SC State to host the 58th Annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference

Friday, October 3, 2008


SC State will host the 58th Annual Counseling Conference on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Barbara A. Vaughann Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center on campus. This year’s conference theme is “Transforming At-Risk Students though Multisystematic Networking.”

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 S.C., which admitted African Americans. He initiated the first annual guidance conference, held in 1951 at SC State for the purpose of bringing like professional together for information sharing and development.

This year’s conference will highlight “Multisystemic Therapy” (MST), a family and home-based treatment that strives to change how youth function in their natural settings, to include home, school, and neighborhoods, in ways that promote positive social behavior while decreasing anti-social behavior.

This “MST” is based on the premise that individuals surrounded by a network of interconnected systems that includes individual, family, and extra familial are peer, school, neighborhood factors and recognizes that intervention is often necessary in a combination of these systems.

The speaker for this year’s conference is Michelle A. Dean, manager of Network Partners at MST Services in Charleston, S.C.

Dean is responsible for disseminating “MST” sessions with a high degree of accuracy in South Carolina, Connecticut, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Texas. She coaches and trains the MST experts and program directors that implement MST for 68 teams nationally and internationally.
Dean previously served as associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the Family Services Research Center.

She previously held the position of community services coordinator and mental health team leader at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, a child advocacy center located in Charleston, S.C.

Dean is a native of St. Louis, Mo and has lived in Charleston, S.C since 1994. She attended University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, NC, with a bachelor of art degree in Psychology. She also earned a master of science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

The co-presenter for the2008 A.I. Mose Counseling Conference will be Sarah M. Thomas. She is the program coordinator of MST/ Family Preservation Services at Orangeburg Area Mental Health employed with the Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center since January 2004 as program coordinator of MST/Family Preservation Services. In January 2008, Ms. Thomas was promoted to director of the child, adolescent and family services unit.

Prior to her employment with the Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center, Thomas was employed for 16 years at the Department of Social Services/Managed Treatment Services for Children and South Carolina Continuum of Care.

She also serves as an adjunct professor at SC State with the department of family and consumer sciences.

Thomas is a native of Bennettsville, S.C. She attended Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. She graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She earned a master of science degree in Individual and Family Development from SC State.

Other A.I. Mose Counseling Conference presenters include: Dr. Robert Stevens who will present “Changing School Climate through Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).” It is an evidence-based system for promoting positive social and learning outcome in schools; Dave Chadwell will present “Gender Specific Education.” This series will share findings that support improved behavior and academic performance among students enrolled in single gender classes.

Also, Denise Kearse and Joni McDaniel will educate conference attendees on opportunities that will assist at-risk students through the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) Regional Education Centers.

Advanced A.I. Mose Counseling Conference registration is $50 and on-site registration is $60. Interested persons can also download a registration form from the SC State website at .

For more information regarding the A.I. Mose 58th Annual Counseling Conference, please contact Dr. Carolyn J. Woodbury at (803)536-7147 or (803)536-8853.