|| Supervision Track | Diversity and Multicultural Track
Mentoring as a Supervision Technique
Presented by Daniel B. Amparbeng, M. Ed, LPC, NCC & Yegan Pillay, LPCC-S & Brandon Tomlinson, LPC (OH), NCC
There has been an increased number of international students attending universities in the United States, which has resulted in a growing number of international students in counseling programs. Cultural differences necessitate culturally appropriate supervision models for counselors and supervisors to utilize when working with international students. The presenters will identify and delineate the challenges and unique supervision needs of international counseling students and highlights the importance of mentoring as a culturally appropriate complementary supervision technique when supervising international counseling students. The presenters propose the inclusion of mentoring with Bernard’s discrimination model of supervision as a strategy to enhance the counseling skills of international students.
|| Neuroscience/Biological Bases of Behavior Track | Trauma Assessment and Treatment Track
Supporting Resilience Skill Building During the COVID-19 Era
Presented by Raissa M. Miller, LPC & Eric Beeson, LPC, NCC, ACS, CRC & Rebecca Dickinson, LPC
The current world health crisis, most commonly referred to as COVID-19, is a collective trauma impacting individuals’ lives in significant ways (Horesh & Brown, 2020). Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) are well-positioned to support clients’ abilities to meet and even grow from the great challenges of this era. One of the concepts that best describes this ability is resilience. Tabibnia and Radecki (2018) broadly defined resilience as “successfully adapting to adversity” (p. 59). Although genetic and epigenetic factors contribute to an individuals’ baseline resiliency capacity, resilience is also a skill that can be learned and enhanced (Wu et al., 2013). We argue that intentionally integrating resilience skill-building interventions into clinical counseling can promote improved long-term client outcomes. In this presentation, we will summarize the current state of resilience research broadly and introduce a specific neuroscience-informed model of resilience called the Predictive 6-Factor Resilience framework (Rossouw & Rossouw, 2016; Rossouw et al., 2019). The PR6 approach categorizes resilience into six domains: vision, composure, reasoning, tenacity, collaboration, and health. The developers of the PR6 have a mobile resilience-building application that can be used in conjunction with counseling to support client skill development. We will share initial research findings from our two ongoing PR6 resilience framework projects and we will review instruments CMHCs can use to assess client resilience and track growth over time. Participants will gain greater insights into research-supported models of resilience and take away practical ideas for assessing and enhancing clients’ levels of resilience.