Dear NCCA Member:
The North Carolina Counseling Association wishes to recognize professional excellence and service in the field of counseling during 2017. This is a fantastic way to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of colleagues and fellow clinicians in the field. All members are urged to take a moment to reflect on the excellence of colleagues and consider nominating them to one of the annual awards to be presented at the 2018 NCCA Annual Conference, February 1-2, 2018, at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC.
Nominations are now closed.
The deadline was extended to Friday, December 15, 2017.
“This conference allowed me to access tools I never knew existed. I had a great time meeting new people and seeing familiar faces. It helped me find my own voice and sense of confidence in becoming a future counselor. The research excited me and I was drawn to certain presentations. I went to several others throughout the day, but the ones mentioned above grabbed my interest the most. I am not one to actually want to conduct research, but I do want to be up to date on current research being conducted in the field. If I get a chance to take part in another NCCA conference, I will take the opportunity and go so that I can continue to expand my interest and knowledge base.”
-Danielle Wrenn, Second Year Graduate Student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
I am excited to serve as President of the North Carolina Counseling Association for the 2017-2018 year. I come into this role following an important legacy of leadership, commitment, and passion for the counseling profession. I am thrilled to begin and will work diligently to serve you, our members, and the counseling profession.
As we begin this 2017-2018 year with NCCA, I want to encourage you to become a member if you have not already done so. For our members, I want to ask that you invite colleagues and students who are not NCCA members to join. Membership with NCCA is an essential part of maintaining a strong counseling identity and commitment to the profession. During these challenging economic times, NCCA is committed to offering you reasonable membership and annual conference rates so that you can stay connected, earn continuing education, maintain your professional identity, all at a reasonable cost.
Remember, NCCA membership benefits include:
- Expanding your professional and social network
- Offering professional development and continuing education credits at our annual conference, division workshops and events, and co-sponsored events
- Linking you to information through the North Carolina Counseling Journal, Carolina Counselor Newsletter, and social media platforms:
- Instagram: nc_counselors
- Website: https://nccounselingassociation.org/
- Increasing visibility and unification of the counseling profession through advocacy, education, and professional development and enhancing your professional identity through membership in your passion or work setting divisions
- Lobbying efforts through the support of NCCA and ACA to advocate and support your professional role
- Career Bank with listing of open counseling positions
We have an exciting year ahead – I look forward to serving you our members, and representing North Carolina counselors!
ACA Senate Medicare Briefing
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Please support legislation that would expand Medicare coverage to Licensed Professional Counselors. Improving access to outpatient mental health treatment will help beneficiaries, save lives, and could save Medicare money.
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Support the “Every Student Succeeds Act” and make sure our children have the resources they need!
School Counselors play a vital role in the well-being and academic performance of our nation’s students. Please vote to provide full funding levels for the Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants in this year’s appropriation process!
On October 13, 2016, I made the trek to Gardner, NC to speak to the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) on behalf of NCCA and professional counselors. After waiting for a closed hearing to finish, I spoke with the Board about the goals for NCCA. We are called to advocate for counselors and the Board is the granter of licenses in the state, two tremendous responsibilities. I took the open session opportunity to speak with the Board about concerns I have as a professional in the field. I relayed to the Board the frustration of counselors in the licensing process and asked what counselors can do to help with the process. I also expressed frustration related to the inability to hire counselors when they must wait on license and approved supervisor before they can practice. The Board sympathized with the frustration of the profession. What I was told by the Board is for counselors to ensure their paperwork is in order, and that we not wait until close to June to renew. They reported for the year our licenses are ready for renewal, we can start renewing in January. The Board explained the first months of the year, January, February, and March, are the slowest time for them. As many counselors across the state know, the Board as a new website, with a portal for licensees to check on status, an online renewal process, and a complaint section including sanctions from the Board. This is the Board’s attempt to stay current, and offer easier ways for counselors to apply and renew licenses. Despite some issues with the website over the last week, the Board continues to work diligently to get all information current.
NCBLPC will be at the 2017 NCCA conference in Durham. They are offering two sessions: one session is for counselor educators to review the process of initial licensees’ application, review the current education requirements for licensees for the purpose of promoting discussion about education trends related to licensure. There will also be time to exchange ideas and feedback with representatives from NCBLPC. The second session is for questions and answers regarding the Licensed Professional Counselor law and administrative code, including the three-tier licensure, continuing education, and supervision requirements. I strongly encourage members to use these two sessions to advocate for our profession. This time is to express concern, frustration, gratitude, and to listen. Listen to the process and offer suggestions for where it can be bettered. We, as counselors in the field, need to discuss with the Board obstacles we face, frustrations we feel, and offer solutions, not solely criticisms. The task of NCBLPC is not an easy one, to regulate license and ensure those in the counseling field are remaining ethical, and competent. Through communication between professional counselors in the field and the Board, perhaps more changes can happen.
See you in Durham!
Angela Brooks-Livingston, MA, NCC, LPC, LCAS
2016-2017 NCCA President
Dear NCCA Member:
The North Carolina Counseling Association wishes to recognize professional excellence and service in the field of counseling during 2016. This is a fantastic way to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of a colleague and fellow clinicians in the field. All members are urged to take a moment to reflect on the excellence of colleagues and consider nominating them to one of the annual awards to be presented at the 2017 NCCA Annual Conference, Feb. 22-24, 2017, at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC.
Attached is the 2016 Award Description and a Nomination Form for your convenience.
The deadline is Wednesday, December 30, 2016.
Please take a few minutes and consider recognizing a deserving colleague for an award. You will be glad you did.
NCCA Division Newsletter
The Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling of North Carolina’s Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available!
Register now for the 2017 annual conference!
“Counselors Unite: Joining Together During Challenging Times”
February 22 – 24, 2017 ~ Durham Convention Center ~ Durham, NC
The Governing Council of the North Carolina Counseling Association is seeking volunteers interested in assuming leadership roles for the 2017-2018 term (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018).
This year, NCCA is seeking candidates for the following executive council offices:
-Member-at-Large (Government Relations)
In order to run for an office, you must be a member in good standing of NCCA. In addition, if running for President-Elect-Elect, you must be an ACA member.
If you would like to run for an office in NCCA, please complete the form below. If you know someone interested in assuming a leadership role within NCCA, please contact that individual, secure their permission, and complete/return this form by December 16, 2016 to me, email@example.com.
Some divisions of NCCA are also seeking to fill leadership positions. If you are interested in running for a division office, please contact the current officers for that division and Angela Brooks-Livingston, NCCA president. See www.nccounseling.org for a list of divisions.
Elections for NCCA officers will be held January 12-January 20, for the 2017-18 term.
If you have questions about the responsibilities of an office, please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Angela Brooks-Livingston, NCCA President
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