Association Creativity in Counseling

Editor’s note:
Information for each candidate, including biographical information, qualifications and reasons for seeking office is published below and in the December issue of Counseling Today. Online voting for all ACA, division and region elections will begin Dec. 1. The following answers are published as the candidates submitted them. They have not been edited.



Edward “Franc” Hudspeth

As a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) for more than 15 years, I strive to promote the counseling profession and support it whenever and wherever possible. For years, I was an active member of the Mississippi Counseling Association and Arkansas Counseling Associations and a routine presenter at state conferences. Though I am now in New Hampshire, I am always seeking ways to be involved and support our profession at local, state, national, and international levels. I am an active member of several of ACA’s divisions and have presented at Association for Creativity in Counseling, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and Military and Government Counseling Association conferences. I have only been a member of the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) for a few years, but those years have been rewarding. I jumped in headfirst and asked where could I be of use. From serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health to reviewing conference proposals and awards nominations, I help where I am most useful. I am currently serving as ACC’s secretary and have enjoyed this opportunity. I believe that continued support for ACC is continued support for the growth of the counseling profession. Our mission in ACC is to provide a division and venue for counselors, counselor educators, and counselors-in-training that share an interest for bringing expressive, creative, and relational practices into the practice of counseling. It is my belief that there is no better may to respect the individual differences of our clients, while at the same time, helping them thrive. I would be honored to continue to serve ACC and its membership as President-Elect. In this position, I would strive for membership growth, recognition of our journal, and recognition of the importance of including creativity in our counseling practices.


Ana Reyes

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Kelly Aissen

I am seeking to serve as Secretary of the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) in order to creatively collaborate with other Counselor Educators across the country. I have worked closely with the ACC conference planning committee for the past two years (So sad Irma cancelled our conference!). I earned my Ph.D. (2008) and Ed.S./M.Ed. (2002) from the University of Florida. I have been a LMHC in FL since 2005 and am also a Qualified FL MHC Supervisor. I have been a professor and counselor for the past 15 years. My clinical work has encompassed teaching & counseling adolescents’ independent living & coping skills who are in foster care, was a clinician for 10 yrs at an Addiction treatment center, and have spent the last nine years in private practice working with teens, adults, & couples in Gainesville, FL. In addition to my clinical work, I am currently clinical faculty at Northwestern University; teaching graduate seminars in Child & Adolescent Lifespan Development and Counseling techniques, Substance Abuse, and Crisis & Trauma. I look forward to continuing my working relationships with counselors across the country and continuing to learn from my peers and other board members. My goal as Secretary of the ACC is to encourage and empower others to learn, create, and implement creative techniques in their school and clinical settings; and when teaching counselors in training!

Two-Year Trustee

LoriAnn Stretch

I am excited to be nominated to serve the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) as a Trustee. For several years, I have helped with the ACC booth, conference, and awards and grants rubrics. Professionally, I utilize art, sand play, and play therapy in my clinical work and often present on creativity and technology. I hope to blend my knowledge of creative practice and technology to implement a social media plan for ACC. A core element of the ACC Mission is to “promote greater awareness, advocacy, and understanding of creativity in counseling” (ACC Bylaws, Mission). The most effective means for achieving this part of the mission is via technology. Utilizing technologies, such as Twitter, YouTube, Linked In, Instagram, and others, we can “advance creative, diverse, and relational approaches to counseling services” (ACC Bylaws, Mission). As a Trustee, I want to help ACC fully utilize the available technologies to engage the existing membership and attract new members. My current leadership experience includes serving as a CACREP Team Lead and the Department Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online Campus) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I also serve as a journal reviewer for two peer-reviewed journals and on various professional committees at the state and national level. My previous professional leadership includes serving as the Chair, Treasurer, and Ethics Chair for the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC), past Public Policy Chair for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association in NC, a member of the ACA Ethics Review Panel, and a member of the Cyber Committee. I earned a PhD in Counselor Education from NCSU and a MS in Community and College Counseling from Longwood University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in NC, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.

Three-Year Trustee

Amanda DeDiego

I am an Assistant Professor of Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Coordinator for the Casper campus at the University of Wyoming. I earned a PhD in counselor education from the University of Tennessee, and a MS in community counseling from the University of North Georgia. My involvement in ACC began in 2013 as a doctoral student. I began attending and presenting at the ACC conference, and was awarded the Student Research Grant Award in 2015. Supported by the ACC grant, using photography, my co-researcher and I created an opportunity for college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to tell stories of their college experience through photo journals. This year, I was selected for the ACC New Professional Emerging Leader Award. I also published an article this year in JCMH.
I use creativity through art, drama, music, storytelling, and technology to provide my students and supervisees means of expressing their journey in counselor development. As such, the mission of ACC promoting creative, diverse, and relational approaches to connecting has become a critical aspect of my teaching philosophy and research agenda focus on counselor development. I also use narrative research and counseling in work with first responders, work for which I was recently awarded the Mary Garland Early Career Fellowship through the University of Wyoming.
I have been working with the ACC board for the past year to develop projects to encourage member engagement and growth in the future. As a trustee, I hope to continue this work and develop new opportunities for ACC members to gain training and connections with other creative counselors. My previous leadership experience includes serving as a Leadership Fellow for Chi Sigma Iota, and currently serving as Chapter Faculty Advisor for the CSI chapter at UW. I am also currently serving as President-Elect for Wyoming Counseling Association.

Ann M. Ordway

It is an honor to be nominated for a Trustee position on the Board of the Association for Creativity in Counseling. I have been a member of ACC for several years and have always been inspired by the creative energy of our membership! For the past two years, I have served on the Conference Committee for ACC and will continue to serve on the Committee for 2018. I have also been the coordinator for on-site registration for two years, and the volunteer coordinator for 2017. I have contributed to the development of a unique and creative emerging leaders program and I recently became the ACC representative for continuing education credits stemming from our events. I am always motivated by the outpouring of great ideas shared by ACC members – and a reminder that counseling, although challenging, should be engaging and rewarding. I have engaged in service to ACA since becoming a part of the counseling field and I am a frequent presenter at Division and annual conferences, including Learning Institutes for 4 years in a row. I have presented at ACC conferences for several years now, and also co-presented an ACC-sponsored poster at ACA in San Francisco. As a Counselor Educator, I most enjoy mentoring students and cultivating the special talent necessary to be a truly quality counselor. Interactive exercises, ranging from role play to pantomime, and the integration of case studies are part of what makes learning fun and effective. I was a family lawyer in New Jersey for more than 20 years and most enjoyed my work as a child advocate and parenting coordinator for high conflict families. Dr. Ruth Moore and I have spent the last 5 years or so working together, focused on creative interventions with high conflict families and increasing counselor preparedness for court-involved roles.