CSI is pleased to announce our three major theme sessions and presenters for 2015. Poster session presenters are encouraged to review these descriptions and develop posters to amplify each of the themes.
Enhancing Counselor Community Engagement through Professional Advocacy
Grassroots Counselor Advocacy Using Social Media
Saturday, March 14, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Drs. Stephanie T. Burns & Daniel R. Cruikshanks
Stephanie T. Burns, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University in the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Department; a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Ohio and Michigan; a National Certified Counselor (NCC); and the chapter advisor for the Mu Beta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Stephanie is co-chair of the Chi Sigma Iota Professional Advocacy Committee. Stephanie has published seven peer reviewed journal articles on counseling, presented at state, regional, and national counseling association conferences, provided CEU training workshops, and has served on local, state, and national counseling association committees. Her research areas of interest include student learning outcomes, counselor professional identity, the psychometrics of career interest inventories, career development, neurofeedback, counseling outcomes, program evaluation, and supervision. Her counseling honors over the last two years have included one local and five national awards.
Daniel R. Cruikshanks, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Aquinas College; a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) in Ohio; and a partner in Seneca Counseling & Psychological Services, LLC. Daniel is co-chair of the Chi Sigma Iota Professional Advocacy Committee. He has served as President of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA). Daniel has presented at state and national counseling association conferences, provided CEU training workshops, and has served on local, state, and national counseling association committees. His research interests include supervision, counselor professional identity, and personality and ADHD.
Counselors are making a big impact on our society with their work, but who knows about it? Are you a graduate student in a counselor education program who wants to make a difference in the lives of clients? Are you working as a counselor and seeing clients who need support, yet the community doesn't know their struggle and how they can help? Are you a counselor who works as an administrator who sees what great things your counselors are doing every day, yet have a hard time reaching community members to let them know what your organization is doing for the community? Are you a counselor educator who is making great strides in the education of your students yet potential students don't know the true value of coming to your program? Social media is an important, but often underutilized tool counselors can use to promote counselors, advance the counseling profession, and support clients. By attending "Grassroots Counselor Advocacy Using Social Media” you will discover best practices in using social media to promote you and your profession while also improving client services and support. We will cover social media outlets, the purposes various social media outlets, what to say and how to say it in various social media outlets, and customizing various social media outlets to speak to various audiences.
Leadership and Standards: Promoting Professional Identity
Who Are You? Professional Identity Development of Students, Practitioners, and Educators in Counseling
Friday, March 13, 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Dr. Donna Gibson
Dr. Donna Gibson is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and CSI member since 1997 when she studied counseling and counselor education in her doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Not surprising, her research interests as a counselor and counselor educator has included professional identity development and leadership. These interests grew from her involvement in her own CSI chapter activities, as well as committee and leadership activities with CSI International. She has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books, and has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally. Donna has served as president of the Association of Assessment in Counseling and Education (currently, AARC-division of the American Counseling Association and is the current editor of the CSI Exemplar.
Growing and strengthening the counseling profession has been a focus of our professional organizations for many years. In this session, participants will learn how they do this at an individual level with their own professional identity development. The presenter will offer research to explain how counselors-in-training, counselors, doctoral students, and counselor educators develop their professional identity and how it is strengthened by involvement in service, advocacy, and leadership.
Professional Identity and Advocacy
Integrating CACREP Program Accreditation as a Requirement in Counselor Licensure Laws: Lessons Learned
Friday, March 14, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Drs. Victoria Kress, Thomas W. Clawson, Gerard Lawson, & J. Barry Mascari
Victoria E. Kress, Ph.D./LPCC-S, NCC is the director of the clinical mental health and addictions counseling programs at Youngstown State University. She has over 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. She served two terms as a governor appointed member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and served as the chair of the Counselor Professional Standards Committee. She was the 2008 recipient of the ACES Distinguished Mentor Award, the 2011 recipient of the ACES Leadership Award, the 2012 recipient of the ACA Counselor Educator Advocacy Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACA Distinguished Mentor Award. She has also received a number of YSU and OCA awards including the 2012 OCA Counselor of the Year Award. She is a past president of Chi Sigma Iota International, and is the president of OCA. She has published over 80 refereed articles, numerous book chapters, and has co-authored two books on diagnosis and treatment.
This session will address the process of infusing a CACREP program accreditation requirement into states’ licensure laws. Counselors who have engaged in these professional advocacy efforts will discuss the historical context of their state’s counselor laws, their experiences, and ways counselors can advocate for similar changes. Those interested in developing the knowledge and skills needed to change their states’ licensure laws will benefit from this session.