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SACES 2016 Conference Preconference Sessions
Thursday, October 6, 2016

For more details about the conference, please go to Conference 2016

Preconference 1 (8:30-11:30am)

A Primer on Positive Counseling

Garrett McAuliffe, Old Dominion University
Amber Jolley, Old Dominion University
Melanie Iarussi, Auburn University
Danny Holland, Regent University
Natalie Acre Indelicato, University of North Florida
Jennifer Del Corso, Old Dominion University
Kristy Carlisle, Old Dominion University
Tim Grothaus, Old Dominion University

This preconference session will provide participants with a thorough familiarity with the current methods of building clients’ lives through intentionally positive counseling interventions. Given the virtual explosion in positively-oriented methods, it is time for counselor educators and supervisors to know the theories and methods that build on and maximize clients’ strengths. Positive approaches are especially suited to the counseling field, as they are inheritors of the initial humanistic and career counseling impulses that are the foundations of the counseling profession.

In this three-hour session, participants will gain a full perspective on the positive counseling movement. The topics covered will include:

  • Overview of positive counseling: definition, brain science findings
  • Assessing the healthy: focusing on clients’ cultural, life phase, cognitive stage, and personality style dimensions
  • Positive interventions from among the following traditions: Positive Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Counseling, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Feminist Therapy

Positive assessment and counseling methods will be illustrated via cases or activities.

Preconference 2 (8:30-11:30am)

Courageous Conversations: Teaching the Diversity Course using Transformational Multicultural Pedagogy; Challenges and Opportunities
Note: One registration for the two sessions

Michelle A. Mitcham, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
Carly Paro, Private Practice
Sachin Jain, University of South Dakota

Transformational Multicultural Pedagogy focuses on applying the multicultural counseling competencies through experiential activities, navigating the emotional rollercoaster of students’ reactions and making meaning of “in the moment” exchanges.  Using Courageous Conversations, attendees will discover transformational learning strategies to facilitate teaching the multicultural counseling course. This process-oriented pedagogical approach will be presented in an interactive and transformational format to include a demonstration, pair-share activities and question and answer. 

Centering the Margins: Applying Culturally Responsive Pedagogy across the Curriculum to Support Students of Color in Counseling Programs

Natoya Hill Haskins, The University of Georgia
Michelle A. Mitcham, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

Students of color often experience marginalization throughout their graduate education experiences and often feel their experiences and needs are excluded and ignored throughout the curriculum.  Several researchers indicate that while multicultural and social justice are topics of discussion in many counseling courses, these concepts are typically designed to either help non-students of color develop a greater awareness or trainees examine these constructs in society at large.  Unfortunately, there has been less attention to the multicultural and social justice inequities of marginalized students within counselor education training programs education training programs.  Consequently, this pre-conference session will focus on providing attendees with pedagogical strategies that support the curriculum needs of students of color across various core courses in the counseling programs.   In addition, attendees will develop a personalize plan to address their programmatic gaps related to students of color.   Finally, implications and personal reflections will be shared. 

Preconference 3 (8:30-11:30am)

Building a Counseling Profession: The Case of South Korea

Sang Min Lee, Chair of International Committee of Korea Counseling Association, Korea University
Chang Dai Kim, President of Korean Counseling Association, Seoul National University
Sangin Nam, Formal President of Korean Counseling Association, Soon Chun Hyang University

A panel of three highly experienced Korean counselor educators will share their experiences on how to build a professional identity as a counselor in South Korea. While presenting their experiences as Korean counselor educators, the presenters will pro­vide an overview of the current and future challenges to the counseling profession and a succinct yet comprehensive review of the similarities and differences of the counseling profession across South Korea and the United States. Participants will learn about the similarities and differences of the counseling profession between South Korea and the United States.

Preconference 4 (1:00-4:00pm)

Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes: Mini-intensive

Casey Barrio Minton, University of Tennessee
Donna Gibson, Virginia Commonwealth University
Carrie Wachter Morris, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

With the advent of the 2009 and now 2016 CACREP standards, program evaluation in counselor education gained significant attention. However, good program evaluation may continue to allude counselor educators. This presentation focuses on eight steps that guides educators in this process. A focus on identifying program objectives, mapping curricula and processes, selecting assessments, developing measures, and collecting, managing, analyzing, reporting, and using data will be provided. Through running examples and breakout sessions, participants will have opportunities to explore, in depth, specific steps of the process.  Material will be applied to both course- and program-level evaluation.

Preconference 5 (1:00-4:00pm)

Ethics and Advocacy Surrounding New State Discrimination Laws

Mary Hermann, Virginia Commonwealth University (Panel facilitator)
Catherine Roland, ACA President
Lynn Linde, Senior Director, ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy, & Research
Harry Hawkins, Human Rights Campaign
Barbara Herlihy, University of New Orleans
Deborah Jackson, Mississippi State University

Recent state laws that allow counselors to discriminate against protected classes of prospective and current clients are in clear violation of the ACA Code of Ethics. Join the discussion with a panel of experienced professionals to learn what efforts have been taken to address this issue. Hear from national and state representatives that are involved in advocacy initiatives, and learn more about how you can become a more active advocate as well.

Emerging Leaders Workshop (12:00-5:00pm)

By invitation only; selected participants were notified separately. See the Call for Emerging Leaders.

CACREP Self-Study (all day)

This hands-on workshop will address the process of preparing to write your CACREP Self-Study. It covers the initial planning phase through the actual development and submission of a Self-Study Report. Attention will be given to the CACREP Standards, Policies, program evaluation, and the assessment of student learning. Participants will have the opportunity to view actual self-studies and opportunities to ask individualized questions of CACREP Board member(s), workshop facilitators and/or staff.

Please call the CACREP office at (703) 535-5990 to register

Continuing Education

Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2076. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SACES is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 


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