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ACA CSI Day 2015: CSI Leadership Workshop

When: Friday, March 13, 2015
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Rosen Plaza Hotel
Salon 9&10
Orlando, Florida
Dr. Spencer Niles, CSI President-Elect
CSI Headquarters
Phone: (336) 841-8180

Professional Identity: A Celebration of Excellence with CSI, CACREP, and NBCC Leaders

Facilitator: Dr. Spencer G. Niles, CSI President-Elect
Dr. Carol Bobby, President and CEO, CACREP
Dr. Tom Clawson,
President and CEO, NBCC
Dr. Larry Loesch, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and Past President of CSI (1990-1991)

Friday, March 13, 2015, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Larry Loesch
Dr. Spencer Niles
Dr. Carol Bobby
Dr. Tom Clawson
Dr. Larry Loesch

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 2014-15 theme has been "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.

This year, during our leadership workshop, we will celebrate 30 years of excellence in CSI by exploring the promotion of counseling excellence through professional identity. We will begin by recognizing our 2014-2015 Leadership Fellows and Interns, and will then introduce a panel of three of the counseling profession’s most prominent leaders who have shaped the profession through their dedication and service over the last half century.

Drs. Carol Bobby, Tom Clawson, and Larry Loesch 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. Carol Bobby

Dr. Carol Bobby received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Florida in 1986. The following year, Dr. Bobby was hired as CEO of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

In addition to her position with CACREP, Dr. Bobby has served in numerous leadership positions, including President of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), Chair of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and President of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). She has written and presented extensively on issues related to accreditation and standards of preparation in counselor education.

Dr. Bobby is a currently a member of ACA, ACES, AMHCA and CSI, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and is licensed as an LPC in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her service to the counseling profession has been recognized by the American Counseling Association when she was awarded the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award in 2006 and by the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision when she was awarded the President’s Outstanding Service Award in 2013.

Dr. Thomas Clawson

Dr. Thomas Clawson, Ed.D., NCC, is the President and CEO of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and its affiliates; Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), NBCC International (NBCC-I) and the NBCC Foundation, located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Clawson holds a B.S. degree from West Virginia University and three advanced degrees, including a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) in counseling from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Clawson currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Greensboro College and is a former officer for The Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (CQAIE). He co-founded the Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT) and served as co-chair for 8 years. He is a past Chairman of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and a past President of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).

Dr. Clawson has written numerous book chapters, articles and is the publisher of The Journal for Professional Counseling (TPC). He has held offices and board directorships of many state, national, and international organizations in the counseling profession. He is a fellow of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON). He has been a leader in the globalization of counseling and has traveled or worked in 82 countries. Clawson is a life member of the international counseling society, Chi Sigma Iota (CSI).

Clawson worked within the U.S. military communities in Europe for 8 years with Ball State University and Boston University as counselor educator and administrator for the universities on 23 EUCOM and USAFE bases in 5 European countries. He has been a preceptor in Navy and Army addiction programs for 14 years. Dr. Clawson has been a practicing school counselor, private practice counselor, and was a counselor educator for 15 years before joining NBCC as CEO in 1989.

Dr. Larry Loesch

Dr. Larry C. Loesch is a professor emeritus, Department of Counselor Education at the University of Florida, having retired in 2008. He is CSI member #3 and NCC #2. His professional organization presidencies include both the Florida and national Associations for Measurement and Evaluation in Guidance, Florida Counseling Association, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and Chi Sigma Iota International.

Dr. Loesch has numerous professional journal article, book chapter, and book publications, program presentations, consultancies, and speeches. He served as a CACREP board member and has been an NBCC evaluation consultant since 1980. He was a Measurement and Evaluation in Guidance editor and Counselor Education and Supervision editorial board member.

Dr. Loesch was a co-recipient of the American Counseling Association's 1983 Research Award (with Dr. Jane Myers) and of its 1992 Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award (with Dr. Nicholas Vacc). He is a 1997 charter member of CSI’s Academy of Leaders and received the 1998 CSI Thomas J. Sweeney Professional Leadership Award. He received a 1998 Professorial Excellence Award from the University of Florida. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Slovak Republic in 2001. In 2004, Dr. Loesch was selected as a Fellow of the American Counseling Association.

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