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Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference workshops will be offered on Thursday, February 22, 2018 and are at an additional cost to the 2018 ACCA Annual Conference Sessions.  ACCA is pleased to offer a diverse variety of pre-conference sessions that will offer continuing education for session attendees.
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Full Day Pre-Conference Options

Advanced Topics of College Counseling

The Advanced Topics of College Counseling offers (4) 90 minute sessions covering the following topics: Triage and Clinic Flow, Supervision, Assessment and Outcome Measures, and Group Therapy.  Cost of an individual session is $50, or $150 if you attend all 4 sessions.  Topics will cover:

Assessment and Outcome Measures - 8:30 - 10:00 AM
: Clinical Issues

This presentation will explore the utilization of assessment measures within college counseling settings. It will include an explanation of the rational for using assessments as well as an overview of key psychometric principles relevant to instrument selection. A review of the intake process and potential assessment tools will be provided and include both cultural and ethical considerations. This workshop will also include information on outcome measures and how to integrate that into treatment planning and service provision.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will be able to identify at least two specific rational for utilizing assessment instruments
  • Participants will be able to list psychometric criteria in determining appropriate use of assessment instruments
  • Participants will be able explain the ethical use and application of assessments as well as the cultural considerations

Triage and Clinic Flow - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
: Clinical Issues

Triage and Clinic Flow will explore different administrative and clinical structures to help avoid therapist burn out, wait lists and maximize clinic efficiency.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will discuss different triage models
  • Participants will review key items essential to a decision making during triage model selection
  • Participants will identify the importance of assessing triage competency

Leadership in Higher Education - 1:30 - 3:00 PM
: Administration/Leadership

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to broaden their awareness and leadership potential in the college counseling profession and to introduce or further develop their leadership skills.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will briefly examine theories of leadership, current leadership trends, and how to apply them to the college counseling center
  • Participants will develop and practice leadership skills for effectively running a higher education department
  • Participants will discuss challenges involving working with subordinates and administration

Group Therapy - 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Topic: Group Counseling

Group Therapy will explore how to effectively utilize group as a primary modality in college and university settings. While the majority of counseling centers report using groups as a treatment modality, it is often seen as a second class treatment by both therapists and clients. Running a successful group program in the college setting requires special considerations and surprisingly little attention has been given to this specialized type of group practice. This workshop will review the components of an effective group program. We will discuss the most common types of groups used in counseling centers, barriers to getting group started, and best practices in starting and maintaining the most frequent types of group offerings. Issues such as member selection and preparation, conjoint and concurrent therapies, and the use of group activities to facilitate group development will be also addressed.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Participants will be able to explain the efficacy of groups in treating a wide range of presenting concerns
  • Participants will be able to design a group counseling program for their counseling center

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on campus: Introducing ACT and its effectiveness in counseling, outreach, and university programming

This pre-conference session is available for $89 and will offer 6.0 Continuing Education Credits.  This session will start at 8:30 AM and conclude at 4:30 PM, with a 90 minute break for lunch.

Leslie Veach - East Carolina University
Scott Hamilton - DePauw University
Giovanna Rivano-Gomez - The University of Chicago

Abstract: College and university counseling centers in the US continue to experience rapid increases in the number of students seeking counseling support. The growing severity and complexity of students' presenting concerns along with this increase in demand, offers College Counseling Centers a unique challenge to respond with effective therapeutic modalities and accessible outreach programs. Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) is a third-wave cognitive behavioral model that provides a unique approach to working with college-aged students. This workshop features two parts: part one entails an introduction to ACT through didactic presentations and experiential exercises. Part two includes panel discussion and brief didactic formats about the ways in which the presenters have used ACT and ACT-based interventions at their respective campuses. This includes individual and group therapy, outreach programming, and other university functions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain a basic foundation of the components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its philosophical and theoretical application.
  • Participants will practice a number of therapeutic processes from the ACT model that can be implemented immediately in clinical practice.
  • Participants will discuss how ACT and ACT-based interventions can be applied on college campuses through counseling services, outreach programming, and other university functions.
  • Participants will discuss and analyze how these practical applications of ACT principles and techniques can address the current generational challenges of young adults in their  clinical practice, as well as how they can be implemented with diverse popula

Challenge Islamophobia: Learn how to Effectively Engage With the Spiritual/ Religious Identities of Students who Identify as Muslim, in Your Clinical Practice

This pre-conference session is available for $89 and will offer 6.0 Continuing Education Credits.  This session will start at 8:30 AM and conclude at 4:30 PM, with a 90 minute break for lunch.

Aliya Ismail - University of Miami

Abstract:  Students who identify as Muslim may face a number of stressors on college campuses: overt and covert discrimination, unique challenges around identity formation and expression, as well as encountering college campus clinicians who are hesitant to engage with their spiritual/religious identities in therapy. The purpose of this introductory seminar is to provide clinicians with knowledge and tools to support college students who identify as Muslim, in a culturally competent manner. Participants will learn how to understand the diversity within spiritual and religious Muslim identities and how these identities intersect with ethnicity, culture and geopolitical contexts. Cultural variances in the conceptualization of distress and healing that students may present with, will also be discussed. Finally, the distinctive stressors that Muslim students may face during their college campus experience will be explored. Throughout the seminar, tangible strategies for integrating students' Muslim identity into clinical practice will be provided. Participants will be encouraged and obliged to engage in critical thinking, discussion and in the reflection of their biases.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the basic concepts, structures and terminology of Islam.
  • Describe the intersections and contexts of faith, ethnicity, geopolitics and culture in how they shape identity.
  • Describe how these above contexts shape the conceptualization of distress and healing in students who identify as Muslim.
  • Recognize the psychological and social stressors unique to college students who identify as Muslim.
  • Identify culturally sensitive strategies of integrating Muslim religious and spiritual identities into clinical practice.

Half Day Pre-Conference Options

Beyond Journals:Exploring creativity in clinical training and supervision

This pre-conference session is available for $59 and will offer 3.0 Continuing Education Credits.

This session will start at 8:30 AM and conclude at 12:00 PM with a 30 minute break.

Julie Liefeld - Southern Connecticut State University

Abstract:  Creative expression is described to "live in the twilight zone between cognition and emotion, where defenses are not on the alert" (Lowenstein & Sprunk, 2010). Employing creativity in supervision facilitates deeper awareness within the self of therapist and deepens the dialogue about therapist process between supervisee and supervisor. Translating thoughts into symbols promotes richer expression, new understandings and "a ha!" moments and creates a space where mutual curiosity can offer exploration of beliefs, biases and stuck places "Beyond Journals" is designed for supervisors and therapists to examine, experience and evaluate how to use creative processing in their work. This is an interactive workshop where attendees will explore methods for applying creative expression therapy, training and/or supervision. Attendees will evaluate and discuss potential benefits, challenges and possibilities in supervision and therapy by integrating the mixed media experience to access the "meta verbal expression" (Harter, 2007). This workshop presentation will use lecture, examples cases, discussion and individual and group participation, specific and spontaneous approaches to use of mixed media "assignments" in training, supervision and teaching. Participants will experience and process the topic through creating and sharing of their own mixed media story (Cheon& Murphy, 2007,Gil&Rubin,2005, Harter 2007).

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will increase understanding of benefits of applying creativity in training and supervision
  • Attendees will develop an understanding of how to apply and/or use creativity or whole brained activity in their training or supervision
  • Attendees will develop an understanding of how to evaluate their use of creativity activity in supervision and or training
  • Attendees will increase their understanding of the relationship between creativity and clinical practice
  • Attendees will increase their confidence in using creative activity in clinical training and or practice

Supervision, Ethics and the Law

This pre-conference session is available for $59 and will offer 3.0 Continuing Education Credits.
This session will start at 1:30 PM and conclude at 5:00 PM with a 30 minute break.

Perry Francis - Eastern Michigan University
MJ Raleigh - High Point University

Abstract:  College counseling centers often serve as sites for internships or post-graduate professionals.  Supervising these counselors involves advanced knowledge and skills not only in counseling, but in supervision, ethics, and the law.  Using case studies, common sense, and supervision theory, Raleigh & Francis will present the basic and advanced skills needed for supervision in counseling centers as well as cover the ethical and legal challenges that most often occur.  Special attention will be given to working with supervisees working with at-risk students (suicidal/homicidal ideation) and Title IX issues.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge on the development of pre/post graduate counselors. 
  • Learn the most common issues and interventions for the supervision of pre/post graduate counselors.
  • Review the ethical and legal guidelines and requirements when working with supervisees. 
  • Review the ethical and legal issues when working with supervisees who are involved with at-risk clients.  

Substance Abuse on College Campuses: Focus on the National Opioid Epidemic

This pre-conference session is available for $59 and will offer 3.0 Continuing Education Credits. This session will begin at 1:30 PM and conclude at 5:00 PM with a 30 minute break.

Christie Simons - Belmont Abbey College

Abstract:  Substance abuse is a perennial problem on college campuses. Rates of binge drinking and drug use continue to climb, but the past several years have seen a new issue, the opioid epidemic. Opioid misuse and overdose, according to the CDC, claims over 90 lives per day, with over half of those being caused by prescription opioid medication. College students are at an increased risk due to their misdirected belief that prescription medications, like Oxycodone and Xanax, are less harmful than other illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine. Research is just beginning to catch up to the dangers of these medications, with the American Medical Association publishing new guidelines for prescribing. In order to best help college students, an understanding of how each substance impacts the brain and body - and interact with one another, as well as an understanding of the epidemiology of substance use and various available treatments is necessary. This presentation aims to give counselors and other college professionals a foundational understanding of the pharmacology of common drugs of abuse, the scope of the problem, and types of treatments available, including naloxone and other medication-assisted treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to describe basic pharmacology of popular drugs of abuse, including alcohol, benzodiazapenes, opioids, marijuana, and cocaine.
  • Attendees will be able to explain various etiological theories of addiction/substance use, particularly among college students.
  • Attendees will discuss the current opioid epidemic and implications for their campus.
  • Attendees will critically evaluate and be able to select substance abuse screenings and basic treatment methodologies as well as refer for other treatments, including medication-assisted treatment.

SBIRT: Protocol, Practice, and Prevention on Campus

This pre-conference session is available for $59 and will offer 3.0 Continuing Education Credits. This session will begin at 1:30 PM and conclude at 5:00 PM with a 30 minute break.

LynnDee Horne - UNC-Pembroke 

AbstractSBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) has been defined by SAMHSA as an evidence-based approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for those with a substance use disorder and for those who may be at risk for developing one.  Alcohol and drug use are many times the focus of prevention and intervention programs on campus and counseling centers are often involved in some way in this process.   In the college setting, SBIRT can be used as part of a comprehensive alcohol and other drug prevention and intervention program.  This session will examine the SBIRT model, discuss supervision of teaching the model to others on campus, and explore the options of how SBIRT can be utilized in college counseling centers and across campus. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will understand the complete SBIRT protocol and demonstrate SBIRT skills.
  • Participants will be able to teach others the SBIRT model and demonstrate knowledge of SBIRT supervision.
  • Participants will be able to identify areas on campus where incorporating the SBIRT model would be beneficial.  

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