NCCA 2020 Annual Conference
February 26-28, 2020
Focusing Our Vision
on the Future of Professional Counseling
Please 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)
2020 NCCA Annual Conference
February 26-28, 2020
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about this great counseling event.
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:
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.
Congratulations to Lynn Tovar, the winner of the “Each One, Reach One” Membership Drive drawing for a 5-year NCCA Membership!
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Still need to renew or join for 2019-2020? JOIN/RENEW NOW
NCCA Membership Drive
“Each One, Reach One” Campaign
Renew or join now, and invite your colleagues to take part in this exciting offer! Memberships received now extend through June 30, 2020. The deadline to participate in this offer is June 28, 2019.
Current professional members are encouraged to recruit at least one new member to join at the professional level. For each new member that joins NCCA and indicates who referred them, the current member will be entered into a drawing (more recruits, more entries) to win a 5-year membership to NCCA. All new and renewing members are required to join online. The drawing will be held on July 8th. Current members must renew their membership before the June 28 deadline to be eligible to win.
Additionally, as part of the encouragement for new members to join and current members to renew, five divisions are offering free membership to their division between April 24 and June 28. The four divisions:
That is membership to NCCA and five divisions for the low cost of $60.00 (or $15.00 for student and emeritus members).
The NCCA Membership year is July 1 through June 30. RENEW NOW (or before June 28) to receive the “Each One, Reach One” campaign benefits, and your membership will be extended through June 30, 2020.
Advocacy Day at the NC Legislature
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:30 AM
Main NC General Assembly/ Legislative Building Cafeteria
(Located on the lowest level of the main building)
Event is hosted by LPCANC
This event is FREE and open to everyone who has an interest in the counseling profession.
We hope you will join other NCCA members for the LPCANC Legislative Breakfast on June 11 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 LPCANC advocacy efforts during the 2019 Session of the General Assembly.
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 LPC 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.
Lakeside location near UNC – Charlotte
Light Rail direct access to uptown Charlotte
More details to come
This past summer, the N.C. Criminal Justice Fellows Program (CJFP) was passed by the North Carolina legislature.
The mission of the Criminal Justice Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors and graduates into the criminal justice profession. Each year this program will fund fellowships for high school seniors and graduates in eligible counties who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to serve the state of N.C. in a field within the criminal justice profession.
The Criminal Justice Fellows Program will provide forgivable educational loans for high school seniors and graduates in eligible counties who agree to enter a criminal justice profession in an eligible county in N.C. This fellowship will fund an Applied Associate Degree in Criminal Justice or Committee approved related field of study, from any North Carolina Community college. Students who receive the educational loan would have 5 years to repay, though it would be forgiven if they enter and remain in a criminal justice profession within N.C. for 4 years in an eligible county.
The types of jobs that the fellows can go into include: state and local sworn law-enforcement officers, state correctional officers, sworn sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, detention officers, state juvenile justice officers, and telecommunicators under the direct supervision of a law enforcement agency and other correctional officers maintained by local governments and juvenile justice agencies.
One hundred fellowships will be awarded each year and the first class will begin in the fall of 2019. The closing date this year for the application for the Criminal Justice Fellows Program is April 30th, 2019.
NCCA is pleased to announce 2019 Annual Award Winners presented at the NCCA Annual Conference February 21, 2019.
Division Recognition Awards: