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CSI Day 2014 Theme Sessions & Presenters
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CSI is pleased to announce our three major theme sessions and presenters for 2014. Poster session presenters are encouraged to review these descriptions and develop posters to amplify each of the themes.

Enhancing Counselor Community Engagement

Embracing our Role as Leaders: Counselor Community Engagement as the Catalyst for Excellence

Dr. Stephanie Burns

Dr. Nicole Hill​

Nicole R. Hill, Ph.D., LPC is the Chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Syracuse University. Dr. Hill's scholarly interests include working with children and adolescents, multicultural counseling competencies, professional development of faculty and graduate students, and mentoring. She is committed to leadership and professional engagement that strengthens counseling, counselor education, and supervision as a discipline. Her participation on executive boards of CSI, ACES, and CSJ has contributed to a broader understanding of how to advance the profession through service and advocacy.  Before joining the faculty at Syracuse University, she served as Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the Department of Counseling at Idaho State University. Her clinical experience is focused on counseling children and adolescents.

Counseling embraces the values of leadership and advocacy, yet there continues to be a professional imperative for more effectively translating our philosophical tenets into action. This presentation will synthesize theory and research related to community engagement and advocacy. It will champion counselor community engagement as the catalyst for excellence in how we as counselors enact the values of leadership and advocacy. Strategies for enhancing the impact counselors can have on clients, families, and systems through community engagement will be overviewed based on the existent research. Participants will be encouraged to explore how they can enhance their engagement in their communities through four primary roles: scholar, advocate, leader, and steward. The emphasis of the presentation will be on translating the values of leadership and advocacy into the action of community engagement.

Leadership and Standards

Transformative Leadership in Counselor Education

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb McCoy

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy is Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Counseling and Human Development at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education. Previously, she held appointments as Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Maryland, College Park and Assistant Professor and Director of the School Counseling Program at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.  Dr. Holcomb-McCoy earned a Ph.D. in counseling and educational development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), an M.Ed. in school counseling, and a B.S. in early childhood education both from the University of Virginia. Her areas of research specialization include the measurement of multicultural self-efficacy and the examination of school counselors’ influence on low-income students’ college and career readiness.

Dr. Holcomb-McCoy is the author of the best-selling book, “School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap:  A Social Justice Framework for Success” (Corwin Press). In today's diverse and ever-changing communities, counseling leaders need to take an engaged, activist, and courageous approach to help build optimistic futures for all clients, students, parents, and other community members. This session about transformative leadership in counselor education presents an alternative approach to leadership for deep and equitable change. Using vignettes, stories, research, and drawing on scholarship from a range of disciplines, the presenter will explore the concept of transformative leadership and its potential to create learning and living environments that are just and inclusive. This session will appeal to all aspiring and practicing leaders in the counseling profession.

Professional Advocacy

Professional Advocacy through Research and Program Evaluation

Dr. Victoria White Kress

Dr. Casey Barrio Minton

Casey A. Barrio Minton, PhD, NCC, is an Associate Professor and Counseling Program Coordinator for the University of North Texas Counseling Program. Dr. Barrio Minton has authored 19 peer-reviewed journal articles and equally as many chapters and creative works.  She is co-author of The Professional Counselor, a book regarding counselor preparation, and co-editor of a Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy, the first text to address leadership and advocacy competencies for counselors.  A former leadership fellow, Dr. Barrio Minton is Past-President of Chi Sigma Iota International, President-Elect of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education, and serves the counseling profession through a variety of editorial board and committee assignments. 

The very thought of utilizing or conducting research creates a sense of fear and disconnection for many counseling professionals.  During this interactive session, we will explore ways in which research and program evaluation are essential for engaging in professional advocacy and ensuring effective practice with clients.  Participants will take part in activities designed to address barriers, myths, and fears that stand in the way of practice-based research, and the presenter will discuss practical strategies for bringing research and program evaluation into everyday counseling activities.  Participants will leave this session with a renewed understanding regarding the importance of research and program evaluation and a resource guide for getting started.

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