Pre-Conference Sessions 2021

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NCCA 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
Stronger Together:
Building for
 the Future of Professional Counseling

Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

6 CE credits available for Pre-Conference

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

  • Red Cross Training: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview and DMH Deployments: Stories and Lessons Learned
  • Race, Interrace, and Intersectional Relationships in Counseling Supervision:  Addressing the Complexities of Privilege, Implicit Bias, and Power Differentials from Majority and Marginalized Perspectives

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

  • Red Cross Training: Mass Casualty Incident Response Basics and Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals: Part I
  • A Telemental Health Tune-up: Best Practices for Healthy Online Counseling

About the Sessions:

Red Cross Training: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview and DMH Deployments: Stories and Lessons Learned


Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview is a required training for anyone involved in, or working with, American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services, including those training to deliver services to disaster-affected clients. This includes disaster responders, disaster instructors, external community and government partners, unaffiliated (event-based) volunteers, and partners.

At the completion of this course, learners will know how Disaster Cycle Services helps clients to prepare for, respond to, and recover from local and national disasters. Learners will know how to engage with the Red Cross and will understand the role of the volunteer in the organization. Disaster responders will also understand how the disaster cycle impacts clients and the Red Cross delivery of services.

DMH Deployments: Stories and Lessons Learned

In addition to the above required disaster mental health training, Dr. Webb will share stories, lessons learned, and photos from her multiple deployment experiences.

Red Cross Training: Mass Casualty Incident Response Basics and Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals: Part I


Mass Casualty Incident Response Basics

This training provides information on how the Red Cross responds to and provides services after a mass casualty incident. The purpose of the Mass Casualty Incident Response Basics course is to

provide a common understanding of how to respond to a mass casualty incident, covering three topics: event/management overview, what’s different about mass casualty incidents, and workforce protection.

Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals: Part I

Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals introduces the key concepts, knowledge and skills required of a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health (DMH) worker. Participants will have opportunity to apply learning to real-world examples that reflect challenges experienced by DMH responders, from supporting a local Disaster Action Team (DAT) response to serving on a larger disaster relief operation. The purpose of the course is to prepare DMH-eligible workers to provide for and respond to the psychosocial and emotional needs of people throughout the disaster cycle of preparedness, response and recovery. Part I addresses knowledge and skills that are fundamental to DMH work in the field. Learners will be directed to read selected segments and then answer questions related to the content.

SharonWebb_Headshot croppedPresenter for Red Cross sessions:
Sharon Webb, PhD, LCMHCS, NCC

Dr. Sharon Webb is Program Coordinator for Gardner-Webb University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs on the main campus and at their Charlotte center.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, with Specialization in Trauma and Crisis from Walden University, and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Gardner-Webb University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor and National Board-Certified Counselor. Dr. Webb’s research interests include trauma and crisis, clinical supervision, counselor wellness, and multicultural counseling, especially within military life.  She currently serves as the President Elect-Elect for NCCA, and she actively volunteers with the American Red Cross as National Disaster Mental Health Manager, Service to the Armed Forces Resiliency Facilitator, and Mental Health Training Instructor. Dr. Webb is dedicated to the counseling profession in each of her roles as educator, clinical supervisor, and volunteer.

Race, Interrace, and Intersectional Relationships in Counseling Supervision:  Addressing the Complexities of Privilege, Implicit Bias, and Power Differentials from Majority and Marginalized Perspectives


Counseling supervision is often filled with complexity throughout the supervisory relationship.  Theories of supervision address multicultural and diversity concepts relative to client experiences, counseling student experiences, as well as within the supervision relationship.  In order to assist supervisees in the most nurturing environment, current social justice perspectives must become a part of the ongoing supervision practices.  Specifically, supervisors who identify closely with majority identity are required to explore their own personal and professional identity development in relation to the intersectional identities of their supervisees.  The training will bring to light current social justice concepts while challenging supervisors to engage in self-awareness development.  

Attendees will develop an understanding of supervision theories with multicultural and diversity perspectives.  The importance of critical approach to theories of supervision with a lens of social justice and equity will be discussed.  Attendees will also engage in self exploration and expression relative to intersectionality and identity on a personal and professional level.  Social justice concepts will be discussed including majority identity development relative to supervisees who identify as members of marginalized groups.  Practices of supervision will be discussed which include broaching, exposing implicit bias, challenging, and creating safe environments for personal and interpersonal exploration. 

The session will benefit clinical supervisors, educators, campus supervisors, as well as supervisees. 

Kent ButlerCo-Presenter: Kent Butler, Ph.D, LPC, NCC, NCSC

Dr. S. Kent Butler, Jr. is the Interim Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer at the University of Central Florida and a National Association of Chief Diversity Officer in Higher Education Fellow. He is a Professor of Counselor Education and former Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence within the Office of the Provost. Dr. Butler is an American Counseling Association Fellow and President-Elect (2021-2022) of the association. He served the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development as President, ACA Governing Council Representative and proud member of AMCD’s Multicultural Counseling Competencies Revisions Committee which produced the Multicultural Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC).

John NanceCo-Presenter: John Nance, Ph.D. LCMHC-S

Dr. John Nance is current NCCA President, ACA’s AADA President-elect, former Chair of ACA’s Human Rights Committee, Past-president of SCCA. He also served on the ACA President’s task force addressing LGBTQ counseling considerations across lifespan.  He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Dr. Nance has been in private practice for 17 years and has worked at the university level for the past 13 years.  He received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from UNCC.  He works with advocacy projects focusing in many areas and consults with nonprofit agencies facilitating staff group processes.

A Telemental Health Tune-up: Best Practices for Healthy Online Counseling


Prior to the pandemic of 2020, most helping professionals did not use telemental health counseling and those who did, did so primarily as a supplement to the facilitation of face-to-face services. Although hope is on the horizon for COVID-19, the counseling field may be stretching to adjust to a “new normal”, one where telemental health counseling is a mainstay for many practitioners and clients. During the pandemic providers were given grace to provide counseling via telemental health with regards to HIPAA violation fines; however, this grace period may be ending soon. Now is the time to tune-up your policies, check your HIPAA security processes and protocols and explore strategies around providing both telemental health and in-office counseling.  

Goals: Participants will review ethical protocols of PHI and HIPAA related to Telemental Health, as well as explore policies and procedures of blending Telemental Health and in office counseling services.  

Objectives: Attendees will:

  1. Review basics of telemental health counseling
  2. Discuss ways to overcome challenges such confidentiality and other common concerns
  3. Review strategies to perform a health check on their policies and procedures for telemental and in-office security of PHI.

DSH October 2020Co-Presenter:  Dominique Hammonds, Ph.D., LCMHC, NCC, BC-TMH 

Dr. Dominique Hammonds is currently 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 Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider. Dr. Hammonds is currently the President-Elect of the North Carolina Counseling Association. She is the recipient of the 2017 NCCA Creativity/ Innovation in Counseling Award and the 2018 ACES Supervision Award. She is passionate about increasing mental health awareness among communities of Color and increasing access to quality, culturally responsive mental health care in a global society. Her scholarship and professional service activities center around a variety of subjects including: a) culturally responsive teaching, counseling and clinical supervision, b) creative teaching and supervision methods, and c) technology in counseling. Dr. Hammonds’s goals of cultural competence, inclusion, and wellness are evident in her work both within and outside of the university setting. In addition to research, teaching, and supervision, she collaborates with community partners, engages in clinical work, and participates in community outreach.


Rosencm 2019Co-Presenter: Christina Rosen, EdD., LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS, ICADC, NCC

Dr. Christina Rosen is a Professor in the Human Development and Psychological Counseling Department at Appalachian State University. Her experience includes over 28 years as a Licensed Clinical Counselor, 23 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, and 13 years as a Counselor Educator. Her counseling specialties include a) clinical supervision, b) substance use disorders, c) dual diagnosis, integrating d) spirituality, and e) inclusion. Her counseling modalities include prevention, individual, Employee Assistance Programs, group work, and family/couple. Her scholarly activities interests include supervision, ethics in supervision, the supervisory relationship, counselor training and identity, gestalt therapy, liminality, integrated care, dual diagnosis, relapse prevention, substance use issues and LGBTQI. She is a PI on a HRSA grant, and is co-investigator on a second HRSA grant.