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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

Qualitative Research – Increasing trustworthiness and consistency 

Eric Jett (He, Him, Himself), PhD, NCC, LPC-S, RPT-S & Lotes Nelson (She, Her, Herself), PhD, NCC, LCMHC, ACS

Thursday, August 20th, 12pm-1pm EST 

1 CE available

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Qualitative research has historically been challenged in the areas of reliability and validity. Unlike quantitative research, qualitative research is rooted in phenomenology. Focused on painting a picture through words of lived experiences instead of through numbers. Through specific steps qualitative researches can increase trustworthiness and consistency just as their quantitative colleagues do with reliability and validity. This will allow researchers to produce outcomes that present a rich immersive understanding of the topic of interest. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to state 1 to 2 parallels between reliability and validity in comparison to trustworthiness and consistency.
  2. Participants will be able to identity 2-3 ways to increase trustworthiness and consistency.
  3. Participants will be able to identify 1 – 2 theories of qualitative research that supports sound research methods.

Eric Jett is a clinical faculty member in the online mental health counseling program at Southern New Hampshire University. Dr. Jett is currently a licensed counselor in Oklahoma, Missouri and Georgia, where he is also an approved license supervisor, as well as being a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. He is a National Certified Counselor and believes the NCC certification shows unity among counselors and progresses counseling professional identity. Research interests include supervisory self-care and wellness, somatic techniques in counseling and non-traditional relationship styles.



Lotes Nelson is a Clinical Faculty at Southern New Hampshire University, and resides in St. Augustine, FL. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, and her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina, a NC Board Approved Supervisor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a National Board for Certified Counselor (NBCC) Minority Fellow. In addition to Dr. Nelson’s Counselor Education role, she also provides clinical supervision and clinical counseling. Dr. Nelson’s mind is very intrigued in making sense of reality to describe and explain the social world. In exploring a specific subject matter, she prefers to use qualitative research method to unearth the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the research participants. In her work in counselor education and supervision, multiculturalism, trauma-informed care, eating disorders, and various areas of adolescent mental health, she seeks to gain clarification of the participants’ thoughts and feelings, and to interpret their experiences of the phenomena of interest in order to find explanations of the given context.  Dr. Nelson is committed to continuing to strengthen her professional involvement and maintains her professional memberships in many professional associations, such SACES and ACES. When she is not involved in her professional work, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending quality time with her family." 

Past Webinars

Research Team Collaboration with Doctoral and Masters' Students
Dr. Sarah Fucillo (she/her), Dr. Patrick Murphy (he/him), Dr. Simone May (she/her), Hannah M. Coyt (she/her)
Thursday, July 16th- 12pm-1pm EST

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.

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 CounselorEducation 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.

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Structured Peer Feedback in Supervision and Skills Development Courses
Melissa Wheeler, PhD, NCC, ACS; Mandee Bahadar, LPC
Thursday, June 18th- 12pm-1pm EST

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.

Dr. Melissa (Missy) Wheeler is a National Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor who lives in northern Virginia. She is a full-time Counseling Core Faculty with the online campus of the University of Phoenix Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Dr. Wheeler has been a distance counselor educator since earning her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Wheeler has gained experience assisting college students in transition through her work in career services, academic advising, and college student success. Her experience and interests include career counseling, retention of first-generation college students, college and career readiness, practitioner research in career counseling, and online education for counselors-in-training. Dr. Wheeler is a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, and the Association of Counselor Education & Supervision. She is the President- Elect of the Virginia Career Development Association, co-chair of the American Counseling Association Bylaws Committee, and a member of the Research Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the National Career Development Association.

Dr. Mandee Bahadar is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona. Mandee received her Master’s in Counseling at Arizona State University in May 2003 and her Doctorate in Human Services/Counseling Studies in February 2010.
Dr. Bahadar has worked as a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 2012, assisting new counselors obtain the knowledge and skill to become effective helpers and find passion in the profession. She has also had various opportunities to present at local, state, and national seminars and conferences on LGBTQ health and cultural competency, clinical supervision of counselors, and self-care for those in the helping professions.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Bahadar has extensive experience in working clinically with individuals, couples, and groups regarding the therapeutic experience and emotional impact of living with chronic illness and other stigmatized identities. She values the connection between our bodies, our thoughts, and our emotions and strives to treat the whole person.

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Cross-Racial Supervision in Black and White
Brittany Williams
May 21st 12pm-1pm EST; 1 CE available

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.

Brittany A. Williams is a doctoral candidate in Counseling and Supervision at James Madison University. Brittany received her Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Brittany has past clinical experience working with communities of color and underserved populations. During her time at James Madison University, she has completed research projects and presentations on race-related issues and multicultural competence in counseling and supervision.

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Using 21st Century Contracts as a Tool for Building Egalitarian Supervisory Relationships
Dr. Jennifer Nivin Williamson & Dr. Daniel Williamson
Thursday, April 16th 12pm-1pm EST; 1 CE available

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)

Drs. Daniel and Jennifer Williamson are founders of  PAX Consulting and Counseling PLLC and Core Faculty with Capella University.  They are both Fulbright Specialist Alumni in Mental Health and have trained counselors across the globe.  They are recipients of the ACES Vision and Innovation Award. They are alumni of Baylor University, and they live and practice in the Waco/Temple area.  Their research focuses on attachment, family reintegration, ethics, and how people find purpose and meaning in their lives. Daniel is former Chair of the ACA Policies and Bylaws Committee and Jennifer is the former Senior Co-Chair for the ACA Ethics Committee.

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Advocacy Considerations for LGBTQ+ Youth and Youth of Color in K-12 Public Schools
Danielle McGarrh, LPC-Intern, NCC

Thursday, March 19th 12pm-1pm EST; 1 CE available


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 undefined 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.

Danielle McGarrh is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern working with the LGBTQ+ population. She is a second-year counselor education and supervision doctoral student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she works as a graduate assistant-research. She serves on the board of the Texas Counselors for Social Justice, is the founder of the peer-led counseling advocacy group, Counselor Advocates Learning to Lead (CALL), and a recent recipient of the TACES Outstanding Advocacy Award.

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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.



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.

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