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Virginia Counseling Association Convention 2017

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Hot Springs, Virginia

Going to the Virginia counseling associations annual convention at the Homestead resort was educational and quite a treat. I was able to attend a session on Friday, November 10 entitled “please don’t forget the T (in LGBTQ, that is!) : Understanding and collaboratively advocating for trans individuals.”   The session on Friday evening was presented by Longwood’s own Kathleen McCluskey and Valerie Stolicker entitled “Empowering clients in the face of an uncertain political climate”.  I was particularly interested in the discussion surrounding the town in which I call home,  Charlottesville, Virginia, and the various perspectives represented.  On Saturday morning I went to a session “Trans-affirmative counselor self-efficacy”.  The presenter, Cory Gerwe, was extremely knowledgeable about the topic.

I really appreciated the audience participation in each of the sessions and building  greater knowledge and understanding of important aspects of the career.  I look forward to future conventions, with the chance that one day I may present a topic myself.

VCA 2017

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This November, I attended the 2017 Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) conference at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. This was my second year attending this annual conference, however, it was my first year as a presenter. I presented with Dr. Lauren Wynne on counseling adolescents about sexuality and with Dr. Kat McCleskey on the integration of ASERVIC competencies into counseling practice. Working with both professors was a great experience and it was a very rewarding experience to share my knowledge with other professionals in the field. In addition to my own presentations, I was able to attend presentations on a variety of meaningful and important topics. Overall, the knowledge I gained was very valuable. Even better than all of the professional learning I was able to engage in, I was able to meet and socialize with a multitude of other Longwood students, professors, and alumni. I enjoyed meeting other Lancers and learning more about what others have done in the field with their Longwood training. I look forward to the possibility of attending VCA again next year, but this time hopefully I will be one of the alumni to meet!

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