Southern Region

Goals for 2012-2013

ACA-Southern Region plans to continue its momentum to build active participation and consistent leadership in each of our Southern Region branches through strategic planning, structured communication, and targeted mentoring.

Currently, four branches are engaged in a mentoring project, which will extend into next fiscal year. Next year, each Southern Region officer is also committed to providing telephone consultations, on a quarterly basis, at minimum, to three or four branches. In addition to our meetings at the ACA Conference and the Leadership Development Institute, ACA-SR plans to host quarterly virtual meetings open to all Southern Region Officer and Branch Executives to share resources, identify opportunities, and maintain connections.

Another ACA-SR initiative for the upcoming year is building a Southern Region Student Network, spearheaded by Patrick Mullen, who is a graduate student in Florida and active at national, division, and branch levels. One goal of this project is to build students' affinity to their professional association at both the national and branch level. By connecting students to other branches by engaging them at the region level, we hope to sustain their branch involvement, as they move from state to state.

No doubt, communication is critical to our success. Updates to the ACA-Southern Region website are already underway to make it easy for branch leadership to access useful information and documents. Additionally, the 2012-2013 Southern Region listserv is already in place.

ACA-SR officer travel is included to assure their full participation in region meetings at both the Leadership Training Institute in July and the ACA Conference in March. Travel is estimated at the most reasonable estimates we could identify after conducting research.

Strategic planning is the cornerstone of our organization. In July 2011, the branches within ACA-Southern Region began with a broad discussion of their goals and expectations from Southern Region and ACA. They continued in March to provide feedback on the mentoring project and identify specific resources they would like to access. Our plan is to continue this process in July by setting specific action plans to deliver those resources. Our success will be measured by the level of participation of ACA-Southern Region branches at the July and March meetings; by the number of calls completed and virtual meetings held; and by the depth of the leadership teams in each of our mentored states.

In summary, ACA-Southern Region is committed to providing support to the volunteers within our branches who are stepping up to leadership. Strong branches provide the roots that ACA needs to have an effective national agenda. The activities proposed in this request will build on the programs we initiated last fiscal year and expand the ability of our ACA-SR branches to provide the programs, benefits, and opportunities needed to attract members and promote leadership.

2013-2014 Leadership

Chair
Julia Porter
JPorter@meridian.msstate.edu

Chair-Elect
Marcheta Evans

mevans@ollusa.edu

Past Chair
Jeff Siskind
Jeff_Siskind@scps.k12.fl.us

Secretary-Treasurer
Jan Friese
jan@txca.org

Governing Council Representative
Annette Bohannon
acasrbohannon@wildblue.net

Institute for Leadership Training (2013)

Reports

ACA-SR Governing Council's Representative's Report

Governing Council
March 20-21, 2012
San Francisco, CA

ACA-SR 20/20 Representative's Report(s)

20-20 A Vision for the Future of Counseling Committee
ACA-SR Delegate Report 3-24-12
ACA Conference, San Francisco

20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling
Delegates Meeting
1:00pm - 4:00pm
March 22, 2012
San Francisco, California

Governance

Operating Procedures
Updated March 2012

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Help ACA design the 2014 For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only conference series in Hawaii!

by Don Kenneally | Apr 11, 2013
ACA really enjoys paying as much attention as we can to graduate students and new professionals and we need your help to do so.

Dear Graduate Students and New Professionals,

ACA really enjoys paying as much attention as we can to graduate students and new professionals and we need your help to do so.

An important ACA initiative is our special For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only conference series. Each year at the annual conference, ACA provides education sessions by some of the most famous authors, theorists, and leaders in professional counseling on topics specifically chosen by graduate students and new professionals. Previous For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only presentations have included:

  • Patricia Arredondo—Making the Most of Supervision.
  • Gerald Corey—Finding a Meaningful Life After Graduate School.
  • Gerald Corey, Marianne Corey, & Jamie Bludworth—Becoming a Professional Counselor
  • Rebecca Daniel-Burke—Finding a Counseling Job in This Lousy Economy. A New Opportunity: Getting a Job in Integrated Care.
  • Marcheta Evans—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Mindfulness.
  • Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About the Current State of Multiculturalism.
  • Carman Gill & Stephanie Dailey—Got Spirit? Our Clients Do.
  • Sam Gladding—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Humor in Counseling.
  • Sam Gladding & Donna Henderson—Keeping the Boundaries From Breaking in Counselor Education: Professor/Student Relationships.
  • Jane Goodman—Master Teaching Techniques for Rookie Counselor Educators.
  • Allen & Mary Ivey—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Neuroscience.
  • Marty Jencius—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Social Media.
  • Jeffrey Kottler—What Can I Do With My Counseling Degree? Career Options for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Courtland Lee—Let Your Degree be Your Passport: International Opportunities for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Lynn Linde—Office Politics 101.
  • Sandra Lopez-Baez—Practical Pointers for Graduate Students and Professionals.
  • Deborah Legge—Preparing Graduate students and New Professionals for Success in Private Practice.
  • Chris Moll—From Backpacks to Briefcases: Making the Transition From Graduate Student to Professional Counselor.
  • Jane Myers—Wellness & Self-Care for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Beverly O’Bryant—Knowing me, Supporting Me, and Marketing Me.
  • Cynthia Osborne, Pamela Paisley & Jack Culbreth—How to Find Post-Grad Supervision on a Shoestring Budget.
  • Mark Pope—How to Get Through Your Dissertation (and Graduate).
  • Anneliese Singh—“Do Ask, Do Tell”: Current LGBTQ Issues in Counseling for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Don W. Locke—Building Skills and Advocating for the Counseling Profession.

ACA needs your help in determining the lineup for the 2014 ACA conference in Hawaii next March. We would love to have you respond to the following two questions: 1.—Other than a faculty member in your own program, who is a famous counselor that you would enjoy seeing (and meeting) at the conference? Who is the person most likely to get the following reaction from you: “I can’t believe I’m seeing her/him in person!”

2. What topic(s) would you like to see at the 2014 conference for the For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series? Most of our student attendees are enrolled in master’s degree programs, so while we certainly want doctoral level related programs, we are especially desirous of topics that are meaningful to master’s level students and new professionals.

ACA thanks you for your willingness to help construct the 2014 For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series. The ACA conference is the world’s largest conference for professional counselors (3,500 attended the Cincinnati conference last month) and we hope that everyone can come to Hawaii. For information on the conference – including how to submit a proposal before the June 5th deadline- visit www.counseling.org/conference. Even if you can’t attend we still would love to have your ideas for the series.

You can send your thoughts directly to ACA at dkaplan@counseling.org.