ACES National Conference
October 11-15, 2023
Denver Hyatt Regency
ACES Conference 2023 Program Now Available Online
The ACES 2023 Official App will be available for download next week. You will need to download the app in order to create an agenda for yourself and receive your CE credits. Keep an eye out for an email with instructions on how to download the app in the coming days.
Beyond 20/20: Refocusing Our Vision to Optimize the Counseling Profession
Thursday, October 12
Presented by Dr. Casey Barrio Minton
The counseling profession has many strengths and much to celebrate, yet we find ourselves at a critical crossroads. This crossroads calls for counselor educators, supervisors, and leaders to build on these foundations while innovating for the future. Step into three shadows as we explore three areas in need of attention if we are to realize our potential as a profession. Explore opportunities for (1) promoting counselor identity while also engaging transdisciplinary context, (2) honoring foundations while also modernizing curricula, and (3) giving voice to experiences while also engaging research that builds on thought leadership to establish an evidence-base that is uniquely our own.
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ACES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
9:00 am to 4:30 pm (4 NBCC contact hours)
Cost: $100 (includes lunch)
Presenters – Dr. Melinda Gibbons and Dr. Sejal Barden
The purpose of this advanced workshop is to help demystify the grant-writing and funding process for counselor educators. We will explore why to pursue large grants, how to use grant funding to support communities of interest, and best practices for success in grant writing. We will highlight basics on understanding, applying for, and administering large grant projects. Opportunities to share your experiences and ideas will be included in this interactive workshop. Participants will leave with a stronger understanding of how grants can support research goals and agendas as well as how to actually engage in the grant-writing process.
Dr. Melinda M. Gibbons is a professor and doctoral program coordinator at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005. Her research agenda focuses on career and educational development for underserved populations, with a specific focus on rural Appalachian and first-generation high school and college students. Dr. Gibbons is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. To date, she has been awarded over $14 million in federal grant funding for her engaged scholarship.
Dr. Sejal M. Barden is a Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Counselor Education program. She earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011 and completed her masters and education specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Florida in 2007. Dr. Barden’s primary research interests include: supporting healthy relationships for individuals and couples from underserved populations and improving quality of life and wellbeing for chronically ill and marginalized persons. Dr. Barden has secured more than $20.1 million dollars of full indirect research awards as Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator focused on improving relational and individual outcomes for couples and has published over 55 scholarly works in refereed and/or peer-reviewed dissemination outlets.
Co-Facilitators – Drs. Patrick Mullen and Diandra J. Prescod
One challenge for doctoral students and new faculty is identifying and articulating a research agenda. Knowing a research agenda involves understanding one’s passion, the existing literature on the topic, and the gaps that need to be filled. In addition, researchers need to consider ways to fund their research and how it connects to their teaching and service. In this session, the co-presenters will cover an array of information and strategies to help doctoral students and counselor educators identify, articulate, and live out their research agenda. The session will include perspectives from a variety of leaders in the field, panel discussion, and hands-on activities. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to clearly pitch their research agenda and take action to enact their vision.
Dr. Patrick Mullen is an Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Mullen earned his Master of Arts in Counselor Education from UCF and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University. He has worked as a school counselor and clinical mental health counselor. Dr. Mullen holds a license for school counseling in Virginia. He is also a National Certified Counselor, a National Certified School Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Mullen’s research areas include school counseling, counselor education and supervision, professional well-being, and alternative education programs. He has regularly presented at state, regional, national, and international conferences in counseling and education. Dr. Mullen has also published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journals within these fields.
Dr. Diandra J. Prescod is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Program Coordinator of School Counseling at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Prescod received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; her master’s in mental health counseling from Monmouth University; and her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on career development interventions for (a) STEM undergraduate students and (b) women/students of color in higher education. Dr. Prescod is active in the field of counselor education and currently serves on the editorial board for Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition to more than $3M in sponsored research funding, she has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Prescod has over 50 presentations at academic conferences across the United States and in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Austria, and Greece.Dr
The ACES Womanist Colloquium
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
9:00 am to 4:30 pm (6 NBCC contact hours)
Cost: $100 (includes lunch)
Co-Presenters – Dr. Natoya Haskins and Dr. Desa Daniel
A brave space for women to support one another in our individual and collective journeys. Our aim is to deepen our sense of community among women, increase our personal peace and well-being, and empower ourselves to be authentic in our everyday practices. We welcome a richly diverse population of women who vary in identity, size, age, sexual orientation, career, and socioeconomic status.
This year’s women’s retreat theme is Radical Community and Redemptive Self-Love in Counselor Education which focuses on creating networks and relationships that can enhance one’s ability to successfully navigate counselor education spaces. Attendees should expect a mix of panels, networking opportunities, and discussion groups. Please join us for a gathering of women who are committed to growing as a community and creating lifelong relationships.
Dr. Natoya Hill Haskins is an associate professor of counselor education at the University of Virginia. During her 18-year career in counseling and counselor education, she has been committed to equity and inclusion. Dr. Haskins has over 40 publications in the areas of womanist clinical applications and social justice interventions for children and adolescents. Dr. Haskins is the 2022-2023 President of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Prior to that, she served as Treasurer of the Association of Multicultural and Counseling Development (2020-2021) and the President of the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (2017-2018).
Dr. Dèsa Karye Daniel is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico and Colorado. Daniel’s research interest focuses on supervision relationships for racial/ethnic minorities, the lived experiences of racial/ethnic college students, and the experiences of Black/African American Womxn in academic spaces. Dr. Daniel advocates for inclusive spaces for racial/ethnic minority students within academia and within organizations for increasing graduate student resources. She received her doctoral degree in counselor education at the University of New Mexico. Daniel holds dual master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Higher Education Administration from New Mexico State University. Dr. Daniel was named a 2021 New Mexico Office of African American Affairs Everyday Hero for her mental health work with Black communities. Daniel is the recipient of the 2020 NBCC Minority Fellowship.
INTEREST NETWORK SPONSORED WORKSHOPS
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Sponsor: ACES Advocacy Interest Network
Time: 2:30-4:30 pm (2 CE)
Workshop Description:The field of counseling, which emphasizes anti-racist values, would seem to be an affirming, safe place due to progressive multicultural and social justice competencies. Sadly, these aspirations only materialize partially in training programs. In counselor education, critical gaps and oversights still exist even with the emphasis on cultural responsiveness. For example, many students from historically marginalized groups report experiences of discrimination and unfair biases when navigating their programs. This session will create a space to share common lived experiences felt by students and faculty to start the process of dismantling oppressive environments on multiple levels. From day-to-day experiences to systemic practices such as promotion/tenure processes, the presenters will share extensive literature and lived experiences. Participants will have a chance to share thoughts and identify areas for them to take the initiative to dismantle oppressive practices in counseling.
Sponsor: ACES Clinic Directors and Placement Coordinators Interest Network
Time: 2:30-4:30 pm (2 CE)
Workshop Description:Both clinic directors and clinical coordinators perform important roles for counseling programs. While these roles are required within counselor training programs, little guidance exists to support the performance of these roles. Those tasked with these roles often face unanticipated challenges that can negatively impact career mobility and personal wellbeing. Between both the absence of formal training and a lack of academic literature surrounding these roles, these workers often navigate their roles in isolation. The purpose of this pre-conference, therefore, is to provide a forum for faculty and staff (whose roles surround managing clinics and / or coordinating placements) to learn about the many unanticipated challenges encountered, generate solutions for navigating these challenges, and build a network of peers to consult about these challenges as they arise.
Sponsor: ACES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interest Network
Time: 1:00-5:30 pm (4 CE)
Workshop Description:The revitalized Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Interest Network (formerly known as the Multicultural Interest Network) invites you to a preconference session amplifying the group’s mission of promoting the appreciation and understanding of multiculturalism and diversity in research, teaching, leadership, supervision and counseling, and addressing the concerns of minoritized individuals. Attendees’ development of internal and systematic accountability is central to this session. Our workshop will be devoted to brainstorming and creating culturally considerate and inclusive action steps through utilizing intentional workgroups across the following areas: anti-racist teaching, research and publication as well as disability justice and accessibility.
The host hotel block is currently full, so ACES has secured an overflow hotel room block for attendees at the Meridien/AC Hotels across the street.
The cutoff date for the hotel block is September 19, 2023. Please reserve your room early to guarantee availability.
Please use this link to make your reservation.
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Please contact Carin Walters for any questions regarding the conference registration process.
We hope you will join us as a sponsor or exhibitor at this year’s most exciting conference! We expect over 2,000 counselors, counselor educators, counselor supervisors, and students will attend the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference.
With numerous receptions, general sessions, and breaks scheduled at the conference, you will have multiple opportunities to interact with conference attendees and promote your business or school.