Pre-Conference workshops will be offered on Thursday, February 17, 2022 and are at an additional cost to the 2022 ACCA Annual Conference Sessions.
Full Day Pre-Conference Options
The Advanced Topics of College Counseling offers (4) 90 minute sessions covering the following topics: Triage and Clinic Flow, Clinical Supervision, Leadership in Higher Education, and Group Therapy. Each session is worth 1.5 CE Hours.
Each Advanced Topics of College Counseling session is $70 if purchased individually, if you sign up for all 4 sessions the price is discounted to $170.
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Abstract: The purpose of this workshop is to explore the theory and practice of clinical supervision within a college counseling context. Historically, college counseling centers have been popular placements for clinicians-in-training due to the diversity of experience and quality of supervision. With that said, even in the college setting many counselors are being asked to take on the role of clinical supervisor with little formal training. In this workshop we will review the practice of existing theories of supervision and supervision models. We will discuss structuring the supervision process to include components important to providing a comprehensive supervision experience for professionals and interns. Evaluation and assessment of supervisees will also be addressed.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Abstract: Group Therapy will explore how to effectively utilize group as a primary modality in college and university settings. While the majority of counseling centers report using groups as a treatment modality, it is often seen as a second class treatment by both therapists and clients. Running a successful group program in the college setting requires special considerations and surprisingly little attention has been given to this specialized type of group practice. This workshop will review the components of an effective group program. We will discuss the most common types of groups used in counseling centers, barriers to getting group started, and best practices in starting and maintaining the most frequent types of group offerings. Issues such as member selection and preparation, conjoint and concurrent therapies, and the use of group activities to facilitate group development will be also addressed.
1:30 PM - 3:00 PMLeadership in Higher Education
This workshop offers participants an opportunity to broaden their awareness and leadership potential in the college counseling profession and to introduce or further develop their leadership skills.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Evolving Clinical Services of College Counseling
Abstract: Triage and Clinic Flow will explore different administrative and clinical structures to help avoid therapist burn out and wait lists as well as maximize clinic efficiency. (was previous ly ‘avoid therapist burn out, wait lists and maximize clinic efficiency.’
Half Day Pre-Conference Options
Half Day Pre-Conference sessions will award 3.0 CE Hours for successful completion. The cost to attend is $99 per session.
8:30AM - 12:00PM
Multiculturally Affirming and Responsive Supervision and Training
Abstract: Training Programs are an essential part of College Mental Health. These symbiotic relationships promote growth in young professionals and bring additional resources into the center. This presentation will explore some essential elements to consider as infrastructure to support a training program with a College Counseling Center. One key element that will be primary focus of presentation is building a strong pool of supervisors within a Counseling Center. This ensures that any trainee or early career staff member will get supervision that will promote their growth as a clinician as well as in their development of their professional identity. An essential aspect of effective supervision is a strong working alliance. Strong working alliances are built on a foundation of trust, mutually agreed upon goals, and multiculturally affirming and responsive openness. Broaching is often considered in skills for clinicians to use in establishing rapport with clients. Broaching may even be more important in supervision to build a strong working alliance. This presentation will explore the elements of establishing a strong working alliance from a multiculturally affirming and responsive approach. Skills around broaching will be discussed and demonstrated. This interactive workshop will offer a multi-tiered model of effective and multiculturally informed supervision.
1:30PM - 5:00PM
Clinical Strategies for Trauma
Abstract: Continued research has cited the impacts of trauma on all aspects of life. Students coming to college are now possibly in a position to process past trauma in their life since they may be living away from home for the first time. This presentation will focus on how to work with clients who have been impacted by trauma. The ways in which trauma impacts both the brain and the body will be introduced and discussed along with how the brain and the body are connected. With this information, participants will learn techniques to help clients process trauma and better regulate their emotions.
Building Community and Resilience Through Adventure-Based Wellness Programming
Abstract: The pandemic has made it more difficult to connect with others and added levels of anxiety and depression to our general lives. Creating wellness programing using adventure-based counseling principals can help build community while creating awareness about mental health. These kinesthetic engagements can be processed with the students as way to open a non-threatening conversation regarding mental health through the metaphors of the activity. Along with de-stigmatizing mental health, students are also able to use the experience as a metaphor for expressing various stressors they are facing with building comradery, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Each activity fosters a sense of belonging while also highlighting individual needs. Adventure-based programming can be integrated in various facets of the college experience including orientations, classrooms, residential life, counseling workshops, athletic teams, student life activities, etc. This active and practical workshop will provide an explanation of adventure-based techniques and the benefits for student engagement will be discussed. Participants will then collaborate in several adventure-based activities and process the experience. Additional activities will be explained and participants will spend time learning how to use thoughtful questions as a way to debrief activities. Both an activity reference guide and a processing questions guide will be provided.
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