Professional Issues

Professional Issues


Friday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Presidential Featured Session
Program ID #104, Room 316C
Developing Innovative Models of Leadership

60-Minute Session
David Staten, M. Ann Shillingford, Thelma Duffey, Delila Owens 
Effective leadership is essential to the advancement of the counseling profession. ACA has implemented the Leadership Development, Leadership Resource and Training, and Season Leadership task force groups to foster and develop innovative models of leadership for the American Counseling association. The afore mentioned task force chairs will present an overview of the research activities that have been conducted to enhance the development of leadership models for the counseling profession.


Friday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Program ID #118, Room 317B
Federal Employment: Myth or Reality?

60-Minute Session
Cheryl Owen 
The U.S. government is an awesome employer offering unique opportunities for professional counselors. This session is designed to educate you on employment opportunities and barriers within the federal government. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) can qualify for employment but often under different job titles, with varying requirements. Each agency has a unique set of rules. The presenter is intimately familiar with three agencies in particular and plans to share her personal experiences of applying and eventually working for the federal government. You will learn from a current LPC federal employee about how to find jobs, how to apply for jobs with an increased chance of selection, and the opportunities and barriers that exist still for LPCs.


Friday, March 28
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #128, Room 314
Keeping up with the Counseling Profession: Current Issues on the National Level

90-Minute Session
David Kaplan, Art Terrazas 
ACA's chief professional officer and acting director of public policy & legislation will discuss such issues as the status of legal and legislative attempts to allow professional counselors to discriminate against LGBT clients, DSM-5 and CPT code changes, Medicare coverage of counselors, the 20/20 Building Blocks to Portability project, status of ESEA reauthorization, the ACA Code of Ethics revision, a key CACREP standard revision proposal, an alternate counselor education credentialing effort, and inroads into the military through the Veterans Administration and TRICARE.


Friday, March 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Program ID #147, Room 315
Publishing in ACA Refereed Journals: Suggestions from the Council of Editors

90-Minute Session
Matthew Lemberger-Truelove, Richard S. Balkin, Caroline Clauss-Ehlers, Thelma Duffey, Ned Farley, Kevin Glavin, Danica Hays, Christopher McCarthy, Benjamin Noah, Paul R. Peluso, E. H. "Mike" Robinson III, John Stephen Southern, Joshua Watson, Chris Wood, Carolyn Baker 
This session is designed to promote writing, research, and scholarship to increase the knowledge base of the profession, to provide the skills needed for successful publishing in ACA-refereed journals, and to clarify and demystify the publication process. Guidelines, insights, and practical tips on publishing will be offered by members of the ACA Council of Journal Editors in a question-and-answer, roundtable format. You will have the opportunity to discuss article topic possibilities.


Friday, March 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Program ID #151, Room 316C
Walking the Talk: Transforming Social Justice Discourse into Sustained Action in Local Communities and Global Human Rights

90-Minute Session
Jeffrey A. Kottler, Kathryn Norsworthy, Fred Bemak, Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Sharon Bethea, Jon Carlson 
There is universal agreement about the importance and value of incorporating advocacy and social justice projects as part of our professional identity and commitment. Yet with all the burdens, challenges, and lack of resources, it is difficult not only to launch meaningful projects in local or global communities, but especially to maintain the momentum over time. A number of professionals who have been involved in advocacy projects share their stories, as well as their frustrations and joys related to the work. Particular emphasis will be placed on the reciprocal growth that takes places as a result of such efforts, as well as the gifts we receive working in the field with groups that would otherwise never receive any attention or service.


Friday, March 28
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ACA Author Session
Program ID #171, Room 316A
Creating Your Professional Path: "Lessons From My Journey"

60-Minute Session
Gerald Corey 
This session is based on Gerald Corey’s book Creating Your Professional Path. Topics will include turning points in the author’s personal and professional journey, the counselor as person and professional, developing a personal perspective on counseling theory and group work, becoming an ethical counselor, being mentored and mentoring others, creating a career in counseling, becoming a writer, and self-care. Questions and participation from the audience are invited.


Friday, March 28
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Program ID #172, Room 316C
Meet the Candidates for ACA President

60-Minute Session
Cirecie West-Olatunji 
Come meet the candidates vying to become the 65th president of the American Counseling Association. This session will provide an opportunity for members to ask questions of the candidates in an open forum and interact in a casual, town-hall style atmosphere.


Friday, March 28
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CSI Session
Research Academy
Program ID #184, Room 308A-B
Professional Advocacy Through Research and Program Evaluation

60-Minute Session
Casey A. Barrio Minton 
The very thought of utilizing or conducting research creates a sense of fear and disconnection for many counseling professionals. During this interactive Sessionwe will explore ways in which research and program evaluation are essential for engaging in professional advocacy and ensuring effective practice with clients. Take part in activities designed to address barriers, myths, and fears that stand in the way of practice-based research. The presenter will discuss practical strategies for bringing research and program evaluation into everyday counseling activities. Leave this session with a renewed understanding regarding the importance of research and program evaluation and a resource guide for getting started.


Friday, March 28
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AMCD Session
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #188, Room 305A-B
Leadership and Mentoring Opportunities in AMCD: Dialogues with AMCD Vice Presidents

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Aretha Faye Marbley, Kimberly N. Frazier, Lisa Greyshield 
This is a special session designed to encourage participants to explore the mentoring opportunities and the elected, appointed, and voluntary opportunities for and benefits of assuming leadership roles in the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). These roles include local, regional, and national positions. Critical to this session will be the message that everyone willing to serve can be a leader and AMCD is willing to mentor, empower, and grow its own leadership from within its membership.


Saturday, March 29
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Program ID #220, Room 305A-B
Legislative Advocacy: Why, and How?

60-Minute Session
Art Terrazas, Guila Todd 
Federal policies affect both counselors’ ability to practice and clients’ access to services. Learn what’s happening on the key policy issues facing the profession, and why it is vitally important that counselors become legislative advocates. Learn how to maximize your effectiveness in communicating with legislators, and include Q&A time with ACA's lead lobbyists.


Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

CSI Session
Program ID #229, Room 313B
Embracing Our Role as Leaders: Counselor Community Engagement as the Catalyst for Excellence
90-Minute Session
Nicole R. Hill 
Counseling embraces the values of leadership and advocacy, yet there continues to be a professional imperative for more effectively translating our philosophical tenets into action. This session will focus on strategies for enhancing the impact that counselors can have on clients, families, and systems through community engagement. Explore how counselors can increase contributions in community engagement as a method for generating excellence in their communities and in our profession. The session will be discussion-oriented with a focus on scholarship in action, enacting advocacy and social justice, and striving towards excellence as leaders.


Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #230, Room 316B
CACREP Standards Revision: What You Need To Know

90-Minute Session
Derick J. Williams, Verl T. Pope, Carol L. Bobby, Frank J. Lane 
CACREP Standards reflect the needs of a growing and evolving profession. The Standards are continuously revised to ensure their relevancy to the profession and to the programs and organizations that use them to better serve the needs of students, graduates, and the public being served by professional counselors. CACREP has been in an active standards revision process over the past year and has developed new proposed standards for implementation in the next two years. You are encouraged to read drafts of the new standard and to engage in active discussion with members of CACREP and its standards revision committee.

Saturday, March 29
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Program ID #248, Room 313C
Living Legends in Counseling: Personal Development and Professional Wisdom

90-Minute Session
Jon Carlson, Jeffrey A. Kottler, Mark Pope, Howard Kirschenbaum, Gerald Corey, Debbie Joffe Ellis, Robert E. Wubbolding, Marcheta Evans 
Join an intimate, revealing, honest, and provocative discussion with many of the “legends” in the profession, including prominent authors, theoreticians, and practitioners, who “walk their talk,” practicing in their personal lives what they teach to others. Issues will be explored related to critical incidents, challenges, frustrations, joys, and sources of pride, throughout long and distinguished careers. With this group sharing time together, expect the unexpected!


Saturday, March 29
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Program ID #251, Room 314
Innovations in Clinical Care for Suicidal Clients: From Provider Capacity to a Systems Framework

90-Minute Session
Laurie Davidson 
Faced with a suicidal client, even the most competent counselors can question their judgment and practice. This session will address the preparation needed by mental health professionals and organizations to assess, manage, and treat suicidal clients. The presenters will describe the competencies needed to provide effective care to suicidal clients and the training programs that teach these competencies. Reflect on your own preparation for working with suicidal clients. Individual and systems-level interventions will be discussed, including clinical interventions listed on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry and a “Zero Suicide in Behavioral Health Care” model.


Saturday, March 29
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

AMCD Session
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #252, Room 313B
AMCD Multicultural Competencies: The Next Iteration

90-Minute Session
Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman, Patricia Arredondo, Kimberly Frazier, Sharon Bowles, Michael Brooks 
Since 1972, the AMCD Multicultural Competencies have been instrumental in changing the practice of counseling and psychology. The AMCD strategic planning committee has identified this session to review and explore the next iteration of the Multicultural Competencies. All are invited to attend and contribute to the dialogue through structured small-group exercises to determine modifications, additions, and improvements needed to meet societal changes in becoming culturally competent practitioners.


Saturday, March 29
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ACES Day of Learning
Program ID #257, Room 324
Educational Standards for Counselor Licensure: In Search of a National Standard

90-Minute Session
Gerard Lawson, William Green, J. Barry Mascari 
The recently concluded 20/20 initiative achieved a great deal in establishing a single definition, scope of practice, and title for licensed professional counselors (LPCs). Unfortunately, no educational standards were produced to help external stakeholders understand the level of training that is expected of LPCs. This panel discussion features leaders from ACES and AASCB discussing a draft Educational Standards Guidance document developed as model language for a national standard. The process of addressing education requirements through accreditation and for licensure at the national level will be explored, and audience feedback on the document will be solicited in a town-hall format.


Sunday, March 30
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

AMCD Session
Program ID #310, Room 323B
Building Counseling Awareness and Connections in Your Community

60-Minute Session
Tiphanie Gonzalez, Angela Coker, Sharon S. Bowles, Krystle Dorsey 
Come chat with the regional chairs for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) who are hosting an open forum to discuss how AMCD can be a more active part of your counseling community. Come express your thoughts and ideas as we create programming to build counseling awareness and connections.


Sunday, March 30
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

CSI Session
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #311, Room 324
Transformative Leadership in Counselor Education

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Cheryl C. Holcomb-McCoy 
In today's diverse and ever-changing communities, counseling leaders need to take an engaged, activist, and courageous approach to help build optimistic futures for all clients, students, parents, and other community members. This session presents an alternative approach to leadership for deep and equitable change. Using vignettes, stories, research, and drawing on scholarship from a range of disciplines, the presenter will explore the concept of transformative leadership and its potential to create learning and living environments that are just and inclusive. This session will appeal to all aspiring and practicing leaders in the counseling profession.


Sunday, March 30
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #315, Room 325A-B
Treating the Psycho-Social Needs of Cancer Patients: Trends and Opportunities for Mental Health Counselors

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Mary Jones, Judy Green 
The detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer cause significant distress not only among cancer patients themselves, but also among their caretakers, family members, and friends. Those involved often express issues of depression, anxiety, physical symptoms such as sleep disorders, emotional reactions to treatment, and, for many, financial worries. Even when cancer treatment is successful, many patients and their significant others live in fear of its recurrence. This session will review the pertinent history of psycho-social treatment and examine new guidelines of best practices in treating these cases. Intervention strategies will be discussed.


Sunday, March 30
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Program ID #319, Room 306B
Distinguishing Social Justice and Advocacy in Counseling from Social Worker Functions: A Delphi Study

60-Minute Session
Alex K. Kerwin, Elizabeth A. Horn, Lynn Bohecker 
Many exciting initiatives are currently taking place in our professional community. The 20/20 initiative to strengthen and unify the counselor profession juxtaposed with the ongoing social justice and advocacy initiatives has some counseling professionals wondering how we can embrace social justice and advocacy as part of our counseling repertoire while maintaining a unique professional identity. This session will explore professional implications for distinguishing social justice and advocacy in counseling from social worker functions.


Sunday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

ARCA Session
Program ID #332, Room 318A-B
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Criteria for Conversion of Interested Graduate-Level Counseling Programs

90-Minute Session
Frank J. Lane, Carol L. Bobby, Patricia Nunez, Sylvia Fernandez 
The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Council on Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) entered into a historic affiliation agreement in fall 2013. As part of this agreement, a new set of clinical rehabilitation counseling standards has been released, and graduate-level counseling programs interested in becoming accredited with these new standards will begin submitting applications in spring 2014 for review by both CORE and CACREP. You will develop a knowledge of the standards, criteria for converting an existing program with these standards, and the timeline for implementation.


Sunday, March 30
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #346, Room 313C
A Hustler's Approach to Building a Successful Private Practice: Things I Wish My Graduate School Would Have Taught Me

60-Minute Session
Rachelle D. Smith 
If you are a therapist who wants to learn how to begin a private practice, or if you are currently in private practice and you would like to receive tactics for gaining a steady clientele that includes an active wait list, then you want to attend this session. Receive traditional and social media marketing strategies, best administrative business strategies, assistance in developing or revising a business plan, and suggestions for professional development.


Friday, March 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

AMHCA Day of Learning
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #161, Room 323C
Using the AMHCA 2011 Standards to Put “Health” Back into Clinical Mental Health Counseling

90-Minute Session
Stephen A. Giunta 
The Affordable Care Act will require that clinical mental health counselors become more involved with primary-care physicians and specialists in medicine and behavioral health. Together with these physicians and specialists, we will become members of an integrated medicine system in which patients’ wellness is promoted. This session will incorporate AMHCA 2011 Standards in a discussion of how we can address the myriad of mental health issues that stem from patients’ medical needs, including a personal wellness program for their long-term health and quality of life¾putting “Health” back into “Clinical Mental Health Counseling.”

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Professional / regular
$480

New Professional / student / retiree
$345

Non-member Attendee
$615

Non-member student
$505

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Preconference Learning Institutes

Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

Professional / regular
Day: $170
Evening: $125

New Professional / student / retiree
Day: $125
Evening: $100

Non-member Attendee
Day: $230
Evening: $185

Non-member student
Day: $185
Evening: $160

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