Pre-Conference Sessions 2020


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

Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, NC

Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

6 CEUs total for Pre-Conference

Morning Session Options
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Making Room for Sacred Space: Integrating Spirituality and Religion in Counseling
  • Dramatized Experiential Supervision: Action-based Clinical Feedback

Afternoon Session Options
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Culturally Responsive Comprehensive School Counseling
  • Reconnect for Resilience

About the Sessions:

Making Room for Sacred Space: Integrating Spirituality and Religion in Counseling

Description: Spirituality and Religion are important aspects of culturally responsive counseling and are vital to case conceptualization and treatment planning. This session will integrate content and experiential components aimed to enhance attendees’ awareness, knowledge, and skills incorporating religion and spirituality in clinical practice. The presenter will also explore the ways clients’ intersections of identities may provide nuanced considerations for attending to and integrating spirituality and religion.

harris_janee-nc8413.jpgPresenter: Janee’ Avent Harris, PhD, LPCA, NCC, ACS

Dr. Janeé Avent Harris received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She is a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate with clinical experience in a variety of settings including a college counseling center, level 1 trauma center, and a child/adolescent inpatient behavioral health center. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at East Carolina University. She is an active researcher, publishing and presenting on subject matters including diversity and cultural considerations, integrating spirituality and religion in counseling, examining the role of religion/spirituality in African American mental health help-seeking behaviors, counselor training and clinical supervision, and multicultural considerations in counselor education/academia. Her work is motivated by her passion to see people from all backgrounds and life experiences have access to quality and culturally responsive mental health services.

Dramatized Experiential Supervision: Action-based Clinical Feedback

Role-based supervision models give supervisees opportunities to perspective-take and offer a structured way to verbally provide clinical feedback. While these models have many benefits, given the unique needs of today’s diverse learner, there may be room to reimagine these traditional frameworks. This session presents Dramatized Experiential Supervision, an action-based, structured, model of peer group supervision that utilizes intermodal interventions to create an experiential dramatization of session themes and feedback. It offers a creative way to foster student and supervisee learning by providing opportunities for individualized reflection, processing and immediate scaffolding.

DominiquePresenter:  Dominique S. Hammonds, PhD, LPC, NCC, QS, BC-TMH

Dr. Dominique Hammonds is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider. She is the recipient of the 2017 Creativity/ Innovation in Counseling Award and the 2018 ACES Supervision Award. Dr. Hammonds’ research interests include counseling pedagogy, clinical supervision, multicultural counseling and supervision, and technology in counseling and counselor education. She remains dedicated to her roles as educator, clinical supervisor, practitioner, and scholar.

Culturally Responsive Comprehensive School Counseling

Description: Ladson-Billings (1994) called upon educators to practice culturally responsive teaching. This pedagogy is grounded in the principle that students’ cultural references ought to be infused in all areas of teaching and learning.  Using Ladson-Billings’ eight pillars as a foundation, we will discuss specific strategies school counselors can incorporate into comprehensive school counseling programs. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how they include these principles in their work with students and evaluate their own school counseling programs. 

foxx_sejal_3.jpgCo-Presenter:  Sejal Parikh Foxx, PhD 

Dr. Foxx is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling. She also serves as the Department Chair for the Counseling department and Director of the Urban School Counseling Collaborative. She is a former elementary and high school counselor. She is co-author of School Counseling in the 21st Century, 6th ed. In 2015, she received the Counselor Educator of the Year Award from the North Carolina School Counselors Association. She teaches both doctoral and master’s level courses and her special areas of interest are school counseling, multicultural and social justice, urban education, and creating equity and access to college and career readiness. She has been successful working with interdisciplinary teams to obtain over $2 million dollars in grant funding from the Department of Education and National Science Foundation.  

R. Saunders PhotoCo-Presenter: Rachel Saunders, MA, Doctoral Candidate

Rachel Saunders, M.A., NCC, is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a former professional school counselor with experience at both the middle school and high school level. She is dedicated to social justice and advocacy, with a focus on the role of school counselors in K-12 education, specifically the impact school counselors have on students in relation to multicultural acceptance, promoting an inclusive school environment, and training counselors to align their comprehensive school counseling program with culturally responsive practices. Rachel has presented on topics related to school counseling and culturally responsive practices at state, regional, national, and international levels. As a doctoral student, she is part of the Urban School Counseling Collaborative team, dedicated to advocating for professional school counselors, supporting local urban schools, and contributing empirically-based research to improve the field. She also serves as a peer review editor for the Journal of School Counseling and as a Counselor Education & Supervision Fellows with the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).

Reconnect for Resilience

Description: Resource for Resiliency is a curriculum that offers simple language to explain how trauma affects the brain and the nervous system. It offers a set of practical strategies to promote well-being and resilience. There are times in life when we get bumped out of our zone, the place where we can think logically, and problem solve. Reconnect for Resilience is education about how our brain and nervous system work, along with a set of skills in order to get us back to our zone. The curriculum addresses trauma, trauma responses, ACES, effects on the nervous system, and skills to help the body reset. These easily taught skills teach people how to re-stabilize in the face of ongoing stress or adversity and are also effective for ongoing soul-care. 

angelabrookslivingstonPresenter: Angela Brooks-Livingston, MA, NCC, LPCS, LCAS, CSI

Angela Brooks-Livingston is currently serving as the Associate Clinical Site Director at Daymark Recovery Services in North Wilkesboro, NC. She served as the 2016-2017 President of the North Carolina Counseling Association. She teaches adjunct in the Human Development and Psychological Counseling Department at Appalachian State University. Angela enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health symptoms and substance use issues, with her specialty being working with transgender clients. Angela is also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and is keen on working with clients who struggle with borderline personality disorder. She practices soul-care by hiking with her partner, son, and dog, crocheting, watching British television, practicing Julia Child recipes, and listening to 80s hairbands.