Speakers and Presentations

NCCA 2019 Annual Conference
“Counselors Committed to Advocacy”

February 20 – 22, 2019
Durham Convention Center

Durham, NC

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Breakout and Poster Presenter Bios

Thursday Lunch 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 Dean of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. 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 Lunch 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
8:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Dr. David Kaplan

Sponsored by NCASERVIC and NCACES

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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.

Thursday Morning Keynote Speaker
8:00 – 9:20 AM

Joint Keynote with the NC Chapters of Chi Sigma Iota Advocacy Summit

Dr. Heather Trepal

President Elect of the American Counseling Association

heather trepal photoDr. Heather Trepal is a Professor and Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the Department of Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  She is licensed as a professional counselor and board approved supervisor in the state of Texas.  Her research and publications focus on professional advocacy, bilingual counselor supervision and training, integrated behavioral healthcare, and non-suicidal self-injury.

Dr. Trepal currently serves as the Project Director for the Program for the Integrated Training of Counselors in Behavioral Health (PITCH).  This is a 4-year $807,000 Federal Health Resources and Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant which provides specialized training and internship placements for student counselors to gain competence working with clients in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved communities in integrated behavioral healthcare (IBH) settings.

Dr. Trepal has served as President of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), both divisions of the American Counseling Association (ACA).  She is the recipient of numerous awards in the counseling profession.  She is slated to be the 2019-2020 President of the American Counseling Association.

Dr. Trepal’s Presentation
Tomorrow’s Counselor: Your Role in Advocacy for Our Profession

Great and continued opportunities await the counseling profession. The increased need for both licensure portability and parity, defending practice rights, increasing prospects for employment and reimbursement for services, and important social issues and legislation that may impact the profession and our counseling constituents are all advocacy opportunities.  This presentation will highlight your role as an advocate for the counseling profession. As passionate advocates, what is the role of tomorrow’s counselor in bringing vision and tenacity to our profession?  What are some ways that can we bolster counselor identity, visibility, and pride?  How can we best support our clients and our profession?  Participants will consider their vision for the counseling profession and some of the ways in which they will contribute through advocacy.