ARCA 60TH ANNIVERSARY PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE

Theme: “Advocacy, Counseling, Training and Research for Individuals with Disabilities”

ARCA 60TH ANNIVERSARY PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE

Theme: “Advocacy, Counseling, Training and Research for Individuals with Disabilities”

SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2017

CARIBE ROYALE ORLANDO CONVENTION CENTER, ORLANDO, FL

Key Note Speaker

Dr. Gerard Lawson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS was elected the 66th president of the American Counseling Association, and will serve in that office from July 2017-June 2018.   Gerard is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education program at Virginia Tech, past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and past-president of the Virginia Counselors Association. Gerard earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, in Human Development, his Master’s in Counseling from Longwood College, and doctorate in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary, all in Virginia. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Lawson has published his research in prestigious journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, and The Clinical Supervisor. He has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics including counselor wellness, crisis response and resilience, and clinical supervision. Gerard is the Principle Investigator on $1.6 million in grants from the National Institutes of Justice, to explore influences on the School to Prison Pipeline. He has been involved in training and consulting across the country to help keep kids in the classroom, and out of the courtroom. Dr. Lawson was instrumental in helping to coordinate the counseling response to the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, and he is the principle author of Virginia Tech’s first Disaster Mental Health Plan. He chaired the ACA Taskforce on Crisis Response Planning and has authored several articles on counselor wellness and resilience, particularly when working in disaster mental health.

Featured Speakers

Dr. David Kaplan, Ph.D., CAE, ACA Chief Professional Officer, David M. Kaplan, PhD, NCC and he is a Past President of the American Counseling Association and its current Chief Professional Officer.  He is also a Past President of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, the New York Counseling Association, and the New York Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. Dr. Kaplan’s experience includes eighteen years of practice in private practice and college counseling settings as well as twenty-five years of experience as a counselor educator. Dr. Kaplan’s publications include one book, nine book chapters/contributions and forty journal articles.  He has conducted 350 professional presentations on such topics as counseling ethics, professional issues in counseling, family counseling, and counseling association management. Dr, Kaplan has been recognized with honors from the American Counseling Association (Fellow), the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (Distinguished Service Award), the Association for Adult Development and Aging (Presidential Award for Mentorship), the Virginia Counselors Association (Outstanding Leadership and Service Award),  New York Counseling Association (Distinguished Legislative Service Award), the Arizona Counselors Association (Phoenix Award), Argosy University (Excellence in Research Award) and is listed in Who’s Who in America.

Antonio Reyes, M.S., CRC, CDMS, Antonio Reyes, M.S., CRC, is the student task force representative on the ARCA board. He is a 2nd year Ph.D. student at University of Wisconsin—Madison. Tony has an undergraduate degree in English from Yale University and a master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Los Angeles. Tony works as a forensic vocational evaluator in a variety of different venues. He is currently completing an internship at the University of Wisconsin Department of Neurology. Tony has also worked as a vocational counselor providing job assistance and job placement services to social security beneficiaries participating in the Ticket-to-Work program and has worked with injured federal workers through the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation

Michelle Bradham-Cousar, ABD, CRC, Michelle Bradham-Cousar, is the current President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA). She is Past President of the Florida Counseling Association and Florida Association of Multicultural Counseling Development. As an extension of her Panamanian culture she has developed an outreach to the local Hispanic community. Mrs. Bradham-Cousar’s experience includes over thirteen years in State Agency Rehabilitation, seven years as an Adjunct Instructor for the Medical Science and Human Services. Additionally, she has over four years working in the psychiatric and counseling services, over three years as a Correctional Officer. Mrs. Bradham-Cousar’s has published in prestigious journals including the Journal of School Counseling and Adultspan Journal. She has over twenty-five professional presentations on topics such as Leadership, Trauma, Rehabilitation, Brain Injury (concussion), Fiscal Accountability, Ex-Offender Counseling, Disability service Barriers, Multicultural Supervision, Vocational Evaluation, Workers Compensation and Dual Case Dual Diagnosis. Mrs. Bradham-Cousar played an instrumental role in securing over $90,000 for the Foster care and adoption community in Tampa. She assisted in streamlining the resources for the victims of the tragic 2016 Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando Florida.