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  • December 01, 2020 7:08 PM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    Webinar Title: School Counselors can do Virtually Anything: School Counseling in a Virtual World

    Date Recorded: Nov. 19, 2020

    Watch Webinar:   https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12F10a_Yo1-0Kv5ZQTcx79K1zIYgL3aMq?usp=sharing

    Sponsors: This webinar was sponsored by Dove Self-Esteem Project, Liberty University's Counselor Education program, and South University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

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    Description: School counselors are tasked with meeting the career, academic and social/emotional needs of students through the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program. Due to the recent pandemic, many schools across the country have moved to some form of virtual education. This impacts every aspect of a school environment, including the school counseling program. Virtual school counseling, although effective, presents a whole new array of challenges. This session will focus on how to approach these challenges practically and also guide professional school counselors in meeting the diverse needs of all students.

    Presenters: Summer Perhay Kuba, Ph.D., Ed.S., MSW; Kerry Lamphere Bowles, M.Ed., NCC; Capri Brooks, PhD, NCC, NCSC, LPC; Brandi Chamberlin, PhD, NCC

    Dr. Summer Kuba is the School Counseling Program Director and an assistant professor at Liberty University.  She has written on school counseling topics including assessments, the MTSS process, and student mindsets.  She has diverse counseling experience working with children/students ranging from toddlerhood to the college level.  She provided therapeutic services to children in a residential shelter for abused children, has experience working with adolescents in a residential and outpatient drug treatment facility, and spent time as an advocate for the Juvenile Division of the Florida State Attorney’s Office where she supported victims of violent crimes.  As a school counselor, she focused specifically on elementary and middle school students and also has experience as the Social and Emotional Coordinator for a K-8 school.  In addition, Dr. Kuba served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Florida School Counselor Association in 2016.  Dr.  Kuba actively presents at state and national conferences and continues to seek out opportunities to advocate for students, school counselors, and the profession as a whole. 

    Kerry Bowles serves as Assistant Professor and Clinical Director for Liberty University in the M.Ed. in School Counseling Program. Kerry Bowles has also served as an adjunct teaching assistant for the M.Ed. School Counseling Program since 2015. Prior to joining the residential faculty in 2018, she worked as a school counselor in Central Virginia for fourteen years, serving both the elementary and secondary school levels. Kerry Bowles is a licensed School Counselor (preK-12). She has over ten years of experience serving as a site supervisor for master’s level school counseling students.

    Dr. Capri Brooks is a professor of Counselor Education at Liberty University. She has been working in the field of counseling for over 15 years. Prior to becoming a counselor educator in 2014, Brooks spent time working in both clinical counseling and school counseling where she specialized in children and adolescents. She spent time working in public mental health, day treatment programs, and school based therapy. Dr. Brooks is a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Licensed School Counselor. She is president for the Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor Association. 

    Dr. Brandi Chamberlin has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and has worked in many clinical settings and currently serves as the department chair for Liberty University's Counselor Education and Family Studies department. Her primary research interests are in online education, wellness, cultural humility, and other multicultural considerations. She is an active member of the counseling community serving as the President-Elect of the Lynchburg Area Counselor’s Association, the President Elect-Elect for the Virginia Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Division Council Chair serving on the executive board of the Virginia Counselors Association. Additionally, Dr. Chamberlin is the founder and director of the Central Virginia Counselor Development Symposium.

    Learning Objectives

    This webinar is designed to help you:

    1. Compile a variety of ideas for individual, small group and classroom guidance that will engage students of all levels
    2. Demonstrate a solid understanding of legal/ethical issues that may present themselves through the implementation of a  virtual program 
    3. Utilize a variety of virtual activities to enhance student success.

  • November 16, 2020 12:11 PM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    Hello SACES Members,

    We are excited to announce the 2020-2021 SACES Award Recipients. We want to thank everyone who took time to submit a nomination. All nominees are deserving! We also want to thank the Awards Committee Co-Chairs (Drs. Regina Finan, Lacey Ricks, and Ken Shell) and their award selection committee members.

    The following award recipients are: http://www.saces.org/awards_recipients

    Here is a link to the awards presentation:


    The SACES Executive Committee & The SACES Awards Committee

  • October 17, 2020 10:07 AM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    October Webinar: Creative, Supportive, and Evaluative Techniques for Online Supervision

    Date and Time: October 15, 2020; 3-4pm EST

    Webinar Materials: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1F65-t0C8ASx0hRQPIaGsQKRlzj2Appoa?usp=sharing

    Description: This workshop applied the framework of traditional counseling supervision models as teaching tools in providing instruction and feedback in online supervision platforms. The presenters actively demonstrated their student-centered, creative, supportive, and evaluative approaches to supervision in an online environment which can translate to using with clients during telemental health sessions. This session included participation opportunities in an interactive online platform.

    Sponsor: This webinar will be sponsored by Ascend Wellness, Liberty University's Counselor Education program, and Sam Houston State University's Counselor Education program.


    Learning Objectives

    Participants will:

    1. Identify opportunities/strategies and demonstrating use of key supervision models during online group supervision
    2. Describe the supervision focus areas (intervention, conceptualization, personalization) as they relate to online supervision (and teaching) along with associated strategies.
    3. Understand how to implement student-centered, creative, supportive, and evaluative approaches in online supervision platforms along with applicability of the approaches for tele-mental health


    Dr. Nicole Arcuri Sanders is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Counselor and is Board Certified in Tele-mental Health. She hasworked as a counselor educator and supervisor for the past six years.  She has a prolific record of scholarship in the areas of supervision, military counseling, and multicultural counseling with a unique focus on research concerning the unique needs of supervisees. The presenter has done course development for online practicum and internship courses as well as published and presented on the topic of distance clinical supervision.

     Dr. Theresa Kascsak is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, a Registered-Play   Therapist-Supervisor and Licensed School Counselor in North Carolina. She has eighteen plus years of experience working in a variety   of mental health settings, such as schools, non-profit agencies, community mental health centers, private practice, utilization   management and higher education. She has numerous peer-reviewed presentations, publications, and grants on topics including   supervision, multiculturalism, play therapy, school counseling, parenting, group counseling and co-occurring disorders.

  • September 25, 2020 10:13 AM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    Antiracist Leadership in Higher Education and Counselor Education

    Date and Time: Thursday, September 24th, 2:30pm-4:00pm ET

    Click here to view this webinar. 

    Description: This was a SACES Presidential sponsored panel presentation. SACES hosted a panel discussion with three prominent higher education and counselor education leaders, who are also all SACES members: Dr. Kent Butler, UCF’s Interim Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer and President-Elect of ACA and Dean Andrew Daire, Dean of the VCU School of Education. The panel was moderated by Dr. Marlon Johnson, co-chair of the SACES Social Justice and Human Rights Interest Network.

    Sponsor: This webinar will be sponsored by the Florida Atlantic University Counselor Education Program.

    Learning objectives:

    1. Participants will understand the current cultural issues, specifically with black males, that are occurring in counselor education.
    2. Participants will understand trends in higher education that are directly impacting the training of professional counselors.
    3. Participants will be provided strategies to enhance their leadership skills to improve counselor education.
    4. Participants will be provided strategies to advocate for their black male clients, students and colleagues.
    Presenter Bios:

    Dr. S. Kent Butler, Jr., LPC, NCC, NCSC (he/him/his) S. Kent Butler, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Connecticut. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC). In February of 2020, Dr. Butler was elected President-Elect of the American Counseling Association (ACA). His presidential year is 2021 – 2022. In July of 2019, Dr. Butler was appointed Interim Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer at the University of Central Florida. In March of 2020, he was selected as a Fellow within the National Association of Chief Diversity Officer in Higher Education’s Chief Diversity Officer Fellows Program (NADOHE- CDOFP). He is a 2020 – 2021 cohort (C-7) member. The professional leadership program mentors new and early career Chief Diversity Officers. Dr. Butler was also recently promoted to Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida and has served as a Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence within the Office of the Provost.

    Dr. Butler presently serves as faculty advisor to CHI SIGMA IOTA International Honor Society (CSI), the Counselor Education Doctoral Student Organization (CEDSO), Project for Haiti Knights, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the Principal Investigator, for The High-Risk Delinquent and Dependent Child Educational Research Project: Situational Environmental Circumstances Mentoring Program (SEC), which was a partnership between the University of Central Florida and several Florida universities. This grant opportunity has transitioned into the UCF Young Knights Mentoring Project a program that supports students at Hungerford Elementary School in Eatonville, FL.

    Also on the national level, Dr. Butler has served the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) as the 2011 – 2012 President and ACA Governing Council Representative (2015 – 2018). He is honored to be a member of AMCD’s Multicultural Counseling Competencies Revisions Committee (2014 – 2015) which produced the ACA- AMCD endorsed Multicultural Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC). In April of 2016, Dr. Butler was bestowed with the prestigious ACA Fellow Award. His research and academic interests lie in the areas of Multicultural and International Counseling, Social Justice, Mentoring, Counseling work as it relates specifically to African American males, Group Counseling, School Counseling, and Multicultural Supervision.

    A driven and enthusiastic leader, Dr. Andrew P. Daire (he/him/his) joined the VCU School of Education as its new dean in June 2016. Daire came to VCU from the University of Houston, where he served as the College of Education’s associate dean for research for nearly two years. His resume also includes more than 25 years of experience in higher education. A prolific researcher and scholar, Daire has received over $16 million in external funding to support his research and remains scholarly active through professional publications and presentations. Daire is also engaged at the state and local level serving as Vice-Chair for the Advisory Board for Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL), member of the African-American History Education Commission, VDOE’s Return to School Equity Planning Committee and also served on the Governor’s Taskforce on Diversity Virginia’s Educator Pipeline. Combining an academic and clinical background in counseling and psychology with expertise in research, Daire's style of transformative leadership emphasizes personal and professional development, and motivating faculty, staff and students towards excellence, innovation and impact in their work every day. A big believer in the value of community engagement as well, Daire believes research and instruction are at their best (and most innovative) when focused on serving the public, particularly those most in need.

    Dr. Marlon Johnson, LPC-MHSP, NCC (he/him/his) serves as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He grounds his work as a therapist and counselor educator through both a Narrative and a Critical Pedagogical framework respectively. Dr. Johnson’s clinical background includes community mental health counseling or families within the foster care system, Child-Centered play therapy, group interventions for adolescents experiencing resistance and trauma, and college and career readiness counseling within rural communities. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of the 2018 Doctoral Fellowship for the National Board of Certified Counselor’s Minority Fellowship program, allowing him to further the literature of recruitment for African American males into counseling programs. Dr. Johnson remains passionate about mental health access and equity, Black and Queer counselor identity development, and the intersections of faith, race, and sexuality within the counseling space.

  • August 26, 2020 8:51 AM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    Call for SACES President-Elect-Elect

    The SACES Executive Board is seeking nominations for the SACES President-Elect-Elect (2021-2024)

    The board accepts nominations and self-nominations. If you are interested in running or nominating someone for one of these positions, please contact Elizabeth Villares at past-president@saces.org. We also encourage you to review the operations manual that includes an extensive list of each position's roles and responsibilities.

    For self-nominations, please include:

    • A one-paragraph statement of interest in serving the SACES membership; SACES members will see this paragraph during the voting process.
    • A copy of your CV

    If nominating someone, please include their contact information so that I may be in touch with them to determine their interest in the nomination.

    Nominations for these positions are due on September 1, 2020.

  • August 17, 2020 8:26 AM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    As we are all aware, the 2020 SACES conference in Baltimore has been cancelled. Therefore, the SACES Executive Committee and the SACES Webinar Committee are collaborating to provide a new set of learning experiences through the SACES Virtual Professional Development Series. Save the date for the following webinar topics for the fall:

    • September 3rd 3-4pm ET: Antiracisit and Feminist Pedagogy (regisration now open)
    • October 15th 3-4pm ET: Telemental Health Counseling and Supervision
    • November 19th 3-4pm ET: Virtual School Counseling
    • December 10th 3-4pm ET: Grant Writing

    Additionally, there will be a SACES Presidential sponsored panel presentation, on September 24th 2:30-4:00pm eastern time, with three prominent higher education and counselor education leaders, who are also all SACES members: Dr. Kent Butler (he/him/his), UCF’s Interim Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer and President-Elect of ACA; Dr. Andrew Daire (he/him/his), Dean of the VCU School of Education; and Dr. Grant Hayes (he/him/his), Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor of ECU. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Marlon Johnson (he/him/his) one of the SACES Social Justice and Human Rights Interest Network co-chairs.

    More details about the professional development webinars and registering can be found on the SACES Webinar page!

    We will still have the SACES Emerging Leaders program, SACES research grants and awards, SACES graduate student meeting, and will host a virtual fall SACES business meeting. All webinars will be recorded and can be viewed at a later date.

  • August 12, 2020 3:22 PM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    Dear SACES Members,

    The SACES Executive Committee and conference planners decided to cancel the 2020 SACES conference in Baltimore from October 22-24, 2020. Due to the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19, we are no longer able to continue with conference planning. Therefore, the conference committee has halted all conference related activities including final dispositions of proposal submissions. However, we are moving forward with the SACES Emerging Leaders program, call for research grants and awards, and will host a virtual fall SACES business meeting.

    We will be offering, in partnership with the SACES webinar committee, the SACES Virtual Professional Development Series which will include webinars throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. More details will be posted soon.

    Dodie Limberg, PhD

    SACES President-Elect, Conference Chair

    and the SACES Executive Committee

  • June 30, 2020 8:02 PM | Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway (Administrator)

    July Webinar

    Research Team Collaboration with Doctoral and Masters' Students

    Dr. Sarah Fucillo, Dr. Patrick Murphy, Simone May, and Hannah M. Coyt 

    Thursday, July 16th- 12pm-1pm EST

    Register through Zoom

    This webinar will identify the process of creating a collaborative research team with three separate universities.  The webinar will offer steps one can take to offer research opportunities to both doctoral and masters' level students, as well as creating a team based approach to research.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.  Participants will learn the process of creating a research team that involves various universities.

    2.  Participants will learn how to utilize research team members' strengths to make research more effective and mainstreamed.

    3.  Participants will benefit from hearing perspectives from doctoral team members, as well as student perspectives.

    Presenters' Bio: 

    Dr. Sarah Fucillo (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University in 2017. Her research interests include at-risk youth and juvenile offender mental health treatment, counselor wellness, vicarious trauma, trauma sensitive interventions, and trauma sensitive supervision. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including a juvenile detention center, a crisis residential unit, a family and children community mental health agency, and a university counseling center. Dr. Fucillo is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors. 

    Dr. Patrick Murphy (he/him) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Memphis. He graduated with is Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University in 2018. He has over 11 years of clinical experience working with addiction, co-occurring disorders, and severe mental illness in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Murphy is an active member of the American Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and is currently serving as the Research Chair for the Tennessee Counseling Association. His research interest include counselor training and supervision, especially around multicultural competencies with a focus on intersections of identities, and engaging with veterans/military personal with counseling and crisis intervention.

    Simone May (she/her) is Teaching Faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at the Florida State University. She pursued graduate studies at Auburn University, earning a M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2014 and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2017. She is a nationally certified counselor and a member of several organizations including the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Her clinical experience includes work with crisis and trauma survivors, detained youth, foster children, and drug court participants. May’s research interests include crisis and trauma and higher education preparation, success, recruitment, and retention. May is a Holmes Scholar and a former Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Leadership Fellow.

    Hannah M. Coyt (she/her) is a current doctoral student at Lindsey Wilson College, in the Counselor Education and Supervision program.  She is a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor for the Kentucky board of counselors.  She is also a nationally certified counselor and a member of several organizations including the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and serves as the graduate student representative for the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  Additionally, she currently serves on the leadership team for the Kentucky Counseling Association Mentoring and Leadership Academy, as well as the president-elect for Kentucky Mental Health Counselors Association.  Her clinical experience includes work with at-risk children and adolescents, families, couples, veterans and geriatrics.  Coyt's research interests include barriers to law enforcement officers seeking mental health services, Appalachian women in higher education, pornography addiction and wellness for mental health professionals.

  • June 29, 2020 11:25 AM | Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway (Administrator)
    We are looking for submissions for consideration in our Summer 2020 issue of the SACES Newsletter. This issue will be an edition about Community: Promoting Connection, Leadership, and Service within the Profession

    Submissions must be between 500 and 800 words and sent electronically as a Word document to sacesnewsletter@gmail.com. Please include the author name(s), credentials, affiliation(s), and photo(s) in .jpg, .tif or .gif format. 

    Students are encouraged to contribute with the support of a faculty member.  For questions or more information, please contact the editors at sacesnewsletter@gmail.com.  You can also check out previous newsletter issues available from the SACES website.  Contributions are needed by Wednesday, July 8th.

    Brandee Appling and Andrea Kirk- Jenkins
    Co-Editors SACES Newsletter

  • June 25, 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SACES is pleased to announce our 2020-2021 GSRs. Their terms will begin on July 1st.

    Galaxina Wright
    SACES Graduate Student Representative
    Doctoral student from the University of Central Florida.

    Shelby Gonzales
    Graduate Student Representative-Designee
    Doctoral student at the University of South Carolina.   

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