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.
The presentation will proceed from a multicultural and social justice foundation. From this foundation, we will explore literature and case studies pertaining to how LGBTQ+ identity shapes a counselor’s practice, what generally constitutes an ethical self-disclosure, and how self-disclosure of an LGBTQ+ identity can be managed ethically while acting as an advocate according to multicultural and social justice principles.
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.
The American Counseling Association Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (Ratts, Singh, Nassar-McMillan, Butler, & McCullough, 2015) highlight the importance of cultural competency with diverse populations. Despite the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer-identified (LGBTQ+) community, Queer scholarship often expresses a culturally encapsulated view, neglecting the cultural variation of minoritized populations within the Queer community. The research suggests there are many unique dynamics for Queer people of Color, including cultural and Queer identity, level of outness, community acceptance and marginalization, spirituality, racism outside and within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as intimate partner and family of origin issues (Kuper, Coleman, & Mustanski, 2013; Moradi, DeBlaere, & Huang, 2010; Moradi, Wiseman, DeBlaere, Goodman, Sarkees, Brewster, & Huang, 2010). With a growing research base (Harper, Jenewall, & Zea, 2004; Huang, Brewster, Moradi, Goodman, Wiseman, & Martin, 2010; Meyer, 2010), counseling and psychology are exploring the needs and assets of Queer people of Color to provide culturally competent affirmative counseling. Intersectionality provides a unique framework for counseling practice with Queer people of Color by addressing multiple and intersecting forms of oppression (Smith & Shin, 2015) and individual and relational resilience (Meyer, 2010; Singh, 2013). Through the lens of wellness, counselors are well poised to facilitate culturally responsive affirming counseling practice by highlighting resilience, emphasizing cultural strengths, and applying intersectional approaches to counseling conceptualization and practice (Bowleg, 2013; Chang & Singh, 2016; Singh, 2013). Using lecture, group discussion, case examples as well as personal and professional experiences, the presenters will: • Review current research and theory of LGBTQ+ affirming counseling practice. • Identify literature-based Queer people of Color counseling issues as well as cultural strengths and resilience. • Provide a theoretical overview of intersectionality and its application to Queer people of Color. • Describe and apply practical counseling strategies that emphasize cultural strengths, wellness, and resilience of Queer people of Color.
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.
G. Zaltman, a Harvard researcher, describes in his book, How Customer’s Think, the idea of creativity aiding in change. Creative counseling can make counseling more engaging. Two major guiding principles for the workshop are: (1) the brain likes novelty and (2) talk to your client’s eyes as well as their ears. The workshop will focus on a number of novel, creative techniques that have been used by counselors in agencies, treatment centers, schools, and private practice. The creative techniques demonstrated will be connected to some of the major theories in counseling such as CBT, Adlerian, Gestalt Therapy, and Choice Theory (Reality Therapy). The use of props, chairs, writing, drawing and movement will all be demonstrated. Focus will be on a variety of populations and issues such as anger, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, helplessness, and guilt. A portion of the workshop will focus on using creative techniques to over come resistance held by mandated or unmotivated clients.
This experiential session will demonstrate the full experience of grief and personal loss with the adolescent population. The session will include different models of grief and offer creative approaches to processing grief with adolescents. There are a variety of ways for adolescents to express feelings of grief in an age appropriate manner (i.e. storytelling, music, social networks, art). Participants will learn ways to process those experiences with clients, including adaptations to accommodate adolescents.
Practical and immediately usable counseling interventions are take away outcomes of this presentation. Participants will be able to share ideas with colleagues and will receive handouts to be reproduced for further study. Self-evaluation, the cornerstone of reality therapy, helps clients make better choices by examining the effectiveness of their choices and the attainability of their wants. Participants will also learn the significance of the counseling relationship in the practice of reality therapy.
The foundation for the practice of reality therapy is choice theory described as the train track. The delivery system, reality therapy is the train. It is summarized with the acronym WDEP (wants, doing, evaluation, planning). The emphasis in this presentation is on the significance of self-evaluation. The entire process of reality therapy rests on an appropriate therapeutic alliance. This alliance consists in 3 elements: the counseling relationship mutually agreed upon goals, and mutually agreed upon strategies.
Online education is here to stay, whether you like it or not. With increasing numbers of counselor education programs and courses adopting an online model, counselor educators have an opportunity to cross the online divide by being proactive and committed to excellence as early adopters in this frontier of educational delivery. Join this honest and informative conversation on the issues and best practices for delivering outstanding online counselor education, led by professors from an accredited online program.
The educational content of this session will examine: · CACREP standards related to the teaching and learning of counseling education in an online environment · The growth of online education and its effect on counselors-in-training, counselor educators, and eventually future clients · Best practices in online education for counselor educators transitioning from face-to-face courses to an online platform · Various tools and support that aid in the successful adoption of online learning experiences in counselor education
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.
Research on workplace bullying is relatively new, and yet after 25 years some fascinating information has been revealed. Although popular notion often puts the blame for bullying either on the personality of the perpetrator or victim or both, we now know that the workplace itself is the most important determining factor. Other information that has come to light recently is the dismal rate of success that victims have when they deal with the matter according to conventional wisdom. Counselors encouraging clients to fight, go to HR, or to seek legal recourse, are often setting their client up for failure or even making the situation worse. However, we do know from the research that there are things the client can do to make things better, even if they at first seem counter-intuitive.
The use of humor is like other counseling techniques: it can hurt or it can heal. This session will examine when and how humor can be used in counseling across the lifespan, considering multicultural factors and other variables, such as age, sexuality, and ability. The focus will be on how humor can help clients in multiple circumstances broaden their perspectives, become more positive and lighthearted and find meaningfulness, balance, and levity in their lives. The evidence-based research will be discussed as well as case studies.
This presentation will address a difficult subject for many counselors: when and how to use humor ... if ever. There is research on the health effects of humor on individuals lives and there is evidence from Myers and Sweeney's "Wheel of Wellness" that humor is a pertinent factor in overall health.
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.
This presentation will support counselors who currently work with or who are interested in working with combat veterans at the end-of life. My research includes: - My research, including 80+ extensive oral histories conducted with veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and between war conflicts. Samples from interviews will be included in the presentation to illustrate various end-of-life needs. - Support from the research of Deborah Grassman, whose groundbreaking work as Direct of Hospice for the VA is taught extensively throughout hospices nationwide. - A review of the current literature related to end-of-life care for combat veterans.
National datasets show a severe shortage of mental health providers in rural communities. The presenters will discuss current trends in the delivery of counseling and other mental health services to rural clients and communities. Current literature suggests the needs of rural clients are as diverse as those faced by clients from the inner city. This session will help counselors to connect with the most current and up- to-date practices for the delivery of evidenced-based mental health services for clients in rural areas.
This program takes multicultural theory, diversity competencies, and evidenced based practice and applies all to providing mental health services for rural clients and communities. The presentation will begin with three cases of typical clients seen in the United States. One will be from a town with a population of 500. The second from a rural community of 5,000 people. The third from an inner-city community in a large (4 million +) metropolitan area. These cases will be used to frame how services are similar yet different, and more diverse for rural clients and communities.
Millions of families in the United States, children included, endure profound disruption due to the deportation of one or more family members. Potential consequences of fear of parental deportation will be discussed followed by an introduction to several creative interventions that may be helpful in working with children of undocumented parents. Implications for counselors, counselor educators and researchers will also be included.