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CSI Day 2014 Leadership Workshop
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Advocacy to Strengthen Professional Identity:
Leaders Across Generations

Facilitator: Dr. Craig Cashwell, CSI President-Elect
Panelists: Drs. Jason King, Victoria Kress, and Tom Sweeney

Friday, March 28, 2014, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Craig Cashwell Dr. Jason King Dr. Victoria Kress Dr. Tom Sweeney
   Dr. Craig Cashwell       Dr. Jason King     Dr. Victoria Kress    Dr. Tom Sweeney


For decades, Chi Sigma Iota has led the charge to establish a clear professional identity for Professional Counselors. This charge remains an essential part of CSIs mission, hence our theme for CSI Day 2014, is Advocacy to Strengthen Professional Identity. We recognize that advocacy is a two pronged activity. Our ultimate goal is service in keeping with our mission to: "… promote a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.” As a result, our leadership training will foster a clear professional identity with a purpose.

Adler once wrote that we must "Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.” The emphasis of this leadership theme, then, is on movement, actions that will move the profession forward with a stronger professional identity and help us to get up one more time than we have fallen.

This year, during our leadership workshop, we will explore the promotion of counseling excellence through professional identity and leadership across the generations. We will begin by recognizing our 2014-2015 Leadership Fellows and Interns. We will then introduce a panel of three of the counseling profession’s leaders and scholars who have promoted counseling excellence with their research, advocacy, and leadership efforts:

Drs. Jason King, Victoria Kress, and Tom Sweeney represent an early, mid, and late career perspective respectively. They will discuss their views on professional identity and leadership in the counseling profession. Participants also will have an opportunity to interact with panel members and other CSI leaders during the small group discussions.

Dr. Craig S. Cashwell, LPC, NCC, ACS is Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He currently serves as President-elect of Chi Sigma Iota. Craig has previously served as ASERVIC President, CACREP Board Chair, and ACES representative to the ACA Governing Council. Craig has received numerous awards, including outstanding mentor awards from UNCG and the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, the CSI International Thomas J. Sweeney Professional Leadership Award, and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) Lifetime Service Award. In 2011, Craig received designation as an ACA Fellow.

Dr. Jason King is Core Faculty in the CACREP Mental Health Counseling program at Walden University. He holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and received the 2011 ACES Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award and the 2012 AMHCA Mental Health Counselor of the Year Award. He is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a Certified Advanced Facilitator. Dr. King served as a former CSI Intern and president of the University of Phoenix Upsilon Psi Upsilon chapter while a master’s students and president of Capella University’s Chi Upsilon Chi chapter while a doctoral student.

Dr. Victoria E. Kress serves as the past-president of CSI International. She is a clinic director, professor, and coordinator of the clinical mental health and addictions counseling programs at Youngstown State University. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in various settings. She has published over 80 journal articles, numerous book chapters, and co-authored a book on advocacy issues that relate to diagnosis, as well as a book on strength-based treatment planning. She served two terms as a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. She has received a number of rewards related to leadership, service, and scholarship, and most recently she received the ACA Counselor Educator Advocacy Award (2012), and OCA’s Counselor of the Year Award (2011).

Dr. Tom Sweeney is Ohio University Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education. His counseling Masters degree is from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education is from Ohio State University. His advocacy for counselor credentialing (1974) and program accreditation (1981) were officially adopted position papers and strategic plans implemented by ACA resulting in its decades long counselor licensure efforts as well as establishing CACREP. He is a past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and two of its divisions, the founding chair for six years of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the recipient of numerous awards. He is the Executive Director Emeritus and Founding President of Chi Sigma Iota.

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