ACAC Featured Sessions:
Friday, April 27
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Program ID #182, Room A407
Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma and Child-Centered Play Therapy
90-Minute Education Session
Dee C. Ray
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), traumatic experiences during childhood, are correlated to posttraumatic stress, behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The purpose of this session is to inform play therapists about the role and effects of ACEs, the relationship between ACEs and trauma and how play therapists can respond most effectively to children who have experienced multiple ACEs.
Saturday, April 28
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Program ID #576, 3rd Floor, Poster Area 4
A Model to Enhance Attachment for Perinatal Maternal Mental Illness in the United States
30-Minute Poster Session
Quinn K. Smelser
Research highlights the impact a mother’s psychological instability can have on the attachment security and physical and psychological health of a child and on the recurrence of a maladaptive cycle through generations in a family. Models studied in other countries suggest that group interventions, multidisciplinary treatment teams and mother-infant inpatient psychiatric units are the most effective in treating the mother’s mental illness and building attachment security in the mother-child dyad.
Sunday, April 29
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Program ID #446, Room A407
Mindfulness in Schools: Planning and Implementing a School-Based Program
60-Minute Education Session
Gail K. Roaten, Elsa Soto Leggett
Mindfulness has become a “hot topic” in counseling! Mindfulness programs in schools show promising results. Attendees will learn about the research on mindfulness as well as the basics of planning for and implementing a mindfulness program in a school. Numerous examples of mindfulness activities will be provided along with a couple of experiential activities.
Come by our table in the exhibit hall or come to our general membership meeting. Students welcome!