The faculty and students of the Department of Counselor Education were well represented at the Virginia Counselors Association Fall 2011 annual conference. The conference was held November 10-12 in Portsmouth, Virginia and the conference theme this year was Counselors Unite! Navigating and Networking for Success. There were over 100 content sessions and 4 post-convention workshops designed to provide informative professional development. Additionally the conference was a wonderful opportunity to network with professional colleagues and friends from throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to several students presenting at the conference, there were also many who attended the conference as a way to become further engaged in the counseling profession.
A sampling of some of the presentations offered by Radford University faculty and students include: “Can’t We All Just Get Along” – Students’ Preferences for School Counselors’ Characteristics presented by graduate students Thomas Bateman, Erica Garrison, and Tim Scripa; Creating and Understanding Others Through Multiple Lenses presented by graduate students Hollie Bateman. Jill Wolfe, and Jade Pughsley; Authoring Stories of Resilience: Guidelines for Practice by faculty member Dr. Wally Scott; What Will High School Students Share With You? presented by graduate student Brittany Hall; An Introduction to Integrated Care Models: Placing Counselors in Primary Care Settings by faculty member Dr. Cathy Hudgins; Magic Wands, Top Hats, and a Bag Full of Tricks: Creativity in Counseling presented by faculty member Dr. Wendy Eckenrod-Green; The Fourth Dimension: 4-D Communication with Adolescents presented by Dr. Wally Scott and Dr. Jim Gumaer; and a post-convention workshop, Social-Emotional Learning: What it is and How it Can Contribute to School Success presented by Dr. Alan Forrest and Dr. Wally Scott.
Radford University’s Department of Counselor Education had a significant presence at the conference. All of the presentations were well received. In addition to the professional activities at the conference there were numerous opportunities to network and simply have a good time. Next year’s conference is in Fredericksburg, VA and we expect to continue to have both students and faculty in attendance and contributing to the professional development of counselors in Virginia.