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Webinar 2019-04-10
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Webinar 2019-04-10

Formal initiation into Chi Sigma Iota can be one of the most significant and memorable experiences for CSI inductees nationwide. This webinar will address three primary topics: (1) engaging multiple parties in the ceremony, such as university administration, non-CFA faculty, initiations and existing chapter members, and alumni; (2) preparing for and organizing the ceremony; and (3) integrating fundraising and chapter development into the ceremony.

4/10/2019
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
2:00-3:00 PM EDT
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Webinar Coordinator

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Formula for Success: Tips for Hosting a Memorable Chapter Initiation Ceremony

Leslie Contos, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC
Julia Whisenhunt, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CPCS
Joseph Campbell, Ed.D., LPC, NCC
Charmayne Adams, M.A., NCC

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Registration for the live webinar is now closed.  If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Chi Sigma Iota can be one of the most significant and memorable experiences for CSI inductees nationwide; it is a ceremony guided by custom and history, but it is also an occasion for professional orientation and engagement. Further, for chapters, the initiation ceremony can be an opportunity to highlight chapter activities and accomplishments, encourage member participation and leadership, and even fundraise. The initiation ceremony can serve multiple functions and, in this webinar, we seek to provide guidance for hosting a memorable and productive initiation ceremony.

This webinar will address three primary topics: (1) engaging multiple parties in the ceremony, such as university administration, non-CFA faculty, initiations and existing chapter members, and alumni; (2) preparing for and organizing the ceremony; and (3) integrating fundraising and chapter development into the ceremony. We will share practical information and resources from CSI International as well as strategies that we have developed through our own experience hosting CSI initiation ceremonies. Participants should conclude the webinar with simple tips and strategies for maximizing their chapter’s initiation ceremony.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to describe at least four collaborative strategies for engaging their university, faculty, students, alumni in the chapter initiation ceremony;
2. Participants will be able to describe at least three strategies related to organizing the ceremony including creating a timeline and task list for the initiation event; and
3. Participants will be able to describe at least three strategies to facilitate fundraising and/or chapter development through the ceremony.


Leslie Contos, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, is an adjunct professor and doctoral student in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University.  Leslie earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University, and is in the dissertation year of her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Governors State University.  Leslie specializes in narrative therapy work with youth and their families in underserved communities. She has been proud to serve CSI as a chapter president at both her masters and doctoral level universities, and as a member of the CSI Chapter Development Committee.


Julia Whisenhunt, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CPCS is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs in the Department of Communication Sciences and Professional Counseling at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Whisenhunt earned her M.A. in Psychology and Ed.S. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Georgia and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University. She holds licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor (CPCS) in Georgia. Dr. Whisenhunt specializes in the areas of suicide prevention, self-injury, and expressive therapy. She has served CSI in various capacities, including the following: Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy Editorial Board Member, Chapter Development Committee Member and Chair, Leadership and Professional Advocacy Committee Member, Bibliotherapy Reviewer, and Chapter Faculty Advisor.


Joseph Campbell, Ed.D., LPC, NCC is the Director of Training in the Department of Counselor Education at Argosy University Chicago. He obtained his Masters of Arts degree in School Counseling from Concordia University Chicago. Dr. Campbell received his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University Chicago. He holds licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Illinois and the credential of a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  Dr. Campbell specializes in areas of multiculturalism, social justice, advocacy, counseling theories and clinical training. His research interest includes social justice and advocacy in classrooms and communities, and the integration of technology into the counseling field.


Charmayne Adams, M.A., NCC is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee. At both her masters and doctoral program, she has been involved in her CSI chapters professional development committees. She is currently a CSI Leadership Fellow.

CSI Webinars are free to active members and $39 for guests.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International (CSI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2057. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CSI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Views expressed by presenters and participants during the webinars and in webinar PowerPoints and other handouts do not necessarily represent the views of Chi Sigma Iota International.

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