SC State Holds 59th A.I. Mose Annual Counseling Conference

Friday, October 2, 2009

SC State’s Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the South Carolina Counseling Association, will host the 59th A.I. Mose Annual Counseling Conference on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Barbara A. Vaughn Recital Hall located in the Fine Arts Center. This year’s conference theme is: “Answering the Call for Advocacy.”

The A.I. Mose Annual Counseling Conference serves as a continuing effort to update the skills and knowledge of counselors, classroom teachers, psychologists, social workers, physicians and others in the helping profession.

A.I. Mose was a former dean of education at SC State who developed and established the first master’s degree program in Counselor Education in South Carolina to admit African Americans. Mose held the inaugural guidance conference, in 1951 at SC State for the purpose of bringing like professionals together for information sharing and development.

Dr. Iwana Guess Ridgill, adjunct faculty member in the continuing and corporate education division at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C., will serve as the general session speaker. Ridgill is highly sought after as a presenter for state and national conferences and professional meetings.

The speaker for this year’s conference is Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, professor and director of the School Counseling Program at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
Holcomb-McCoy was recently awarded the National Advocacy Award for Family/Community Empowerment by the National Office of School Counselor Advocacy. She is a specialist and scholar in school and multicultural counseling. Since 1996, she has authored and co-authored over 30 journal articles, books, book chapters and reports.

Among her recent grants is an award from the College Board (2006-2009) to conduct a national study examining the impact of school counseling programs on the college preparation of urban minority youth.

Holcomb-McCoy is a member of the editorial board of several publications, including: “Professional School Counseling,” “Counselor Education and Supervision,” and the “Journal for Specialists in Group Work.”

She holds numerous leadership positions in various professional and academic organizations, including the American School Counselor Association. She was recently awarded the Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award at the American Counseling Association Conference.

Other A.I Mose Counseling Conference presenters include: Forrest L. Alton, executive director of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, who will present effective advocacy strategies that are central to the prevention of teen pregnancy. Dr. Art Grant, counselor and intervention specialist at the Daniel Morgan Technology Center in Spartanburg, S.C. will share strategies for counseling African-American students who act out, underachieve and disappoint. Additionally, Dr. Mary Jane Anderson-Wiley, associate professor and coordinator of the Counselor Education Program at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga., will review current research on teen suicide and explain steps toward successfully implementing a Suicide Prevention Program in a school setting.

Other workshops include: “The Child Welfare Worker as a Change Agent,” “Protecting the Needs of Students with Disabilities,” “Don’t Duck Mental Health,” “Advocacy and Advocacy Competencies,” and “Transforming School Counseling in the Image of Children.”

On-site registration is $60.

For more information regarding the A.I. Mose 59th Annual Counseling Conference, contact Dr. Carolyn Woodbury at (803) 536-7147 or (803) 536-8853.