Highlights from ACA 2015 Conference & Expo/ March 12-15 Orlando

By Chioma Anah, EdD

ACA 2015 Conference & Expo/ March 12-15
ACA 2015 Conference & Expo/ March 12-15

I had the pleasure of attending the ACA 2015 Conference & Expo from March 12-15 in Orlando, Florida. What an awesome and inspirational experience! Here are some of the highlights:

The Conference was held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel, Orlando, and what a gorgeous hotel it was, filled with incredible artwork:

Guy Dill "Roscoe" 2009 Aluminum
Guy Dill
“Roscoe” 2009
Aluminum
Jim De France Custom Commission Mixed Media on Wood
Jim De France
Custom Commission
Mixed Media on Wood
Robert Walker Untitled, 1986 Mixed Media
Robert Walker
Untitled, 1986
Mixed Media

Keynote Speakers:

Mariel Hemingway- Friday, March 13th

Dr. Richard Balkin and Dr. Jeffrey Kottler- Saturday, March 14th.

Actress, Mariel Hemingway- About counselors…”You create a safe space for people to find themselves.”

Mariel Hemingway- Friday, March 13, 2015 ACA Conferences 2015
Mariel Hemingway- Friday, March 13, 2015 ACA Conferences 2015

Dr. Richard Balkin and Dr. Jeffrey Kottler- The Power of Relational Connection! “Counseling is a professional relationship…counseling promotes wellness…stories are what creates relationships.”

Dr. Jeffrey Kottler and Dr. Richard Balkin
Dr. Jeffrey Kottler and Dr. Richard Balkin

“100% of what we do in counseling is holding and honoring [the stories of our clients] and helping them see a different path…and promote change that lasts a lifetime”- Kotter, ACA Conference 2015

Dr. Kottler & Dr. Balkin
Dr. Kottler & Dr. Balkin

 

Education Sessions

Friday, March 13, 2015

  • Kara Lauren Carnes-Holt, Kristen K. Meany-Walen, Andy Felton-Express Yourself: Creative Strategies for Counseling Supervision
  • Dr. Gerald Corey &  Dr. Jamie Bludworth- Becoming a Professional Counselor. “As counselors, self-care is our responsibility…take responsibility for your own self-care.”
  • Dr. Michelle A. Mitcham, Dr. Beverly J. O’Bryant, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, Dr. Angela D. Coker, Dr. Rhonda M. Bryant, Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Dr. Tarrell Awe Agatha Portman, Dr. Wendy Greenidge, and Dr. Norma L. Day-Vines- Courageous Conversations with Women of Color in Counselor Education: Surviving and Thriving.

“Stay focused…your work will speak for itself.”- Dr. Day-Vines, 2015 ACA Conference

Education Sessions

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dr. Justin D. Lauka- A Social Justice Approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  “Social Justice- is a process of acknowledging systemic societal inequalities and oppression while acting responsibly to eliminate the systemic oppression in the forms of racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, and other biases in clinical practice both individual and distributive levels” (Odegard & Vereen, 2010, p. 130).

Dr. David Kaplan and Art Terrazas- Keeping Up with the Counseling Profession: Current Issues on the National Level

Dr. David Kaplan
Dr. David Kaplan

Dr. Courtland Lee, Dr. Vivian Lee, & Dr. Dione  Mifsud- Counselors as Global Citizens: Developing Transcultural Counseling Competency

Dr. Courtland Lee-Transcultural Counseling Competency
Dr. Courtland Lee-Transcultural Counseling Competency

“Transculturally competent counselors are globally literate human beings who view themselves as global citizens who can think and act locally and globally” (Courtland Lee, ACA 2015 Conference).

Dr. Derald Wing Sue- Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Mental Health Practice

Racial Microaggressions- Dr. Derald Wing Sue
Racial Microaggressions- Dr. Derald Wing Sue

“Microaggressions are constant and continual without an end date” (Derald Wing Sue, ACA 2015 Conference).

More pictures from the conference:

 

 

Dr. Anah

Author: percepta therapeutic

PerceptA Therapeutic and Training Center, LLC is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and provides individual and group psychotherapy, and counseling, art as therapy, training, supervision, and consultation services. Dr. Chioma Anah, Ed.D., ATR, NCC, LCPC, ACS is a Registered Art Therapist, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Maryland), Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Founder & CEO of PerceptA Therapeutic and Training Center, LLC in Baltimore, Maryland. She has over 15 years experience in the clinical field working with adults, adolescents and children, and is a Board Approved Supervisor in Clinical Professional Counseling.