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  • 29 Feb 2016 11:37 AM | Anonymous
    CSA's 5th Annual Counseling Symposium is set for Saturday April 2nd, 2016. Please mark your calendars! Our agenda and program is forthcoming. 

    Two Symposium 2016 Updates include 1) the Symposium theme and 2) the Formal Call for Proposals.

    Our theme for this year's symposium is: Exploring Counselor Identity in the Context of Community. 

    This year's theme encourages us to define what makes us uniquely ourselves, both personally and professionally, while considering how our connections to colleagues, clients, and the larger community shape our counselor identity.

    Call for Proposals:

    CSA is still accepting program/workshop proposals in all counseling areas of specialization. If you previously completed our earlier survey indicating interest to lead a workshop, please also complete this formal survey as well.

    Survey Link

    Sessions will be 50 minutes in length and formats include:

    Educational/Research Session: Present educational topics in a lecture format. 

    Panel Discussion: two or more panelists to lead a discussion and answer questions on a shared topic. 

    Workshop: an interactive session in which to engage in an in depth topical discussion and activity.

    Roundtable: small group discussion and exchange about best practices.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 12 2016 at 5:00pm pacific time.

    Please forward this information to your networks and encourage workshop proposal submissions from students, professionals, professors and educators!

    If you have any questions re: The 5th Annual Counseling Symposium, please email csasfsu@mail.sfsu.edu, Attention: CSA Counseling Symposium. 

    Thank you!

    Symposium Planning Committee 


    Counseling Student Association

    San Francisco State University
    www.sfsucsa.com

    https://www.facebook.com/sfsu.csa


  • 19 Jan 2016 10:53 AM | Anonymous
    AMCD-CSJ DAY OF SERVICE 2016 CALL FOR COUNSELING PROFESSIONALS

    AMCD and CSJ are excited to announce the 2016 AMCD/CSJ Day of Service during the 2016 American Counseling Association (ACA) National Conference in Montreal, CA.  Presidents Dr. Catharina Chang (AMCD) and Dr. Rita Chi-Ying Chung (CSJ) have asked that we partner counseling professionals/leaders with emerging professionals/graduate students to use their skills in advocacy efforts to enhance professional development while in Montreal.  In this spirit, AMCD and CSJ are hoping to recruit 10-15 Counseling Professionals to participate in activities that promote professional identity and advocacy through mentorship and service.

    The theme of the 2016 Day of Service is “Heal Thyself,” and will be structured in alignment with the ACA Presidential Initiatives of Bullying and Interpersonal Violence and the role that counselors play in advocating for diverse populations.  The 2016 Day of Service will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016.  Counseling professionals will be assigned a graduate student mentee for a term of one year. Counseling professionals will also support workshop development on various topics, including queer youth of color, African American women in the professoriate, and graduate student mentoring. Professional counseling volunteers should arrive in Montreal on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, for a Day of Service orientation meeting.  The purpose of the March 30th meeting will be to meet each other and finalize logistics for the Day of Service.  The March 30th event will be held from 5pm to 7pm.  More specifics will be provided at a later date.

    If you are a Counseling Professional (both professors and practitioners are welcome) who would like to volunteer, please send a 1-2 paragraph statement about your research interests, as well as ways you advocate for and within the counseling profession with a resume/vita to Kim Lee Hughes, Ph.D. (kimlee.hughes@utsa.edu) or Gloria Aquino Sosa (gas6@stmarys-ca.edu) by Friday, February 5, 2016.  If you know of someone that may be interested in this opportunity please share this call for volunteers.  

    Last year’s AMCD/CSJ Day of Service Projects were held in Orlando, FL.  The one-day service projects included:

    •    Facilitating in-service and training for parents at Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center
    •    Training for counselors and helping professionals at The Victim Service Center/ Orange County Child Advocacy Center
    •    Advocacy and training for Head Start Orlando / 4C-Florida

    On behalf of the 2016 AMCD/CSJ Central Planning Committee, we look forward to hearing from you.

    Kim Lee Hughes, Ph.D. – AMCD Day of Service Chair    

    Gloria Aquino Sosa, Ph.D. – CSJ President-Elect, CSJ Day of Service Chair


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  • 12 May 2015 10:25 PM | Anonymous

    Written by: Kimberly Galbraith


    Can you get me into (Preferred College)?

    What should I major in?

    Who is the easiest instructor?

    And other misguided questions I’m asked as a Community College Counselor

     

     

    For the past three years I have had the pleasure of working as a California Community College Counselor at several schools from Sonoma County to Los Angeles County. I interact with students every day, offering them counseling on academics and career choices. Understandably, new students are sometimes misguided in deciding their college path.

    As a counselor, I work tirelessly to direct students on the proper path and advise them on resources that will prepare them to complete their individual academic goals.


    Often my advice is mistaken as law! Transitioning from the K-12 system to the college system is a daunting task for most. It’s easy for students to fall back on what they know: “follow the teachers orders”, but it’s my task to teach them how to become advocates, change agents, and leaders of their own lives. Students come in expecting to be told what to do. It is my responsibility to show them how to discover their best options. Instead of promising students that I can get them into their preferred transfer college, I educate them on the transfer process, and together we select the courses they will need to take to complete their requirements and increase their chances of transferring. Instead of telling students what to major in, I counsel them on exploring their interests, skills, and abilities, and we work together to identify a major that best matches their individual preferences. Instead of identifying the “easiest” teacher, I discuss learning styles with students and we determine what their preferred learning style is. We then work together to identify courses, class times, and instructors to best accommodate their preferred style.


    Often, new students come in with many misconceptions. As counselors who work with college students, the most interesting parts of our job is assisting students with transitioning to a new independent stage in life, counseling them through obstacles they may face as they achieve their educational goals, and educating them on identifying and accessing resources.


    Kimberly Galbraith is an experienced college counselor.  She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Spelman College. She then went on to pursue her master’s in counseling with a specialization in college and emphasis in rehabilitation counseling,  at San Francisco State Univeristy. She has worked in several California Community Colleges in  Contra Costa County, Sonoma County, and Los Angeles County.  She currently works at Santa Monica College, in Santa Monica, CA as a Counselor with the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) center.


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    Even if you’ve spent time and money on getting your website functional, new visitors are only going to give you about five seconds or less to impress them before they move on. If you take a look at your website, is it engaging and attractive? Will it pique interest? It is clear what services you are offering? Can they easily contact you? Is it updated regularly? Just as you would prepare to sell your home, you want to have a trusted realtor who will help make your home valuable to your prospective buyers. Take this same stance when creating your site. Make sure it’s created for the mental health industry and includes your own personal flare with easy navigation. After all, this is your first impression. 

    However, this all won’t mean much if your site isn’t bringing in a regular flow of traffic. You can’t leave your website alone and expect the proper return. Instead, the foundation of your website lies in the variety of features you offer. If competitors’ sites allow clients to pay bills and schedule appointments online, stay up-to-date with online resources and reach online newsletters but your website does not, then chances are good that this client won’t even stumble upon your site. Ultimately, the more your site has to offer, the more attractive it will be.

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  • 12 May 2015 10:14 PM | Anonymous

    A summary from a presentation at the UC Advising Conference,

    hosted by UC Merced, Los Angeles CA

    Friday May 1st, 2015


    Written by: Danielle Mello


    Most counseling professionals have probably experienced this before… you have a great idea for a program, project, or presentation, but then you remember- your workload is ridiculous and there is no time for anything extra! That was certainly the case for my colleague, Ethan Hutchinson (Lead Preceptor for Cowell College at UCSC), and I, but we submitted a proposal for the system wide UC Advising Conference to light a fire under our feet. The abstract began: “Chickering, Perry, Holland, Sanford… Oh my! Remember all the intricate student development theory you learned about at some point in your career? In graduate school perhaps? Ever wonder how those theories apply to the changing student body you advise today?...”

    Having put together a “student development theory 101” presentation for our own campus a few months ago, we felt like something was missing. That missing piece, and thus the driving force to execute this project, was the vulnerability of many marginalized populations we see every day in our work.  We conducted a literature review to explore the stages and developmental tasks found in various alternate identity development theories, extracted main ideas in direct conflict with traditional student development theory, and identified specific advising strategies for advisers and counselors to apply when working with vulnerable student populations.

    In counseling and student affairs, we talk an awful lot about theory, but we don’t talk enough about the fact that most of these models were developed from research on white, affluent males attending college in the mid 1900’s. The stages, vectors, and positions in these theories look very different when applied to historically marginalized student populations and must be applied with caution. This is not to discount these theories altogether; we know they have value. However, when Chickering (1969) created Vector 2: “Developing social/interpersonal competence”, he probably didn’t consider what this task might look like from the perspective of a member of an oppressed group for whom many social interactions are tainted by a lack recognition of power privilege and oppression from members of a dominant group. So we must retool our advising strategies with marginalized students to account for the missing pieces.

    This project served as a reminder of the importance of developing our own multifaceted framework, tapping into many different theories and considering the uniqueness of the student (or client) sitting before us.  It was also a reminder that although it’s easy to say “there’s just no time” for endeavors that go beyond the requirements of our demanding workloads- it’s important that we advocate to our supervisors and administrators that there is value in this work, and it behooves us to carve out time for creative projects that promote professional, and personal development. This is the work that guides our counseling and advising strategies in supporting underserved clients and students in infrastructures that enact institutionalized racism. I encourage you to think about a project or program you have always wanted to do and ask yourself- can I make the time for this? How can I ask for the support I need to make room in my work? I’ll bet you’ll be glad you did.  

     

    *For a handout from this presentation including an overview of the models and specific advising strategies and/or a video of the entire presentation, please feel free to contact Danielle directly.



    Danielle Mello is the Colleges Advising Coordinator at UC Santa Cruz. Having completed her Masters in College and Career Counseling from San Francisco State University, she has over 10 years of experience in counseling, advising, leadership, and program coordination in higher education. At UCSC she has served as an Academic Adviser, Lead Academic Preceptor, and Lead Adviser at the Career Center. Her pre-UCSC work includes career counseling and advising for community college and first generation students.


    email: dmello@ucsc.edu

  • 28 Apr 2015 10:21 PM | Anonymous

    CALIFORNIA COUNSELING ASSOCIATION REGIONAL CONFERENCE

    November 6, 2015 | Oakland, CA


    Call Opens: May 15, 2015 Submission Deadlines: July 31, 2015


    CCA will be hosting its regional conference in fall 2015 and will be opening a Call for Proposals on May 15. We are seeking proposals from all areas of counseling specializations. Proposals from professionals and students are welcome!


    Conference registration to open in July 2015.

  • 18 Mar 2015 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    April is Counseling Awareness Month (CAM) — a time for professional counselors to educate the public about the profession, the work they are doing, and the contributions they make to communities around the world.


    In an effort to further educate the public about the depth and breadth of the counseling profession, this year, ACA's Counseling Awareness Month national media outreach will revolve around four strategic areas:

    The Mental Health Counselor
    The School & College Counselor
    The Substance Abuse Counselor
    The Career Counselor 


    For more information, visit ACA!


    What is counseling?

    What is Counseling Awareness Month?



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