2018 Summit Session Rotations
1) Moving Beyond the Well-Meaning White Counselor: Honest Conversations and Practical Applications
Synopsis: At the WCA Conference in 2016, this presenter led a panel discussion of graduate students discussing their challenges and growth in the area of recognizing their own racial identity development and working with clients from myriad backgrounds. This session will be an extension of our previous discourse with updated research, different racial/ethnic identity development models, and applications for attendees to discuss regarding their own identity development and how they connect with clients from different walks of life. We hope this presentation will include many voices and provide attendees with hope, enthusiasm, and excitement for working with diverse clinical populations.
2) Greetings, What Do They Matter?
Synopsis: Share percentages of contact in verbal and non-verbal communication. Present personal and professional examples of greetings, the mental approach and expected outcomes from a successful initial and subsequent meeting. Find an approach for ANYONE, EVEN THOSE YOU DISAGREE WITH! Role playing will occur.
3) Addicted to Helping Others... Understanding Co-Dependency
Synopsis: Can we be addicted to helping others? Do you put other's needs before your own? As a counselor we can blur our boundaries of helping others while forgetting to help ourselves. This presentation will help you better understand what co-dependency looks like, what causes co-dependency and how to help one recover from their addiction to people pleasing.
We will also discuss how areas such as; Addiction, Abuse, Parenting, Relationships and Co-Occuring Mental Health Conditions, all play into co-dependency.
4) What are the Ethical Competencies for Counseling Supervisors?**
Synopsis: The purpose of this presentation is to provide mental health professionals with an ethical framework encompassing the essential competencies of counseling supervision. These include: a) maintaining appropriate boundaries, b) applying sound supervision theory to the supervisory process, and c) providing evaluative feedback in a fair and honest manner respectful to the developmental phase of supervisees.
Sectional 2 11:00-noon
Helena Juergens, Ph.D., LPC, CRC, AASECT
5) Let’s Talk About Sex!
Synopsis: Sex is not always an easy topic to discuss in counseling, and clients might sometimes feel embarrassed to bring it up. This presentation will cover some of the most common issues individuals and couples bring up during counseling; as well as provide tools to help counselors initiate a discussion about sexuality with clients.
6) Eating Disorder (ED) Screenings: Assisting Mental Health and School Counselors in Early Identification of ED
Synopsis: Early detection of eating disorders provides a greater likelihood of recovery (NEDA, 2016). This presentation will introduce screening tools that can assess risk level of an eating disorder and determine the need for further assessment and referral. Clinicians will have an opportunity to examine their current screening and referral practices.
7) Better Minds, Better Health: A Neurobiological Map for Optimal Health
Synopsis: The purpose of this presentation is to provide mental health professionals with an understanding to the complex interplay between perception and the neurobiology of dysregulation while presenting straightforward strategies to activate a resilient mindset. These include: a) a cognitive liberation, b) envisioning, and c) neural inoculation.
8) Assessing and Addressing Counseling Students' Attitudes Towards People with Alcohol Concerns
Synopsis: This presentation will summarize research on counseling students’ attitudes toward those with alcohol use concerns. The presenters will provide information on the changes in attitudes over the course of enrollment in an addiction counseling class. Lastly, study implications and strategies for counselor educators will be discussed.
Sectional 3 2:00 - 3:00
9) Executive Function, Self-Esteem, and Stuckness and How to Fight Back
Synopsis: Students demonstrating a lack in behavioral inhibition will have difficulty with executive functioning skills. This will impact their academic, extracurricular, and social success. This presentation will focus on the neurological impacts EF struggles create for students. It will then discuss the implications that these struggles have on a student’s self-esteem and productivity. The presentation will specifically focus on students with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and gifted students. Finally, it will provide EF skill strategies and interventions for students receiving counseling.
10) Bridging the Gap Between Supervisor and Researcher Using Single Case Design to Monitor Counselor Wellness
Synopsis:In an attempt to bridge the practitioner-researcher gap, this presentation will teach participants a step-by-step approach to a wellness model of supervision (WELMS) that supervisors can implement and evaluate a using a single case research design.
11) Sought the Other, and I Found Me: A Group Journey into Self-Discovery?
Synopsis: This session will be related to the keynote by Dr. Stacee regarding self-awareness, authenticity, and acceptance of one in their personal and professional settings.
12) Alcohol and Drug Competencies for LPC’s
Synopsis: This presentation will help licensed professional counselors become aware of tools and strategies to identifying, addressing, and supporting their clients who struggle with substance use issues. Knowledge and skills required for professionals working with substance use along with their mental health issues will be identified. Will explore ways for counselors to acquire the knowledge and skill development to addressing substance use issues.
Sectional 4 3:15 - 4:15
13) Minority Stressors Interventions in a Psychotherapy Pilot Trial for Transgender Clients
Synopsis: This presentation focuses on minority stressors experienced by transgender individuals and discussed in psychotherapy with therapists. Common types of proximal and distral stressors for this population and appropriate interventions to address minority stress in psychotherapy sessions will be presented.
14) Advocacy in Action
Synopsis: Client and professional advocacy is a cornerstone of the counseling field. Bring your laptop or even just a cell phone and learn how to quickly and efficiently identify legislature and your representatives. In addition, a template will be shared for letter writing and calls. This is an interactive, hands-on session!
15) Supervising Trauma Counselors: Attending to symptoms of vicarious trauma
Synopsis: Supervising trauma counselors requires attention to a variety of developmental and self-care needs. Novice counselors will benefit from supervision that provides an understanding of skills integration, trauma theories, and attention to the impact of trauma work. This session will review methods for addressing symptoms of vicarious trauma in supervision.
16) Mental Health and Chronic Pain: Comprehensive Evidenced Based Treatment
Synopsis: This presentation goes beyond an overview of evidence-based counseling for the chronic pain client by identifying thought and behavioral patterns that reinforce somatic overlay, pain perception and opiate use. This presentation will provide a brief review of the current literature that supports these approaches and specific evidence-based treatment guidelines, strategies, and interventions. We will discuss how specific interventions including evidenced based CBT, individual and group therapy, in combination with biofeedback has resulted in positive outcomes and improved daily function. Research in biofeedback is demonstrating efficacy as a conjunctive modality for the treatment of pain. The presenter will examine specific case studies and approaches which are shared and critiqued. Participants will be able to identify how evidenced based methods can be combined to improve outcomes. Handouts are provided and discussion/consultation opportunities are made available.
17) Ethics in the Digital Age **
Synopsis: The rapid development of technology has had a major impact on the practice of counseling. Social networking, social media, electronic communication, and distance counseling have presented new ethical concerns for counseling practitioners utilizing technology. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight current ethical concerns of counselors working in the digital age. These include: 1.) maintaining boundaries in the digital age, 2.) creating a social media policy, and, 3.) informed consent and contract for services.