Scheduled Programs and Learning Institutes

About our Conference Programs

We offer a variety of conference programs at this conference. Programs are designed for professional counselors who work in a variety of settings including private practice, primary and higher education, criminal justice, community mental health centers, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care facilities, and more. Whether you work in private practice or come from a school counseling or education background  - there is something for you!  All conference programs are eligible for LPC, NBCC, SBEC, LMFT, LCDC, SW, LSSP, and Psychologist continuing education (CE) hours. A CE certificate will be provided to all in-person and virtual attendees. 

Program questions? Email carrie@txca.org.

Program List 

All programs are 1.5 hours unless otherwise noted as 3 hours. Conference programs will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31, and Friday, Nov. 1. Learning Institutes are available to in-person attendees on Wednesday, Oct. 30 (earn 6.5 CE hours for $150). 

In-Person vs. Virtual Programs

A suite of pre-selected programs will be available to in-person attendees but will also be recorded for the virtual audience. Recorded programs will not be streamed live, but instead will be available for viewing by the end of each day. All other programs are in-person attendance only (e.g., Poster Session and Learning Institutes).  Look for "*RECORDED SESSION" in the list below. 

Conference Programs 

Conference programs are listed by Programs and Learning Institute.*This list is subject to change.



Wednesday - Learning Institutes 

Thursday 

Friday 

WEDNESDAY LEARNING INSTITUTES

Wednesday - Oct. 30

9:30am - 5:30 pm

A. When Words Are Not Enough-Sand Tray and Art Therapy Applications Across the Lifespan
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm
Room: Houston Ballroom A
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Betty White

When you think of sand tray and art therapy, do you picture a playroom filled with miniatures, toys, paints, clay, and other items geared towards children?  There are many other important therapeutic uses for these modalities.  Learn how playing with art and sand can benefit all ages!

B. Art Therapy Essentials: Culturally Competent Approaches and Adaptive Techniques for Counselors
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm
Room: Houston Ballroom B
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Megan Guidry & Jeff Berryman

Dive into the transformative world of art therapy in this hands-on workshop. Explore essential techniques and adapt them across diverse cultures and counseling frameworks. Whether you're an art novice or seasoned practitioner, enhance your practice with creative strategies that promise deeper client connections. No art background needed-just an open mind.

C. TACES Presents: Rock Your Role as a Culturally Competent Supervisor: All Culture, All the Time
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm
Room: Houston Ballroom C
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Tarra Wagner & LaShonda Manning

Supervisors must 'rock' in cultural competence. In this session, supervisors will engage in implicit bias activities and learn various microaggressions and macroaggressions to avoid. Supervisors will also learn about navigating difficult conversations with supervisees who resist developing cultural competence. Supervisors can use all activities to ensure their supervisees 'rock' too.  

D. Empower, Expand, Excel: Transforming Solo Ventures into Flourishing Counseling Group Practices
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom A
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Jeffery Gallup

Journey from solo practice to a vibrant group practice. Unfold the blueprint for success by blending business savvy with the art of team synergy. Navigate Texas's business landscape and merge financial wisdom with visionary planning. Come master the secrets of assembling a dream team that breathes life into your practice.

E. Essentials of Sex Therapy for Professional Counselors
Time: 9:30am-5:30pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom B
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Sana Vawda

Let's take the sex talk to the next level! This program offers a comprehensive overview of sex therapy, covering common sexual issues, ethical considerations, and effective treatment strategies. This program is designed for mental health professionals ready to enhance their practice and confidently address clients' intimate concerns.

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THURSDAY 90-MINUTE PROGRAMS

Thursday - Oct. 31

8:00 - 9:30 am

1. Towards Mutuality: Relational Ethics for Family Counselors
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom A
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Diane Smeddley & Ross Spears

Counselors face unique and complicated ethical challenges when working with families and relationships. Further complicating matters, the typical justice-focused ethics approach does not align with the emerging needs of relational family counselors' work with diverse systems. This session dives into systemic ethics from a feminist, relational cultural theory approach.

2. School Counselors Unite! A Mentorship Model to Increase School Counselor Efficacy in Title I Schools
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom B
Topic: Research and Program Evaluation
Presenter(s): Jeffery Sullivan, Tershundrea Branch, & Tori Hollas

This presentation introduces the NAME REMOVED University Mental Health Counseling Collaborative, an innovative, federally funded approach to educating school counseling students by infusing leadership and mentorship training. The goal is to bolster mental health support in Title I schools while increasing school counseling workforce. A must for school counselors!

3. The Use of Adlerian Concepts In Evaluating Black Males' Traumatic Experiences With Police Shootings
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom C
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Christian Henry & LaVelle Hendricks

African Americans are almost three times more likely to be murdered by police officers than White Americans.  As a result, racial trauma has increased the inferiority complex in Black males. Adlerian techniques would be beneficial in challenging irrational cognitions while  focusing on building resilience and strength.

4. Play Therapy in Telehealth : A plan for implementation
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: State Room 1
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Deborah Bannan

Play therapy is ever-increasing in popularity, but as telehealth also increases in popularity, many clinicians think they have to pick one or the other. This session is for therapists who want to learn how to embrace both modalities, and do both excellently.

5. Rock Telehealth with Children and Adolescents
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: State Room 2
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Tommie Vela

Struggling with telehealth sessions for children and adolescents to keep them engaged or to keep your 100% telehealth practice? This session will identify and discuss the common struggles with children and adolescents during telehealth sessions and teach resources that may help your children and adolescents clients stay engaged longer.
6. Updates from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: State Room 3
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Jodie Elder & Russ Bartee

Hear from members of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists about recent rule changes and the licensing process from initial application to upgrading to full licensure and/or supervisor. Learn about CE and supervision requirements, as well as common ethics violations and how to avoid them.

7. TCDA Presents: Top Trends in Career Counseling and Development
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: State Room 4
Topic: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
Presenter(s): Greta Davis, DeeAnna Green, & Shawn Williams

Join TCDA leaders to discuss top trends in career counseling. Attendees will update knowledge of career theories and explore trending issues including upskilling, remote and hybrid work, the gig economy, individual intersectionality, impact of trauma, mental health and well-being in the workplace, emergence of AI, and life-long career management.

8. Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence in Supervision: Optimizing Engagement
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Press Club
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): K. Michelle Hollenbaugh, James Ikonomopoulos, Wannigar Ratanavivan, & Dominique Cuellar

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) are rapidly growing and prevalent forms of technology. In this session, we will discuss these technologies, the different platforms via which they are used, and how they can be applied to counselor supervision. Strengths, limitations, and ethical considerations will be discussed.

9. Introducing the New Texas Model, Six Edition:  Tools for Dynamic School Counseling Programs!
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: San Anotonio Ballroom A
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Jennifer Atkins, Jill Adams, Tonie Hutzler, & Jeffrey Martinez

This session provides the inaugural introduction to the newly completed Texas Model, Sixth Edition! Participants will view newly added concepts and tools to the Model.  Discussion of ideas and experiences with sample activities for using the required program framework in Texas schools will be provided.

10. Amplifying Your Group Work Through Yoga Interventions and Practical Implementation
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: San Anotonio Ballroom B
Topic: Group Counseling Theories and Processes
Presenter(s): David Gary, Lynn Giang, Chelsea Jackson Garcia, & Angela Hardin

In an ever-changing field, counselors continuously search for new ways to ramp up their group practice. This presentation concentrates on the use of yoga interventions to assist clients build daily wellness and mindfulness practices. Alternative techniques are offered to include individuals with limited functionality. Group diversity is stressed and addressed.

11. Current Trends in Texas Ethics
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A1
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Chris Wilder

The TCA Ethics Committee will discuss current trends in ethical issues. To increase awareness of ethical practices and professional conduct. Ethical issues are drawn from standards central to recent and common ethics violations. The panel will explore the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other mental health apps.

12. Understanding & Preventing Boundary Violations: Protecting Clients from Harm
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A2
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Kathy Ybanez-Llorente, Harriet Glosoff, & Shawn Spurgeon

Despite counselors saying they would never commit sexual boundary violations, these grave breaches and resulting ethical complaints continue. Malpractice data, prevention education, and insight are critical to understand these boundary violations. Presenters will discuss warning signs, steps to prevent client harm, and will encourage counselors to examine their current practices.

13. Problematic Smartphone Use: Implications for Counseling Youth and Families
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A3
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Kristina Nelson & Kelsey Runge

Smartphone use can negatively affect adolescents' mental health resulting in poor academic performance, inability to regulate emotions, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. We will explore risk and protective factors and discuss implications for counseling youth and families to help navigate healthy and safe smartphone use.

14. Online and App-Based Therapy: Navigating Access and Ethics Beyond the Couch
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A4
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Jungeun Lee, April Nguyen, & Kunzal Ahmed

Join us to examine the evolution of telehealth therapy and its significant role in providing mental health care. Evaluating platforms like BetterHelp and Talkspace against traditional care models, this presentation delves into the benefits, such as improved access, and the risks, such as privacy concerns, of web- and app-based therapy.

15. Bilingual Counseling - Uniendo Culturas y Comunidades
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Siminar
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Claudia Interiano-Shiverdecker, Jessenia Garcia, & Isanely Gurrero-Kurz

This content session aims to equip bicultural-bilingual counselors with linguistic and cultural competencies. Interactive sessions address language barriers, cultural nuances, and support for bilingual counselors. We explore four key areas of bilingual counselor training: (a) language and cultural competence, (b) intersectionality and diversity, (c) supervision strategies, and (d) case studies.

16. The Marginalization of Adult Special Needs Offenders: Considerations for Counselors & the Field
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Live Oak
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Erin Kaszynski & Kimberly Pearson

Adult Special Needs Offenders re-enter society face many challenges and need continued mental health support, yet many counselors may lack knowledge working with this population and how to best support them. We will address those challenges, strategies, research, and advocacy avenues for counselors serving these individuals.

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12:30 - 2:00 pm

17. Parental Consent Unmasked: Providing Ethical Treatment for Minors in Counseling
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom A
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Jennifer Cain

Counseling with minors and their caregivers can be tricky! In this presentation, attendees will learn Texas rules and regulations that apply to minors, safeguards and measures to limit liability, best practices with non-married families, ethical decision-making in accepting cases, and strategies to successfully involve caregivers in the treatment process.

18. Perimenopause or The Menopausal Transition: Whatever You Call It, It's Still A Mystery to Many Women
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom B
Topic: Group Counseling Theories and Processes
Presenter(s): Sheri Collinsworth-Corarruvias

This program will enable participants to understand the bio-psycho-social-spiritual significance of perimenopause, symptoms of perimenopause, and how clinical mental health counselors can provide support to perimenopausal women and their support systems. According to research, the most significant physical and mental health changes occur during perimenopause. Case studies will be reviewed.

19. The Practice of Telesupervision
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom C
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Susan Henderson

With COVID-19 came an increase in telesupervision, and it continues to grow. Yet, the practice of telesupervision is vague. In this workshop, benefits, risks, limitation, ethics, and practice guidelines for telesupervision will be explored.

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THURSDAY 3-HOUR PROGRAMS

Thursday - Oct. 31


12-3:30 pm

20. TxSAIGE Presents: LGBTQIA+ Education, Affirming Practices, and Advocacy Efforts, Y'all
Time: 12:00-3:30pm
Room: State Room 1
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Tana Yaher, Abi Smith, & Beth Owens

TxSAIGE is the go-to organization for LGBTQIA+ information. This year, we'd like to provide up-to-date terminology and practices, but also present participants with tangible short and long-term advocacy suggestions for Texas specifically. We are here to make your job easier! Come learn and ask us your questions.

21. TAADA Presents: Multicultural Mentoring Across the Counseling Career Span
Time: 12:00-3:30pm
Room: State Room 2
Topic: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
Presenter(s): Audrey Zatopek, Lynn Giang, & Susan Lilly

Mentorship can positively impact the professional development of counselors (Litherland et al., 2023), necessitating a comprehensive understanding of its dynamics. Our program will address contemporary challenges and opportunities in mentoring, with a focus on leveraging technology, embracing multiculturalism, and accommodating diverse identities, including those with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

22. Integrating Nature-Based Therapy for Healing and Transformation
Time: 12:00-3:00pm
Room: State Room 3
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Dawn Brunkenhoefer

Delve into the synergies between nature and healing. Participants will gain practical skills for conducting therapy in outdoor settings, gain a deeper understanding of the role of nature on health, and develop a plan for incorporating nature into daily practices.

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THURSDAY 90-MINUTE PROGRAMS

Thursday - Oct. 31


12:30 - 2:00 pm

23. TSCA Presents: You Can Earn A CREST!
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: State Room 4
Topic: Research and Program Evaluation
Presenter(s): Erin French & Marcie Warner

In this session, we will cover the basics of the CREST application, including examining the rubric and discussing ways to collect data. We will show how the CREST document aligns completely to the Texas Model and how potential applicants can use the CREST to advocate for their program.

24. Counseling Native American Elders: Culturally Responsive Strategies
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Press Club
Topic: Research and Program Evaluation
Presenter(s): Jennifer Baggerly & Salvador Medina

Native American elders experience unique health needs such as diabetes, substance abuse, trauma, and depression. They may also face barriers to treatment due to the historical context of trauma and oppression. In this presentation, participants will learn effective counseling strategies such as Motivational Interviewing, Community Reinforcement Approach, and Narrative therapy.

25. Revolutionizing Career Counseling for Gen Z: Empowering Resilience -
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom A
Topic: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
Presenter(s): Wendy Helmcamp & Krystal Humphreys

This insightful presentation will delve into the dynamic world of career counseling tailored specifically for Gen Z. In today's rapidly evolving landscape, understanding the unique challenges, preferences, and aspirations of Gen Z is crucial for effective career guidance. Participants will learn innovative strategies to empower resilience among Gen Z students.

26. Play Therapy Considerations for Children Immigrants and Refugees
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom B
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Misty Solt & Cindy Chen Wu

This presentation is intended for child therapists to understand the impact of immigration on children, review a migration model for better understanding the tasks of adjustment, and to consider modifications to the play therapy process to better help immigrant children and families in the process of providing mental health counseling.

27. Update from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A1
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Christopher Taylor, Loretta Bradley, Janie Stubblefield, & Vanessa Hall

Panel presentation and Q&A with Board members on quadrennial rule review process, current issues affecting LPCs, and update on licensing applications.

12:00 - 1:30 pm

28. Is it Really PTSD? Demystifying Diagnoses for First Responders - 
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A2
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Cindi Doyle & Ashley Stakes

PTSD is part of a much larger picture for first responders. Symptoms present differently, leading to inaccurate diagnosis and treatment.  Expand your first responder cultural competency, learning from a former first responder and expert, to distinguish differences, impact, and treatment of cumulative stress, burnout, moral injury, fatigue, and more.

29. Addressing Mixed Cultures in Couples and Families - 
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A3
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Angela Corrigan

This 1.5 hour workshop will provide education in the application of a multicultural orientation when working with multi-culture couples and families.  Attendees will gain exposure to the practice of cultural humility, cultural safety, and cultural broaching to identify and address treatment-related issues in multi-culture couples and families.

30. So You Want to Be a Sex Therapist?
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A4
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Sana Vawda

Have you been curious or thinking about what it takes to be a sex therapist? Check out this comprehensive program designed for mental health professionals seeking to specialize in this field. We'll explore key characteristics, common issues, and ethical considerations necessary for success.

THURSDAY 3-HOUR PROGRAMS

Thursday - Oct. 31


31. Breaking the Cycle: Empowering Counselors to Support Domestic Violence Survivors
Time: 12:00-3:00pm
Room: Seminar
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Jeffrey Gallup & Heather Christ

Empower your counseling toolkit with advanced insights into domestic violence. Learn to navigate the complex cycles, implement strategic safety plans, and apply trauma-informed care to uplift and heal survivors. Transform your approach and make a lasting impact in their lives.

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Thursday - Oct. 31



32. Enhancing Community Mental Health: A Collaborative Approach between University and School District
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Room: Live Oak
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Melissa Alvarado

This session will provide an overview of a collaboration between a university and a local school district, which included various counseling activities to support mental health among students, families, and the community. Attendees will gain insights and practical strategies for replicating similar initiatives in their own communities.

2:30 - 4:00 pm

33. Unveiling Code-Switching: Implications for Mental Health and What Counselors Need to Know
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom A
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Patrice Dunn & Tiffany Stewart

This presentation explores how code-switching impacts mental health in counseling contexts. It provides insights for counselors on understanding and addressing code-switching dynamics among students, clients, parents, and colleagues. Strategies for fostering more effective interactions and promoting cultural competence are discussed.

34. Advocacy Evaluation for Counselors Serving LGBTQ+ Populations
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom B
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Randall Astramovich

Advocacy and social justice initiatives for LGBTQ+ clients in counseling emphasize counselor and client collaboration in challenging discrimination and oppression, and promoting LGBTQ+ inclusive socio-political changes. Advocacy evaluation provides counselors and counseling organizations serving LGBTQ+ people with a framework for monitoring and assessing the outcomes of their advocacy initiatives.

35. Building Confidence in Your Career: Impostor Syndrome
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom C
Topic: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
Presenter(s): Bryana Nunez & Cortney Pletcher

Impostor syndrome directly impacts academic success, career development, and decision making. This may cause adults (18+) to self-limit due to misperceptions of themselves, their knowledge, and abilities. Let's learn more about how we can elevate awareness and implement strategies for our client's well-being and success through CBT and career planning.

36. Do It Even If You Don't Feel Like It: Behavioral Activation Approaches for Self-Care
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: State Room 4
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Richard Ricard

Many counselors report a lack of engagement in wellness sustaining self-care practices. This session provides an overview of evidence-based Behavioral Activation (BA) techniques for increasing self-care. BA facilitates scheduled engagement in self-identified valued and meaningful activities. Session participants will have opportunities to participate in wellness exercises through 'planned spontaneity.'

37. Development of the counselor wellness competencies experiential growth group
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Press Club
Topic: Group Counseling Theories and Processes
Presenter(s): Karl Mitchell

This session discusses the process of developing the wellness competencies experiential growth group (e.g. specific activities included in each session, co-leadership decision on process and structure of sessions, and a detailed outline of the group sessions for current and future practice with clinicians, counselor educators, and counselors-in-training).

38. Shifting Roles: Navigating the Transition from School Counselor to Licensed Professional Counselor - 
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom A
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Megan Guidry & Jeff Berryman

Join us for a transformative session tailored for Texas counselors aiming to transition from school roles to Licensed Professional Counselors. Learn from a seasoned School Counselor turned LPC supervisor about key legal, ethical, and functional distinctions, and gain practical strategies for excelling in diverse counseling environments.

39. Cultural Considerations for Grief in the African American Community
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom B
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Anetria Thompson-Hardeman
 
In the African-American community, grief and loss can carry unique challenges.  This interactive workshop aims to shed light on the intricate dynamics within this group.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding of these issues, equipping them with the knowledge and empathy to support African-Americans facing loss.

40. Telehealth in Texas and Beyond
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A1
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Darrell Spinks

This presentation covers Texas telehealth laws, licensing compacts, and essential information for practicing across state lines.

41. Accepting Our Roots: Breaking The Cycle of Generational Transmission Of Dysfunction
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A2
Topic: Human Growth and Development Theories in Counseling
Presenter(s): Regina Tate

Journey into the depths of family dynamics! Uncover the complexities of family dysfunction and the resilience and strengths of individuals who break free from these cycles. With Resilience Portfolios and Family Systems frameworks, dive into generational dysfunction and evidence-based strategies to enhance the identification, evaluation, and treatment of struggling clients.

42. More than just physical pain: Exploring mental health concerns of individuals with chronic pain.
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A3
Topic: Research and Program Evaluation
Presenter(s): Alexis Croffie, Katelyn Rediske, & Faith Brothers

This presentation will examine the impact of mental health on clients with chronic pain from a counseling perspective. The presenters examine the relationship between anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptomology with individuals that experience chronic pain, including initial research findings, initial discussions, and initial implications for counselors who see this population.

43. The Weight We Carry: Addressing Mental Load and Invisible Labor in Women
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A4
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Kate Walker & Jennifer Marie Fairchild 

Mental load and invisible labor often go unrecognized, yet they significantly impact our clients' mental health and well-being. Unfortunately, this phenomenon disproportionately affects women, often leading to stress and mental health challenges. This workshop is tailored to help counselors support female clients in managing these often-invisible burdens effectively.

44. The Social Determinants of Mental Health and Counseling Practice
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Room: Live Oak
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Stephen Lenz
A sense of personal well-being is shaped by the conditions that define our lived experiences. While clients often experience growth from individual interventions, a holistic approach to addressing upstream risk and protective factors has potential for client care. This session will provide an overview of SDMH theory, assessment, and intervention.

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4:30 - 6:00 pm

45. Healthy Sexuality After Abuse - Helping Clients Recover from Sexual Harm
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom A
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Tabitha Westbrook

Abuse destroys one's sense of self. One way rarely talked about is the victim's sexuality. While often not an initial focus of treatment, it's an important aspect to explore. This session will help you understand the damage, the problems that arise, and help clients reclaim or gain sexual health.

46. Evaluating Tex-CHIP Program Effectiveness for Improving Counselor Integrated Health Care Competence
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom B
Topic: Research and Program Evaluation
Presenter(s): James Ikonomopoulous, Joshus Watson, Bethany Atkinson, & Sharon Mata

This presentation focuses on the program evaluation of the Texas Counselors and Healthcare Integration Project (Tex-CHIP), which addresses the shortage of behavioral health professionals by training counselors for integrated care in under served communities. Tex-CHIP offers an annual interdisciplinary nine-module training series, and community-based fieldwork for Counseling and Psychology students.

47. Reflections of a LPC Associate in a School Counselor Role Post-Pandemic
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom C
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Angelica Tello & Bianca Whitaker

Pre-pandemic models for school counseling programs and graduate-level school counselor training are not reflective of post-pandemic conditions. This session delves deeper into school counseling program needs, considerations for racially and ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged demographics, and how LPCs and LPC Associates can practicably support services of school counseling programs.

48. It Takes A Village: A History, Learning, & Toolkit for Perinatal & Postpartum Mental Health Care
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: State Room 1
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Jungeun Lee, April Nguyen, & Kunzal Ahmed

For many women, motherhood can be an incredibly meaningful experience. However, the perinatal and postpartum period also presents unique challenges to a mother's physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. This program discusses the past and present understanding of peripartum mental illness, as well as practical strategies for supporting maternal mental health.

49. Disordered Eating in Indian-American Women: Raising Awareness for Counselors
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: State Room 2
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Swathi Weaver

This presentation explores disordered eating in Indian-American communities, examining cultural influences, body image ideals, and mental health stigma. Internalized messages and weight-centric standards contribute to disordered eating. The underrepresentation of Indian-American women in mental health treatment underscores the importance of culturally sensitive counseling approaches, including psychoeducation and various interventions.

50. Faculty Mental Health Initiative at Texas Tech University College of Education
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: State Room 3
Topic: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
Presenter(s): Annette Tommerdahl & Irene Arellano

The mental health and well-being of faculty has been a long-neglected area of concern. Faculty are experiencing a variety of stressors leading to mental and physical health issues as well as burnout. These mental health concerns may also influence a faculty member's decision to leave academia.

51. Helping Your Clients Navigate Financial Stress
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: State Room 4
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Sean Strokes

Financial stress is at an all-time high, yet counselors are not taught how to address this issue. This workshop will teach counselors specific therapeutic models and how to use them to help clients address their financial anxiety and stress.

52. Cultivating Compassion: A Cultural Humility Approach to Counseling LEO Professionals
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Press Club
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Ross Spears & Whitney Zahar Rich

Law enforcement officers navigate repeated exposure to traumatic situations that often result in negative mental health consequences. Additionally, engrained workplace culture and stigma hinder help-seeking behaviors among officers. This presentation explores how taking a cultural humility approach with this population acknowledges factors contributing to occupational and intrapersonal concerns.

53. Counselor Wellness, Self-Compassion, Self-Care: Ethical Issues and Strategies to Prevent Impairment
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom A
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Harriet Glosoff

Counselors are ethically required to monitor for impairment to provide effective client care. Yet, the nature of their work puts them at risk for compassion fatigue and burnout. In this interactive session, we will review relevant ethics issues and discuss self-evaluation, compassion, and self-care strategies to prevent or mitigate impairment.
 
54. Beyond the Borders: Counselors Impact on Immigration
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom B
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Susie Marquez

As the impact of immigration at a state and national level continues to receive mixed attention on social media, how can we, in the Healing profession, improve our approach to counseling treatment? Through the lens of MCSJCC, we will explore food insecurity, disordered eating, immigration, ethics, and supervision in practice.

55. Supervising Treatment of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Avoiding Gatekeeping Issues for Supervisors
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A1
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Chris Simpson, Sam Bore, & Vladyslav Logos

Nonsuidial self-injury (NSSI) can stir a myriad of feelings and (at times) questionable treatment decisions in supervisees working with clients who employ NSSI. Supervising new clinicians is vitally important. This presentation will focus on providing skills to counselors in training to avoid gatekeeping pitfalls.

56. Supervising LPC-Associates Who Own Their Own Private Practice: Challenges
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A2
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Stephen Jennings, S. Lynn Jennings, & Loretta Bradley

This presentation will focus on the new rule (681.91(d)) adopted by the LPC Board. This rule allows LPC-Associates to establish a private practice awhile completing their LPC-Associate.  Using a case study, discussion will focus on how this change can impact ethics, supervision, and liability.

57. Cybersecurity in Modern Counseling Practice - Education, Telehealth, and Beyond.
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A3
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Brandon Awbrey

Participants in this session will learn about the field of cybersecurity as it pertains to counselors and our areas of practice, as well as the laws and professional standards that govern our use of various technologies.

58. Project Empathy - Understanding the neuroscience of addiction for more effective interventions
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A4
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Drew Dutton

Embark on a transformative journey with Project Empathy, a workshop dismantling stigmas on substance use disorders. Rooted in evidence, it explores addiction neuroscience, addressing treatment gaps. Learn solution-focused therapy, empathy tools, and positive psychology. Stay updated on adolescent challenges. Join us in reshaping the addiction narrative with empathy and action.

59. From Egocentrism to EQ: Understanding How a School Can Intervene and Prevent School Shootings
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Seminar
Topic: Human Growth and Development Theories in Counseling
Presenter(s): Cedric Wood

School shootings are a tragedy for everyone. The mental health of the students are under the purview of school counselors. What can we do to identify the school's potential school shooters and provide preventative help in their growth to well-being?

60. Looking Towards TCA 2025 Legislative Advocacy Day: What can Counselors do to Prepare?
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Room: Live Oak
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): John Harrichand, Katherine McVay, Devon Romero, & Christina Daou

Legislative advocacy is a growing edge for the counseling profession. Counselors must engage in legislative advocacy efforts to educate and mentor students, supervisees, and peers not only through knowledge but actions. This session will provide practical strategies for professional counselors to prepare and engage in the 2025 TCA Legislative Days.

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FRIDAY 90-MINUTE PROGRAMS

Friday, Nov. 1


7:30 - 9:30 am

61. Graduate Student Breakfast - THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT ($20) for students only
Professional Identity Among Students of Color: Mentorship, Advocacy, and Multicultural Humility
Time: 7:30-9:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom A
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Angela Hardin, Lynn Giang, David Gary, & Chelsea Jackson Garcia

This conference program provides a comprehensive exploration of strategies to enhance the professional identity of students of color in the counseling programs. Attendees will gain valuable insights into mentorship, advocacy, and multicultural humility, fostering inclusive and supportive environments for diverse student populations.

8:00 - 9:30 am

62. But I'm a Teacher, not a Therapist!---Tools for the Toolbox in Schools
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom B
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Ruth Dubner & Rebekah dePeoChristner

With the student behavioral climate drastically changing in the school system, teachers and administrators are being called to manage much more than just academics.  How can you help support your campuses with our ‘Tools of the Trade' and understanding of Trauma Informed Care?

63. Group Play Therapy in Schools and Community Settings: Getting through Storming to Performing
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom C
Topic: Group Counseling Theories and Processes
Presenter(s): Jennifer Baggerly & Heather Kirchner

School and community mental health counselors have been inundated with children's mental health problems since the pandemic. Group play therapy is an effective and efficient approach to treat children's mental health problems.  In this presentation, participants will learn practical approaches to prepare for and implement group play therapy.

FRIDAY 3-HOUR PROGRAMS

Friday - Nov. 1



64. An Overview of Written Exposure Therapy to Treat PTSD
Time: 8:00-11:30am
Room: State Room 1
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Paula Domenici

One issue that counselors face is deciding what treatment options fit best for a client who has PTSD. Counselors need to have brief, evidence-based options like Written Exposure Therapy at-the-ready to meet their PTSD clients where they are so they receive effective care.

65. Ethical Telesupervision: A Multicultural and Trauma-Informed Approach to Supervision
Time: 8:00-11:30am
Room: State Room 2
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Cody Dickson, Theresia Richardson, Allannah Sanchez, & Parris Greer

This presentation addresses ethical, multicultural, and trauma-informed approaches to telesupervision, focusing on multiple populations of supervisees and clients including those who are Spanish-speaking clients, who have experienced, trauma, and within the LGBTQIA+ community, and more. The presentation will include several group and individual activities as well as investigating case studies.


66. Amp Up Your Therapeutic Presence with Yoga and Polyvagal Theory
Time: 8:00-11:00am
Room: State Room 3
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Nikki Hurless & Jamile Perryman

The presenters will provide experiential and didactic instruction on accessing the ventral-vagal state in Polyvagal Theory, yogic breath, yoga nidra, and nada yoga to facilitate attendee's mindful interoception, thus cultivating somatic integration resulting in increased empathy and self-compassion benefitting both counselor and client and strengthening the therapeutic relationship.

67. Always Be Centered: The ABC's of Ethics for Professional Counselors and Supervisors
Time: 8:00-11:00am
Room: State Room 4
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Bret Hendricks, Loretta Bradley, Lori Hollingsworth, & Annette Tommerdahl

Counselors and supervisors must constantly assess their effectiveness with clients and supervisees. In this session, the presenters will use ethics codes to guide counselors and supervisors to greater success. Practical boundary and counselor self-care strategies will also be discussed. Case studies will be used and participant discussion will be encouraged.

FRIDAY 90-MINUTE PROGRAMS

Friday, Nov. 1

8:00 - 9:30 am

68. Joining the Resistance: Gender Affirming Care in the Aftermath of the Legislature
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Press Club
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Ryan Holliman & Beck Munsey

In the aftermath of the legislature, professionals serving transgender and gender nonconforming clients are left in uncertain territory.  This presentation will outline legal hurdles, best practices in working with transgender and gender nonconforming clients, and research on effective strategies for best care and training staff on best practices.

69. Assessing and Identifying Problematic Gaming Behavior in Adolescents
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: San Antonio Ballroom A
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Chris Leeth, Gerald Juhnke, Christa Vento Jones, & Travia Walker

Problematic gaming is a relatively new concern for parents, schools, and counselors, and as such, it can be difficult to assess. This program focuses on a novel and efficient way to assess for problematic gaming and provides recommendations for working with adolescents.

70. Why don't you just leave?  Avoiding stigma when working with relationship violence.
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: San Antonio Ballroom B
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Katye Galloway

Relationship violence is not a new phenomenon in the slightest; however, definitions are ever-changing of what and who is often involved.  Join us for a conversation about how perspectives of relationship violence have changed in recent years and ways we can do to best help these clients.

71. Enhancing & Restoring Therapeutic Connections: Exploring EMDR in Telehealth Settings
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A1
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Christina Shaw
Explore EMDR fundamentals, benefits, challenges, and ethics for telehealth. Develop practical skills, including digital tools and mindfulness techniques for telehealth EMDR sessions. Discover interactive modalities and client engagement strategies like virtual reality. Enhance safety, client engagement, and self-care practices in telehealth EMDR.

72. This Relationship Is Over: Considerations for Ethical Termination of Counseling
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A2
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Dawn Brunkenhoefer

Ethically terminating a counseling relationship involves adherence to specific guidelines to ensure the well-being of the client and maintain professional standards. This presentation will guide you through the ethical nuances of concluding client relationships with sensitivity and professionalism.

73. The Business of Supervision
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A3
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Bernadette Smith, Donetta Shelby, James Greathouse, & Brittany Boudreaux

This session enhances clinical supervision by providing tools such as supervisor note templates and individual development plans. Participants will learn to streamline supervision, making it more efficient and effective, through collaborative activities designed for easy integration into existing practices, ensuring high-quality, tailored supervision.

74. Unveiling the Polyvagal Theory Link: Mental Health and Sleep
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A4
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Dr. Cynthia Lee Coronado & Elizabeth Aceves

Learn about the link between Polyvagal Theory and sleep, and how taking control of your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) can have a major impact on issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. Mitigating the effects of an overactive ANS and acquiring the knowledge and techniques will be life changing.

75. Counseling Individuals with Disabilities as a Non-Disabled Clinician
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Room: Seminar
Topic: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
Presenter(s): Jenny Baker

Access to mental health care for individuals with disabilities is a challenge to say the least. In this session, we will examine how able-bodied clinicians can provide the best possible care for clients with disabilities by identifying barriers and stigmas associated with this complex population.

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10:00 - 11:30 am

76. IBJ-A Model that Rocks and Amplifies Cultural Competency and Humility in Counselor Education
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom A
Topic: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
Presenter(s): aretha marbley, R. Patrice Dunn, Susie Marquez, & Rose Chumba

Multicultural counselor educators and counselors introduce Inclusion, Belonging, Justice, and Accessibility frameworks and model for amplifying best practices, theories, research, and competencies relating to social advocacy, cultural competency, and cultural humility for mental health professional working with those marginalized. The workshop will provide recent research, case studies, and strong recommendations.

77. Ethical SEO for Counselors: Effective Marketing
*RECORDED SESSION
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom B
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Kate Walker & Jinnifer Marie Fairchild

Explore the ethical complexities of SEO strategies in counseling practice marketing. Presenters will offer current research and insights into prioritizing integrity while enhancing online visibility. Attendees will gain practical knowledge to responsibly apply SEO techniques, ensuring ethical marketing practices that are aligned with client well-being and trust.

78. Schoolhouse Rock!  The Texas Model for Counselor Educators
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Houston Ballroom C
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Ernest Cox, Lesley Casarez, Angela Powell, & Elias Zambrano

Counselor Educators and others working in school counselor preparation programs will learn about the required use and content of the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (6th ed.).  Strategies for teaching the model will be discussed.  Participants will experience sample activities for teaching the model.

79. The Adolescent Experience of Hispanics who Participate in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Press Club
Topic: Research and Program Evaluation
Presenter(s): Krystal Humphreys & Wendy Helmcamp

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury has become a common coping strategy during the adolescent years. Culturally responsive interventions are necessary when practicing in an area with a large Hispanic population.  This original research will give you the knowledge, tools, and strategies to prevent and intervene with Hispanic clients who struggle with NSSI.

80. TCCA Hot Topics: First-Gen College Students and Mental Wellness
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: San Antonio Ballroom A
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Jeanette Bunch, Melissa Sutherland, Ada Uzondu, & Sharon Mata

This session aims to equip participants with insights into the mental health challenges of first-generation college students and the barriers to accessing support. Attendees will learn coping strategies, recognize resources like telehealth, and engage in discussions on cultural diversity, policy implications, and advocacy for the mental well-being of this demographic.

81. Finally! Introducing a gender-neutral Strong Interest Inventory
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: San Antonio Ballroom B
Topic: Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
Presenter(s): Greta Davis

Attendees will learn about advancements in interest assessment including a review of administration and interpretation strategies for the Strong Interest Inventory® 244 Career Satisfaction Report. This psychometrically robust assessment is gender neutral and provides equitable access to interest assessment to inform career decision-making and holistic career guidance across the life-span.

82. Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making: A Nonthreatening Approach to Navigating Gray Areas
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A1
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Tara Fox & Rikki Collier

The presenters will explore the impact collaborative ethics has on the counseling field. Attention will be given to the importance of creating trust within leadership between various individuals when navigating ethics. The audience will have time to practice using trust-based leadership techniques when navigating ethical dilemma case studies.

83. Ethical Decision Making: Knowing and Understanding Minimal Standards and Best Practice
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A2
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Christopher Taylor, Loretta Bradley, Janie Stubblefield, & Vanessa Hall

Dr. Taylor provides an interactive platform for counselors to enhance their understanding and application of ethical guidelines. Through engaging discussions, case studies, and real-world scenarios, participants will gain valuable insights into identifying ethical issues, evaluating potential courses of action, and making informed decisions aligned with professional standards.

84. The Competent Counselor in Me: Truly Understanding the Strong Black Woman Schema
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A3
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): Brittany Boudreaux, Kennedy Sanchez, Bernadette Smith, & Nancy Castellon

This program will focus on the Strong Black Woman Schema (SBWS), its complexities of usage within the black community, and its importance of inclusion within clinical practice. The content will benefit attendees by understanding how to reach, connect, retain, and support black women clients and students.

85. Ethical Guidelines for Practice of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A4
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Cynthia Chandler, Libby Husske, & Amanda Miller

While animal-assisted therapy in counseling (AAT-C) increases in popularity, the field still lacks explicit guidelines for ethical practice. The presenters will focus on providing applicable ethical guidelines for AAT-C training, person and animal welfare, and cultural considerations.

86. Trauma-Informed Practices for Online Counseling Supervision
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Room: Seminar
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Sinem Akay-Sullivan

This presentation focuses on ways for supervisors to use trauma-informed practices in their online supervision sessions with supervisees who may be impacted by past trauma.

12:30 - 2:00 pm

87. Effective Ways to Provide Feedback in Supervision
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom A
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Timothy Brown & Mehmet Akkurt

Supervision is crucial to the growth of new counselors. However, supervisors often struggle with interns and associates who are resistant to feedback. This program will address this concern as well as discuss techniques for providing effective individual, triadic, group, and online supervision in both school and clinical mental health settings.

88. TexAMCD Presents: Pray on it: OCD from a Multicultural
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom B
Topic: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
Presenter(s): D. Michelle Deal

OCD is underreported in clients, and even worse in the BIPOC community. From a cultural perspective, the stigma surrounding mental health is real.   How can clinicians handle reluctance to seek treatment?  How are we going to become adept at recognizing OCD and the accompanying multicultural nuances?

89. Supporting Dual-Role School Counselors: Supervisor Engagement Guide from Former LPC Supervisees
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Houston Ballroom C
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Ashley Frutos & Lindsey Taylor

Join us for an insightful session where we delve into the challenges faced by school counselors on their journey toward LPC licensure or for those already licensed as LPCs. We'll explore effective strategies for supporting supervisees, drawing from real-world perspectives, and engaging in discussions. 

90. Trauma-Informed Counseling: Integrative Assessment & Treatment
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: State Room 1
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Nevine Sultan

In this workshop, we explore the meaning of 'trauma-informed care' and interventions that minimize harm during assessment, treatment planning, treatment, and termination. We consider safe(r) ways to work with self-harm and suicidality, and approaches that honor clients' somatic, emotional, relational, cognitive, and spiritual functioning, underscored by a resilience-oriented therapeutic alliance.

91. Real Talk: Mandated Counseling
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: State Room 2
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Katye Galloway

Treating folks when they are not actively seeking treatment themselves can often be a challenge in counseling.  The value of sensitivity, transparency, and the client-counselor relationship will be discussed in detail.

92. Intergrating Extential Psychotherapy Into Practice Part 2
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: State Room 3
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Christopher Taylor

Building upon the foundational concepts introduced in Part I, this program offers an advanced exploration of existential psychotherapy principles and their integration into counseling practice.

93. Trauma and Thriving: Counselors' Guide to Survivors' Experiences.
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: State Room 4
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Claudia Interiano-Shiverdecker, Priscilla Prasath, Devon Romero, & John Harrichand

Sex trafficking leads to severe physical, behavioral, and mental health effects. This content session introduces findings from a phenomenological study with sex trafficking survivors on the impact of sex trafficking, including post-traumatic growth. The presenters will also provide implications for counselors based on empirical findings.

94. Screening and Assessment for Dissociation? Right-sizing for your Practice Setting
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Press Club
Topic: Assessment in Counseling
Presenter(s): Jennifer Madere

Despite the lifetime prevalence of dissociative disorders in the general population being approximately 10%, many counselors are unprepared to recognize or assess dissociative symptoms. Available tools and implementation strategies will be discussed. Recommendations for best fit according to setting, population, and the individual client's history and symptoms will be offered.

95. Counseling with Emotional Granularity
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom A
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Jeff Cranmore & Pamala Adams

Counselors work with a variety of students, many of whom have deep feelings, that they cannot always name. This session focuses on the ability to experience emotions in a precise and context-specific manner. Our students are more than happy, mad, and sad yet many cannot name more than those concepts.

96. Assessing clients in a changing world-what clinicians need to consider when assessing diversity
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: San Antonio Ballroom B
Topic: Assessment in Counseling
Presenter(s): Jose Lopez & Allannah Sanchez

The program will touch on assessment and treatment planning for clinicians and the various ways of looking at different assessments in order to help the diverse population that lives in the state of Texas and the Southwest.  The program will aim at educating clinicians on best practices.

97. Trauma and ADHD: Diagnosis and Treatment
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A1
Topic: Assessment in Counseling
Presenter(s): Catherine McConnell

It is CRITICAL to screen for ADHD when healing trauma as it can add confounding variables in care. We will discuss commonly confused diagnoses, the executive functions and why understanding them is critical for treatment, and special topics in strengths based, affirming Neurodivergent care.

98. Exploring Traditional Islamic Principles in Clinical Mental Health Care
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A2
Topic: Human Growth and Development Theories in Counseling
Presenter(s): Terra Wagner & Yuser Tagouri

Explore how timeless wisdom from Islamic teachings can transform modern mental health care. This session offers invaluable insights for anyone interested in a holistic approach to wellness through spirituality. Ideal for health professionals and the general public alike.

99. The Borderland Counselor/La (El) Consejera(o) Fronteriza: Habla Español?
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A3
Topic: Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issue
Presenter(s): Mary Ann Rocha

The presentation provides information on borderland counselors who work with Spanish speaking clients in the United States. Students, professionals, supervisors, & educators will examine the unique experiences counselors navigate and will identify resources to create diverse counseling spaces. 
Key concepts: borderland counselor, heritage language, bilingualism, translanguaging

100. Equine Assisted Counseling for Survivors of Human Trafficking and Supporting Professionals
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Lone Star Ballroom A4
Topic: Counseling Theory/Practice and the Helping Relationship
Presenter(s): Hallie Sheade

Unlock Healing with Equines: Explore the profound benefits of equine assisted counseling for survivors of trafficking and their support networks. Learn evidence-informed strategies for integrating equines into trauma interventions and navigating ethical considerations. Discover the transformative power of the human-equine bond in fostering resilience and facilitating healing.

101. Virtual Support Groups for Adult Caregivers
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Room: Seminar
Topic: Group Counseling Theories and Processes
Presenter(s): Misty Solt & Sarah Eck

Adult caregivers comprise a rapidly growing subset of the population, totaling an estimated 53 million people in the United States in 2022.  Participants will learn how to implement a virtual support group modality, including caregiver interventions, as a way of offering feasible mental health support to adult caregivers.

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