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CSI Days 2016: Promoting Professional Identity
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CSI Days 2016 will include three sponsored education sessions at the ACA Conference & Expo in Montréal.

Leadership and Standards: Promoting Professional Identity

CACREP and Licensure Laws: Grassroots Advocacy Strategies

Dr. Victoria E. Kress, Professor and Director of the Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling Programs, Youngstown State University
Dr. Gerard Lawson, Associate Professor of Counselor Education,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Dr. Angela McDonald,
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Ms. Brittany Wilson, Doctoral Candidate in Counseling, The University of North Texas

Friday, April 1, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the ACA Conference & Expo in Montréal, Room 518A

This presentation will address strategies for infusing a CACREP program accreditation requirement into states’ licensure laws. Counselors who have engaged in these professional advocacy efforts will discuss their experiences, and they will suggest ways counselors can advocate for similar changes in their states. Those interested in developing the knowledge and skills needed to help change their states’ licensure laws will benefit from this session.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will learn the competencies and advocacy skills that are needed to affect grassroots legislative change.
  • Attendees will learn how the CSI advocacy themes can be used to facilitate legislative advocacy.
  • Attendees will learn about the specifics of infusing a CACREP program requirement into state licensure laws.

Victoria Kress

Dr. Victoria E. Kress, LPCC-S (Ohio), 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/addictions settings, including work with those from urban and rural environments, and she especially enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults. 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.

Dr. Kress has been the recipient of 23 professional counseling awards, most of which for her leadership, advocacy, and mentorship initiatives. She is a past president of Chi Sigma Iota International, and the Ohio Counseling Association. She has published nearly 100 refereed articles, numerous book chapters, and has co-authored three books on clinical counseling. She is passionate about professional and legislative advocacy.d of the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling and was a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling and Development.

Gerard Lawson

Dr. Gerard Lawson is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education program at Virginia Tech, past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and past-president of the Virginia Counselors Association. Dr. Lawson earned his doctorate in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary, in Virginia. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Since joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Dr. Lawson has published his research in prestigious journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, and The Clinical Supervisor. He has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics including counselor wellness, crisis response and resilience, and clinical supervision.

Dr. Lawson is currently the ACES representative to the ACA Governing Council, and serves on the Executive Committee. He is also trustee of the American Counseling Association Foundation. He chaired the ACA Taskforce on Crisis Response Planning and has authored several articles on counselor wellness and resilience, particularly when working in disaster mental health. Under his leadership, Virginia Tech’s Counselor Education Program awarded the 2009 Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award, and in 2011 Dr. Lawson was selected as the American Counseling Association’s Robert Rencken Professional Leadership Award, and in 2012 was awarded the John R. Cook Award by the Virginia Counselors Association.

Angela McDonald

Dr. Angela McDonald is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She has a BS in Human Services Counseling and a MSEd in Community Counseling from Old Dominion University, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the College of William and Mary.

Dr. McDonald is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (NC). As a faculty member at UNC Pembroke, she authored the initial CACREP self study for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling programs and continues to serve UNCP as the CACREP Liaison. She also reactivated the Chi Sigma Iota chapter, Phi Sigma, after years of inactivity and served for 5 years as a Chapter Faculty Advisor or Co-Advisor. She is a volunteer member of the Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Committee. Her research focuses on counselor development, counselor advocacy, and sexuality counseling. Angela has clinical experience in substance abuse, family counseling, and college counseling settings.

Brittany Wilson
Ms. Brittany Wilson is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling program at the University of North Texas where she also serves as President for the Rho Kappa chapter of CSI. She is currently in counseling practice at the Child and Family Resource Clinic (CFRC) where she serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical Services. In her role as Assistant Director, Brittany supervises several masters’ students and is privileged to work with a wide range of clients including children, adolescents, and adults.

Ms. Wilson’s primary research focus is in Play Therapy, specifically focusing on children exhibiting aggressive behaviors. She is one of two CSI Leadership Interns working with CSI International during the 2015-2016 year.

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