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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

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

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

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth: Family Acceptance and Emotional Development


Identification: LIVA18036

Credits: None available.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth (LGBTQ) experience a variety of struggles when coming out to their families of origin. These struggles include lack of acceptance and support by their families as well as isolation, depression, engagement in risk taking behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, and the risk of suicide. The focus of this presentation will be to address prior research on family support and acceptance with LGBTQ youth in their sexual identity development, and possible solutions for counselors to provide assistance with the youth and their families during this adjustment process.

Learning Objectives: 

  • To educate counseling professionals about LGBTQ youth and the impact of disclosure of their sexual and/or gender identity as well as the consequences on the lack of emotional support from caregivers.
  • Benefits to providing support and acceptance to LGBTQ youth, including research evidence and how caregivers can assist in the youth’s coming out process.
  • Treatment approaches and resources to assist LGBTQ youth and their families.

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

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


Identification: LIVA17003

Credits: None available.

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

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

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


Identification: LIVA17004

Credits: None available.

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

Speaker(s):
Category: Counselor Education
Standard: $49.00
Members: $29.00

Reflecting As If: An Encouragement-Focused Brief Counseling Process


Identification: LIVA17005

Credits: None available.

“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.

Speaker(s):
  • Dr. Richard E. Watts, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Counseling, Sam Houston State University
  • Danielle Marks, MS, Doctoral Graduate Assistant, Sam Houston State University
  • 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.
Standard: $49.00
Members: $29.00

For Shame! The Neglected Emotion in PTSD


Identification: LIVA17006

Credits: None available.

*Counselors requiring New York State approval must contact ACA upon completion to obtain customized CE certificate

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

Speaker(s):
Category: Individual Trauma and Crisis
Standard: $49.00
Members: $29.00

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


Identification: LIVA17001

Credits: None available.

*Counselors requiring New York State approval must contact ACA upon completion to obtain customized CE certificate

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

Speaker(s):
Category: Child and Adolescent Counseling
Standard: $49.00
Members: $29.00

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


Identification: LIVA17007

Credits: None available.

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"

Speaker(s):
Category: Professional Issues
Standard: $69.00
Members: $39.00
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