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Webinars

SACES is pleased to offer webinars for training in a variety of areas for students, professional counselors, supervisors, and counselor educators. Webinars will be held on the third Thursday of every month beginning in February- August 2020 from 12pm- 1pm EST. If you have questions about the webinar series, please contact webinars@saces.org. If you are interested in being a webinar presenter, please complete the SACES Webinar Presenter form.

Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2076. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SACES is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Upcoming Webinars

How to Build a Research Agenda in Counselor Education: Panel Discussion

Dr. Gibbons, Ph.d,M.S., Ed.S., Dr. Kakkar, Ph.D., LCPC (MD), LMHC (MA), NCC & Hannah Coyt, M.Ed., LPCC-S, NCC, MHE, CCMHC
Thursday, February 20th 12pm-1pm EST; 1 CE available

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This webinar will host a panel of counselor education professionals who will discuss building a research agenda, particularly as an early career counselor educator. Methods that may be applied across institutional types and professional roles will also be shared. The panelists will discuss their own personal experiences regarding developing a research agenda, identify methods to develop a research agenda that supports other counselor education roles (i.e., educator, supervisor, leader, and counselor), and strategies to practice.



Dr. Shannon Kakkar, is an assistant professor at Hood College in Frederick, Md. Dr. Kakkar earned her BS in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Bridgewater State College. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. She has ten years of clinical experience in school systems, community counseling services, and working with adults, adolescents, and families. Dr. Kakkar has presented at local, national, and international counseling conferences. She is a member of ACA, ACES, ACC, ALGBTIC, and is secretary of ACSSW.



Dr. Melinda Gibbons is a professor of counselor education and doctoral program coordinator in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned her MS and Ed.S in School Counseling and PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education, all from UNC-Greensboro. Melinda’s research interests focus on the career and educational development of underserved populations, including rural Appalachians and students with intellectual disability. She has received $7 million in federal grant funding for outreach programs targeting these populations.


Hannah M. Coyt, LPCC-S, NCC, CCMHC has been a licensed counselor in Kentucky since 2000. She has worked in the mental health field for over 19 years with various populations including SMI adults, SED children, geriatric clients, veterans, DID adults and children, families, couples and substance abuse. Hannah is currently a doctoral candidate at Lindsey Wilson College. She has also taught courses for Lindsey Wilson College as a clinical affiliate faculty since 2002. Hannah has presented at various local, state and regional conferences.


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Past Webinars

Ethical Telebehavioral Counseling and Supervision 101

Dr. Loriann Stretch, LPCS, NCC, ACS
Friday, May 24, 2019, 1 pm-2 pm CST/ 2 pm-3 pm EST


Evidence-based practice in telebehavioral health begins with ethical and legal standards. Fortunately, key national and international organizations have established ethical and legal guidelines outlining the dos and don’ts of telebehavioral health. Best practices include HIPAA/HITECH requirements, proactive procedures for dealing with consent and boundary issues, how to identify appropriate technology, models for ethical decision making, and the steps for ongoing competence in using this modality. There are fourteen key areas that require attention to practice evidence-based telebehavioral health. The presenter will provide an interactive overview of the fourteen keys to ethical and legal telebehavioral counseling and supervision, describe resources available to support counselors and supervisors providing telebehavioral counseling and supervision, and assist participants in locating additional training in telebehavioral counseling and supervision. 


Dr. Stretch is the Department Chair for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Online Campus of The Chicago School. She has taught for over 20 years, served as clinical director of a multidisciplinary mental health agency, and counseled in a variety of settings including vocational rehabilitation, domestic violence/sexual assault support, court advocacy, college counseling, disability services, foster care group homes, clinical supervision, and private practice. She co-edited and authored several chapters in Technology in Mental Health: Applications in Practice, Supervision, and Training. She received the first LPCS license in NC in recognition of her advocacy work and has served as the Chair and Ethics Chair for the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. She served on the ACA Ethics Review Panel, as the Public Policy Chair for her state branch of AMHCA, and is a CACREP Team Lead. She currently serves as a 2-year Board Trustee with ACC and as the Co-Chair of CSJ’s Social Justice Advocacy Curriculum Taskforce.


Examining Bias, Power, and Privilege
Dr. RJ Davis, LPC, NCC 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 11am-12pm CST / 12-1 pm EST 


This webinar explores the intersectionality of bias, power, and privilege. Awareness and reflection on these influential societal forces provide counselors a basis for understanding the negative impact such forces have on vulnerable populations and society as a whole. Mental health professionals, supervisors, and others with a working knowledge of these issues, coupled with relevant strategies and techniques, are better equipped to join with and support clients and communities in efforts to push back against these negative influences. This session has been approved for 1 CE credit hour.

The Civilian Counselor Working with Veterans and Their Dependents: Implications for Counselor Preparation 
Inaugural SACES Webinar sponsored by the SACES Social Justice and Human Rights Interest Network
Dr. Jessica Melendez Tyler 
Monday, November 26, 2018, 4-5 pm EST

Understanding the broader sense of the military experience, culture, and lifestyle is understudied in counselor education, leaving a gap about the unique mental health needs of veterans and their dependents. Civilian practitioners must establish credibility and trust to find treatment efficacy in treating this population. This webinar discusses the multilayered needs and mechanics of working with veterans, dependents, and military trauma. This webinar also provides strategies for program application on how to integrate military culture and issues into counselor education. 

The webinar objectives are as follows: (1) Address the cross-cultural components of effective clinical work with the veteran population, (2) Discuss strategies and essential mechanisms for civilian counselors to best treat veterans and military issues, (3) Considerations for how counselor education programs can infuse the clinical treatment of service members as a specific population into their curriculum. 


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