NCCA Rejects Racism, Systemic Oppression and White Supremacist Ideologies

Dear NCCA Community,

The North Carolina Counseling Association rejects racism, systemic oppression, and white supremacist ideologies.

We come to you today with great sadness and anger over the recent events involving the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other human lives lost at the hands of individuals who weaponize the weight of an unjust system. This will not be another carefully-worded statement prepared by a professional association expressing our thoughts and concerns with links to where members can read more about the issues. We want to engage in more than ineffective and reactionary attempts to address the deeply systemic racism, injustice, and oppression perpetrated on black people by white people. Today we issue a call to action for the current and future leaders and members of the North Carolina Counseling Association.

Our organization and esteemed members must resist the trap of reactively waiting for the cries of the oppressed to serve as a rallying call for which to order our collective professional steps. We recognize that it is not only inappropriate, but it is shameful, to look toward the oppressed to tell us about the impact of the system that oppresses them. It is our personal responsibility to gain knowledge, understanding, and take action. We as an organization can and MUST do more. We recognize and take responsibility for our role as professional counselors and the ethics that the American Counseling Association calls us to uphold. We can no longer conduct “business as usual”, accept willful ignorance of these issues, or be complicit in this system that has been built to subjugate and dehumanize Black Americans and other BIPOC individuals.

These issues impact us all, both personally and within our profession.

As professional counselors committed to this end, we ask you this — how can NCCA join, support, or advocate on behalf of you, your clients, students, and colleagues? What are the action steps we can take to make change?  We know that we have collective expertise in our membership, and we want to hear from you. Below is a list of ideas from NCCA leadership. But this list is just a start. Click below to submit ideas and suggestions for what we can do as a professional organization to stand up and say that we will not tolerate systemic racism or injustice and we will seek to eradicate systemic oppression and white supremacy within the counseling field. We will use our expertise and resources to create a collective list that we will guide our organization’s leadership into the future. We will share this work with you, other stakeholders, and other communities so that we can take action and stand up during this time of racial crisis.

We bare our vulnerability and sit in intentional reflection hoping that you are encouraged to do the same. We are committed to action. Join us in sharing your ideas.

Here are our ideas:

  1. Revitalize the Human Rights and Social Justice Committee of NCCA
  2. Dedicate NCCA resources to legislative advocacy working for racial equity and against racial injustice within the state of North Carolina in addition to other issues vital to our work as professional counselors
  3. Develop and disseminate policy and practice briefs with the goal of informing our membership of critical issues on local and state levels, introducing tangible action steps they can take to advocate on behalf of their clients and the citizens of North Carolina
  4. Partner with local organizations whose mission it is to work toward equity, justice, and the eradication of white supremacy
  5. Identify a list of North Carolina individuals and organizations who train on and speak about issues related to racial equity and anti-racism.
  6. Identify a list of North Carolina counselors who specialize in treating trauma resulting from racism.
  7. Develop a Book Club with a specified focus for discussion, furthering the knowledge base and challenging personal/ professional awarenesses around critical issues relevant to ourselves and to those we serve
  8. Encourage NCCA Divisions to address social justice and racial disparity within their current bylaws or governance structure
  9. Partner with the HBCUs in our state with a focus on emerging leaders

Please share your ideas and thoughts here.

Thoughtfully and motivated to create change,

The Executive Council
North Carolina Counseling Association

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Stronger Together: A Message to Our Members

Greetings NCCA and LPCANC Members,

The leadership of North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) and Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC) voted on April 30, 2020 and April 25, 2020 respectively to begin conversations about the possibility of merging to form one association for professional counselors in North Carolina.  Leaders from both associations believe that a merger may speak to a collective identity and vision that values the strengths of each organization for professional counselors in the state of North Carolina. These discussions will focus on unity and will more clearly communicate to members, consumers, and stakeholders our shared identity as well as support licensure portability and advocacy for the profession.

This expansion may also allow for a greater commitment to support not only our complex profession but to better meet the evolving needs of the professional counselor, who must continue to address the increasing challenges presented by our various clients and communities. Having a shared vision and goal to support and equip professional counselors with the best tools possible is a victory for all.  We are, in fact, stronger together.

These merger conversations are in the early stages. Leadership from both associations have asked ACA and AMHCA for consultation and support as we navigate uncharted territories, and we look forward to learning from other state associations who have similar structures. Because we value input from our members, leaders from NCCA and LPCANC also plan to be in communication with members throughout the process to answer questions, hear concerns, and create a shared vision for everyone.

While we still have much to discuss, we believe that merging will offer members clearer and stronger advocacy efforts at the state and national level. Additionally this merger will result in a larger and more robust membership and annual conference, with opportunities for even more professional development; a successful management company to handle administrative needs of the association; a governing structure composed of NCCA and LPCANC leaders, and many increased resources for members.

We send this message today for transparency purposes. Some of you may have questions. We encourage these, and ask that you contact Dr. John Nance, President-Elect of NCCA or Dr. Cori Costello, President of LPCANC who will be leading our merger task force in the months ahead.

Contact NCCA President-Elect Here

Contact LPCANC  President Here

We are excited about the future and look forward to continuing to serve the professional counselors of North Carolina.

Sincerely,

Mark Schwarze, President of the North Carolina Counseling Association

Cori Costello, President of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina

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Group Work Virtual Conference

 

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Conference at a Glance

Register Here for NCASGW Conference

Please register by Wednesday, June 17.
Zoom link will be emailed Thursday, June 18.

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Message from NCCA President, March 2020

March 18, 2020
Letter Emailed to NCCA Members

Dear NCCA Community:

What strange and unprecedented times we are experiencing.  I hope all of you and your families are healthy and well.  I will refrain from sending a long and complex message full of links and facts about COVID-19, as I am sure you have received your share of these.  Instead, I wanted to share that the Governing Council of NCCA is thinking of all of you and your clients and students at this time.  I also want to let you know about a helpful training opportunity developed exclusively for our NCCA members that may help you continue to provide quality services during this time.

As we all try and figure out how to traverse this unique situation, NCCA wants to send thanks to all of the counselors in North Carolina and across the country who are continuing to work with clients and students in a variety of ways.  We have heard stories of incredible ingenuity and creativity to make sure folks who need services are receiving them.  It is a testament to the dedication and passion of professionals in our field.

To assist in providing you with the most tools possible, NCCA will be sponsoring a free online training for members on Friday, March 27 from 12:00pm-2:00pm titled “Telemental Health Counseling : A Crash Course”.  The training, conducted by Drs. Dominique Hammonds and Christina Rosen, counselor education faculty at Appalachian State University, will be conducted via Zoom technology and a link will be sent to all of those that register.  Follow this link for a letter from Dr. Hammonds, a Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider and current President Elect-Elect of NCCA, regarding the value that telemental health may provide in a time like now.

A link for NCCA members to register for the training may be found in the email sent to members on March 18, 2020.  This course is available to NCCA members only. If you did not receive the email, please contact the NCCA office at hkirven@nccounseling.org to request the link. Registration is open through Thursday, March 26 at 5:00 pm.  A Zoom link will be sent to those who registered by the Friday morning of the training.

Again, I hope you will take advantage of the training and find it helpful in your work.  In the meantime, please let NCCA know of any way that we can be of help to you in this trying time.

Best Wishes,

Mark Schwarze
President, North Carolina Counseling Association.

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Advocacy Day: June 3, 2020

Together Our Voices are Stronger!

Due to the current social distancing directives from Federal, State and County governments, Advocacy Day on June 3 has been canceled.  

Advocacy Day at the NC Legislature
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7:30 AM
Main NC General Assembly/ Legislative Building Cafeteria
(Located on the lowest level of the main building)

This event is FREE and open to everyone who has an interest in the counseling profession.

Participants will be able to earn 3 free CEUs for attending Advocacy Day!  Please contact Advocacy@lpcanc.org if you have any questions.

We hope you will join other NCCA members for the LPCANC Legislative Breakfast on June 3 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. in the Legislative Cafeteria located at 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh in the main Legislative Building of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Breakfast will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. Legislators are invited to attend the breakfast, so this is a good opportunity to meet legislators and hear more about our advocacy efforts during the General Assembly session.

After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to attend legislative committee meetings and meet legislators. Also, if you are interested in meeting with your state Senator and state House member but are not sure where to start, visit Who Represents Me* to find their contact information by putting in your home address. It helps to let your Senator and Representative know you will be in town, so give them a call and set an appointment to stop by and discuss issues within the counseling profession and the field of mental health. We will provide talking points for you at the breakfast and tips for speaking with your legislators.

*You WILL need which House and Senate districts you are in for the registration form.

Helpful links:

Register Here to attend Advocacy Day

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NCCA 2020 Annual Conference

NCCA 2020 Annual Conference

February 26-28, 2020

Focusing Our Vision
on the Future of Professional Counseling

Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J M Keynes Dr.
Charlotte, NC  28262

More Conference Info Here

 

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NCCDA 2019 Annual Conference

NC Career Development Association
2019 NCCDA Annual Conference

Living Your Best Life:
Promoting Resilience & Growth Mindset

Friday, October 11, 2019
Meredith College
Raleigh, NC

Find More Information Here

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Dr. Mark Schwarze Begins Presidency of NCCA

Mark SchwarzPlease welcome Dr. Mark Schwarze as our incoming NCCA President for 2019-2020.

Appalachian State University issued a press release today announcing Dr. Schwarze’s presidency.

“Schwarze serves as the director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program in the RCOE (Reich College of Education) at Appalachian State University, as well as coordinates the Addiction Counseling Certificate housed in the CMHC Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in Service Agency Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor. His research interests include mindfulness interventions in counseling, addictions therapy improvement, and counselor education program development. He lives in Boone, North Carolina, with his wife Chasity, son River, and their dog Lily.” (Appalachian State University, Reich College of Education, July 2, 2019, rcoe.appstate.edu)

Read Full Press Release Here

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2020 Call for Proposals

Share your expertise with other NCCA members
to strengthen professional counseling in North Carolina

2020 NCCA Annual Conference
February 26-28, 2020

Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J M Keynes Dr.
Charlotte, NC  28262

2020 conference theme:
“Vision 20/20: Focusing Our Vision on the Future of Professional Counseling”

As always we plan to have innovative pre-conference sessions, educational sessions, social events, and more.

Whether a private practitioner, school counselor, counselor educator, rehabilitation counselor, counselor-in-training or any other counseling field, we want your proposals!

All you need to do is simply click on the link, complete the 2020 NCCA Program Proposals Submission Form and submit prior to the deadline for submissions, September 30, 2019.

Please remember that the NCCA Annual Conference is monitored for CE compliance and presentations are reviewed and accepted according to their scholarly merit and evidence-based contribution to practice.

All primary presenters must be a member of NCCA.

Please contact John Nance, NCCA President Elect, at: jcnance@uncc.edu, if you have any questions about this great counseling event.

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Please Support a Ban on Conversion Therapy

The North Carolina legislature is considering a bill which would ban conversion therapy from being performed on minors and disabled adults. The American Counseling Association formally opposes conversion therapy because it violates our Code of Ethics, can cause harm to patients, and attempts to provide “therapy” to something that is not a mental disorder.  Please send the following email to your representatives in Raleigh in support of the bill. You can add your own thoughts to the message.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/RPpxvcxPJSp2C3eyAJKf4g

Also in support of this legislation, the North Carolina Counseling Association signed on as a Coalition Partner with Born Perfect NC. Born Perfect NC is the campaign to protect young people across the state from “conversion therapy” and send the message that LGBTQ youth should feel safe, supported, and affirmed. Learn more about Born Perfect NC and the proposed legislation happening around conversion or reparative therapy below.

https://bornperfectnc.org/

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