SC State’s Counselor Education Program to Host 62nd Annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference

Friday, October 5, 2012

South Carolina State University’s Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the South Carolina Counseling Association, will host the 62nd annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference.  The conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.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 “Salient Factors Affecting African American Students’ Achievement:  Recommendations for Counselors and other 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.  Achievement data suggest that African American students and students from economically disadvantaged families are underachieving at alarming rates. Now more than ever, today’s professional school counselors and other helping professionals, armed with a passion for social justice and a vision for educational equity, are in a unique position to act as agents of change to provide greater chances of school and future success for these students.

This year conference will address school achievement among African American students and will provide recommendations for counselors and other helping professionals. Factors such as engaging students who have become disengages, parental variables, removal of learning barriers, and building partnerships to provide resources and programs, will be put forth through workshop sessions.

“We are excited about this year’s A. I. Mose Conference which will once again feature key presenters who bring a wealth of knowledge in the human services and counseling professions,” says Dr. Phillip Scriven, program director and associate professor of counselor education at SC State University. “Participants will also have the opportunity to engage and interact with other helping professionals who can offer tips for continued success in their respective careers.”

The general session conference speaker is Dr. Erik Hines, an assistant professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  Hines has co-authored numerous refereed articles and was a contributing author in the book “African American Students in Urban Schools:  Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement.”  Hines research interests include:  1) parental involvement; 2) African American male student achievement gap; and 3) college readiness and post-secondary opportunities in k-12 minority students.

The conference luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Julia A. Bryan, an assistant professor of School Counseling and Clinical Coordinator at the University of Maryland College Park.  She writes extensively on the role of school counselors in school-family-community partnerships; has been a contributing author in several books (e.g. Adolescent Education:  A Reader), and authored a special issue of the Professional School Counseling Journal (Partnerships with Families and Communities). 

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.  All SC State University students can attend the conference for $15. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. in the K. W. Green Student Center, on the campus of SC State University. Attendees will be provided a schedule for workshops and breakout sessions, which will be occurring throughout the day.  The conference luncheon will be held at 12:45 p.m. in the K. W. Green Student Center.

For additional information and to register for the 62nd annual A. I. Mose Counseling Conference, contact Dr. Philip Scriven, program director at (803)-536-7147; or Dr. Carolyn Woodbury, associate professor at (803)-536-8853;