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THURSDAY CONFERENCE PROGRAMS

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022

The numbered programs below correspond to the scheduled programs list.

6. Time to Advocate for Counseling Compact Legislation in Texas' 
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Houston A
Topic: Professional Issues
Presenter(s): Kathy Ybanez-Llorente

With 22 states already enacting or pending legislation to become a member of the Counseling Compact, the reality of national counselor portability is closer than ever. In order for Texas counselors to participate, Texas must enact legislation to become a member state of the Counseling Compact. Now is the time to prepare counselors and supportive constituents to advocate for portability and encourage decisive action by our elected legislators. In 2019, an advisory group funded by the American Counseling Association collaborated with the National Center for Interstate Compacts to create an occupational licensure compact for professional counselors. This presentation will be presented by a member of the advisory group and will examine the development of the interstate counseling compact that has already been enacted by 14 states (at the time of this proposal). Participants will discuss how to support state legislative efforts to bring portability relief to licensed professional counselors in Texas, and the nation.

7. Unlike Bruno, We Gotta Talk About Sex! A Clinician's Ethical Obligations' 
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Houston B
Topic: Ethics
Presenter(s): Traci Test; Sarah Stillwell; Bryce Connor

Join us as we discuss the responsibility and awareness of broaching sex in session for both the clinician and counselor educator. We will discuss counseling methods and interventions to help initiate relevant conversations about sex with clients and supervision. We will compare perspectives on a developmental growth level of sexual development and personal exploration. It is now more important than ever for counselors and counselor educators to distinguish the barriers in social justice while supporting a healthy sexuality development in their clients. Come explore where the research literature, ACA Ethical Codes, Texas Administrative Code and recent trends meet that include the responsibility of the counselor in broaching the subject of sexuality with clients in session. Includes helpful hints for overcoming obstacles, tips and implications for counselors advocating for clients in the current culture.

8. Reconsidering Acculturation: Fostering Cultural Integration to Promote Client Authenticity  
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Houston C
Topic: Multicultural Counseling
Presenter(s): Joy Teles Oliveira; Sarah Silveus

As the United States becomes increasingly diversified, it is more crucial than ever that counselors understand how to effectively work with clients from different national and cultural backgrounds. Historically, counseling with immigrant clients has emphasized helping clients through the acculturation process by promoting assimilation to American culture. In this session, we will explore how traditional approaches to assimilation may not be congruent with immigrant populations and can result in increased psychological distress. Instead, we will introduce strategies that promote cultural reflection and cultural integration and examine how emphasizing clients' own cultural perspectives can result in greater authenticity and stronger treatment outcomes for immigrant clients.

19. Beyond the Therapy Room: Embracing Your Unique Counselor Identity and Building a Brand  
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: Houston A
Topic: Private Practice
Presenter(s): Cyndi Doyle; Kate Walker

Counseling isn't always what you thought it would be. You're attracting clients but sometimes feel uninspired and burned out. You see certifications, courses, and business-building pitches and feel the pull to sign up. Increased demands for mental health services created due to COVID-19 and social shifts have you assessing the risk of income and impact versus your own mental health, burnout, and compassion fatigue. What you need is a clear counselor identity, brand, and growth plan! Dig into your counselor identity with 2 LPCs who have leaned into authenticity and built successful brand identities and revenue streams outside the therapy room including courses, podcasts, books, speaking, and other products. Attack toxic mindsets of comparison, scarcity, and imposter syndrome. Gain tools to uncover your unique counselor identity. Ethically build messaging and branding to attract clients you were uniquely made to serve. Learn how to strategically plan products and services to positively impact communities and increase income and resilience.

20. TAADA Presents: Thanks Again: How Practicing Gratitude Impacts Outcomes Across the Lifespan  
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: Houston B
Topic: Wellness
Presenter(s): Betty White

As counselors, we all want our therapeutic impact to be maximized. There is one simple tool that can 'supercharge' your sessions with clients of all ages: the use of gratitude activities. When clients are called upon to regularly engage in gratitude practices, such as writing notes of appreciation, the use of gratitude journals, mindfulness practices based on gratitude, and so on, client's mental and physical well-being improve dramatically. This session will introduce you to gratitude, beginning with a definition, explonring gratitude in today's culture, and finally, and most importantly, allowing you to explore a variety of gratitude practices that are suitable for clients of various ages. Your will also have an opportunity to share your favorite gratitude activities. In addition to benefitting your clients, a regular gratitude practice can help you as well.

21. Play Therapy to improve Academic Achievement: Cultural Implications  
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: Houston C
Topic: Play Therapy
Presenter(s): Ryan Holliman; PJ Blanco; Erika Rodriguez

School-based counselors must often justify the relation of their counseling with children to the academic mission of the school. Those who attend this presentation will gain an overview of how play therapy impacts academic achievement, with specific focus on the evidence for the approach as well as specific interventions that may be necessary. As well, participants will gain an understanding about the current evidence for applying play therapy for academic achievement with different cultural and gender groups, with specific guidelines for how to make playrooms culturally adaptive.

33. Juggling Roles Within the Profession: Building a Solid Foundation  
Time: 2-3:30pm
Room: Houston A
Topic: Counselor Education & Supervision
Presenter(s): Teri Ann Sartor; Traci Test

Finding the needed balance to support the evolving transitions and shifting dynamics of the professional counseling/supervisory relationship while maintaining professional standards has been tested in recent years. Pre/Post pandemic has shown us the importance of blending the expectations and roles across counseling relationships and how we must adjust to manage the boundaries and professional expectations. Join us in an engaging conversation discussing higher developmental key performance indicators and appropriate standards for students and associates while enforcing appropriate boundaries and roles within working relationships. Explore the perceptions, expectations and roles in the counseling profession and how they form the foundation for future professional relationships. Ethical codes and best practices will be discussed as relevant BHEC, State Licensing, and telehealth/online education practices. Helpful resources will be provided for Educators and Supervisors for maintaining boundaries while enforcing roles within the student, supervisee and associate relationships.

34. Counselors' Responses to Three Mass Shootings  
Time: 2-3:30pm
Room: Houston B
Topic: Grief Counseling
Presenter(s): Derek Robertson; Thelma Duffey; Elias Zambrano

Attend this session to learn about comprehensive mental health services delivered to residents of communities after a mass shooting. Learn about a comprehensive response in schools and communities following the Sutherland Springs shooting. Additionally, attendees will learn about consultation services provided to Sandy Hook/Newtown and Uvalde communities. Presenters will address challenges experienced, opportunities for service and student development, and lessons learned! Attendees will also learn about how some schools have averted mass shootings as well as factors that led to community resilience following the shooting at the Pulse night club. Potential causes of mass shootings will be discussed as well as implications for advocacy and preparedness.

35. Creating A More Inclusive Practice: Basic Competency in Treating LGBTQIA+ Populations  
Time: 2-3:30pm
Room: Houston C
Topic: LGBTQ+
Presenter(s): Lacy Isenburg; Alex Chase

Research has shown three trends: 1) steadily growing numbers of LGBTQIA+ identified persons, 2) staggering rates of discrimination, stigma and conflict faced on a daily basis in the LGBTQIA+ community both their professional and personal lives, which leads to 3) more LGBTQIA+ identified clients seeking help from mental health care providers, among other professionals. It is crucial that mental health care providers have at minimum a basic understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole, knowledge of inclusive language, the differences and similarities of the populations within the community, a firm grasp of the daily difficulties unique to this population, and an idea of how to be and provide resources to LGBTQIA+ clients. Counselors must be equipped with the general knowledge of the processes of coming out, transitioning, and/or discovering one's sexuality and gender identity. Acquiring this basic knowledge helps promote good rapport and allows for a safer and more welcoming environment. Furthermore, due to the staggering and exponentially increasing rates of: suicide attempts, death by suicide, target of bullying, hate crimes against, homelessness, and death by homicide in this population, competency is crucial to have the tools and understanding necessary to create an inclusive place for LGBTQIA+ clients.

44. Walking the Tightrope: Anti-LGBTQIA Youth Legislation & Ethical Counseling Implication for Practice  
Time: 4-5:30pm
Room: Houston A
Topic: Ethics
Presenter(s): Nathaniel Smith, Ph.D.; RJ Davis, Ph.D.

The number of youth identifying as LGBTQIA+ has doubled in ten years (Jones, 2022). Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012) reported feeling more comfortable to self-identify as LGBTQIA+ than older generations (Jones, 2022). Yet, despite this increase in LGBTQIA+ visibility, there is ongoing political and legislative pushback against this community.

In February of 2022, the Texas governor ordered the investigation of gender-affirming care provided to trans youth as possible child abuse (State of Texas Governor, 2022). Then, in March 2022, Florida passed the Parental Rights in Education Act (2022) which bans classroom discussion on topics of sexuality and gender identity. This legislation causes ethical dilemmas for counselors as 'mandatory reporters,' providing gender-affirming care to LGBTQIA+ youth, and while working in schools. Meanwhile, counseling competencies guide counselors to provide LGBTQIA+ youth affirming care (Burnes et al., 2010; Harper et al., 2013), maintain the confidentiality of clients (ACA, 2014), and use ethical decision-making models when faced with ethical dilemmas in serving LGBTQIA+ clients. In this presentation, we explore counseling ethics and laws pertaining to counselors navigating this murky ethical landscape to grow as professionals supporting queer and trans youth and walk the tightrope of providing affirming care while practicing ethically.

45. Counseling with Neuroscience in Mind: An introduction to Brain Anatomy & Polyvagal Theory  
Time: 4-5:30pm
Room: Houston B
Topic: Mental Health Counseling
Presenter(s): Brandi Solanki

Discover the basics of the brain-body connection and integrating neuroscience into your counseling approach. Neuroscience has made major progress in the last 30 years and is becoming a staple in counselor education and practice. Because of the newness of these discoveries and methods, many of our educational programs did not integrate this knowledge. We have had learned about this through other continuing education opportunities or trainings such as Polyvagal Theory, EMDR, Brainspotting, or Somatic Experiencing.

This presentation will focus on giving you basic knowledge regarding brain anatomy and neurophysiology and how this relates to mental health. Polyvagal Theory will be introduced and resources/skills regarding expanding the Window of Tolerance and improving vagal tone will be given. Attendees will have knowledge of and learn to integrate a shared neurological language with their clients through resources provided and experiential exercises such as dyad conversations. After completing this presentation, you will be able to integrate this knowledge in order to empower your clients and reduce blame and shame around struggles such as PTSD, addiction, anxiety, depression, etc.

46. TxCSJ presents- New Standards of Care (Version 8) for Gender Affirming Mental Health Care Assessment  
Time: 4-5:30pm
Room: Houston C
Topic: LGBTQ+
Presenter(s): Sarah Stillwell; Beck Munsey

As clinicians working with LGBTQ+ population, it's important that clinicians are more than an ally to clients and students; Clinicians should be affirmative by being knowledgeable of populations' needs. Many transgender/gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients will present in the therapist's office needing a letter to support medical/legal transition, which is required by legal and ethical standards, but counselor education programs do not prepare clinicians for such and there is no formal assessment. While placed in this gatekeeping role, it can become difficult for the therapist to establish a therapeutic relationship. Evidence-based therapeutic interventions become essential to bridge this gap.

FRIDAY CONFERENCE PROGRAMS

Friday, Nov. 11, 2022

58. Trauma Informed Career Development and Counseling  
Time: 8-9:30am
Room: Houston A
Topic: Career Counseling
Presenter(s): Greta A Davis

Reactions of distress such as self-blame, mistrust, intense fears, and hopelessness related to traumatic experiences can negatively impact career development. Career counselors benefit from an understanding of the complexities of traumatic experiences and trauma-related reactions in order to facilitate healthy career development and career transitions. Attendees will benefit from a discussion of adverse experiences in childhood that impact career development as well as trauma experienced as adults. Strategies for addressing trauma from intake to termination in the context of career counseling will be provided.

59. Protecting Your Practice with a Professional Will  
Time: 8-9:30am
Room: Houston B
Topic: Private Practice
Presenter(s): Dawn Brunkenhoefer

This presentation will cover the importance of a professional will in your practice. Developing a professional will is an ethical action for all clinicians and business owners. Every clinician needs a professional will outlining the care of the practice in the case of an emergency. It's not complicated and this presentation covers multiple components and considerations.

  1. Learn the importance of a professional will for clinicians and business owners
  2. Identify all the ways a professional will protects you and why death is not the only reason for needing one.
  3. Understand the core components of a professional will...going beyond naming an executor.
  4. Explore considerations for the group practice owner and how the professional will can ethically protect your team.

This presentation comes with a PDF template.

60. Breaking Confidentiality due to Suicidal Outcry: Creating Supportive Environments  
Time: 8-9:30am
Room: Houston A
Topic: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
Presenter(s): Tiffany Simon

In a busy and fast paced school environment, school counselors may be faced with students experiencing crisis situations that require a break in confidentiality. Students may already be in the state of mind of feeling powerless and fearful of what the next steps are. Although school districts may have policies on the steps to take when school counselors are working with students who have made a suicide outcry, the attending skills are not typically written into these policies. In this session we will explore ways to be present with the client/student and strategies to create a supportive environment that may help to maintain a positive client/counselor rapport. Topics such as 'how to slow down and be present', 'allow for the client's voice to be heard', and 'preparing for the possibilities when involving others' will be explored. Join us for a deep dive into how to create supportive environments when tackling the difficult journey of breaking confidentiality.

71. Cultivating Counselor Identity within Online Counselor Education Programs  
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: Houston A
Topic: Counselor Education & Supervision
Presenter(s): Wendy Helmcamp; Tara Fox

Many online counselor education programs are thriving over the last two years. Due to convenience, accessibility, and flexibility, these programs provide an opportunity to pursue further education for individuals who may not be able to otherwise. Counselor identity is something that is fundamental to the counseling profession. Within an online program, educators must get creative in ways to cultivate professional identity. Given the lack of in-person connection, modeling and social learning are key components when teaching future counselors. Without the traditional classroom model, creating community within online counselor education programs is vital.

72. The Role of School Counselors in Integrating Culturally Responsive Practices  
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: Houston B
Topic: School Counseling
Presenter(s): LaShondra Manning; Beck Munsey

In this presentation, participants will learn how to help foster inclusive learning environments that promote culturally responsive practices in school settings. When school counselors integrate culturally responsive practices, they become advocates to help holistically address issues that could negatively impact minoritized students. To engage in culturally responsive practices, the presenters will teach strategies and provide resources which school counselors can integrate and help teachers to learn how to manage the impact of conscious and unconscious bias, prevent microaggressions, and address imposter phenomenon and stereotype threat.

73. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Applications and Interventions for Couples Counseling  
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: Houston C
Topic: Couple & Family Counseling
Presenter(s): K. Michelle Hollenbaugh; Kimberlee Mincey; Ada Uzondu

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based intervention for the treatment of emotion dysregulation, and recent research shows that it can be used successfully in marriage and couples counseling to improve relationships and reduce emotional lability for both partners. In this session, participants will learn how the basic tenets of DBT have been adapted for couples counseling, and how to successfully implement DBT with couples. Skills covered include behavioral principles (positive reinforcement), mindfulness practice, reality acceptance, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. This session will also discuss considerations for marginalized and underrepresented populations, and intersectionality in the professional relationship. Participants will interact, practice, and discuss specific DBT skills and techniques, and leave with usable ideas for their clinical work.

86. Honoring Spirit: Assessing the Salience of Spirituality and Religion in the Counseling Process  
Time: 2-3:30pm
Room: Houston B
Topic: Multicultural Counseling
Presenter(s): KHarriet Glosoff

Culturally responsive counselors recognize that spirituality and/or religion often play a central role in the development and well-being of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Further, spiritual and religious beliefs and practices may be related to clients' presenting issues or hold keys to resolving those issues. However, counselors may neglect or not feel competent to assess and integrate information about clients' spiritual belief systems into the intake and counseling processes. This program will be highly interactive, beginning with a brief review of core terms and key ethical considerations in addressing issues of S/R based on the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Issues in Counseling Competencies (ASERVIC, 2009) and the ACA (2014) Code of Ethics. Through discussion and case scenarios, attendees will review concrete suggestions to ethically address the spiritual/religious domain during the intake process and throughout counseling, along with ways to integrate clients' religious beliefs, faith traditions, and spiritual practices in counseling plans. The presenter will share tools (standardized tools and qualitative strategies) that counselors can use to enhance their cultural competence in addressing S/R issues in counseling.

87. Counselor as Philosopher?: Treatment Strategies for Existential Nihilism in Clients  
Time: 2-3:30pm
Room: Houston C
Topic: Mental Health Counseling
Presenter(s): Ryan Holliman

Sometimes a client presents with something that is far beyond garden variety hopelessness. 'I'm not sure there's any meaning in life!'; 'Is there any objective truth?'; 'If we all die, then what's the meaning of anything?' These aren't mere statements of frustrations but philosophical positions that can be somewhat impervious to our normal strategies. You might try to remember if there was anything useful from that lecture on existential psychotherapy in grad school, but nothing comes to mind. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of nihilism, philosophical responses, and how to effectively manage nihilism when it presents in clients.