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In the recent consensus definition of counseling, wellness has emerged as one of the primary outcomes which counselors empower clients to achieve. Panelists briefly will provide a historical context of wellness, its position in promoting social justice, its empirical basis for practice, and its part in professional identity and national standards. Attendees will participate in a question-and-answer time with panelists as well as small group discussion of the issues raised.

4/1/2016
When: Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Hyatt Regency Montréal
Room: Ovation
Montréal, Québec 
Canada
Contact: CSI Headquarters
(336) 841-8180


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Fostering Wellness and Human Dignity through Leadership

Facilitator: Dr. Michael Brubaker, CSI President-Elect
Panelists: Dr. Craig Cashwell, Dr. Mark Young, Dr. Laura Shannonhouse, & Dr. Philip Clarke

In the recent consensus definition of counseling, wellness has emerged as one of the primary outcomes which counselors empower clients to achieve. There are long-standing roots in our profession pertaining to the concept of wellness, a holistic view of promoting "optimal health and well-being, in which body, mind, and spirit are integrated by the individual to live life more fully within the human and natural community” (Myers, Sweeney, & Witmer, 2000, p. 252). Despite this prominent stature within the counseling profession, the concept of wellness remains noticeably sparse if not absent in many key documents including the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, the 2016 CACREP Standards, and the CSI Principles and Practices of Leadership. As CSI (2013) upholds a commitment to wellness through its Vision and Strategic Plan, society members have the opportunity to lead our profession by understanding the role of wellness in counseling, how it relates to social justice and human dignity, and the ways that wellness may enhance our counselor identity and practices. Panelists briefly will provide a historical context of wellness, its position in promoting social justice, its empirical basis for practice, and its part in professional identity and national standards. Attendees will participate in a question-and-answer time with panelists as well as small group discussion of the issues raised.

In the recent consensus definition of counseling, wellness has emerged as one of the primary outcomes which counselors empower clients to achieve. There are long-standing roots in our profession pertaining to the concept of wellness, a holistic view of promoting "optimal health and well-being, in which body, mind, and spirit are integrated by the individual to live life more fully within the human and natural community” (Myers, Sweeney, & Witmer, 2000, p. 252). Despite this prominent stature within the counseling profession, the concept of wellness remains noticeably sparse if not absent in many key documents including the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, the 2016 CACREP Standards, and the CSI Principles and Practices of Leadership. As CSI (2013) upholds a commitment to wellness through its Vision and Strategic Plan, society members have the opportunity to lead our profession by understanding the role of wellness in counseling, how it relates to social justice and human dignity, and the ways that wellness may enhance our counselor identity and practices. Panelists briefly will provide a historical context of wellness, its position in promoting social justice, its empirical basis for practice, and its part in professional identity and national standards. Attendees will participate in a question-and-answer time with panelists as well as small group discussion of the issues raised.

Michael Brubaker is an Assistant Professor and Interim Program Coordinator for the Counseling Program at the University of Cincinnati. Since his induction in 2006, he has actively contributed to the success of CSI. As a Leadership Fellow and Intern, he joined the Strategic Planning Committee and subsequently led a visioning process to create the Counselor Community Engagement Committee. He served as the Associate Editor of the Special Edition of the Exemplar on Social Justice and authored a chapter for CSI’s Award winning book, Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy. Dr. Brubaker was elected Secretary of CSI International in 2011 and also chaired the Publications Committee. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor, championing the causes of underserved populations through his research, teaching, and clinical supervision. Dr. Brubaker is a dedicated member of the counseling profession, having served as Trustee with ALGBTIC and as a member of ACA, ACES, and IAAOC.

Craig S. Cashwell, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, CSAT-S is Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow. Additionally, Craig maintains a part-time private practice focusing on couple counseling and addictions counseling. He has over 125 publications and has received multiple research awards. He also has received numerous service awards, including the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values (ASERVIC) Meritorious Service and Lifetime Service Awards, the Chi Sigma Iota Thomas J. Sweeney Professional Leadership Award, and the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Craig is a Past-Chair of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and has served as the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Governing Council Representative to ACA and President of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for the counseling profession.

Laura R. Shannonhouse, PhD, NCC, LPC is an assistant professor in the counseling and psychological services (CPS) department at Georgia State University (GSU). She teaches in the school counseling and clinical mental health masters programs, as well as the counselor education and practice doctoral program. Her research interests include multicultural issues in counselor preparation, crisis intervention and suicide prevention in K-12 schools, and the role of religion/spirituality and meaning making in the context of disaster. Dr. Shannonhouse has been appointed to the Center for School Safety, and the Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience at GSU, and been honored with the Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award from the American Counseling Association, the Marian Pope Franklin Fellowship from UNC Greensboro, and the Courtland C. Lee Social Justice Award from the Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES).

Philip Clarke, PhD, NCC, LPC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is currently the chair of the Chapter Development Committee and section editor for the Movies and TV section of the Counselor's Bookshelf for Chi Sigma Iota International (CSI). As a doctoral student, Dr. Clarke was a CSI Intern. He has provided counseling in group outpatient practice, hospital outpatient, addictions treatment, and treatment study settings. He has published and conducted conference presentations on the integration of wellness and developmental theories in counseling practice, addiction, and family caregivers of persons diagnosed with dementia.

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