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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Description: Current estimates suggest that approximately 18 million Americans struggle with alcohol abuse and dependence and 4 million suffer from a substance use disorder. One in four deaths in America can be attributed to the effects of alcohol, tobacco, or illicit substances, and as many as 75% of domestic violence victims report that their abuser was drinking alcohol or using illicit substances at the time of the assault. Given the commonly accepted formula for measuring the effect of a person with a substance use disorder on another person, it is estimated that up to six people are affected by one person with a substance use disorder. In other words, approximately 92.7 to 139.1 million Americans are frequently affected by someone's substance use disorder.
Source: Developing Clinical Skills for Substance Abuse Counseling, by Daniel Yalisove
Description: After reviewing the laws that may provide recourse to victims of cyberbullying, it becomes clear that although extreme actions may be prosecuted, "lesser" incidents will need other remedies. In this chapter, the author reviews some nonpunitive strategies that may be helpful. She begins with a discussion of punishment and discuss why it may not be the most effective way to deal with cyberbullying incidents, especially those that are less severe. She then describes the most widely used nonpunitive approaches in school and workplace settings. Many of these strategies are most effectively implemented by counselors, whose training provides the skills in communication and consultation that are the basis of these approaches. Finally, she includes some suggestions for working with parents.
Identify counseling strategies for use with cyberbullying victims and offenders
Associate outcomes with various strategies in working to combat cyberbullying
Examine the role of support groups and working with parents in combating cyberbullying.
Source: Cyberbullying: What Counselors Need to Know by Sheri Bauman
Description: This meta-analysis included 111 clinical trials exploring the effectiveness of counseling/psychotherapy and guided self-help approaches in the treatment of bulimia nervosa. In general, single-group studies supported higher efficacy of counseling/psychotherapy, whereas wait-list, treatment-as-usual, and placebo studies indicated both approaches were equally effective at termination (posttest) and follow-up in altering binging, purging, laxative use, and self-reported bulimia or body dissatisfaction perceptions in nearly all comparisons.
Understand the role of counseling and therapist-directed self-help approaches in the treatment of Bulimia Nervosa.
Compare and contrast the clinical trial outcomes derived from various counseling and self-help treatments and their effectiveness with clients.
CRCC approval for this course is currently pending. Description: Multicultural counseling approaches variously focus on the counseling relationship. Relatively few discuss clinical techniques and strategies to any significant extent. This article explores enhancing multicultural counseling by offering an array of techniques and strategies based on addressing oppression and increasing psychological freedom. Techniques offered seek to internally free a person cognitively, affectively, and systemically using the Precursors Model of Change (Hanna, 2002). The goal is to help set a person free from oppressive, discriminatory systems and individuals.
Understand cognitive and experiential counseling techniques, such as disputing oppressive beliefs and empty chair, aimed at addressing oppression and discriminatory systems and individuals.
Examine how counselors, within a multicultural context, can address oppression and increase a sense of psychological freedom within the client.
CRCC approval for this course is currently pending.
The following questions will be addressed:
Could you begin by describing what solution-focused counseling is?
Please tell us about the process that led you to develop a solution-focused counseling model.
What are the differences between solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and your approach, solution-focused counseling? Could you give me a brief case example of how this eclectic approach was used in a case?
When I read your book, I found that you made the point that in solution-focused counseling, timing is critical and, also, how the counselor asks questions is about as important as the questions asked. Please comment.
Let's now talk about your book, Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling. What inspired you to write the second edition of this book?
Your book describes using solution-focused counseling for many different clinical problems from anxiety to trichotillomania to suicide. Is the model really appropriate for such a breadth of clinical problems?
What do you consider among the most important solution-focused techniques? And what makes it most important to the process of change?
I was struck by your relationship with Albert Ellis. That is something, to have been his client, his trainee, supervisee, and then his colleague. Would you mind describing your first meeting with Albert Ellis?
In the final chapter of your book, 'The Future of Solution-Focused Counseling', you describe a number of trends and issues for solution-focused counseling as well as the field of counseling. Would you touch on these for our listeners?
We now have 53,000 members of the American Counseling Association, many of whom are clinicians, is there anything I have not asked you that you want our members to know?