Poster Sessions

Poster sessions do not offer CEs.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

12:00 – 1:00pm

Professional Counseling and Speech-Language Pathology: A Unique Interprofessional Collaboration 

Topic: Counselor Education & Supervision
Day: Thursday
Presenter(s): Kathy Ybanez-Llorente; Maria Resendiz

Many counseling settings include interdisciplinary treatment teams, but a focus on developing the skills necessary to work within these teams is not always highlighted in counselor education. Graduate students preparing for off campus internships working in medically under served counties were administered a survey to identify their perceptions of interprofessional delivery of services by two professions: Professional Counseling and Communication Disorders. Questions about knowledge of and comfort working with patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds were also asked. This poster presentation provides an analysis of these perceptions and suggestions for guiding graduate students through developing the requisite skills to successfully work within interdisciplinary settings.

Older Asian Indian Americans: Mental Health Considerations for Distinguished Desis 
Topic: Multicultural Counseling
Day: Thursday
Presenter(s): Dhruvi Patel; John Harrichand

The Asian Indian American community is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the nation. At a population verging over four million, Indian Americans are the second-largest immigrant group after Mexican Americans and the largest source of new immigrants to America. Accordingly, the number of older Indian immigrants is steadily growing, with 20% of Indian Americans over the age of 50 in a 2017-2019 appraisal. Yet, amid Indian Americans' underrepresentation in the counseling literature, its segment of older adults has garnered even less attention despite unique characteristics and needs, significantly neglecting their mental health and mental health utilization. With 87% of Indian Americans born outside the U.S., older Indian Americans face experiences that include inevitable losses and transitions associated with mortality and aging, as well as distinctive challenges born of contexts of immigration and transnational acculturation. Alongside nuances endemic to Indian American experience (e.g., intercultural conflict and integration, intergenerational clashes), both individual histories of immigration and idiosyncratic aging processes exert implications for mental health. This poster session describes common characteristics and needs of the older Indian American community and advances culturally responsive frameworks to utilize with this growing population, in Meaning-Centered Counseling and Therapy (MCCT) and the RESPECTFUL model.

Two Paths Diverged: Using a 'Choose your own Adventure' Activity to Increase Student Self-Efficacy 
Topic: Counselor Education & Supervision
Day: Thursday
Presenter(s): Ross Spears; Madelyn Duffey

This poster will focus on a novel, creative teaching activity for a counseling skills class. Research indicates that creative counselor education can increase clinical competence and creativity (McGhee et al., 2019). The presenters will discuss how a 'Choose your own Adventure' activity was used in counseling classes to increase student self-efficacy.

The Impact of Counselor Practices and Background Characteristics on Disciplinary Outcomes 
Topic: School Counseling
Day: Thursday
Presenter(s): Tiffany Chaney

The purpose of this research will be to present the Doctoral Candidate's Abstract Proposal in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in Counseling at Texas Southern University. The program proposes to investigate the impact of counseling practices, counselor demographics and counseling experience impacts middle school on discipline outcomes. The purpose of the quantitative research study will be to examine the influence of counseling practices, specifically, social-emotional learning, individual planning/conference and group counseling on discipline outcomes of middle school student behavior. The researcher will utilize secondary data from middle school students and counselors. The secondary data for counselors was collected using a general survey by the independent school district. The secondary data for students will be collected using a pre and post survey provided by 7 Mindsets and discipline data collected by the school district.

Let's Meet Before Valhalla: Positive Effects of Using Outdoor Interventions on Veteran Mental Health 
Topic: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
Day: Thursday
Presenter(s): Julia LeClair; K. Michelle Hunnicutt Hollenbaugh

The National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report (VA, 2021) revealed United States veterans had over 50% higher suicide rates than those who are not veterans. Since 2005, over 6000 veterans die by suicide annually. In the last decade, there has been a big push for service members and veterans to seek mental health services to address some of the current challenges they face. Many veterans feel and think they are alone and do not experience the same bond and sense of belonging after separating from the military. This poster will report the benefits of implementing outdoor therapeutic settings and interventions to improve veteran mental health. With veterans having their own cultures and subcultures, the benefits of outdoor therapeutic interventions are to give veterans the 'safe' space they need to feel more open and comfortable in addressing their mental health challenges. There will be an emphasis on the importance and combination of military veterans reconnecting with other veterans and the therapeutic effectiveness of outdoor activities on mental health. Recommendations will be provided for practicing counselors seeking to improve veteran mental health and combat the veteran death by suicide rate. Handouts with veteran resources will be provided.

Friday, November 11, 2022

12:00 – 1:00pm

Immediate Stabilization Procedure (ISP®): Stabilization without Re-Traumatization
Topic: Trauma Informed Counseling
Day: Friday
Presenter(s): Steve Beatty

The presentation will provide an overview of the psychological distress that occurs due to natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or wartime and how the Immediate Stabilization Procedure (ISP®) differentiates as a psychological first-aid solution for effectively stabilizing victims. It will include the evolution and development of ISP®, potential risk factors, criteria, and active signs of clients who may benefit its application, and its effectiveness.

Sexual Identity Support for Newly Identifying Queer Women in Long Term Heterosexual Partnerships
Topic: Group Work
Day: Friday
Presenter(s): Heather Fry; Anna Beth Bonney

In a world awakening to freer sexual expression, more women are discovering their bisexuality later in life. Despite marriage being seen as a privileged institution with many benefits including better health, those who identify as bisexual benefit less and suffer poorer self-rated health than their heterosexual counterparts, especially bisexuals in straight presenting unions. This group will provide a safe space to explore sexual identity and establish a sense of community for partnered women exploring sexual identity.

The group will be made up of women between the ages of 30 and 50 who self-identify as being newly queer and in long-term heterosexual presenting relationships. The overarching goal of this group will be to empower newly queer-identifying women in their own lives and relationships. This will be achieved through validation of their newly discovered sexual identity, community building, and safe exploration.

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice: The Effects on Female Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma
Topic: Trauma Informed Counseling
Day: Friday
Presenter(s): Crystal Morris

This presentation will focus on mindfulness practices and character strengths in counseling female survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) and the effects on their relationship satisfaction. Attendees will learn about military culture, hear testimonies of service members and veterans' experiences of the effects of military sexual trauma on relationships, learn applications of mindfulness and character strengths from Niemiec's (2014) Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) program, and how to build positive relationships in female survivors of MST, as well as ethical and culturally applicable considerations and implications for counselor education.


Bridging the Gap: Designing & Implementing a Latinx Counseling Concentration
Topic: Counselor Education & Supervision
Day: Friday
Presenter(s): Stephanie Ramirez

The counseling profession is constantly changing to meet the diverse needs of the U.S. population. With this in mind, one CACREP-Accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program sought to meet the needs by developing and implementing a culturally-responsive differentiated curriculum to train future counselors to meet the needs of the Latinx population. As of 2017 the Latinx population comprised of 18% of the entire U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019). Furthermore, two of the top three states with the largest Latinx population reside in southwestern region (Texas and Florida) (Noe-Bustamante et al., 2020). This further supports the need to develop and implement a culturally-responsive counseling curriculum to meet the needs wellness needs of the Latinx population.  The purpose of this presentation is for participants to learn about the development and implementation of a Latinx Counseling Concentration (LCC) and to provide helpful tips for programs considering a similar or related concentration.

The role of hope between family influence and career decision making of Asian international students
Topic: Career Counseling
Day: Friday
Presenter(s): Hongshan Shao

This session reviews the literature on the career development of Asian international students including family influence, hope, human agency, and career theories. This study focuses on exploring the effects of family influence and human agency on career decision-making for Asian international students, along with hopeful career state as a mediator through a structural equation modeling (SEM) in Mplus 8.0. The mediation effect will be shown to help participants learn and apply the SEM method. It aimed to provide evidence-based support to counselor educators, students, and practitioners.

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