NCCA President visits NCBLPC

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On October 13, 2016, I made the trek to Gardner, NC to speak to the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors on behalf of NCCA and professional counselors. After waiting for a closed hearing to finish, I spoke with the Board about a partnership between the Board and NCCA. I expressed my belief that a partnership between our state branch of the American Counseling Association and the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors would be beneficial for both. NCCA is called to advocate for counselors and the Board is the granter of licenses in the state, a tremendous responsibility. The partnership is essential for the betterment of our profession. The Board agreed. The Board seemed excited about a partnership with NCCA. I relayed to the Board the frustration of counselors in the licensing process and asked what counselors can do to help with the process. 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 stated the first months of the year, January, February, and March, are the slowest time for them.

counselors-uniteA component of this partnership is to keep communication open between NCCA and NCBLPC. Therefore, the 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 encourage members to use these two sessions to advocate for our professional. This time is to express concern, frustration, gratitude, and to listen. Listen to the process and offer suggestions for where it can be bettered.

I truly believe if our profession is to grow and mature, we need to partner with NCBLPC. 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. Together, NCCA and NCBLPC, we can work towards the common goal of furthering the counselor profession through communication, advocacy, and accountability.

See you in Durham!

Angela Brooks-Livingston

2016-2017 NCCA President

angelabrookslivingston@gmail.com

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2017-2018 Governing Council Elections

Hello members!

The voting for the Governing Council Elections will close Friday, January 20, 2017. Don’t put it off, vote today!

Click on the link to vote:
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2017-2018 NCCA Governing Council Elections

Greetings NCCA membership!
Take a moment and vote for your president elect-elect for 2017-2018 NCCA Governing Council. The winner will serve on the council for 3 consecutive years, moving from president elect-elect, to president elect (2018-2019), to serving as president (2019-2020). All the 2017-2018 Executive Council members will be announced at the 2017 conference in Durham. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so today! It is an exciting conference that you don’t want to miss!

Thank you,

Angela Brooks-Livingston
2016-2017 NCCA President
Click on the link to vote:
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ACAC-NC Board Nominations

The ACAC-NC board is now accepting nominations for the following offices:

President-Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Membership Chair
Communications Chair
If you are interested in serving on the board, please email me your contact information and your resume or CV with a brief note about why you would like to serve in the position you are seeking. If you are nominating someone else, please ask for that person’s permission first and then submit that person’s contact info and CV/resume, with a brief note about why that person is well-suited for that position on the board. The deadline to submit nominations is February 6th at 5pm. We will create and email the ballot on Feb. 7th with completed ballots due on Feb. 20th. 2017-2018. Board members will be announced at the ACAC-NC board and business meeting at the NCCA conference luncheon on Friday, Feb. 24th.
ACAC-NC is a growing division of NCCA and we need YOU to continue building a strong voice in North Carolina.
Thank you to the great group of volunteers on the current board.
I look forward to building a great board for the 2017-2018 year.
Your president,
Sarah Moore, PhD, LPC-S
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ACA Intimate Partner Violence Interest Network Petition

Dear CESNET, I am trying to start an Organizational Affiliate within ACA called the Intimate Partner Violence Interest Network. I need at least 25 ACA members willing to join. Please spread the word! Thanks!

ACA Intimate Partner Violence Interest Network Petition
Dear Colleagues, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a serious global social health problem. IPV describes physical, sexual or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner. In addition, IPV intersects with multiple identities such as(race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and age). I am soliciting your support for an Intimate Partner Violence Interest Network. The purpose of the IPV Interest Network is to connect counselors, students, counselor educators and other professionals with an interest in counseling IPV survivors, research, advocacy, cultural competency and best practice models. If you are interested in supporting the IPV Interest Network in becoming an Organizational Affiliate within ACA, please complete the form. Please provide your name, email address, ACA member number and phone number. For more information, please contact Dr. Shanita Brown (ssbrown2@ncsu.edu). Thank you.

Fill Out The Form

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2016 NCCA Awards

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.

Sincerely,

Angela Brooks-Livingston

2016 NCCA Awards Official Nomination Form

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ACAC-NC Winter Newsletter

NCCA Division Newsletter

The Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling of North Carolina’s  Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available!

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2017 Conference Registration

Register now for the 2017 annual conference!

2017 Registration Form (On-line)
2017 Registration Form (PDF)

“Counselors Unite: Joining Together During Challenging Times”

February 22 – 24, 2017 ~ Durham Convention Center ~ Durham, NC

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NCCA Seeks Candidates for Office

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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:

-President-Elect-Elect

-Secretary

-Treasurer

-Member-at-Large (Government Relations)

-Member-at-Large

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, angelabrookslivingston@gmail.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, angelabrookslivingston@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Angela Brooks-Livingston, NCCA President

Name of Nominee:_______________________________________________

Office Desired:__________________________________________________

Address of Nominee:______________________________________________

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Phone: (work)____________ (home)___________ (cell)____________

Email address(es): home________________ work _________________

Educational Background/Credentials: ____________________________

Professional Affiliations: _____________________________________

Call for NCCA Officers Word Document

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Make your room reservations today: 21c Hotel: NCCA 2017 Room Block or call (919) 956-6700 and use Group CodeNCC21C

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