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Faculty and Doctoral Students Present at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) 2017 Conference

At the 2017 ACES Conference, October 3 through 8, 2017, the faculty and doctoral students presented sixteen Inform, Education, Poster and Roundtable Sessions, and eleven prior graduates of the doctoral program presented sixteen sessions. The presentations:

Rasch Analysis of the Counseling Self Efficacy Measures
Steven Moody, Chad Yates

This presentation will explore the methodology of Rasch Analysis. The presenters will explore the methodology of a study which investigated Counseling Self-Efficacy through Rasch Analysis of the Counselling Self-Estimate Inventory (COSE) and the Counselor Self-Efficacy Scale (CASES), to demonstrate how this methodology can fit within counseling research.

Size Matters: Sampling Considerations for Successful Quantitative & Qualitative Counseling Research
Randall Astramovich, Judith Crews, Elizabeth Horn

This presentation will explore sample size considerations for successful quantitative and qualitative research designs in counseling. For quantitative research, the effects of sample size on statistical power, significance levels, and effect sizes will be reviewed. For qualitative research, sampling issues affecting saturation, transferability, and trustworthiness will be discussed as well as considerations for determining sample size in phenomenological and grounded theory designs.

Creating Connection: Incorporating Art and Music into
Multicultural Counseling

Renee Howells, Kristen Langellier, Tamara Tribitt,
Alexia DeLeon

Counselors are called to continually assess their own multicultural competence. Often, counselors encounter their own fear regarding how to engage in enriching multicultural discussions. Specific strategies for counselor educators will be discussed in this experiential presentation. Participants will gain an understanding of how expressive mediums, such as music and art, can help counselors connect with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Intersectional Pedagogy for Career Development in Counselor Education

Christian Chan (Assistant Professor)
, Amanda Friday, David Julius Ford, Jr, Popiolek Melanie
The advent of the ACA Code of Ethics (2014) and Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC; Ratts et al., 2016) calls for a richer connection among counseling, counselor education, multiculturalism, and social justice. Utilizing an intersectionality framework, the presenters will engage in a collaborative dialogue to negotiate salient cultural identities, contexts, and careers and foster the connection among career counselor education, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Developing a Gatekeeper Identity in Counselor Education: Preparing Doctoral Students

Marisa Rapp, Steven Moody, Leslie Stewart

This education session will provide counselor educators with training recommendations to better prepare doctoral students in their role of gatekeeper. Presenters will provide gatekeeping training guidelines for counselor educators to utilize in doctoral level programs. Presenters will disseminate preliminary results from a pilot study examining gatekeeping knowledge of incoming doctoral students and explore implications and recommendations for future research.

Queering Counseling Education

Elizabeth Horn, Jennifer Gess

The presenters will share results from a grounded theory and situational analysis research study on LGBTQ+ competent counselor educators. Participants will learn about the process LGBTQ+ competent counselors experience of becoming com­petent counselors. Also, participants will gain tools to infuse LGBTQ+ competence throughout the classroom, including understanding the power of language.

The Big or Small Question: A Model for Conceptualizing
Sample Size in Qualitative Research

Melissa Luke, Kris Goodrich, David Kleist

Counseling researchers often have little guidance in determining sample size for qualitative studies beyond commonly published sample size ranges. This presentation introduces a model that may assist researchers in weighing the multiple factors that may affect the appropriate sample size for their study. The presenter will discuss the role of sample size in qualitative research and describe the model and its foundation. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply the model to several cases.

Bringing Self: A Qualitative Study of CEs Incorporating Spirituality and Religion into Teaching.

David M. Kleist, Jade Letourneau

The presenters will share the results of a qualitative research study that explored the processes, social actions, experiences, and contextual influences of counselor educators incorporating spirituality and religion into their teaching. The presenters will discuss the four sensitizing concepts that emerged from the data and the concepts’ multi-directional processual relation­ships. Implications and directions for future research will be introduced.

Program-Site Alliance: The Relationship Between CE Programs and Field Placement Sites

Steven Moody, Tamara Tribitt
This presentation will share results from an interpretive phenomenological analysis that explored the program-site alliance from the perspective of site supervisors. Implications for counselor education programs will be discussed.

The Application of Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation Training with Counseling Practicum Students
Jehan Hill, Sarah Baquet, Chad Yates
Biofeedback has a history of success in training participants to monitor psychophysiological stress responses, and then through mindful breathing and acceptance alter these stress responses. This ability to self-regulate stress responses could have a range of implications from increased focus with clients to improved self-care. This presentation will explore an investigation of counseling practicum students' experience of participating in a semester-long Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation Training.

Incarceration Nation: Helping Counselor Educators to Increase Student Awareness with Ex-Offenders

Kathleen Muirhead

This presentation seeks to aid counselor educators in gaining knowledge on the previously incarcerated population and in incorporating this information into curricula and programs of study for students who will be interacting with this population in high numbers.

The Future of Addiction Counseling Ed: Developing a
Behavioral/Process Addictions Course

Marisa Rapp, Leigh Holman, Tasha Hicks

Due to increased public awareness, more clients are presenting for treatment of behavioral/process addictions (BPAs). Prev­alence rates for (BPAs) is between 2-3%. However, research indicates counselors are assessing, diagnosing, and treating BPAs with little or no training, in spite of CACREP standards and ACA Ethics. Our presentation is designed to provide partici­pants with best practices for integrating BPAs throughout the counseling curriculum and for developing a stand-alone course.

Reflexivity’s Role in Developing a Teaching Philosophy

Melisa DeMeyer, David M. Kleist

The ACES’ teaching initiative addresses the importance of teaching excellence. This presentation provides an in-class model for educators to use to facilitate the development of students’ teaching philosophy, highlighting the importance of reflexivity within this process. Offered will be an integrated model combining the Integrative Reflective Model of Group Supervision (Stinchfield, 2015) with Schonwetter, Sokal, Friesen, and Taylor’s (2002) model for developing a teaching philosophy statement.

Multiracial Identity Models: Current Trends in Teaching
and Practice

Jehan Hill, Sarah Baquet

This round-table discussion will provide counselor educators the opportunity to discuss what trends they are seeing when teaching multiracial or biracial identity models. Topics will include multiracial or biracial identity models that are being taught, connecting student learning to practice, and increasing awareness inside and outside of the classroom.

Current Events to Broach Social Justice Issues in the
Multicultural Course: A Qualitative Study

Melisa DeMeyer, Dustin Destler, Kerrie Taylor, Renee Howells

Counselors have a responsibility to focus on social justice issues–in following the profession’s ethical codes, and to best serve a diverse clientele. Counselor educators (CEs) can broach these conversations with students using various methods. Our team of five doctoral students seek to share findings of a qual­itative inquiry on CE experience of utilizing current events as a vehicle to broach social justice issues. Join us for discussion on created meaning and glean ideas for your practice.

Reciprocal Mentoring in Counselor Education & Supervision: Preventing Burnout in Counseling

Kathryn Williams, Christian Chan, Cirecie West-Olatunji

As the counseling profession continues to crystallize its identity, the need to more clearly define and actualize the mentoring ex­perience is needed. The session presenters provide an overview of the effectiveness of mentoring in leadership, social justice implications in the mentoring relationship and then highlight the benefits of reciprocal mentoring as a prevention tool for leadership burnout in counseling and counselor education. 


Transitioning In and Out of a University Training Clinic: The Counseling Interns’ Perspective
Katie Kostohryz, Kirsten LaMantia

This pre-conference session will explore current trends and technology as it relates to training clinics in counselor education, including accessibility accommodations and funding. It will also identify ways to sustain relationships with sites and site supervisors.
While also addressing and reducing anxiety in counselors in training in your clinic. Finally it will explore and expand on ethical considerations and crisis situations when running a training clinic.

Mapping Your Qualitative Data Analysis

Jade Letourneau

Situational Analysis (SA) is a postmodern approach to grounded theory. SA addresses issues of power, privilege, and oppression. Through the use of three types of maps—situational, social worlds/arenas, and positional—coded data is subjected to further analysis to identify social influences and processes. This presentation will include an overview of each of the types of maps and interactive instruction on how to create each map.

Exploring Q Methodology

Dominique Avery

Q methodology is an exploratory methodology including a blend of qualitative and quantitative methods. This is well suited to initial research in subjective opinions. This presentation will review the standard procedures in a Q study and demonstrate a new Q sort software. This interactive presentation will introduce participants to Q as a methodology well suited to counseling research.

Contemplating the Future of Counselor Education: A Pedagogy for a Deeper Knowing and Being

Clarissa Cigrand, Blaine Reilly

This interactive and experiential presentation will provide an overview of contemplative pedagogy, exploring concrete ways contemplative practice (e.g., mindfulness, compassion practices, etc.) promotes wellness, compassion and empathy, therapeutic presence, interpersonal and intrapersonal awareness, community, and creativity in the classroom. We will discuss the benefits of using contemplative pedagogy and detail caveats and considerations for counselor educators interested in this approach.

Positing Privilege: Factors and Experieinces that Contribute to Counselors’ Multicultural Competence

Shawn Patrick, Anna Elliott, Bryan Lamb, John Beckenbach

This presentation will include findings of a current study exploring the relationships between awareness of privilege, educational experiences and political ideology. Participants will engage in activities and dialogue related to privilege. This will include opportunities for participants to reflect on their sense of privilege and professional identity, and consider how to foster self-awareness and promote social justice competencies in their practices.

Using Expressive Therapy to Explore Diversity Issues with Counselor Education Faculty and Students

Daniel Sweeney, Keith Dempsey, Beronica Salazar

Discussion of diversity issues should be a priority in CounsEd programs. These conversations are challenging, and most often, entirely based on verbal interaction. Just as in the therapy pro­cess, verbalizing challenging issues may not only be substan­tially difficult, but even neurologically hampered. This session will explore expressive and projective means of communication [sandtray and art activities] that can facilitate the deeper exploration that CounsEd programs should aspire to have.

Cultural Diversity in Practice: Understanding Doctoral
Students Experience of Religion/Spirituality

Tiffany Nielson, Alyse Anekstein, Hailey Martinez

This presentation provides the results of auto-ethnographic research on the experiences of four doctoral students ranging in religious/spiritual beliefs during their doctoral program. The results of this study provide counselor educators and doctoral students information to increase awareness and normalize the doctoral student experiences. It is hoped that this study and re­lated discussion will aid in moving the profession to promoting cultural awareness and authentic dialogue.

Our Youth’s Future: Exploring the Needs of the Gifted
and Talented Population

Hailey Martinez, Rebecca Scherer, Ashley Luedke, Jill Packman

Presenters were tasked with evaluating why a quarter of gifted and talented (G&T) students from rural communities failed one or more courses. Presenters investigated this phenomenon through interviews with teachers, parents, and G&T youth. After a qualitative analysis, presenters implemented a mind­fulness-based intervention to help with some of the themes uncovered. This presentation walks the audience through a needs assessment and program evaluation with the G&T youth from a rural community.

Hosting Gracious Conversations: Facilitating political
and cultural dialogues in the classroom

Shawn Patrick, John Beckenbach, Anna Elliott, Bryan Lamb

Politico-cultural classroom discussions can prove challenging for counselor educators. While we seek to bridge differences, we can be at a loss when faced with difficult interactions, emo­tions, or confrontations. This session presents guiding princi­ples for facilitating dialogues that invite multiple viewpoints while promoting cultural understanding and competence. By ex­amining mistakes and effective methods, attendees will develop awareness and strategies for hosting “gracious conversations.”

The Portability Problem

Dominique Avery, Lynn Bohecker

Portability of a counseling license in the United States is complicated by the wide variety of licensure titles and require­ments among states. This presentation will review the current status of licensure across the US and efforts to increase the ease of portability. The presenters will share their experience of developing an interstate licensure committee to work towards accessible portability in their region.