38th Annual South Carolina Conference of Adlerian Psychology

A Two-day Virtual Conference

COST: Professional–$30 for one day and $50 for two days
Student–$20 for one day and $30 for two days

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2020 SCSAP Virtual Program Descriptions and Schedule

Saturday, September 26

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Eastern Daylight SavingsTime

Welcome and Orientation

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Session One:  Let’s Talk About Family and Individual Counseling

Frank Walton, Ph.D., Psychologist, Chapin, SC, International Adlerian Summer School Faculty, Executive Director, S. C. Society of Adlerian Psychology.

The presenter will focus upon the manner in which he uses principles of Adlerian Psychology in family counseling as well as with individual adults.  Steps in the process of both approaches to working with clients will be specified.  Participants are invited to offer questions during and after each portion of this two part program.  At least one demonstration of the use of The Most Memorable Observation will be included.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session Two:  The Broad Stroke Approach to Early Recollections

Paul Rasmussen, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, WJB Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, SC.

This presentation will describe a way to look at Early Recollections to understand Lifestyle by focusing on the individual’s fears and desires.  The procedure will be described, examples given, and a demonstration presented.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Session Three:  Adlerian Case Conceptualization

Jon Sperry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL.

This presentation describes a step-by-step strategy and process for developing a concise, accurate, and compelling case conceptualization and treatment plan based on the client’s basic pattern of movement which integrates other key Adlerian constructs.  A clinical formulation includes a tentative hypothesis about causative factors of psychosocial difficulties, while a treatment formulation links the case conceptualization to treatment plan objectives.  These Adlerian formulations will be introduced through the use of case videos to illustrate the elements of case conceptualization.

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Session Four:  A Structured Interview That Gets the Couple Out of the Fight

Timothy D. Evans, Ph.D., LMFT, and Geri Carter, MA, LMHC, Tampa, FL.

The first interview is critical in getting the couple out of the fight and into problem solving.  Couples often come in wanting you to change their partner.  Getting into open ended discussion about how each person feels leads the counseling astray and is an attempt to draw the counselor into taking sides.  During the first interview we emphasize through a series of five to seven questions, making the relationship the priority and not who is right.

4:45 p.m.    Socialization and Interaction      (Bring your favorite libation)

Sunday, September 27

 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Session Five:  COVID – 19:  Psychological impact of Ongoing Pandemic on Employees in the Workplace

John Arnold, Ph.D., LPC, SEAP, Senior Executive Consultant, First Sun EAP, Columbia, SC

The coronavirus pandemic has led to rapid disruptions to many areas of American life.  One area where this volatility has had impact is the workplace.  Whether through loss of job, fear of coming to work or adjusting to new job tasks, employees grapple with anxiety, depression, grief and chronic stress.  This presentation will share ideas of helping employees cope as well as to speculate on what new waves of pandemic will bring.

10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Session Six:  Adlerian Group Case Consultation

Wes Wingett, Ph.D., LMHP, Norfolk, NE.

This presentation will focus on applying the counseling theory and practices of Adlerian psychology in a psycho-educational setting.  The focus will be on symptom development, adaptation, purposive behavior, life style development and change processes as well as clinical ethics, empathy, equality, and encouragement.

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Session Seven:  Billboards and Warning Signs

Calvin D. Armerding, MA, LPC, Senior Associate, Travelers Rest Counseling Associates, Travelers Rest, SC.

Adler used dreams and daydreams in his investigation of lifestyles.  Clinicians working from an Adlerian perspective can understand dreams/daydreams as Billboards (an invitation towards a “felt plus”) or as Warning Signs (a caveat against a “felt minus”) that reveal important details about a client’s private logic and movement through life.  A demonstration will be included in this presentation.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Session Eight:  Adlerian Psychology in a Time of Physical Distancing and Social Inequalities

Bonny Buckley, MA, LCMHCS, NCC, Alexander Youth Network, Youth Focus Safe Haven, Greensboro, NC.

This presentation will include an overview and discussion of Adlerian concepts (beginners and all experience levels welcome) along with interactive exercises to encourage self-reflection, cultural humility, and deeper understanding of Adlerian concepts and their applications in the current context of the world.

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38th Annual SCSAP Conference - Virtual

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