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62st Virtual Annual Conference

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September 24th: 6am PST -4pm PST 


September 25th: 8:00am PST- 4:00pm PST

Transformations: Counseling's
Past, Present, and Future

- Conference Schedule - 

Day 1


  • Welcome video

  • Opening introduction comments and agenda of both conference days

Session 1


6:00 am – 7:45 am PST

Presenter 1 - World in Crisis: Evaluating Present Practice to Enhance Future Crisis Counseling. 

Jessica L. Tinstman Jones, Ph.D, Amanda DiLorenzo-Garcia, Ph.D,&  Amber Haley, MS, LPC, LCDCI, NCC.


Presenter 2- Resilience-Focused Counseling: Extending and broadening Adlerian Theory & Practice. 

William G. Nicoll, Ph.D. & Monica Nicoll, Ph.D., LCMHC


Presenter 3- Keeping Therapy Emotionally Intelligent: How to Incorporate Emotional Intelligence into Your Practice. 

Melissa W. Fleming, PhD, LPC-S


7:45am - 8:00am 



Session 2


8:00am – 9:45 am

Presenter 1- Using a Different Model to Understand Culturally Diverse Clients. 

Jerry Vuncannon Jr, PhD, LCMHC (NC), NCC, Holly Johnson, LCMHC-S, NCC, & Brancy Richeson, PhD, LPC


Presenter 2- Understanding Racial Trauma as a Clinical Concern with BIPOC Individuals.

Devona M. Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC


Presenter 3- Countering existing disparities in social support among the transgender community pre, peri, and post-pandemic. 

Carly A. Scarton, Ph.D., NCC & Jaycie Wildermuth

9:45am - 10:00 am 


Session 3 Keynote


10:00am – 10:00 am

Presidents Introduction

10:10am –10:55am

Keynote Address

Session 4


11:00am – 12:45pm

Presenter 1- ​​Trauma-Informed Supervision: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Bolstering Resilience in Supervises. 

Rebecca L. Mathews, PhD, LPC-S & Nancy Thomas, PhD, LPC


Presenter 2- Ethical Importance and Connection through Distance Supervision. 

Kristopher Garza, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, Rachael Marshall, Ph.D., & Steve F. Bain, D.Min., LPC-S, NCC 


Presenter 3- Transforming Sandtray Supervision: COVID Response Strategies in Telemental Health and Video Conferencing 

Alyse Michelle Anekstein, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Wendy J. Hoskins, Ph.D., NCC, & Heather Dahl, Ph.D.

12:45pm - 1:00pm



Session 5

1:00pm – 2:45pm

Presenter 1- Eight Neuroscience-Informed Principles for Humanistic Responsiveness to Children and Adolescents Post-Pandemic

Chad Luke, PhD, LPC/MHSP


Presenter 2- Career Stress: The Impact on Client Suicide Risk. 

Heather Dahl, PhD & Wendy Hoskins, PhD


Presenter 3- Panel

2:45- 3:00 pm


EB-ACA Business Meeting


3:00pm – 4:00pm

EB-ACA Board Meeting, Leadership Introductions

Day 2

Poster Presentation & Competition 


8:00am – 9:30am PST

1. Supporting Families and Children with Neurodiversity through School Based Mental Health Counseling Interventions.

Dilian Rolins M.S. & Vikki Kelchner Ph.D


2. Using the Biopsychosocial Model to Address Sexual, Religious Abuse & Emphasize Sexual Wellness. 

Jaycie Wildermuth, Master's of Counseling Education student


3. Amplifying BIPOC Voices: A Mixed Methods Study of Telebehavioral Health Perceptions. 

Donna Hickman, PhD, LPC, CSC & Crystal Brashear, PhD, LPC


4. Disparities in Mental Health Diagnosis in the African Diaspora, Racism, Discrimination and Implicit Bias: Implications for Counseling Practice. 

Jahaan Abdullah Ed.D, NCC,LPC


5. Psychological and Physical Effects of Sexual Assault: What To Be Aware Of. 

Kara Dorsey, MCFC Masters Student


6. Exploring Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalizations: How Trauma-Informed Care Can Transform and Promote Healing

Bianca Rodriguez, Masters Student

Round Table


9:30am – 11:30am

Table 1: Social justice and multicultural counseling

  1. Cultural Approaches to Counseling Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Islamic Values and Beliefs

    • Malek Moukaddem MA Psychology, Stella Michael-Makri, & Dr. Steven Wright

  2. Using Womanism as a Framework for Working With Black Women Activists

    • Kristopher G. Hall, Ph.D. & Jessica Martin, Ph.D.

  3. Anti-Fat Weight Bias, Fatmisia, and Equity: An Opportunity for Counseling to Transform

    • Kaitlyn M. Forristal, PhD, LPCC, NCC

Table 2: Advocacy

  1. A higher purpose: Leveraging the power of mental health professional organizations. 

    • Steve F. Bain, D.Min., LPC-S, NCC 

  2. Decolonizing internationalization in counseling: The journey of international faculty in the U.S. 

    • Syntia Santos Dietz, Ph.D., NCC, Licensed School Counselor (NC), Keiko Sano, PhD, LMHC, NCC, Krista Kirk, PhD, LPC, NCC, & Joy Mwendwa, PhD, LPC, NCC, ASC

  3. A Space for Grief: Aftercare for Teachers Following the Haitian President’s Assassination. 

    • Amanda DiLorenzo-Garcia PhD, Arianna Hoyo, & Darlene Jerome, BS


Table 3: Counselor Training

  1. Facilitating Development of Counselors in Recovery from Addiction through Recovery-Oriented Supervision. 

    • Andrea McGrath, PHD, LIMHP, LPC & Amanda DeDiego, PhD, NCC

  2. The Burden of Over Functioning: The Impact of COVID Era Supervision Dynamics on the Supervisor. 

    • Jennifer Kirsch, M.Ed, LPC, Doctoral Candidate, TF-CBT & EMDR Trained

  3. Things to Know about Teaching the Master-Level Research and Statistics Class. 

    • Daisy Zhaoxuan Zhou, M.S. & Randy Astramovich, Ph.D.

Table 4: Mental Health Counseling

  1. Which language works better at this moment: Code-switching in multilingual counseling

    • Daisy Zhaoxuan Zhou, M.S.

  2. Transitions the Modern Era: Implications to Counselor Educators working in VUCA environments. 

    • Heather Zeng, PhD, LPC, NCC (C), BC-TMH & Alyssa Weiss, PhD

  3. Operation Transformation: Providing Effective Telemental Health Services to Military Families Abroad. 

    • Taqueena Quintana, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH & Rebekah Cole, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Table 5: School Counseling

  1. Coming Together: Culturally Responsive and Sustaining School Counseling Consultation.

    • Dr. Taqueena Quintana, LPC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH, Carletta Hurt, Ed.S, Natalie Spencer Gwyn, Ph.D.,LCMHC, NCC, Nikki Poindexter Ham, Ed.D, LCPC, NCC, NCSC, & LaTrenda R. Watson

  2. The Emotional Brain: How Developmental Trauma Impacts Children. 

    • Robyn Simmons, Ed.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT_S & April Crable, Ph.D., MBA, LPC, CSOTP, CSAC,BC-TMH

  3. Great Aspirations for Diverse Learners: Supporting Career Readiness amongst BIPOC K-12 Students. 

    • Chantrelle Varnado-Johnson, PhD, LPC-S, BC-TMH, RPT, NCC & Kelli McFarland, PLPC


Table 6: Counseling Across the world

  1. Establishing Ethical Guidelines for Ukrainian Psychological Counselors

    • Danielle H. Johnson, MA, LCPC, Michell L. Temple, Ph.D., Ed.D., LPC(GA), LPC-MHSP(TN), & Olya Zaporozhets, Ph.D., LPC (VA), LPCC (OH), LCDC-III (OH)

  2. Hiding in Anonymity: International Gaming Communities’ Empowerment and Oppression of Female Gamers.

    • Cassandra Riedy Rush & Janet Hicks, PhD, LPC, CSC

  3. Counseling Across Europe: A panel discussion


Table 7: Multicultural Counseling Development

  1. Fostering Resilience in Internationally Mobile Students & Families. 

    • William G. Nicoll, Ph.D.

  2. Infusing the Experiences of Adult Third Culture Kids in the Counseling Curriculum

    • Aishwarya Nambiar, MS, NCC & Philippa Chin, M.Ed, NCC

  3. Broaching Experiences from Counselor Educator, Practicing Counselor, and Graduate Learner.

    • Perspectives. Carrie Rye, Ph.D., LPC-S, Clarissa Mulligan, MA, LPC, PhD Candidate, Todney Wilson, & Avian Van Auken

11:00am - 11:30am



Awards & Closing Ceremony


2:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Awards, Pecha Kucha awards, and Poster Presentation awards

  • Closing statement and next year's plan 

  • LI updates

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