Program List



Thursday and Friday Programs are included with conference registration. View a scheduled list of all programs and events.

Learning Institues and Post Conference Workshops

Select a Learning Institue (Wed) and/or a Post Conference Workshops (Sat) is a great way to expand your conference experience and earn extra CEs!

You can add these in-depth programs to your conference registration or attend them as stand alone events.

Learning Institutes ($130)

All Learning Insitutes are held on Wednesday, November 13, from 8:30 - 4:45 pm.


A: TACES Presents: TEMPSC III- A Model to Evaluate School Counselor Performance
[Secondary School Counseling]
Tiffany Simon, Elias Zambrano, Ernest Cox, and Salvador Acosta

The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (5th edition) is currently available and in use in school districts across Texas. As a recommended companion resource, the Texas Evaluation Matrix for Professional School Counselors (TEMPSC)-III, can be used to evaluate counselors in the ten domains included within a comprehensive school counseling program. TCA taskforce members will provide detailed information on the evaluation cycle and strategies for evaluating school counselors.

B: Buzzards Don't Have Burnout-How Ethical Practices and Wellness Can Keep You From Becoming Roadkill at Work
[Ethics & Legal Issues, Spirituality & Wellness]
Betty White

No one wants to feel like roadkill! Buzzards can teach us a lot about ethics AND wellness. While most counselors do a pretty good job of following the appropriate ethical guidelines, there is one area in which most of us fall short: self-care. What do the animals know that we don't? In this session, a former biologist turned counselor will use animals to help you learn principles that will permit you to have a burn-out free, ethical practice. After all, self-care is an ethical imperative.

C: Using Integrative Interventions in Brief/Time-Limited Counseling
[Community & Clinical Counseling, Secondary School Counseling]
Richard Watts, Jennifer Boswell, Sinem Akay-Sullivan, and Susan Henderson

Many counselors work in settings that require brief or time-limited practice. This demonstration-focused learning institute provides attendees with (a) information on and application of techniques from Adlerian, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and constructivist approaches that are particularly useful for brief/time-limited counseling, and (b) understanding of where and how these procedures may be used in the counseling process based on clients readiness for change.

D: Advanced Psychopharmacology for Counselors: A Look at the Brain and Behavior
[Professional Issues, Community & Clinical Counseling]
Richard Henriksen and Dusanka Armstrong

This session includes a discussion of neurophysiology with an emphasis on psychopharmacological interactions with neurotransmitters and how medication affects brain functioning. Training will focus on understanding the primary medications prescribed to adults, adolescents, and children, prescription issues, and how those medications affect neurological issues, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well as medication interactions. A basic knowledge of brain cells is expected.

E: Supervisor Refresher Course
[Counselor Supervison, Ethics & Legal Issues]
Kate Walker

The LPC rules overhaul and Sunset review mean big changes for LPC Supervisors. This pre-conference workshop is designed to give LPC Supervisors current information about how the 2019 rule changes impact supervision practice. Topics will include systems to navigate new paperwork requirements, discussion about 'what's missing' in the new rules, and guidelines for technology. Participants will gain practical tools to incorporate quickly and ethically into an existing supervision practice.

Post-Conference Workshops ($75)

All Post-Conference Workshops are held on Saturday, November 16, from 8:30 - Noon.


F: Art-Mind-Ed: Innovative Assessments and Creative Connections
[Elementary School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling]
Megan Guidry and Cally Tilly

Words, in the form of self-reporting or outcries, are often the only medium counselors have to navigate our populations. Art offers school counselors a powerful medium to understand students and their needs. Learn from a School Counselor and Art Therapist about the research benefits of art therapy and how you can apply it to your program.

G: Testifying in Court, Developing Credibility and Bullet Proofing Your Testimony
[Ethics & Legal Issues, Professional Issues]
Jeffrey Gallup

A counselor must be prepared to testify in court or at a deposition, under oath. Although some therapists and counselors may not like to testify and may find it disruptive to their practices, there is sometimes no choice. As the number of health-related and family law lawsuits increases, the chance of counselors appearing in court increases. How do we show credibility to a jury or judge, and bulletproof our testimony and practices to remain ethical in court or depositions?

H: TAADA Presents: Counseling Ethics Across the Lifespan: Issues in Developmental Ethics
[Ethics & Legal Issues, Lifespan Development]
Bret Hendricks

The Texas Association of Adult Development and Aging presents this workshop about ethical issues related to developmental stages of clients. This presentation will provide participants with knowledge and tools to assist clients with topics related to age, gender and gender identity, and cognitive and emotional development. The presenters will discuss common ethical case conceptualization related to developmental issues. Handouts will be provided and audience participation will encouraged.

I: Little Kids-Big Challenges-Combining Social-Emotional Learning Strategies and Behavior Management to Advantage Our Youngest Learners
[Elementary School Counseling, Child & Adolescent Counseling]
Betty White

Young children are entering school with fewer social and emotional skills and more behavioral issues than ever before. Research based, meaningful interventions delivered comprehensively as soon as these children start school and continuing through their early elementary years can help these children become successful learners throughout their educational careers. This workshop will help counselors learn techniques to build social-emotional skills, well-being, and academic success.

J: A Path to Exemplary School Counseling Programs:  A Side by Side Look at the Texas Model, the Newly Revised TEMPSC, and the CREST Award Program
[Elementary School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling]
Elias Zambrano, Ernest Cox, and Jennifer Akins

Learn ideas and tools to help your school counseling program become an award-winning Exemplary School Counseling Program! The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, 5th Edition-now codified in law, TCAs newly published Texas Evaluation Model for Professional School Counselors, 3rd Edition, and TSCAs Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) awards program are completed and ready for your use!  Learn how these tools align with each other to support and guide your school counseling program to reach new levels of excellence. Discover how these tools can collectively support your professional skills to deliver high quality, student-oriented services through a comprehensive school counseling program!


Poster Sessions

(Thurs & Friday from 12:00 - 1:30 pm)

Conference poster sessions present research data to support effective counseling, intervention, and therapeutic strategies across many specialties within the counseling profession. Poster sessions are included with conference registration. No CE credits are awarded for viewing poster sessions.

Applying Ethical Standards to the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder
[Ethics & Legal Issues]
Savilla Davis

Bias, Power, and Privilege: The Unholy Trinity
[Community & Clinical Counseling, Counselor Education]
R.J. Davis

Creative Counselor Education
[Counselor Education, Ethics & Legal Issues]
Ya-Wen (Melissa) Liang

Enhancing Community Development through Vocational Empowerment and Leadership Programming for Teenage Girls
[Career Development Counseling, Child & Adolescent Counseling]
Nora Maza

Going With the Flow: An Review of Relationship Between Yoga-Based Interventions and Generalized Anxiety Disorder
[Community & Clinical Counseling, Research & Evaluation]
Christopher Wilder

Integrated Care and You: The Benefits and Barriers to Applying Principles of Integrated Care in Your Practice Setting
[Community & Clinical Counseling]
Sarah Silveus

Lived Experiences of Professional Counselors Repeatedly Impacted by Hurricanes
[Grief, Crisis, & Trauma, Professional Issues]
Sarah Krennerich

Prescribing Emotional Support Animals: Uncovering the Counselor's Role
[Professional Issues, Ethics & Legal Issues]
Christopher Wilder

Research to Practice Gap: Engaging Professional Counselors in the Research Process
[Research & Evaluation, Professional Issues]
Erika Schmit

Running to Recovery: Ultra-Marathon Running as an Adjunct to Substance Abuse Treatment
[Addiction & Offender Counseling, Community & Clinical Counseling]
Paul Cherry

The Counseling Profession Through the Lenses of Multicultural Students and Faculty
[Multicultural & Social Justice, Professional Issues]
Terra Wagner

The Lived Experiences of Administrators on the Provision of Mental Health Services for Students in Public Schools
[Secondary School Counseling, Child & Adolescent Counseling]
Dr. Siobhan Flowers