SC State's Counselor Education Program to Host 60th Annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference

Friday, October 1, 2010

SC State University’s Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the South Carolina Counseling Association, will host the 60th annual A. I. Mose Counseling Conference.  The conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall on the SC State campus. This year’s conference theme is “Counseling Counts! Counseling Special Populations.”

The A. I. Mose Counseling Conference is a continuing effort of the Counselor Education faculty and staff to update the skills and knowledge of counselors, classroom teachers, psychologists, social workers, physicians and other helping professionals.  As advocates, counselors and human service professionals are charged with the responsibility of identifying needs or inequity of services, and taking action when necessary to assist others. Consequently, these professionals work with a variety of constituents as they design and implement developmental and comprehensive programs.

The conference workshops will address several current topics such as ethnicity, giftedness, homelessness, incarceration, obesity, HIV/AIDS and behavior modification. This is also an effort to assist counselors and other helping professionals to increase knowledge and understanding of their role as helpers to special populations, to better conceptualize the problems special populations encounter, and to increase their ability to formulate effective interventions as they render services to these constituents in their professional roles.

 “The counselor education faculty is continuing this endeavor to provide other helping professionals with professional development experiences to better equip them to work with students and clients.  The conference breakout sessions will feature presenters who are on the cutting edge of their helping specialties, and will present the latest research and practices in working with others,” said Dr. Philip M. Scriven, counselor chairman and associate professor for the Counselor Education Program at SC State. “Conference participants will gain a wealth of knowledge and resources to take back to their workplaces to be more effective with their publics,” says Scriven.

The general speaker for the conference will be Zan Tracy Pender. Pender is a professional counselor at Lemira Elementary School in Sumter, S.C.  He’s prepared as an expert in race relations, cultural diversity, and in monitoring hate groups, deviant cults and religions. He is a certified mediator and trained facilitator.  Pender is retired from the U.S. Air Force and is a graduate of the Community College of the Air Force, St. Leo’s College, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and Webster University.

The keynote speaker for the annual conference will be Dr. Malik S. Henfield. Henfield is an assistant professor of Counselor Education and Supervision at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.  He serves as the administrator for diversity at The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Henfield also served as an academic counselor at the Center for Talented Youth (CTY), a world renowned gifted education program at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.  He has authored 17 refereed journal articles and delivered over 60 national, regional, state and local presentations.  He is a graduate of Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.; University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Janice Byrd, a graduate student in the Counselor Education Program at SC State, stated that she has attended the conference for the last two years; she says that from each conference, she always learns new and innovative things from counseling professionals and other experts in the counseling field.  Byrd is ecstatic about this year’s conference.

“This year’s conference will provide us with a wealth of knowledge that will prepare us so that we can effectively counsel people that are in these populations. By assisting these populations, we will be able to contribute to society,” says Byrd.  “The A.I. Mose Counseling Conference provides aspiring counseling professionals with an opportunity that will allow us to unite and come together, and explore those issues and problems that are affecting the people that seek our help on a day to day basis,” Byrd continued. This conference will also provide attendees with culturally sensitive perspectives and approaches in viewing concerns that are experienced by students and clients in a diverse society. “New approaches are essential in helping students and clients cope and adjust in a global society that is experiencing an economic downturn,” says Scriven.

At the conclusion of the conference, all participants will receive a certificate. Professional attendees can earn up to four counseling education hours for full conference participation.

Advanced registration is $50 and on-site registration is $60.  All SC State University students can attend the conference for $15. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. General session is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.  The workshops will consist of two breakout sessions. The session I workshop will begin at 9:55 a.m. Session II begins at 11:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided at 12:45 p.m. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

For additional information about the 60th Annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference, contact Dr. Philip M. Scriven at (803) 536-7198; or Dr. Carolyn Woodbury, associate professor of the Counselor Education Program, at (803) 536-8853.

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