SC State’s Counselor Education Program to Host 61st Annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference

Friday, October 14, 2011

SC State University’s Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the South Carolina Counseling Association, will host the 61st annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference.  The conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center on SC State’s campus. Workshops will be held in the Dr. Leroy A. Davis, Sr. Hall. This year’s conference theme is “Empowering Clients Through Social Justice: A New Approach for Helping Professionals.”

The A. I. Mose Counseling Conference is a continuing effort of the counselor education faculty and staff to enhance the skills and knowledge of school counselors, mental health counselors, rehabilitation counselors, teachers, counselors in training and pre-professional educators. 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.

This year’s conference will address social justice and advocacy in counseling. The incidence of these concepts can be attributed to the argument that assisting professionals should work to confront and alleviate institutional barriers which impede the holistic development of their clients, especially those clients belonging to historically marginalized populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals with mental illnesses and others.

 “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,” says Dr. Philip M. Scriven, program director and associate professor of counselor education at SC State University. “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 Dr. Norma Day-Vines. Day-Vines is an associate professor of counselor education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University located in Blacksburg, Va.  She has authored or co-authored manuscripts in 28 referred journals and also served as the presenter or co-presenter for over 40 presentations.  Day-Vines’ research interests include: multicultural counseling competencies, school counseling and their impact on student outcomes.

The keynote speaker for the annual conference will be Dr. James L. Moore, III. Moore is a professor of counselor education at The Ohio State University located in Columbus, Ohio.  His extensive research has yielded more than 80 publications and 100 different presentations. Moore focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, multicultural education/counseling and science and technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Specifically, his interests include the educational and career aspirations of students of color­ and the adverse impact of racial oppression on the psychosocial and emotional development of African-American males and other people of color.

At the conclusion of the conference, all participants will receive a certificate. Professional attendees can earn up to four contact hours for full conference participation. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this event.

Advanced registration is $50 and on-site registration is $60.  The registration form is attached. All SC State University students can attend the conference for $15. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. General session is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.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. in the K.W. Green Student Center.

For additional information about the 61st annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference, contact Dr. Philip M. Scriven at (803) 536-7147 or Dr. Carolyn Woodbury, associate professor of the counselor education program, at (803) 536-8853.