is taught within school counseling programs. School counseling programs should place more emphasis on screenings/assessment and brief interventions in training school counselors to match current trends. This session will emphasize teaching methods and content necessary for preparing school counselors to provide addiction screening, assessment and brief interventions. Identifying available resources will also be emphasized.


      Learning Objectives:

      • This session will pose a change in the way substance abuse is taught within school counseling programs. School counseling programs should place more emphasis on screenings/assessment and brief interventions in training school counselors to match current trends. This session will emphasize teaching methods and content necessary for preparing school counselors to provide addiction screening, assessment and brief interventions. Identifying available resources will also be emphasized.
      • Learn how to help participants increase practical application, knowledge, and skills in addiction within the limitations of a school setting
      • Gain an understanding of key elements needed for effective substance abuse assessment and referral planning such as using brief assessment instruments like the CAGE, AUDIT, SASSI-3, and other related assessments
      • Learn helpful strategies for teaching students to conduct brief interventions within a school setting. Assist students in learning how to locate helpful addictions resources.

      Speaker(s):
      • LaShauna Dean, PhD, Assistant Professor, William Paterson University
      • Meredith J. Drew, PhD, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, William Paterson University
      • Michelle Hinkle, PhD, Assistant Professor, William Paterson University
      • Karen Decker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, William Paterson University
      Standard: $49.00
      Members: $29.00

      Soldier's Heart: Counseling Combat Veterans at End of Life


      Identification: LIVA18014

      Credits: None available.

      Counselors may feel unequipped to address the personal, spiritual and trauma needs of veterans at end-of-life, but must develop fluidity, adaptability and courage for these important final conversations. Research on this topic has largely been conducted in the medical community, but counselors play a significant role in supporting veterans in making peaceful transitions from life to death. This presentation draws on interviews with over 80 veterans to identify insight and knowledge about their end-of-life needs.


      Learning Objectives:

      • Identify the specific military culture considerations for counseling combat veterans.
      • Describe the clinical implications of the war/conflict and time period in which the veteran served.
      • List specific techniques for compassionately meeting the needs of combat veterans at end-of-life

      Speaker(s):
      Standard: $49.00
      Members: $29.00

      Human Trafficking Typologies: A Global Epidemic and Implications for Counselors


      Identification: LIVA18017

      Credits: None available.

      Human trafficking is a global problem throughout society that affects vulnerable individuals when perpetrators deny them basic human rights. Human trafficking typologies occur when different industries perpetuate the problem of human trafficking. To best serve victims and survivors, counselors must understand the phenomenon, including risk and protective factors, industry infrastructure and theory-driven counseling interventions.

      Learning Objectives:
      • Define human trafficking typologies within various industries
      • Discuss risk and protective factors of human trafficking survivors
      • Discuss implications for counseling human trafficking survivors and specific advocacy opportunities

      Speaker(s):
      Standard: $49.00
      Members: $29.00
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