Title

Incorporating Ecomaps to understand clients’ interactions with ecological, contextual and systemic environments

Conference Strand

Practice, Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions

Abstract

Ecomaps provide understanding to how interactions between people and their external environments promote growth and development. Furthermore, they account for how individuals influence their environments, how environments favor some individual’s development more than others (e.g., privileged environments), and how ecological experiences impact how individuals navigate the world. This hands-on presentation will discuss the ecomap and its application in multicultural counseling.

Description

We are all influenced by our environment and external systems – with varying levels of awareness. To understand our clients is to understand their worldview and lens in a holistic and systemic manner. Ecomaps provide understanding to how these interactions between people and their external environments promote growth and development. Furthermore, they account for how individuals influence their environments, how some environments favor some individual’s development more than others (e.g., privileged environments), and how ecological experiences impact how individuals navigate the world. As clients increase knowledge of their positive, negative, tenuous, exhausting, etc. connection to external networks, they can increase their awareness of impact, adjust the flow of their interactions, and discover safe and supportive environments. Examples of these environments include extended family, culture, social location, church, friends, work, social welfare, recreation, education, and healthcare. The Ecomap can also be used for summarizing the client’s strengths, show any immediate impact of sociocultural and political influences, and bring awareness to social location identity. Finally, the Ecomap can allow counselors to reflect on how their ecological experience may impact their work in multicultural and cross-cultural counseling. This hands-on presentation will meet the following objectives: (1) review the development and application of the Ecomap, (2) It’s connection to multicultural and cross-cultural counseling, and (3) Introduce best practices and effective counseling using the Ecomap in multicultural counseling.

Evidence

ALGBTIC Competencies for Counseling LGBQIQA Individuals. June 2012

ALGBTIC Competencies for Counseling Transgender Clients. September 2009.

Competencies for Addressing Spiritual and Religious Issues in Counseling. May 2009

Competencies for Counseling the Multiracial Population. March 2015

Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies.* July 2015

Multicultural Career Counseling Competencies. August 2009

Hartman, A. (1978), Diagrammatic assessment of family relationships, Social Casework, 59(8), 465-476.

Hartman, A. (1986), Families in theory and practice

Hartman, A., & Laird, J. (1983), Family-centered social work, New York: Free press.

Henriksen, R. C., & Paladino, D. A. (Eds.) (2009). Counseling Individuals, Couples, and

Families with Multiple Heritages. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Logan, S., Freeman, E. and McRoy, R. 1987. Racial identity problems of biracial clients: Implications for social work practice. Journal of Intergroup Relations, 15: 11–23.

National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2013)

McCormick, Stricklin, Rous, Kohner-Coogle, & Nowack (2005)

Pedersen, P. B., Draguns, J. G., Lonner, W. J., & Trimble J. E. (2016). Counseling across cultures (7th Ed). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publishing.

Sue, D. W. & Sue, D. (2015). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice (7th ed.). New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Suzuki, & C. M. Alexander, (Eds.). Handbook of multicultural counseling. London: Sage.

Format

Individual Presentations

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Derrick Paladino, LMHC, NCC is a professor of counseling and Cornell Distinguished Faculty at Rollins College. His areas of expertise are in multiracial identity, college counseling and student development theory, and crisis assessment and counseling. He has written a book, book chapters, articles and presented on the issues that benefit from the use of an Ecomap in counseling. He is currently writing a book on college counseling that incorporates the ecomap as a multicultural and cross-cultural counseling tool.

Breahannah Hilaire, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern is a counselor at Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center. She completed her practicum and internship at Rollins College Counseling and Psychological Services. Her areas of interest include college counseling and student development, career counseling, and trauma and PTSD.

Stephanie Arredondo, M.A is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who completed her practicum and internship at University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services. Her areas of interest include college counseling, wellbeing, trauma, multicultural counseling, neuropsychology, creative therapies, and access to mental health.

Sarah Clode, M.A., is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. She is a program therapist at Center for Discovery, an eating disorder treatment facility. She completed her practicum and internship at the University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services. Her areas of interest include college counseling and student development, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, and disordered eating.

Location

PARB 239

Start Date

2-8-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

2-8-2019 12:00 PM

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Incorporating Ecomaps to understand clients’ interactions with ecological, contextual and systemic environments

PARB 239

Ecomaps provide understanding to how interactions between people and their external environments promote growth and development. Furthermore, they account for how individuals influence their environments, how environments favor some individual’s development more than others (e.g., privileged environments), and how ecological experiences impact how individuals navigate the world. This hands-on presentation will discuss the ecomap and its application in multicultural counseling.