2023 Annual Conference Artwork

General Information
Schedule of Events
Registration and Hotel
Conference Speakers
Sponsorships & Exhibits
Past Conferences

Printable Documents

• View the Pre-conference session descriptions here (PDF)
• View the Annual Conference session descriptions here. (PDF)
• View the Annual Conferences sessions at-a-glance here. (PDF)

Make sure to download the Whova app before February 9 to connect with attendees and stay in the know onsite. Instructions can be found on the conference home page.


Schedule of Events

(As of 2/1/23)

 Thursday, February 9
Pre-Conference, Separate registration required 
 7:00am – 4:00pm   Registration & Networking
 8:00am – 9:00am   Coffee will be available
 9:00am – 12:00pm   Breakout Sessions
  • Resiliency, Hope, and Recovery – Part 1
    • Melissa DeHaven, MSW, LCSW; and Christopher Fournier, MA, LPC
 1:00pm – 4:00pm   Breakout Sessions
  • Resiliency, Hope, and Recovery – Part 2
    • Melissa DeHaven, MSW, LCSW; and Christopher Fournier, MA, LPC
  • Bringing Neuroscience into the Counseling Office: An introduction and demonstration of Brainspotting
    • Ann M. Gregory, PhD, NCC, LCMHCA(NC), CCTP
 Friday, February 10
Day 1, Annual Conference 
 7:00am – 5:00pm   Registration & Networking
 7:00am – 6:00pm   Exhibitors
 8:00am – 9:00am   Breakfast will be available
 9:00am – 10:30am   Opening Keynote Presentation
Gregg Levoy, Author & Speaker
 10:30am – 12:00pm   Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • The C.U.E.S Trauma Camp. A Trauma Informed Next Level of Treatment
    • Dr. Wanda Brown-Ramseur
  • The Call to Serve (Workshop)
    • Gregg Levoy (Opening Session Keynote Speaker)
  • Ready, Set, Grow! Best Practices from Black Women Practice Owners
    • Dr. Keisha G. Rogers, PhD, LCMHC, LCAS, CRC, QS, ACS; Reketta Wright,  MS, LCMHC; Cheryl Andrews,  MS, LCMHCS, LCAS; Whitney Gatling,  MS, LCMHC; Che'Landra Quarles,  MS, LCMHC; and Desi McKoy,  MS, LCMHC 
  • Power in the Crossroad: Intersectionality in Supervision
    • Angela Brooks-Livingston and Christina Rosen
  • NC Board for Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors: A Look to the Future
    • Mark Schwarze (Chair); Yasmin Gay (Vice-Chair); Charles Wentz (Board Member and Ethics Committee Chair); Neal Carter (Board Member); Levette Scott (Board Member); Melonie Davis (Executive Director of NCBLCMHC); Brandice Bell (Assistant Executive Director of NCBLCMHC); and Nick DeJesus (NCBLCMHC Ethics Investigator)
 12:00pm – 1:30pm   Business Meeting & Awards Lunch
 1:30pm – 5:00pm   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1:30pm - 2:20pm
  • Compassion Fatigue and Self Esteem in Counselors
    • Olivia Fichtner and Emily Hartung
  • Understanding Animal Assisted Group Therapy from the College Counselor's Perspective
    • Dr. Brianna Randall
  • Legislative Advocacy for the Counseling Profession and Our Clients
    • Dr. Stephen Kennedy
  • Rural cultural wealth: Dismantling deficit ideologies of rurality
    • Dr. Loni Crumb
  • Facilitating Growth Mindset in Supervision
    • Dr. Melodie Frick
2:30pm - 3:20pm
  • Doctoral Programs in Counselor Education: A Path to Success?
    • Dr. Raymond Ting
  • Sis, Rest is a Part of the Reward
    • Sydney Carroll
  • Virtual Child Parent Relationship Training
    • Olivia Fichtner and Dr. Post
  • College and Career Readiness of Students from Low-income Rural Areas
    • Brittany Edmondson and Jason Perry
  • Restoring Counselor Wellness Through Clinical Supervision
    • Dr. Rolanda Mitchell and Dr. Saundra Penn
4:00pm - 4:50pm
  • Supporting the Mental Health Needs of First-Generation College & Graduate Students: Strategies for Counselors
    • Jessica Riddell and Dr. Angie Smith, LCMHC-S, ACS, NCC
  • Boundaries in Clinical Practice: A Restorative Conversation to Facilitate Client Growth
    • Dr. Kerri Legette McCullough and Startasha Dillard, Ed.D, LPC, CACII, NCC
  • The Foundations of Child Parent Relationship Therapy Groups
    • Dr. Kristie Opiola
  • Black Pastors and Counselors: Creating Meaningful Collaborations to Enhance Mental Health Awareness in Rural Areas
    • Dr. Janee Avent-Harris
  • An Adlerian Framework for Supervision
    • Dr. Courtney Evans
 2:00pm – 3:30pm   Poster Sessions
 5:00pm - 6:30pm   Networking Reception


 Saturday, February 11
Day 2, Annual Conference 
 7:00am – 5:00pm   Registration & Networking
 7:00am – 5:00pm   Exhibitors
 8:00am – 9:00am   Breakfast will be available
 9:00am – 12:00pm   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

9:00am - 9:50am
  • The DSM-5-TR is Here! Exploring Changes and Updates for Professional Practice
    • Nicole Stargell
  • Tuckman's Theory of Group Development Applied to First Year College Students with ADHD: An Interpersonal Approach
    • Dr. Rachel Brejcha
  • Let's Play! "Building" Resilient Kids - A Practical Exploration of the Impact of Trauma on the Developing Brain
    • Dr. Amy Grybush and Ivana Stoilovic
  • Is it Okay to Talk about Weight?
    • Amy Biang
  • Staying Passionate about Serving as a Counselor Supervisor
    • Dr. Shannon Warden
10:00am - 10:50pm
  • Suicidality in Elementary Age Children: Implications for Counselors
    • Mia Garcia and Lexi Moore
  • De-escalation in the Midst of Crisis
    • Dr. Jennifer Barrow and Jordan Hyler
  • Attachment Security as a Framework in Child Centered Play Therapy
    • Ivana Stoilovia and Dr. Phyllis Post
  • Supervision Strategies to Address Imposter Phenomenon in Counselors-in-Training
    • Courtney White
11:00am - 11:50am
  • Mental Health Issues in the Classroom: Identification, Intervention, and Referral
    • Nicole Stargell
  • Working with families to re-engage, restore, and reignite when mental health concerns are present
    • Dr. Allison Crowe and Taehee Kim
  • Re-engage: Addressing the needs of play therapists
    • Emily Hartung and Dr. Phyllis Post
  • Creating Sacred Anti-Oppressive Spaces for Black American Women
    • Dr. Saundra Penn
  • Trans and Gender Expansive Advocacy and Ethical Best Practice in the Midst of State Violence: Counselors' Continued Call to Action and Collective Processing
    • Dr. Whitney Akers
 12:00pm – 1:30pm   Lunch & Division Meet Up
 1:30pm – 5:00pm   Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

1:30pm - 2:20pm
  • Understanding and Assessing Psychopathy
    • Dr. Russ Curtis
  • Reflections on Telehealth's Remarkable Advantages: Revisited
    • Dr. Justin Levitov and Kevin Foose
  • Re-Imagining Counselor Training and Preparation for Sustainable Post-Graduate Counseling Praxis
    • Dr. Brean'a Parker and Beth Vincent
  • Trauma Informed Teaching: Strategies for the New Normal
    • Dr. Angie Smith and Erik Messinger
  • Resource Extravaganza: Using Pinterest to Enhance and Engage Clients in Clinical, School, College/University and Telehealth Counseling Settings
    • Dr. Helen Lupton-Smith, LCMHCA and Ms. Angela Richardson
2:30pm - 3:20pm
  • Understanding Certification Exams
    • William Stewart
  • Using Neurocounseling to Restore Client Wellness and Move Towards Growth Post-Trauma
    • Stacie MacArthur
  • Re-understanding Neurodevelopment Disorders in Children
    • Alyse Bone
  • Increasing Counselor Diversity Through Holistic Admissions Review: A Call to the Profession
    • Dr. Dominique Hammonds
  • Exploring the Lived Experiences of Novice School Counselors during the COVID-19 Pandemic; A Phenomenological Study
    • Tyreeka Williams and Anitra Powell
3:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Neuroscience for Counselors: A Model for Integration
    • Dr. Chad Luke
  • Counseling Women in Survival Mode
    • Dr. Saundra Penn and Dr. Rolanda Mitchell
  • School Counselors as leaders in trauma-informed interventions: Changing teachers classroom behaviors through child-teacher relationship training
    • Dr. Phyllis Post
  • Cultivating Client Empowerment to Ethically Reduce the Frequency and Impact of Addictive Use Disorders
    • Pete Rubinas and Stephanie Robinson
  • A Mentor, a Cheerleader, and a Gatekeeper: Cultivating a Growth Mindset in Supervisees
    • Stacie MacArthur