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Many counselors feel overwhelmed by the mere prospect of engaging in professional advocacy. In this webinar, participants will learn about various advocacy issues of importance to the profession, and they will be challenged to consider their place as advocates. Suggestions for becoming an effective advocate will be provided along with practical tips that counselors can apply to enhance their professional advocacy efforts.

1/30/2020
When: Thursday, January 30, 2020
2:00-3:00 PM EST
Where: Online
Contact: Webinar Coordinator

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Becoming an Advocate for the Counseling Profession: Getting Started and What You Can Do

Victoria E. Kress, Ph.D., LPCC-S, NCC, CCMHC
Professor and Director of the Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling Programs, Youngstown State University

Thursday, January 30, 2020
2:00-3:00 PM EST

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.

In order for the counseling profession to thrive, counselors must become effective advocates. Many counselors feel overwhelmed by the mere prospect of engaging in professional advocacy. They may question what the important issues are and wonder where to begin; they may question their ability to engage in advocacy; they may worry they do not have the time to be an advocate. In this webinar, participants will learn about various advocacy issues of importance to the profession, and they will be challenged to consider their place as advocates. Suggestions for becoming an effective advocate will be provided along with practical tips that counselors can apply to enhance their professional advocacy efforts.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn:
1. About important professional advocacy issues facing the profession.

2. What role they can play in professional advocacy initiatives.
3. Strategies for being an effective advocate.

Victoria E. Kress, Ph.D., LPCC-S, NCC, CCMHC is the director of the clinical mental health and addictions counseling programs at Youngstown State University.  She served as a governor appointed member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. She has been the recipient of over 40 professional and community service awards, most of which for her advocacy, leadership, scholarship, community service, and mentorship initiatives. She has also received awards for her work with people who have intellectual disabilities, for empowering girls in her community, for her sexual assault prevention efforts, and for her child abuse advocacy work. She has published over 130 refereed articles and book chapters, and she has co-authored 5 books on counseling youth and adults. She was identified as the top producer/publisher in counseling journals between the years 2000-2017. She previously served as the associate editor of the Theory and Practice Sections of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling and Development. She is a past president of both Chi Sigma Iota International and the Ohio Counseling  Association; she is a past ACA Midwest Region Chair; and she is the President-Elect of the Association for Humanistic Counseling. She has volunteered in Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania, promoting mental health awareness and training, and the professionalization of counseling.

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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