2020 Conference Speakers


NCCA 2020 Annual Conference
Vision 20/20: Focusing Our Vision
on the Future of Professional Counseling

Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

Keynote Speakers

Thursday Luncheon Keynote

Dr. Lucy Purgason, Ph.D., LSC, ACS, NCC
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling,
Reich College of Education, Appalachian State University

A Unified Professional Identity: A Personal Commitment to Our Professional Vision

A strength of the counseling profession, and a distinction in our professional definition, is the diversity represented in the settings in which counselors work. The focus of this talk will be on what unites counselors in each of these milieus and why this unification is more important than ever in today’s sociocultural context. Consideration will be given to how professional identity is formed, ways to strengthen professional identity, and implications for counseling in North Carolina.

Lucy L. Purgason, PhD, LSC, ACS, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Psychological Counseling Department at Appalachian State University. She earned her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and worked as a school counselor prior to earning her doctorate. Her research interests include understanding the importance of relationships on identity development for immigrant and refugee students, and students of other underrepresented groups, in both K-12 and higher education settings. In addition, she pursues scholarship related to mentoring and supervision, with a specific emphasis on relational-cultural approaches publishing in outlets such as the Journal of Counseling & DevelopmentCounselor Education and Supervision, and the Journal of Counselor Leadership & Advocacy.

Friday Luncheon Keynote

Dr. Denauvo Robinson, Chair, and members of the NC Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC)

This session will be an address from the chair and members of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC, formerly the NCBLPC) regarding recent legislative changes to licensure laws and new programs in development by the board.  Members of the NCBLCMHC will discuss these changes in depth and take questions regarding the future of the Board.

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