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  • February 27, 2021 10:51 AM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    Fostering Empathy in Graduate Students: Experiential, Student-Focused, and Innovative Approaches

    Date/Time of Webinar: February 17, 2021 1-2pm EST

    This webinar is sponsored by Capella University

    Link to watch

    Webinar Description: Among the many roles and responsibilities of counselor educators and supervisors, the fostering of empathy development among students is tantamount. Attendees will learn experiential, student-focused, and innovative approaches that have proven successful in developing empathy in students and supervisees. Detailed descriptions and handouts will be provided.

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1. Attendees will begin by recognizing the role of empathy itself in joining with clients, which will be followed by a brief discussion regarding the importance of empathy-development in training students and supervisees.
    • 2. Attendees will learn and participate in experiential, student-focused, and innovative approaches that have proven successful in developing empathy in students and supervisees.
    • 3. Attendees will be able to implement exercises in their workplace with support of handouts provided during the webinar that detail descriptions of activities, including processes for set-up and process questions.

    Presenter: Dr. W. Bryce Hagedorn, LMHC, NCC, MAC (he/him/his) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Master Addiction Counselor, a Qualified Clinical Supervisor, and is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association. Currently serving as a Professor and Program Director of Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Hagedorn’s work has spanned a variety of clinical and educational settings over the past 20 years in the areas of his expertise. Dr. Hagedorn has written over 70 publications, has presented his work in over 200 venues, and is the co-author of the book titled Counseling Addicted Families.

  • February 08, 2021 11:06 AM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    SACES Supervision Interest Network Meeting! 

    We are pleased to announce the spring meeting of the SACES Supervision Interest Network. We’ll be meeting on Zoom at 12:00 EST on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

    Please join us for 30 minutes to share ideas and hopes regarding supervision among a group of likeminded colleagues! Also, we are planning a continuing education workshop for May 12, so be sure to save the date. 

    RSVP by emailing: supervisionin@saces.org to register and get the meeting link.

    Monica Leppma, Andrea Fleming, Kenya Bledsoe SUPin co-chairs

    Ashlei Rabess & Alex Gantt SACES Emerging Leaders

  • February 01, 2021 10:55 AM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    Grant Writing in Counselor Education: Strategies for Identifying and Developing Strong Proposals

    Link to Webinar and materials

    Sponsors: This webinar was sponsored by Counseling Books, Etc., Liberty University's Counselor Education program, and South University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

    Description: Grants provide researchers/practitioners the opportunity to conduct innovative, impactful, and socially significant research. Yet, counselor educators may feel unprepared to navigate the grant development process. In this webinar, we will discuss strategies for new investigators to identify a high-impact, fundable area of research science that also supports development of a grant portfolio. We will present a collaborative framework and team science approach to proposal development. Finally, we will discuss select funders and funding mechanisms with specific examples as they relate to counselor education specialty areas.

    PresentersDr. Ryan Carlson is Associate Professor of counselor education at the University of South Carolina (UofSC), and Director for the Consortium of Family Strengthening Research. Dr. Carlson’s research focuses on vulnerable couples and families, including relationship education outcomes and implementation science, intimate partner violence, and parents of children with special needs. He currently serves as the lead evaluator for the randomized controlled trial of relationship education (Project Harmony) being implemented at the University of Central Florida. He has 45 peer-reviewed publications and conducted nearly 80 presentations at conferences. He has submitted 28 grant proposals to local and federal funders, with 13 proposals awarded. Dr. Carlson is also a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina and coordinator for the Center for Community Counseling in the College of Education at UofSC.

    Dr. Naomi J. Wheeler, LPC (VA), LMHC (FL), NCC is an assistant professor in counselor education with Virginia Commonwealth University. She has collaborated on funded projects that total over $4.4 million from internal and external funding sources. Most notably, she served as a Co-Investigator and Director with the Marriage and Family Research Institute at UCF for a federally funded (DHHS) community relationship education program. Her research agenda builds from her professional experiences to examine relational stress and resilience across the lifespan including early life family adversity and couple stress/relationship quality as contributors to health.

  • December 18, 2020 6:26 PM | Esther McCartney (Administrator)

    Call for ACES/SACES Graduate Student Representative  

    SACES is currently accepting applications from doctoral students who are early in their academic program to serve as the ACES Graduate Student Representative. Each of the five ACES regions nominates one student to serve as the ACES Graduate Student Representative (GSR). From these five nominations, the ACES Governing Council will choose one student to serve in this position. This is a three year service position: designee, current, and past GSR. A complete description of the ACES GSR requirements can be found here. 

    SACES will select a GSR nominee to put forward to ACES. In the event that the SACES nominee is selected to serve as ACES GSR, another applicant will be selected to serve on the SACES Board for 2021-2022. In the event that the SACES nominee is not selected to serve as ACES GSR, the nominee will be appointed to the SACES Board for 2021-2022. 

    The student nominee should be in the early stages of their counselor education doctoral program (either first year in a 3 year program or first or second year in a program that is 4 years or more) in order to be appointed to this position. A graduate student serving as a GSR must hold doctoral student/doctoral candidate status for at least 2 years of their service and only the final year could be served as a new faculty member or supervisor.   

    To apply, please email the following materials in one PDF to Dodie Limberg at president@saces.org  

    (1) A cover letter describing your educational and other relevant experiences to the position, including your previous and/or current involvement with ACES and SACES.  

    (2) A current CV  

    (3) Your answer to this question (posed by ACES): “Suppose you were selected for the GSR position, what would be different in a one year  in terms of this service position that would show it was useful, that you were the right person to apply, and that ACES was right to have selected you?”    

    (4) A 3 minute video that discusses (a) Your goals as outlined in their submitted statement referencing what would be different in a year of service; (b) Your understanding of what this role does and the necessary level of commitment it will take. Please share your video from a cloud storage platform (i.e., Dropbox, Google Drive) and reference the URL link in your cover letter.

    If you have any questions please contact Dodie Limberg at president@saces.org

    Applications are due Friday, January 29, 2021.

  • 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.

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