Speakers and Presentations

NCCA 2019 Annual Conference
“Counselors Committed to Advocacy”

February 20 – 22, 2019
Durham Convention Center

Durham, NC

See Breakout Sessions Here

Thursday Keynote Speaker

Dr. Carl Sheperis

carl sheperis photoDr. Carl J. Sheperis’s professional life has spanned more than 25 years. He is committed to the advancement of professional counseling through mentorship, teaching, research, and service. He has over 100 professional publications and has authored seven textbooks. His textbooks are used at hundreds of universities throughout the world.

Dr. Sheperis is the Interim President and CEO of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and Affiliates. He has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development; president of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC); and as a member of the Board of Directors for NBCC. Dr. Sheperis has received numerous awards for his work, including being named as an ACA Fellow in 2018. He has also received the ACA Counselor Educator Advocacy and the SACES Outstanding Counselor Educator Awards. Dr. Sheperis conducts research on pediatric mental health and has obtained over $5 million in research funding. He is currently focusing on the neuroscience of autism. Dr. Sheperis is considered an expert in pediatric mental health and autism intervention.

Friday Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lyndon Abrams

Lyndon Abrams photoDr. Lyndon Abrams is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling in the Cato College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Abrams earned a B. S. in Criminal Justice from Charleston Southern University, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Currently, Dr. Abrams teaches counseling theory, multicultural counseling, and supervises counseling students in their clinical training. He has formerly worked in a university counseling center and as a unit coordinator and counselor with emotionally and behaviorally challenged adolescents in a residential treatment facility. Dr. Abrams research interests include racial identity development, socially desirability responding, and efforts to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM career fields.

Friday Presenter

Dr. David Kaplan

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David M. Kaplan, PhD, NCC is a Past President of the American Counseling Association and its current Chief Professional Officer.  He is also a Past President of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, the New York Counseling Association, and the New York Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

David’s experience includes eighteen years of practice in private practice and college counseling settings as well as twenty-five years of experience as a counselor educator.

Dr. Kaplan’s publications include one book, nine book chapters/contributions and forty journal articles.  He has conducted 380 professional presentations on such topics as counseling ethics, professional issues in counseling, family counseling, and counseling association management.

David has been recognized with honors from the American Counseling Association (Fellow), the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (Distinguished Service Award), the Association for Adult Development and Aging (Presidential Award for Mentorship), the Virginia Counselors Association (Outstanding Leadership and Service Award),  New York Counseling Association (Distinguished Legislative Service Award), the Arizona Counselors Association (Phoenix Award), Argosy University (Excellence in Research Award) and is listed in Who’s Who in America.

Dr. Kaplan’s Presentation:
Raising the Bar: Critical New Concepts in the ACA Code of Ethics

Description:  The current edition of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics substantially raises the bar for the ethical practice of professional counselors.  This presentation will highlight new ethical imperatives in such areas as professional values, social media, the imposition of counselor personal values, and fee splitting.  A focus of this workshop will be on using a comprehensive decision making model to resolve modern and complex ethical dilemmas in the areas described above.  Participants will spend time practicing ethical decision making with real-life counseling dilemmas.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Learn about critical new concepts in the current edition of the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Practice ethical decision making.
  • Practice bracketing, the skill of preventing the counselor’s personal values from interfering in a session.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Heather Trepal