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POSTER SESSION PRESENTATIONS

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

 

Power of the Powwow: American Indian Perceptions on Ethnic Identity and Social Interest, Mary Ann Andrade-Bekker
This presentation will describe the ethnic identity struggles in the American Indian population and will focus on specific American Indian ethnic identity development models.  This presentation will also address how cultural traditions, specifically powwows, affects social interest, community feeling, and ethnic and tribal identity in the American Indian population.
Participants will learn specific struggles in American Indian ethnic identity development and how powwows create environments for social interest, community feeling, and ethnic and tribal identity growth.
 
Alfred Adler: Father of Modern Psychotherapy, Mark Blagen, Hope Merritt
This poster presentation will explicate how Adlerian Psychology is not just the original Positive Psychology but also had great influence on most modern psychotherapies ranging from neo-Freudian perspectives to the social justice movement, post-modern theory, neuroscience counseling and institutions such as the 12-step and positive parenting movements. 
Participants will learn Adler's wide-ranging influence on modern psychotherapy and Ways to give credit and advance Adler's influence.
 
Effects of Community and Self-Focused Interventions on Alcohol Use and Motivation to Reduce Hazardous Drinking in College Students: An Adlerian Perspective. Lyuba Bobova, Deborah Grossman, Ryan Ochoa
Large sample of undergraduate students reported participating in numerous self-focused and community based intervention or education programs for reducing hazardous/underage drinking. Results indicated that increased engagement in community programs was associated with increased motivation to change, while increased engagement in self-focused programs was associated with increased alcohol use.
Participants will learn about variety of self-focused and community based interventions available to college students, and about students' attitudes towards these interventions and that barriers to changing hazardous drinking behaviors may be linked to social and contextual factors, as well as to individual goals, attitudes, and beliefs.
 
Living with Dementia: A Group Experience to Inspire Others, Shoshanna Campbell, Cindy Grief, Carrie Buckspan, David Myran
At Baycrest Health Sciences we have been facilitating a weekly open-ended support group for older adults with mild to moderate dementia that has been running for several years.  The group provides a forum for individuals with dementia to explore themes related to memory loss, including changes in intimate relationships. Sessions have highlighted the importance of "living in the moment" with dignity.
Participants will learn approaches to reducing stigma among individuals diagnosed with dementia and how to facilitate meaning-making through a shared group experience.
 
Towards An Adlerian Understanding of the Phenomenon of Adult Entitled Dependence.  Shoshanna Campbell, Hannah Titchell, Randy Patterson
For more than a decade, adult entitled dependence has been growing as a problematic phenomenon throughout the world. Using the lens of Adlerian psychology, this study presents the findings of a systematic literature review. Individual, family, and sociocultural factors are identified with the aim of highlighting appropriate interventions.
Participants will learn to identify individual and family characteristics contributing to adult entitled dependence and to identify Alderian principles that can inspire and guide individuals in completing their life tasks. 
 
The way to Becoming an Encourager, Ying-Shi  Chang, Jane Wu, Yuh-Yin Wu, Shu-Chen Wu
The poster explore the elements of becoming an encourager according to several research findings from encouragement training program in Taiwan. The encouragement circle was the key for trainees to be an encourager. The viewpoints of Adlerians (Dinkmeyer & Lonsoncy, 1986) and affective taxonomy (Bloom, Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001 ) was discussed.
Participants will learn how the trainees get a more encouraging attitude through the encouragement training program and the keys of a successful encouragement training program that could help trainees to be more positive from skills to beliefs.
 
Assisting Homeless Consumers in Job Search Efforts:  Uses of Encouragement for Rehabilitation Counselors, Mary O'Connor Drout, Abby Molinet, Chimare Eaglin
Rehabilitation counselors promote inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workplace and in the community.  In this presentation, aspects of the Adlerian concept of encouragement in job search assistance in helping individuals move from homelessness and poverty through employment are explored.  Students’ community service experiences help to inform the presentation.
Participants will learn uses of encouragement in job search assistance and how to provide job search assistance to individuals who are homeless.
 
The Adlerian Love Task & Couple Interactions: Self-Reported Anxiety and Related Behavioral and Linguistic Correlates, Ann Finis, Sasha Hileman, Amanda Ori, Seema Saigal, Emily Durbin
The primary aim of this study is to examine couple conflict discussions in order to identify the specific linguistic and behavioral markers of self-reported anxiety.  A more nuanced understanding of the correlates of anxiety is critical to the development of targeted interventions aimed at helping couples improve their relationship satisfaction.
Participants will learn the effects of anxiety on dyadic adjustment and how the correlates of anxiety, specifically linguistic and behavioral markers, can aid in the development of effacious treatment approaches to improve couple dissatisfaction thereby enhancing client functioning in the Adlerian Love Task.
 
Competence to Stand Trial: Current Issues and Challenges, Matthew Finn
The focus of the presentation will be on psychological and legal issues which determine competence to stand trial.  As well as, the current realities of the state of the Illinois Department of Human Services forensic hospitals and the effects those realities have on evaluation and determination. 
Participants will learn psychological and legal determinants of Competence to Stand Trial and current state of forensic hospitals in Illinois and its effect on the evaluation.
 
Early Sports/Recreation Memories Illuminate private Logic, Joseph Flood, Jane Lawther
Research addressing early sport and outdoor recreation memories provides insights for Adlerian therapists, adults and children involved in youth sports and outdoor recreation.  Results and recommendations highlighting the significance of participation and their influence on ERs, will be presented.  Participants may share their early sport and outdoor recreation ERs. 
Participants will learn the latest research findings in Early Sports/Recreation Memories and the use of "therefore I must" in determining private logic.
 
Goal Oriented Treatment Planning, Rocky Garrison
Building on the notion that alignment of goals between client and therapist decreases "resistance" and countertransference, This poster illustrates a dynamic process of treatment planning which emphasizes the importance of the problem list, case conceptualization, encouragement, and on-going monitoring.
Participants will learn a problem centered, goal oriented treatment planning process and strategies for operationalizing the goals of treatment.
 
Social Life Task's Implication in Advertizing, Kevin Goldberg, Gregory Liberadzki
The Authors explore how modern day advertising affects one’s perception of fulfillment of Adler’s Social life-task. The Social Life Task will be defined by Adler and other contributors and will be explored in the domain of advertisement’s effects to the individual. Lastly, recommendations will be made for the field.
Participants will learn the social task and advertisement's role and the interaction of that role with the social task..
 
Dreams and Motivation: The Relationship Between Contemporary Neuroscience and Adlerian Psychology, Leor Granite, Virginia Kerce, Anthony Juliano, Hien Luu, Gerard Widmann, Fletcher Funk
Adlerian Psychology implicates the involvement of emotions and the derivation of motivation from dream experiences. This perspective of dream experience maintains that aspects of Adlerian Psychology are supported and disputed in contemporary neuroscientific literature. Key aspects of neuroscientific research as it pertains to Adlerian theory are investigated and discussed.
Participants will learn how the understanding of dreams according to an Adlerian Psychology perspective aligns with contemporary research in neuroscience and how contemporary neuroscience and certain aspects of Adlerian Psychology conflict.
 
Two New Uses of the Crucial C's: Writing Successfu8l Grant Proposals and Reconceptualizing Critical Friends Groups, Harley Granville, William Curlette, Susan Ogletree, Gwen Benson, Robert Hendrick
This presentation examines how the Crucial C's can be applied to grant writing using the large federally funded NET-Q project as exemplar. Also discussed is the conceptual integration of the Crucial C's into one intervention called Cross Career Learning Communities (CCLC), a variant of Critical Friends Groups (CFGs).
Participants will learn how the Crucial C's can be conceptually integrated into the grant writing process using lessons learned from the successful funding of the 5-year, $13,500,000  federally-funded Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NETQ) Grant and how the Crucial C's are used to reconceptualize Critical Friends Group work through a discussion of Critical Friendship & Facilitative Leadership in CFGs which are operationalized through the use of structured processes called Protocols. 
 
Funtastic  Adlerian Techniques for Change, Rob Guttenberg,
Participants will discover the power of jokes, metaphors, stories and experiential exercises for demonstrating Adlerian concepts to diverse populations in a variety of settings. They will learn how to apply these motivational techniques in parenting classes, private practice, human relations training, or for personal growth in their own life.
Participants will learn over twenty techniques for demonstrating Adlerian theory and practice and the theory behind experiential learning, and the power of using humor and metaphor to facilitate the process of change.
 
The Consequences for Therapy that Promotes "Social Interest" Instead of "Community Feeling" (Gemeinschaftsgefühl), Iris Heieren,
The term “Community Feeling” (Gemeinschaftsgefühl) is commonly used synonymously with the term “Social Interest”. However, “Social Interest” is an incorrect translation of Adler's “Gemeinschaftsgefühl” and therapy with the goal of “Social Interest” may promote a very different outcome than therapy with the goal of “Community Feeling (Gemeinschaftsgefühl).
Participants will learn to separate "real" encouragement from more elusive versions of discouragement that may look like encouragement but isn't and to provide more encouragement by basing therapy on "Community Feeling" instead of on "Social Interest".
 
Adlerian-Based Solution Focused Supervision (ABSF): Predicting Positive Student Outcomes, Sasha Hileman, Anna Finis, Amanda Ori, Seema Saigal
Clinical supervision is of paramount importance in training psychologists. This study examines the student variables most predictive of outcome in assessment supervision. Results suggest that skills related to the synthesis and integration of information, such as the oral exam, diagnosis, and case formulation, are most predictive of positive student outcome.
Participants will learn specific supervisor and student variables that lead to positive outcomes in assessment supervision and ways to incorporate Adlerian-Based Solution Focused (ABSF) supervision to foster personal growth and development of trainees throughout the supervisory relationship.
 
Celiac Disease: Compliance and the Life Tasks, Catherine Hilley, Timothy Hartshorne
A diagnosis of Celiac Disease, a prevalent auto-immune disorder, can have a profound impact.  Anxiety, depression, and poor quality of life are often associated.  Dietary adherence and life task discouragement are challenges.  These are discussed along with implications for understanding organ inferiority and disease management from a biopsychosocial model.
Participants will learn the impact of celiac disease on the life tasks and how personality priorities may influence compliance with medical treatment.
 
Multidisciplinary Group Therapy with Children, Nicole Hoffman, Roseanne Boldt, Christine Decker, Margaret Riedl
Multidisciplinary group therapy with children promotes growth in several Adlerian tenants. Through art, music, exercise, guided imagery and social skills groups children exhibit an increase in social interest, a more flexible view of self, others and community, greater courage to take risks, a sense of belonging and decreased mistaken beliefs.
Participants will learn the benefits of multidisciplinary group based therapy and how to integrate fundamental Adlerian principals in their work with children.
 
Advertising, Ficticious Goals and Adler's Love Task, Grace Jacobson, Brock Schludecker
The authors explore how modern day advertising affects one’s perception of fulfillment of Adler’s Love Task. Specifically, how might ads contribute to perceptions about what an "ideal" man/woman is, and how he/she should look and act in order to be attractive? Implications and recommendations for future research are also discussed.
Participants will learn how advertising might impact self-ideals, in relation to the love life task and where Adlerian theory and cultural psychology can intersect to have real implications for clients' mental health.
 
Executive Dysfunction, ADHD, and Individual Psychology: Finding a Place, Antonio Juliano, Leeor Granite, Gerard Widmann
Individuals with ADHD have difficulties with planning, organizing, and time management.  Kern et al.’s (1999) study supports this as individuals with ADHD scored lower on the Liked by All, Striving for Perfection, and Softness scales. This poster highlights how ADHD symptoms are used to find a place in adolescence.
 
E-Therapy, A Sense of Community and the Family, Alana Kingsley, Kailee Brown
This poster will review the benefits of e-therapy when an individual is deployed and cannot have face-to-face contact with their regular therapist.  It will also look at how e-therapy can help an individual continue to feel as though they are a part of their community and an active member of their family while deployed.
Participants will learn that participating in e-therapy allows an individual in the military who is far from home to maintain a feeling of belonging to his or her community and allows the maintenance of a healthy therapeutic relationship between the individual and the therapist and how family therapy can continue to be successful while an individual is deployed.
 
Ethical Implications of Trends in Technology, Courtney Klaus, Timothy Hartshorne
We live in a world of technological marvels that have and will continue to impact the work of mental health practitioners.  New opportunities for breaches to confidentiality, challenges to boundary issues and multiple relationships, along with concerns for appropriate training and supervision are emerging. We address these issues with recommendations.
Participants will learn how the use of technology in mental health professions raises new and perplexing ethical issues and how social media may impact mental health practice.
 
How to Move from a Felt Minus Adlerian Leader to a Perceived Plus Leader, Herb Laube, William Premo
The focus of this session will examine the felt minus/perceived plus, the lead/follow, law/love, illness/wellness dialectical concepts.  The session will solicit participants examining their own dynamic "tensions" and "strengths" related to these concepts and the impact of all of this on one's Adlerian Leadership capacity and potential.
Participants will learn to deepen their understanding of the richness of Adler's use of the felt minus and the perceived plus dichotomy with and about an added notion called 100 plus plus.
 
Adlerian Theory: Addressing the Needs of African American Lesbian Mothers, Adrienne Little, Nataka Moore
Adlerian techniques have proven effective with a variety of family structures, however there is a dearth of knowledge about individuals navigating motherhood as racial, gender, and sexual minorities.  We will also address ways to expand Adlerian principles and modify treatment materials to treat African American lesbian mothers and their families.
Participants will learn the unique social needs of African American mothers who are also sexual minorities. These woman may have limited access to sources of support traditionally used by disenfranchised individuals and how heteronomativity and Eurocentrism may limit the applicability of Adlerian materials (such as parenting resources) and interventions to African American lesbian mothers. 
 
Positive Psychology Applied to Career Coaching, Peter Liu, Jay Colker
This poster highlights the importance of positive psychology values in career coaching. Focus is on actual work being provided in a local center and many ways in which values drive actions and client success. Comparisons are made to show the applicabilty and versatility of Adlerian values related to career development. 
Participants will learn the ways in which values of positive psychology are evident and beneficial in career coaching and the connections between Adlerian philosophy and positive psychology and their application to career coaching.
 
Cut to the chase: How using Gestalt Two-Chair techniques evokes Life Style Info, Bea Mackay,
Separating out conflicting parts of the self and having them interact often evokes Adlerian Life Style information.  Critic may evolve into parent; Experiencing Self may regress to a child; Early Recollections are precipitated and Private Logic revealed.  This effectively deepens therapy by getting to the heart of the matter.
Participants will learn how to quickly access Life Style information and how to work with it and how to effectively separate out the parts of the self in conflict or disowned.
 
What's New at the Adler Graduate School -- Featuring Our New Adlerian Research Center, Nikki Marchand, Dan Haugen, Marina Bluvshtein
As part of its ongoing efforts to preserve and promote Alfred Adler's legacy and teachings, the Adler Graduate School in Minnesota is developing an Adlerian Research Center. Research Center staff will collect, preserve, and make available unique materials (articles, journals, books, etc.) related to Adler, his family, and Adlerian practitioners.
Participants will learn what's new at the Adler Graduate School, including our new Research Center and the depth of its unique Adlerian materials. Participants will also learn, if desired, how they may participate in the development of this resource and about the development of a unique resource for Adlerian scholarship. Finally, participants will learn about the ongoing development of the Adler Graduate School as a similarly unique Adlerian resource.
 
Beyond Medication - Positive Approaches to Helping Adults with ADHD, Mary McClure, Larry Maucieri
Adult ADHD typically presents with primary indicators of inattention and impulsivity as well as secondary issues with basic tasks of love, belonging, and work given faulty lifestyle assumptions and coping efforts. Adlerian model approaches are consistent with those proven effective in helping clients with ADHD, alone or concurrent with medication.
Participants will learn the primary and secondary presenting concerns faced by those with adult ADHD and the types of counseling, coaching, and training that are consistent with the Adlerian model  and proven beneficial to adult ADHD clients.
 
PTSD: DSM-V Changes and Adlerian Perspectives, Dorothy Nguyen, Julia Yang
Differences between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the DSM-IV-TR and DSM V are explored as well as the implications on Adlerian conceptualization and treatment of PTSD. This presentation focuses on strategies to manage trauma and the therapeutic impacts of the Adlerian approach with a military population
Participants will learn understanding of PTSD in the DSM V framework as well as Adlerian conceptualization of PTSD and therapeutic implications and outcomes  of Adlerian strategies used with a military population.
 
Art Based Early Recollections: Recognizing Lifestyle Through Principles of Art Making, Aurelia Nuber, Megan LaDuke, Katie Doerhoff
Through utilizing art therapy to collect early recollections, the art therapist is able to obtain a visual representation of the client's current functioning and worldview beyond traditional talk therapy. The use of art media and the art process provides an additional layer of projected lifestyle material for client insight. 
Participants will learn the benefits of art therapy in gaining information about early recollections that verbal therapy alone is unable to access and how to identify changes in patterns of current functioning in the art that reflects these changes.
 
Positive Psychology as a Prevention Technique in a School Setting, Lauren Overhage, Sonya Baer-Harsha
This presentation examines how positive psychology techniques can be used in a school setting in order to potentially prevent the onset of mental disorders, as well as develop a greater sense of community within the school environment.
Participants will learn the benefits of using positive psychology in a child and adolescent population and the efficacy of using positive psychology as a prevention method, specifically within a school community.
 
So what's my role? Supporting Temporary Care-givers in their Care-giving Roles, Ben Rader, Elishia Pulliam
This presentation is designed to help parent educators and care providers alike better appreciate the unique role that temporary caregivers can play in promoting the best outcomes for youth and families experiencing a need for temporary (protective) placement. Presenters will provide a hands-on demonstration of ways to help temporary caregivers more effectively empathize with youth under their care and to find ways to tap into and promote the youth’s internal and interpersonal resilience that will assist them down the road as they pursue placement permanence.
Participants will learn temporary care-giver qualities and behaviors that contribute to a healthy care-giver/child relationship and that promote resilience in the youth. Frequent pitfalls and “mistaken roles” assumed by temporary care-givers that tend to work against the needs of the youth and contribute to care-giver burnout will also be addressed.
 
Clinical Implications for Social Interest in the Military, Laura Rauch, Elizabeth Bohme
Military service can have many mental health consequences. At the same time, military culture encourages unity and group cohesion that may serve as a protective factor against many of these concerns. Understanding Adlerian Social Interest within the military culture has important research and practice implications for the future.
Participants will learn participants will learn about military culture and values and how Adlerian Psychology can help understand the benefits and challenges of the "warrior ethos" and participants will also learn how clinicians can foster more social connectedness and use targeted interventions for those currently serving as well as seperated military service members.
 
Social Interest in Turkish Cultural Context: Exploring the Predictive Power of Psychological Birth Order and Personality as it is Mediated by Social Interest , Cody Samec, Katie Blair
Social interest is necessary for mental health, having the potential to mediate feelings of inferiority. This is the origin of positive psychology.  This study explores the affects of psychological birth order, social interest, and their interactions on big 5 personality characteristics in Turkish cultural context; analyzed by age and gender.   
Participants will learn Adlerian concepts of social interest and birth order in a cross cultural context and the impact of social interest and birth order in a collectivist cultural context across various age groups.  
 
An Adlerian Framework for a Parental Enhancement Program, Jason Soriano, Joyce DeVoss
This session will focus on a researched Alderian parental enhancement program, designed to support struggling families and improve parent/child interactions.
Participants will learn how to incorporate Adlerian concepts into an evidence-based program and to identify key components of an effective Adlerian parental enhancement program.
 
Mediator Role of Positive Affect on the Relationship Between Emotional Regulation and Life Satisfaction, Bilge Uzun Ozer, Sara LeBlanc,  Aysenur B. Kavas
The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between life satisfaction and emotional regulation by examining the role of positive affect as a mediator of this relationship. Within the present study, mindfulness and reappraisal were used as the strategies for emotional regulation on a sample of undergraduate students.
Participants will learn structural relationship among emotion regulation, positive affect and life satisfaction and mediator role of positive affect on the relationship among mindfullness, reappraisal and life satisfaction.
 
Selecting Effective Parents: Using Adlerian Theory in Child Custody Cases, Matthew Waxler,
The use of psychological evaluations are becoming more common in the litigation of child custody cases. This presentation is focused on how Adlerian theory based assessment  measures can contribute to a more complete understanding of one's parentental abiltities, and influence these custody decisions.    
Participants will learn the current assessment measures used and  qualities and abilities assessed to make custody determination and using Adlerian theory, what qualities and abilities  are important for a parent to possess. Based on these qualities, how do Adlerian based assessment measures evaluate these qualities and abilities.
 
Taiwanese Youths in Transition from School to Work, Shu-Chen Wu,
This study aims to cooperate with business executives for developing a human resources training program and to explore its effects. The program content includes biographical screen, personnel recruitment, communicative expression practice, simulation, implementation and career adaptability and it will be hold based on 104 hours in a continuous seven weeks, 2 days per week method.
Participants will learn from an Adlerian perspective that the individual’s work is socially valuable.  For youth, transition from school to work, not only provides a future career development, but also reflects their well being status and a culturally sensitive perspective to understand career adaptability in Taiwan. This study provides a reference how to facilitate a successful transition.
 
Effects of Adlerian Training Program on Teachers' Competency, Shu-Chen Wu, Yuh-Yin Wu, Ying-Shi Chang, Jane Wu
Teacher is an expert not only technical personnel. This study aims to explore the effects of Adlerian training  program  on teachers' competency. 117 secondary and elementary teachers were divided into four groups. Three of  experimental  groups via pair test analysis showed  higher competency performance than control group.
Participants will learn to know how teacher's competency could be enhanced by Adlerian Training program and to know how Adlerian concept could be applied to teacher professional growth. 
 
 
 

 

 
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