Breakout Session 1
Presenter: Kelly Smith, Ph.D, LPC, ACS, NCC
Motivational Interviewing, the Stages of Change, and Breaking the Cycle of DV
***This session is full. Please select a different breakout session to attend during this time.***
Practitioners utilize both Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Model of Change together in practice because it is a good fit (DiClemente & Velasquez, 2005). Researchers specifically applied the Transtheroetical Model of Change to survivors of DV to help practitioners better understand and support clients (Burman, 2003) and to improve client outcomes of completing therapy and achieving successful treatment (Prochaska & Norcross, 2001). Using skills shared in this session, counselors could positively influence children by decreasing 1) the allostatic load on children, 2) internalized (social withdrawal, sleep disturbances) and externalized behavior (tantrums, aggression), 3) negative emotions such as fear, sadness, and anger as well as PTSD symptomatology, 4) traumatic impact on brain and cognitive development (resulting in better academic functioning), and 5) the number of children that learn violence as an acceptable way to solve problems (Adams, 2006). Providing counselors with tools to address this issue in session could help decrease violence perpetration and direct victimization of child-witnesses as they age.
Presenters: Angela Goethel, MS, Ed.S., Debra Murray, Psy. D
Group Counseling with Childhood Externalizing Disorders - Challenging but Effective
Do you shy away from facilitating groups for children with disruptive and challenging behaviors? While difficulty managing emotions and acting out can be developmentally appropriate in very young children, these tend to resolve through socialization, co-regulation, and modeling of appropriate social problem-solving behaviors. Strong and frequent patterns of externalizing behaviors into the preschool and elementary school years not only cause significant disruption at home and school but have also been linked to significant negative outcomes in adolescence and adulthood. This session will provide an overview of basic concepts related to group theory and management as it applies to working with children of elementary age (5-10 years), with specific consideration given to supporting this population as they cope with multiple COVID-19-related transitions. Participants will explore the risks and impact of childhood externalizing disorders. Effective counseling techniques will be identified, and the application of effective group counseling strategies will be outlined.
Presenter: Justin Jordan, Ph.D.
Integrating Harm Reduction in Substance Use Counseling
Harm reduction, an approach to addressing substance use, is well aligned with the values of professional counseling. Harm reduction can reduce risks for clients, especially those who are not abstinent from substances. This session will help counselors identify ways to integrate harm reduction for clients who use substances.