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SACES Virtual Professional Development Webinar Series

SACES is pleased to offer webinars for training in a variety of areas for students, professional counselors, supervisors, and counselor educators.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.

SACES strives to ensure all information, presentations, and webinars are equitable and accessible for all. To request accommodations, please complete the webinar registration as you will find a space to request the necessary accommodations for each event. If accommodations are needed, please plan to register for the webinar events one week in advance to provide our support team enough time to fulfill all accommodations needed. Feel free to email our webinar team at webinars@saces.org to further discuss necessary accommodations, if needed.

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 Spring:

    • February 17th: Ethically Speaking: Preparing School Counselors-in-Training to Implement Trauma-Informed Practices presented by Drs. Crystal Hatton and Angelica Greiner
    • March 17th: Preemptive Gatekeeping in Counselor Education: Identifying Graduate Students as Candidates for Intervention before Remediation presented by Dr. Denise Ebersole and Mr. Austin Laws
    • April 21: A Minoritized Counselor Educator's Guide to Managing Cultural Taxation presented by Drs. Tyra Turner Whittaker, Tanisha Sapp, Trinaa' Copeland, and Tomeka Barris-McGhee
    • May 19: Understanding the Dynamics of Families in Crises: Legal and Ethical Implications for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Working with Court-Ordered Families prsented by Drs. Ruth Ouzts Moore, Ann M. Ordway, and Susan Foster

      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.

      **Each monthly webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event at http://www.saces.org/webinars.

      February Webinar

      Title: Ethically Speaking: Preparing School Counselors-in-Training to Implement Trauma-Informed Practices

      Click here for the February 2022 webinar recording

      Description: One out of every three children and adolescents has encountered an adverse childhood experience and the impact is often intensified within underserved communities and schools. Thus, school counselor educators and supervisors have an ethical obligation to prepare school counselors-in-training to address inequities and promote trauma-sensitive learning environments for all students. When school counselors are equipped with the tools to implement trauma-informed practices within their school counseling programs and overall school environments, students will feel safe, comfortable, and ready for learning. 


      Crystal Hatton, Ph.D., NCC, NCSC, ACSL

      Bio: Dr. Crystal Hatton is a core faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. She is currently engaged in scholarly activities focused on the implementation of trauma-informed practices within school counseling and school settings overall. Prior to becoming a school counselor educator, she was a professional school counselor at the middle school level for 13 years. She was employed as a professional school counselor during the pandemic and has direct experience with implementing trauma-informed practices both virtually and within traditional school buildings to meet the needs of all students. Dr. Hatton recently received a National Certified School Counselor Award: Celebrating Extraordinary Efforts During Covid-19 from NBCC. Dr. Hatton is also a National Certified Counselor, National Certified School Counselor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is also an ASCA-certified Legal and Ethical Specialist and Cultural Competency Specialist. Dr. Hatton is passionate about teaching and training future and current counselors.

      Angelica Greiner, Ph.D., CDF

      Bio: Dr. Angelica Greiner is a core faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and Supervision at Liberty University. She is currently engaged in scholarly activities focused on the implementation of trauma-informed practices within school counseling and school settings overall. Prior to becoming a school counselor educator, she was a professional school counselor at the middle school level for 10 years. She was employed as a professional school counselor during the pandemic and has direct experience with implementing trauma-informed practices both virtually and within traditional school buildings to meet the needs of all students. Dr. Greiner serves on ASCA's Ethics Committee and is also a Certified Career Development Facilitator and ASCA-certified Legal and Ethical Specialist. She is knowledgeable about the school counseling profession and looks forward to sharing her expertise with graduate students and school counseling professionals.

      March Webinar

      Click here for the March 2022 webinar recording

      Title: Preemptive Gatekeeping in Counselor Education: Identifying Graduate Students as Candidates for Intervention before Remediation.

      Description: Join us as we guide counselor educators through a proposed process that seeks to identify struggling counseling students in an effort to intervene before requiring program remediation. Participants will benefit from learning common trends and warning signs of struggling students, potential ethical violations, and ways to determine whether counseling graduate students are incompatible with the counseling profession.


      Denise B. Ebersole, PhD, LPC, ACS, NCSC, NCC

      Bio: Dr. Ebersole is an Associate Professor of Counseling and core faculty member at Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)​, Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)​, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC), and is certified in elementary (K-6) and secondary school counseling (7-12) and as a supervisor of school guidance (K-12). The presenter earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Millersville University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Bloomsburg University. Previous positions include being a K-12 school counseling department coordinator, high school and middle school counselor. The presenter also serves as an independent career coach who specializes in supporting graduate school counseling students.  

      Austin Laws, MEd

      Bio: Austin Michael Laws is a high school counselor in Rolesville, North Carolina just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Laws is a recent graduate of Liberty University’s Graduate School where he earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling with a companion clinical track. While Mr. Laws has close to ten years of experience working with students ranging from kindergarten to high school through education and counseling, he is in his first formal year of the school counseling profession. Mr. Laws is committed to helping others pursue their goals and greater mental health through education and counseling.

      Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcOqsrzguGNMKyqK3CaGpvHF5pVGiON-y

      April Webinar

      April 21, 2022, 12-1pm EST

      Title: A Minoritized Counselor Educator’s Guide to Managing Cultural Taxation

      Description: The experiences of minoritized counselor educators are well-documented. In addition to maintaining rigorous teaching and research agendas, minoritized counselor educators are often tasked with extensive service commitments that surpass their non-minoritized counterparts. The current presentation addresses the concept of cultural taxation in counselor education. The presentation will carefully outline how cultural taxation is manifested in the academy and the subsequent impact on the minoritized faculty member. This interactive session will also offer practical strategies to manage cultural taxation for both faculty and administrators.


      Tyra Turner Whittaker, RhD, LCMHC, CRC

      Bio: Dr. Tyra Turner Whittaker serves as a Professor of Counseling at Liberty University and has served as a tenured professor of counseling at two academic institutions. With over 24 years as a counselor educator, Dr. Whittaker has served as a department chair, program coordinator, and grant writer. She has received over 8 million in grant funds to meet the needs of racial and ethnic minorities with disabilities and behavioral addictions. She is also the Co-founder of the Whittaker Institute for Success and Enrichment and the Center for Passionate Relationships. Her research interests include multicultural rehabilitation counselor education, racial trauma and reconciliation, recruitment and retention, and life care planning. She has served on numerous professional boards including the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification (CRCC), National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

      Tanisha Sapp, EdD, LPC, CST, NCC, ACS, CPCS

      Bio: Dr. Tanisha Sapp, LPC, CST, NCC, ACS, CPCS is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Liberty University. She currently serves as the Secretary for Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society and the Treasurer for the Association for Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness. Dr. Sapp is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, an Approved Clinical Supervisor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She is the owner of Tanisha Sapp, LLC where she provides professional development training, clinical supervision, and individual and couples sex therapy. Dr. Sapp’s areas of research and interest include counselor professional identity and ethics, social justice for African Americans and BIPOC, sexual health and wellness, and professional advocacy in leadership.


      Trinaa’ L. Copeland, PhD, LPC

      Bio: Dr. Trinaa’ L. Copeland is a Clinical Mental Health faculty at Southern New Hampshire University. While many believe that their purpose lies in titles, position, and monetary gain, she knows that her purpose is found in recreating and refining people. Serving as a catalyst of change for people who, many times, are at their darkest hour, Dr. Trinaa’ L. Copeland is best known for her ability to walk others through the pain of their past so they can excel in their future. Working through a number of different facets and platforms, Dr. Copeland works diligently to engage, counsel and teach clientele to push past their immediate problems, allowing them to evolve into a better version of themselves. Practicing as a counselor for more than 20 years, Dr. Copeland’s unique strategy of combining faith-based counseling with mental health treatment has transformed the lives of individuals, couples and small groups alike. She currently provides gatekeeping in clinical mental health counseling programs through teaching and supervising masters level counselors in training.


      Tomeka Barris-McGhee, PhD, NCC, LPC-S (AL), ACS, CGCS

      Bio: Dr. Barris-McGhee is an Associate Professor and Co-Faculty Advisor of Rho Eta Sigma CSI International Honor Society at Liberty University, as well as a counseling supervisor. She began her life's work facilitating healing, reconciliation, and transformation as a youth organization Area Director and moved to working with adults who were displaced through the Alabama's Workforce Investment Act. Working with both middle/high school students and adults in transition, she realized the real needs were deeper and completed a master’s degree in counseling and psychology and doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision. In addition to serving both adults and children with concerns ranging from severe/chronic mental illness to childhood trauma to religious/spirituality issues and faith development, she has 15 years of service and leadership with the Alabama Counseling Association (President, 2017) and the American Counseling Association (Executive Board Member of Clinical Director/Placement Coordinator Interest Network 2013-2015) and direct advocacy at the state and national level. She is an Associate Professor, clinical supervisor, and co-faculty advisor of Rho Eta Sigma CSI International Honor Society. As well, she provides professional development and consults with area businesses, churches/clergy, and clinical professionals related to clinical mental health, mental health ethics, grief and loss, cultural competency and humility, parent-child relationships, spirituality/religious issues, and faith development.


      Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpdOGgqD4rGd06nRbdgbckvWVQAqRIreC1

      May Webinar

      May 19, 2022, 12-1pm EST

      Title: Understanding the Dynamics of Families in Crises: Legal and Ethical Implications for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Working with Court-Ordered Families

      Description: This webinar will discuss the legal and ethical obligations of counselor educators and supervisors who are working with supervisees who are counseling court-ordered families. The presenters will discuss relevant ACA Ethical codes, discretionary confidentiality, the informed consent process, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Emphasis will be given to supervision theory and the role of the supervisor in providing direction to the supervisee. The webinar will close with a discussion of vicarious liability and how counselor educators and supervisors should approach their work to protect their license.


      Ruth Ouzts Moore, PhD, LPC, NCC

      Bio: Ruth Ouzts Moore, Ph.D., NCC, LPC is an Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her specialty is counseling children/adolescents who have experienced abuse and trauma. She has presented nationally/internationally and published in the areas of abuse/trauma, play therapy, high-conflict divorce/parental alienation, courtroom testimony, and creative counseling. Dr. Moore is certified as a Bullying Prevention Specialist and Legal and Ethical Specialist through the American School Counseling Association. She is frequently called to serve as an expert witness in criminal, chancery, and youth court for her involvement in child abuse and child custody cases.


      Ann M. Ordway, JD, PhD, NCC

      Bio: Ann M. Ordway is the Program Director for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and a project consultant for counseling at the University of Phoenix. She holds her Juris Doctor degree and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. She was a licensed attorney in New Jersey for nearly 25 years, where she practiced exclusively in the field of family law. She is a frequent regional and national presenter and she has authored and co-authored several articles related to high conflict divorce, parental alienation, and parenting coordination. Ann’s areas of interest include the preparation of counselors for court testimony and court-involved roles, ethics and law, multicultural competence, high conflict divorce, and protecting the interests of children.

      Susan Foster, PhD, NCC, LPC-S, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH, CCTP

      Bio: Dr. Susan Foster currently serves as an Associate Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and serves as the department Chair of the Counselor Education Department-Online. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in the state of Louisiana, a National Board-Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor and Board Certified Telemental Health Provider, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Her current research interests include technology assisted assessment, education, training, and supervision and ethical consultation in counseling.


      Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcodu6oqzMiH9AvnElWtre5K2tv3NyogyL1

      After registering for the webinar, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

      Questions about the SACES webinar series? Visit saces.org/webinars or contact the SACES Webinar Committee at SACESwebinars@gmail.com.

      Past Webinars

      (Click links to find webinar information and recordings)

      December 2021:

      The Supervisor’s Role in Building Supervisees’ Empathy for Clients who Express Discriminatory Views

      Webinar Description: Experiencing discriminatory views from clients during counseling can be overwhelming, leaving the supervisee/counselor to explore and deal with their emotions.  The webinar will address supervisees’ immediate reactions to the discriminatory views and help them to respond in a manner that is not harmful to the therapeutic relationship. The presenters will address the role of the supervisor in building supervisees’ empathy toward clients who express such views, including applying critical self-reflection and reflective listening.  In addition, we will present how the utilization of broaching , Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), and Moral Foundations Theory (MFT) can assist the supervisor in implementing the empathetic skills in supervisees to support them in counseling clients with discriminatory views.

      November 2021:

      The Climate Crisis: Social Justice, Advocacy and Mental Health Implications for the Counseling Profession

      The climate crisis is predicted to have a profound impact on the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, with our most vulnerable neighbors being at an elevated risk. This impact includes depression, anxiety, PTSD and pre-traumatic stress, fear, eco-grief, irritability, anger, violence, and loneliness, as well as disease spread, heatstroke, lung disease, heart disease, suicidal ideation, and premature death. The effects of climate change on community mental health and wellbeing are already taking place globally and locally. As counselors, we have an opportunity to bring our understanding of trauma, vulnerability, and resilience to work with clients and to support climate resilience efforts in our communities. This presentation will provide an opportunity to examine the ways mental health, wellness and climate change interact and how you can use your professional skills to mitigate the impact.

      Click here for the Webinar Recording

      October 2021:

      Promoting Culturally-Informed Eating Disorder Training: Recommendations for Pedagogy, Social Justice, and Advocacy in Counselor Education

      Webinar Description: Eating disorders (ED) are serious public health concerns that impact millions of people nationally. However, research has drawn attention to gaps in ED research, practice, and education, which perpetuate treatment barriers for marginalized populations. In this webinar, we will explore findings from a recent quantitative survey on clinician attitudes and perceived challenges towards treating ED. The presenters will provide recommendations to strengthen ED education in counselor education and advocate for more inclusive, socially just treatment.

      September 2021:

      Racial Battle Fatigue: Attending to the Mental Health Needs of Teachers of Color in Schools with Self-Compassion Practices

      Webinar Description: Teachers of Color are often hyper-aware of their differences in race and culture in order to adapt to the dominant white school environment. In this presentation, participants will learn how self-compassion interventions can address emotional exhaustion in teachers of Color that have experienced racial injustice, now more evident by the pandemic. The proposed interventions are presented in a clinical framework in which mental health counselors create safe spaces for teaching self-regulation skills and processing emotional stressors related to racial tensions in school settings.

      Click here for the Webinar Recording

      February 2021:

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

      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. 

      Click here for recording

      This webinar is sponsored by Capella University

      December 2020:

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

      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.

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

      November 2020:

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

      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.

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

      October 2020:

      Creative, Supportive, and Evaluative Techniques for Online Supervision

      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.

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

      September 2020: 

      Antiracist Leadership in Higher Education and Counselor Education

      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 was sponsored by the Florida Atlantic University Counselor Education Program.

      Webinar Materials: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RbUAS-GNTLJZtiP_iEgtPHspM3d6zBEz?usp=sharing

      July 2020:

      Research Team Collaboration with Doctoral and Masters' Students

      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.

      Click here to view the recording of this webinar. 

      June 2020:

      Structured Peer Feedback in Supervision and Skills Development Courses

      Peer feedback is an important vicarious experience holding potential to increase counseling self-efficacy and behaviors related to performance. Researchers have reported that supervisees perceive peer feedback to be at times more helpful than supervisor feedback yet peer feedback in group supervision was less constructive and not always helpful (Borders, Welfare, Greason, Paladino, Mobley, Villalba, & Wester, 2012). This presentation will explore the use of peer feedback and ways to integrate the Structured Peer Group Supervision model in teaching and supervision of counselors in training.

      Click here to view the recording of this webinar

      Click here to view the PowerPoint slides

      May 2020:

      Cross-Racial Supervision in Black and White

      The central purposes of supervision are to foster the supervisee's professional development and to ensure client welfare. It is imperative for White supervisors to have a clear understanding of their own personal awareness, knowledge, and skills in relation to multiculturalism when working with African American supervisees. This presentation will highlight approaches to cross-racial supervision that can improve supervisor's cultural understanding.

      Click here to view the recording of this webinar

      Click here to view the PowerPoint slides

      April 2020:

      Using 21st Century Contracts as a Tool for Building Egalitarian Supervisory Relationships

      As supervisors and supervisees enter into new supervision relationships, it is easy to overlook key elements that can create friction in the relationship. This talk explores components that should be identified and negotiated in a 21st century contract including virtual supervision options, social media policies, payment structures, and much much more. (An article on the topic in Counseling Today)

      Click here to view the recording of this webinar

      Click here to view the PowerPoint slides

      March 2020:

      Advocacy Considerations for LGBTQ+ Youth and Youth of Color in K-12 Public Schools

      Despite some progress, LGBTQ+ youth are still excluded from many state protections. This reality places equity out of reach for this marginalized student population, particularly youth of color, and jeopardizes student safety. Counseling professionals are uniquely positioned to counter these barriers, yet many feel their role is or are unsure of their own rights within their organization. This presentation takes this seemingly grey dilemma and reveals a clearer path forward for ensuring a safer and more supportive environment for our precious LGBTQ+ youth.

      Click here to view the LGBTQIA Issues in School Counseling Resource List
      Click here to view the recording of this webinar

      Click here to view the PowerPoint slides

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