IAC Conference 2024 Programme

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Friday, 28 June, 2024

8:30 am - 10:30 am Registration
9:30 am - 10:30 am Breakout Session #1
10:30 am-11:00 am Opening remarks from IAC and Assocounseling
11:00 am - 11:15 am IAC Keynote Speaker Roberta Metsola
11:15 am - 12:00 pm IAC Keynote Speaker Christine Suniti Bhat 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Assocounseling Keynote Speaker Anna Castiglione
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch Break & IAC General Assembly (Annual Meeting)
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Breakout Session #2
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Coffee Break
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Breakout Session #3
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm IAC Europe Meeting

Saturday, 29 June, 2024

8:00 am -9:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 11:00 am Breakout Session #4
11:00 - 11:30 am Coffee Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm IAC Keynote Speaker Kenneth Carswell
12:30 - 1:30 pm Assocounseling Keynote Speaker
1:30 - 3:00 pm Lunch Break & Poster Presentations
3:00 - 5:00 pm Breakout Session #5
5:00 - 5:30 pm Coffee Break
5:30 - 6:30 pm Breakout Session #6
6:30 - 8:30 pm Performance - 'Art Theatre Counseling' and drinks reception

Sunday, 30 June, 2024

9:00 am-11:00 am Breakout Session #7
11:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Assocounseling Keynote Speaker Samuele Pigoni
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm IAC Keynote Speakers Lina Kashyap and Swapnalekha Basak
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Closing remarks from IAC and Assocounseling

Thank you to our top tier sponsors



IAC Keynote Speakers

Dr. Roberta Metsola
President of the European Parliament
(Virtual Presentation)

Dr. Christine Suniti Bhat
President-elect of the American Counseling Association
Look Within and Find Your HERO!

Dr. Kenneth Carswell
Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, World Health Organization
Supporting Communities Affected by Adversity: The Work of WHO in Developing and Implementing Scalable Psychological Interventions around the World
Dr. Lina Kashyap, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, and Dr. Swapnalekha Basak, Workplace Wellbeing Expert, Mumbai, India
Using Indian Knowledge Systems for Effective Counselling Practice

AssoCounseling Keynote Speakers

Anna Castiglione
Building Climate Resilience and Personal Well-being
Samuele Pigoni
Restituire il potere: il counseling come pratica di empowerment individuale e sociale
Johanna Monti, Chiara Veneri, and Noella Barison

IAC Main Stage Presentations

Ms. Jodie McKenzie, Changing Landscapes: A Transformative Journey in Austrailian Counselling

Dr. James Underhill, World Health Organization (WHO), on WHO/UNICEF EQUIP project

Dr. Richard Balkin on Practicing Forgiveness

Dr. Marvin Westwood, Dr. Richard LaFleur, David Savill, Dr. Grant Charles, Dr. Jürgen Müller-Hohagen, and Ingeborg Müller-Hohagen, Dialogue Instead of Trauma

Dr. Wendi Schweiger-Moore, Director, Global Capacity Building, National Board for Certified Counselors (USA)

Dr. Mehmet N Akkurt (Lamar University, USA)

Mr. Dominic Nsona, Counselling in Africa

Dr. Dione Mifsud on The Future of Counselling in Europe


Detailed Schedule

Friday, 28 June, 2024

8:30-10:30 am Registration, Plenary Room

9:30-10:30 am Breakout session #1

Oceania Room

William G. Nicoll
Widening the Counselors Lens: Working with Children & Adolescent Concerns: Resilience-Based Schools & Families

Yan Yan and Mehmet Akkurt
Reframing Resilience for Disadvantaged Children and Youth through Positive Storybook Reading Practice

London Room

Don Redmond and Madelene Uytdewilligen
Cross-Atlantic Counselling Collaboration – A Decade of Knowledge Sharing between Dutch and US-based Counselor Training Organizations

Kristi Perryman, Denise Lenares, Paul Blisard
University of Arkansas Partnership with Belize School Counselors

Paris Room

Roberta Borgen
Resilient Engagement: Aligning Challenge and Capacity for a Sustainable Life

Sue Pressman and Simone Lambert
A Holistic Approach to Wellbeing and Resilience for Aspiring Counselling Leaders

Vienna & Berlin Room

Edward Ewe
A Culturally Responsive Counselor’s Guide to Working with Grief and Loss

Shannon Holliday, Shandra Harris, and Shannon McFarlin
"At Least She Didn't Suffer:" Cultural Responses to Grief and Implications for Counselling

10:30-11:00 am Conference Opening, Plenary Room

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Plenary Keynotes, Plenary Room

IAC Plenary Keynote: Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament (Virtual Presentation)

IAC Plenary Keynote: Dr. Christine Suniti Bhat, President-elect of the American Counseling Association
Look Within and Find Your HERO!

AssoCounseling Plenary Keynote: Anna Castiglione
Building Climate Resilience and Personal Well-being

1:00-2:30 pm Lunch break & IAC General Assembly (for IAC members only, Plenary Room)

2:30-4:30 pm Breakout Session #2

Plenary Room

AssoCounseling Speech: Andrea Gogliani

IAC Speech: Jodie McKenzie
Changing Landscapes: A Transformative Journey in Austrailian Counselling

AssoCounseling Speech: Stefano Zoletto
Pride and Prejudice: Per una dimensione europea del counseling LGBTQIA+

IAC Speech: James Underhill, World Health Organization

London Room

Dione Mifsud
The Counselling Profession: A Victim of Professional Appropriation?

Mehmet N Akkurt and Manal Saleh
Building Community Resilience in Developing Countries through Sustainable Mental Health Initiatives

David Walther
Bridging the Gap Between International Counselling Needs and Shortages of Global Mental Health Professionals Through Lay Counselors

Stefania Falcinelli
Transcultural Counselling and Transcultural Cooperation: Effective Communications and Diplomacy for True Resilience and Lasting Well-being

Paris Room

Anita A. Neuer Colburn and David Walther
Ethical Integration of Spirituality for Wellness and Resilience

Simone Lambert, Michele Kielty, Tenisha Phillips, Valentina Riso
Promoting Wellness amidst Chronic Illness: Incorporating Social Justice and Spirituality to Build Resiliency

Damien Ridge and Nikolaos Souvlakis
An Empirical Exploration of Working with Spirituality and Faith in the Counselling Room

Mary K Whiting
Broaching Religious Considerations in Counselling in an Increasingly Polarized World

Vienna & Berlin Room

Russell Fulmer
The Ethical Landscape of Artificial Intelligence and Counselling: Reflections and Suggestions

Patricia Kimball and Lotes Nelson
Exploring Personal Values Through the Use of a Photovoice Inspired Creative Exercise: I See Me (ICMe)

Deepak Mathew
Successful Career Decision-Making in a Digital Economy: Qualitative Study of Young People in Canada

Anumbano (Anum) Ali, Juan Puente, Rochelle Cade
Wellness Assessment Tools for Professional Counselors

Oceania Room 

AssoCounseling workshop: Tommaso Valleri
Counselling: fondamenti professionali e giuridici

4:30-5:00 pm Coffee Break

5:00-6:30 pm Breakout Session #3

Plenary Room

AssoCounseling Speech: Fernando Battista & Doriana Crema, Anime Migranti
Anime migranti

AssoCounseling Speech: David Mariotti
Riflessioni su identità e agire professionale del counselor in Italia

IAC Speech: Mr Dominic Nsona
Counselling in Africa

London Room (5:00-6:00 pm)

Shandra Harris and Shannon McFarlin
From Generational Trauma to Generational Healing: Assessment and Counselling through a Cultural Framework

Brandonn S. Harris and Megan Byrd
Athlete Wellbeing: Considerations for Mental Health Professionals working with Sport Communities and Competitive Athletes

Oceania Room (5:00-7:00 pm)

Anna Ballesteros-Urpí, Francesc Gomez-Morales, Francisco José Eiroa-Orosa
Counselling and Mental Health: A Peer Support Group in a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Day Hospital Context

Michelle R. Ghoston and Jasmine Graham
Neuro-informed Education in Counselling with Children and Adolescents

Jasmine Graham and Michelle Ghoston
Stepped Care Models of Integrated Maternal Mental Health Care: How Counselors Can Help

Jeanine Balzan Engerer
How do Youths Experience Creative Counselling?: Stories of Youth Making Meaning of Creative Counselling and Identity Formation

Paris Room (5:00-7:00 pm)

Jane M. Webber, Julia K. Runte, and Caitlin Braine
Experiences of Threatened Afghan Scholars and Students on their Journey to Resettlement in European Universities: Lessons Learned in Counselor Advocacy

Terence Yee
International Counselor Educators' Experience Navigating through the Job Search and Immigration Process in the United States

Emily Hardman
Embracing Dual Heritage, Confronting Mental Health: The Struggles of Children of Immigrants

Eugene Chi and Ishu Ishiyama
Help-Seeking Experiences of Immigrants with Cultural Syndromes: Female Korean Immigrants with a Korean Cultural Syndrome (Hwa-byung) in Canada

Vienna & Berlin Room (5:00-7:00 pm)

Gideon Litherland and Anita Neuer Colburn
Centering Support for Clinical Supervisors: A Framework for Supporting, Training, and Monitoring Graduate Program Supervisors

Gideon Litherland, Edward Ewe, Gretchen Schulthes
Fostering Collaboration and Sponsorship in Mentoring

Laurie A Persh
Supervising for Cultural Humility and Competence with International Counselling Students or Interns

Laurie A Persh
The Importance of Understanding Family Systems Therapy Practice and Opportunity for General Practice Counselors in Training Under Supervision

London Room (6:00-8:00 pm)

IAC Europe Meeting, chaired by Anna Ballesteros

Saturday, 29 June, 2024

8:00-10:00 am Registration, Plenary Room

9:00-11:00 am Breakout Session #4

Oceania Room

Lisa Isenman
Identity, Culture, and Infertility

Vanessa Lim
Life is Hard, Make Friends: Counselling and the Power of Ordinary Relationships Across Cultures

Nathan C. D. Perron, Vanessa Lim and Lisa Isenman
International Counselling Development: Impacting Global Mental Health Locally

Martha Mason
Using the Tree of Life to Increase Resiliency in Troubled Times

Paris Room

Ali Turfe
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Power of the Practice

Elon Slutsky and Katherine Rodgers
Core Emotional Needs as an Alternative to Psychopathology as an Organizing Principle for Conceptualization in Psychotherapy

John Prysor-Jones
Rebuilding Self–Esteem and Reintegration: Brian’s’ Story – a Sexual Offender against Children, Discharged from Prison Living in the Community

Davide Mariotti and Christine Powers
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselling

Vienna & Berlin Room

Emily Chew, Kirsis Dipre, Diana Gallardo, Gideon Litherland, and Gretchen Schulthes
Climate-based Stress and Psychological Hardiness: Implications for Counselors and Educators

Neffisatu Celestine Dambo and Patrice Leverett
Multicultural Constructivist Counselling and Adult Learners: Preparing Emergent Counselors

Roberta Attard, Marlene Cauchi, Melanie DeMarco, Ruth Falzon
Boundaries and Protocols in Counsellor-Training - a Collaborative Auto-Ethnographic Writing (CAEW)

Bagmi Das and Mina Attia
Navigating Identity and Mental Health on Instagram: Edu-fluencers in the AAPI Community

Plenary Room (10:00-11:00 am)

AssoCounseling Speech: Alessandra Caporale, President of AssoCounseling
Essere counselor in Italia: una storia di resilienza e creatività

IAC Speech: Wendi Schweiger, Director, Global Capacity Building, NBCC (USA), and Mehmet N. Akkurt, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Counselling Department, Lamar University (U.S.)
Building Community Resilience: A Practical Guide

11:00-11:30 am Coffee break

11:30 am-1:30 pm Plenary Keynotes, Plenary Room

IAC Plenary Keynote: Kenneth Carswell, World Health Organization
Supporting Communities Affected by Adversity: The Work of WHO in Developing and Implementing Scalable Psychological Interventions around the World

AssoCounseling Plenary Keynote: Prof Johanna Monti, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Dr Chiara Veneri and Dr Noella I. Barison
Luoghi, Comunità, Narrazioni. Counseling e costruzione di comunità consapevoli. Il progetto Kinesis network e la nascita di una partnership

1:30-3:00 pm Lunch break

Poster Presentations, Gazebo area

  • Imre Emeric Csaszar: A Partnership Between Counselling and Theater: Measuring Student Impact
  • John J. S. Harrichand: Social Determinants of Health with Sex Trafficking Survivors in the United States
  • Natoya Haskins: Embodying the Epistemology of Afrocentric, Womanist, and Black Liberation Theologies: an Ethnographic Narrative Inquiry for Healing Racial and Spiritual Trauma
  • Donghun Lee: The Impacts of Counsellors' Self-Discrepancies on Counselling Effectiveness: A Pathway Through Burnout and Well-Being
  • Keeland LoDato: A Systematic Review of Mobile Applications for Cultivating Emotional Wellness
  • Keeland LoDato: Utilizing CQR-M to Explore College Student Experiences with Wellness-Related Mobile Applications
  • Devon Romero: Uncovering Post Traumatic Growth Among Survivors of Sex Trafficking: What Counsellors Need to Know?
  • Sonya L. Ford: Come Together: Prioritizing the Importance of Wellbeing and Resilience in Medical School
  • Tenisha Phillips: Experiences of Licensed Professional Counsellors of Color with Implementing Social Justice Advocacy
  • Jennifer R. Curry: Mindfulness Training for Counselling Students: Interventions and Outcomes

3:00-5:00 pm Breakout Session #5

Plenary Room

IAC Speech: Marvin Westwood, Richard LaFleur, David Savill, Grant Charles, Ingeborg Müller-Hohagen, and Jürgen Müller-Hohagen
The Long Shadow of War: Counselling Clients Experiencing Intergenerational Trauma

AssoCounseling Speech: Pietro Pontremoli
I sentimenti morali nel counseling

IAC Speech: Richard Balkin
Practicing Forgiveness

Oceania Room (3:00-4:00 pm)

Sandra Gavin and Courtney E. Allen
Embracing Intersectionality & Fostering Resilience: The Power of Creating an Intersectionality Collage

Courtney E. Allen and Sandra Gavin
Fostering Empowerment and Building Community: Creative Strategies to Deepen Conversations on Diversity and Identity

Paris Room

Anthony Zazzarino
Supporting Affectional Diverse Individuals with a Serious Mental Health Condition

Dennis Frank
Innovative Methodologies to Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Schools

Dennis Frank
Therapeutic Approaches for Counselling Same-Sex Couples

Bagmi Das and Mina Attia
Post-Traumatic Growth and Resilience of LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers in the United States

Vienna & Berlin Room (3:00-4:30 pm)

William G. Nicoll
Introduction to Resilience-Focused Counselling & Psychotherapy

Jane M. Webber
Integrating Techniques in Trauma counselling That Help Clients Become “Unstuck” in Their Journey to Trauma Recovery

Bright Nkebasa Byengoma
Healing Hearts: Fostering Happiness in Rescued African Girls through Resilience and Recovery

3:00-6:30 pm AssoCounseling Presentations, London Room

4:00-6:30 pm IAC Associations’ Roundtable, chaired Bill Borgen, IAC President, Oceania Room

5:00-5:30 pm Coffee break

5:30-6:30 pm Breakout Session #6

Discussion moderated by Valeria Balisteri, with Dominic Cirincione, Pat Howley, Antonio Monteiro dos Santos, and Anthony Rose
The Perspectives of the Person-Centered Approach, Plenary Room

AssoCounseling meeting, London Room

IAC Counselling Practitioners' Roundtable, Paris Room

6:30-8:30 pm Theatre performance “Pezzi unici”, drama company “Counselor in scena”

8:30-9:30 pm Drinks reception, Plenary Room (reservation required)


Sunday, 30 June, 2024

9:00-9:30 am Registration, Plenary Room

9:00-11:00 am Breakout Session #7

Oceania Room

Odalea Novais Freire and Emilene Andrada Donato
Teaching a Culturally Sensitive Counselling Approach to Brazilian Counselors Working with Compatriots around the World

Paul Blisard and Kristi Perryman
Treatment of Client Anxiety Through an Allostatic Lens

John J. S. Harrichand and Mary Whiting
Blessed or Stressed? Culturally Competent Care for Spiritual/Religious LGBTQ+ Individuals

Lisa Canaccini
Familylab. An International Counselling Experience

London Room

Yehuda Bar Shalom and Amira Bar Shalom
Counselling in Multicultural Settings: Best Practices of Arab/Jewish Encounters

Krista Malott and Stacey Havlik
Addressing Identity and Oppression through Group Work with First Generation College Goers

Shanee Barraclough and Krista Malott
Student Counsellor Experience of Broaching Client Identities: Integrating a Critical Consciousness Lens in Counselling Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand

Claudia Interiano-Shiverdecker, Priscilla Prasath, Donghun Lee & Derek Robertson
Bilingual Counselling: Language and Cultural Considerations When Providing Services in Different Languages

Paris Room

Cynthia A. Briggs and Linda Foster
Infusing the Social Determinants of Health throughout the Counselling Curriculum

David D. Christian
The Indivisible Student: Promoting Wellbeing in Counselors-in-Training through the Implementation of the Indivisible Self Model of Wellness

David D. Christian, Matthew Peck and Nicolas Bellegarde
Adventures in Wellness: Integrating the IS-Wel Model into Adventure Therapy

Lena Mazurkiewicz
Confidence and Courage to Face Transitions: Resilience in Counselling Education

Vienna & Berlin Room

Michelle Camilleri
Becoming an Online Counsellor: Experiences of Maltese Counsellors

Courtney LaRoque
Mental Health on the Native American Reservations

Karl Vonzell Mitchell
Developing Multicultural Competence and Social Justice Advocacy Skills with Service-Learning Pedagogy: A Qualitative Inquiry on the Lived Experiences of Counselor Educators

Patricia Kimball and Lotes Nelson
Utilizing Creative Interventions in Counselling to Bridge Cultural Differences

Plenary Room

Speech “The Future of Counselling in Europe” (9:30-10:20 am)
Dr Dione Mifsud, International Association for Counselling

IAC Europe Presentation (10:20-11:00 am)
IAC-Europe Intermin Leadership Committee

11:00-11:30 am Coffee break

11:30 am-1:30 pm Plenary Keynotes, Plenary Room

AssoCounseling Plenary Keynote: Samuele Pigoni
Restituire il potere: il counseling come pratica di empowerment individuale e sociale

IAC Plenary Keynote: Lina Kashyap and Swapnalekha Basak
Using Indian Knowledge Systems for Effective Counselling Practice

1:30-2:00 pm Conference Closing, Plenary Room