This session provides: (1) an overview of gender dysphoria and gender transition; (2) strategies on affirmative clinical evaluation of gender dysphoria; and (3) affirmative clinical assessment and recommendations for clients pursuing social and medical transition. Examples of clinical management and a letter of recommendation for gender transition are provided. Practical considerations for affirmative practice, including ethics and cultural diversity, are discussed.
This proposal is based on the theory, research, and practice of addiction and pain management as they are applied in counseling populations in various settings. This session will focus on the specific theory and techniques of addiction and pain management as they relate to the current opiate epidemic in America. The session will also provide the audience with opportunities to apply this knowledge to their clinical population and setting through a question-and-answer period.
This advanced session addresses the connection between traumatic childhood experiences and substance-related and addictive disorders enumerated in the DSM-5 and beyond. Best practices in clinical diagnosis and treatment are explored. The combination of seminar, case study, and discussion makes the training valuable for students, educators, and clinicians alike. Integrative and trauma-informed treatment protocols are highlighted and give attendees increased knowledge and confidence with clinical implementation.
This session focuses on recent relevant research conducted by the lead presenter examining high school bullying gender differences. This session focuses on recent relevant research in which we found that male students both experience and perpetrate significantly more physical bullying and experience more verbal bullying. Consistent with the tend-and-befriend model, girls choose prosocial responses significantly more than boys, whereas boys are just as likely to choose antisocial as prosocial responding.
In order for the counseling profession to grow and thrive, we must advocate for ourselves and our clients in legislative arenas. In this program, attendees will learn about the importance of engaging in legislative advocacy. Foundational information about legislative processes and strategies will be provided. Ten practical tips that counselors can apply to enhance their legislative advocacy efforts will be shared.
Cultural competence is an ethical responsibility of counselors working with diverse clients. Join an interactive session exploring personal awareness, historical attitudes, identity development models, and needs/strengths of multiracial populations. This session will also examine use of creative counseling techniques, group counseling, and narrative therapy approaches with multiracial populations. Experiential activities will help bring the concepts to life as counselors develop new insights and skills.
Regardless of work setting, clients regularly present with issues related to spiritual and religious values. Counselors, however, often feel unprepared to work with clients presenting with spiritual or religious issues. This is particularly true regarding the ethics of working with spiritual and religious issues in counseling. This panel session, by members of the ASERVIC Ethical Values Committee, will address key ethical issues when addressing clients’ spiritual and religious values.
Let’s unpack consensual nonmonogamy (CNM) and polyamory. Counselors will address misconceptions about polyamory and CNM, explore the impact of counselor bias, and learn how to provide affirming services for this community. The presenters will cover core concepts and definitions, describe relationship structures, and provide practical clinical strategies. Counselors will discuss working with diverse clients and building clients’ sense of wellness and community. Participants will receive a handout of resources.
Students in all types of schools experience the deaths of family and friends due to school violence, accidents, illnesses, and suicide. School counselors or other mental health professionals may struggle to adequately support grieving students.This session will address trauma-informed strategies for offering support groups for adolescent students experiencing grief, with the goal of understanding the importance of directly addressing grief in the school setting.
Trauma and social media have a pervasive presence across many cultures and societies and impact people of all ages. However, research indicates an overlap for adolescents who experience trauma who also have access to technology and social media, yet little is known regarding the healing impact social media and technology can have on survivors of trauma. This session seeks to explore how clinicians can utilize social media to invoke healing from trauma and resolve grief in clients from the millennial generation.