Wednesday, October 02, 2013
SC State University’s Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the South Carolina Counseling Association, will host the 63rd annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center on SC State’s campus.
Focusing on the theme, “Making Diversity Work: A Challenge for Helping Professionals,” the conference will address the role of helping professionals in a changing diverse society.
Once used primarily to describe the status and plight of racially and ethnically oppressed populations, the term diversity is now much more inclusive and reflects a wide array of individuals (e.g., immigrants, women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, (LGBT), the elderly) and the issues they confront (e.g., sexism, racism, classism, colorism, ageism, ableism). As the presence and visibility of these diverse groups continue, access to unbiased and effective services will be desired and needed. Helping professionals have an obligation to exhibit kindness and understanding when working with diverse students/clients, and it is imperative that they become more adept at engaging student/clients from diverse groups effectively.
Through multiple workshop sessions, this year’s conference will address such issues as classism (bias based on social or economic class); colorism (discrimination based on skin tone-light versus dark) and racial identity development. As such, attendees will learn best practices that will allow them to adapt their counseling skills to effectively assist multicultural and diverse clients.
Dr. Lemuel Watson, dean of the University of South Carolina’s (USC) College of Education, will deliver the keynote address during the luncheon. Watson is actively transforming new education models at USC’s College of Education. He has been a senior research fellow at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Watson, a Fulbright Scholar, has written numerous articles, published books and served as editor for several volumes related to organizational behavior, educational leadership and administration, human development, public policy and higher education.
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 $60 and on-site registration is $70. The registration form is attached. All SC State University students can attend the conference for $20. 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, which will be held in the Dr. Leroy A. Davis, Sr. Hall, will consist of two breakout sessions. 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 63rd annual A. I. Mose Counseling Conference, contact Dr. Carolyn Woodbury, associate professor of Counselor Education and conference chairperson, at (803)536-8853 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A. I. Mose Registration Form