18th Annual Clinical Hypnosis Workshop, Intermediate and Advanced Track Training!


Please join us on April 28-30th, 2017 . Betty Alice Erickson, MS, LMFT  will be our guest faculty.

Betty Alice is a practicing psychotherapist in Dallas, TX; Approved Consultant for ASCH; Co-edited Milton Erickson, An American Healer with Bradford Keeney; Co- authored Hope and Resiliency: Understanding the Psychotherapeutic Strategies of Milton H. Erickson. For over twenty years she has been a Keynote Speaker and faculty member for workshops around the world. In addition, being the daughter of Milton Erickson, MD, she is uniquely qualified to teach us about Ericksonian Hypnosis.

CHW Brochure





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2017 NCCA Conference Feedback

Thank you for attending the 2017 NCCA Conference in Durham, NC. The NCCA Governing Council would like your feedback to this year’s conference. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. The survey is anonymous and only shared with the conference planning committee.

2017 NCCA Conference Feedback

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IBSR Three-Day Somatic Psychology Training Intensive


March 30 – April 1, 2017 – Durham, NC

For more information check out their Website and Brochure.

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A Visit to the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Couselors

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


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Multicultural Play Therapy Center Conference


Multicultural Play Therapy Center Conference

University of North Carolina Charlotte

June 26 – 30, 2017

Who should attend:  Professional counselors, school counselors, play therapists, social workers, psychologists, and students.
LPCs, school counselors, RPTs, and social workers may earn up to 30 CEUs (6 per day) for the conference (APT Approved Provider #07-191; NBCC Approved Provider #4208, and the School of Social Work at UNCC).  Special rates for current students (and May graduates)!

To see complete descriptions for each presentation and to register, please click Here.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Play Diagnosis and Assessment
Dr. Heidi Kaduson

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Step by Step: How to Use Play Therapy to Help Children with Excessive, Worry, Anxiety and/or Perfectionism
Dr. Heidi Kaduson

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Surviving and Thriving with High Conflict Divorce Cases:  Managing your Clients, Cases, and Court
Jan Keny, Maria Curran, Laurie Reed, and Irene King

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Healing from the Effects of Interpersonal Trauma: An Integrative Play Therapy-Family Therapy Approach for Young Children
Dr. Sue Bratton

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sandtray and More Play Therapy-Based Expressive Interventions for Families and Kids of All Ages
Dr. Sue Bratton
Participants are asked to bring markers, crayons, scissors, glue, 10-15 miniatures plus a small container of Play-Doh or model magic.
For more information on the conference or to register go to this link or contact Dr. Phyllis Post, Director of the Multicultural Play Therapy Center and Professor at UNC Charlotte at ppost@uncc.edu.
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The AMCD Samuel H. Johnson Dinner Banquet – March 17th


The AMCD Samuel H. Johnson Luncheon will be an offsite dinner extravaganza that will highlight many of AMCD’s achievements throughout the year and honor award recipients for their good works. The banquet will be held at Glide Memorial Church which is an historic church in the San Francisco area that has done phenomenal work with the homeless population. Tickets for the event are $44.00.

Learn more and purchase tickets HERE!


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Trauma Sensitive Yoga Workshop

Greetings to everyone,
You are receiving this email because you are a mental health professional, a yoga teacher or supervise MH professionals or yoga teachers. Below you will find some information regarding Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) and attached is a flyer advertising for a 2.5 day workshop to learn the principles and practice of TSY. Through the link you can find some journal articles on the subject and info regarding the program.
As you may guess from the name, TSY incorporates principles from the practice of Yoga with the body of knowledge from the Mental Health field. Trauma Sensitive Yoga was developed by David Emerson E-RYT in consultation with Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD. Many in the MH world may know the name Van Der Kolk through his extensive work with trauma.
Please feel free to distribute this widely among mental health professionals and yoga teachers but be mindful space is limited to 50 participants. Contact information for registration/questions is provided on the flyer.
Paul Daoust, LPC, LCAS
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Vote for the 2017-2018 Treasurer

Attention members!
Please take a minute to vote for the 2017-2018 Treasurer. The survey will be open until Sunday, Feb. 19 at 5:00pm.
Thank you,
Angela Brooks-Livingston
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Attention NCCA Members!

The office of Treasurer for NCCA 2017-2018 needs to be filled ASAP! The office of Treasurer for NCCA is an exciting way to get involved with NCCA. Responsibilities include attending NCCA Governing Council meetings, helping with planning events for NCCA, helping the Executive Council make decisions that directly impact NCCA, and helping our state association continue to move forward. If you are interested, please contact Angela Brooks-Livingston angelabrookslivingston@gmail.com.
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McLeod Institute looking for presenters

The International Association of Addiction and Offenders is sponsoring a day of learning at the McLeod Institute on Addictions in Charlotte at UNC on May 15. They are in need of clinicians and educators for 90 and 60 minute presentations on anything related to addictions, substance, or process. If interested, contact Linda Thompson, president of  International Association of Addiction and Offenders, directly at drlindathompson@gmail.com.
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