Help ACA design the 2014 For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only conference series in Hawaii!

ACA really enjoys paying as much attention as we can to graduate students and new professionals and we need your help to do so.

Dear Graduate Students and New Professionals,

ACA really enjoys paying as much attention as we can to graduate students and new professionals and we need your help to do so.

An important ACA initiative is our special For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only conference series. Each year at the annual conference, ACA provides education sessions by some of the most famous authors, theorists, and leaders in professional counseling on topics specifically chosen by graduate students and new professionals. Previous For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only presentations have included:

  • Patricia Arredondo—Making the Most of Supervision.
  • Gerald Corey—Finding a Meaningful Life After Graduate School.
  • Gerald Corey, Marianne Corey, & Jamie Bludworth—Becoming a Professional Counselor
  • Rebecca Daniel-Burke—Finding a Counseling Job in This Lousy Economy. A New Opportunity: Getting a Job in Integrated Care.
  • Marcheta Evans—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Mindfulness.
  • Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About the Current State of Multiculturalism.
  • Carman Gill & Stephanie Dailey—Got Spirit? Our Clients Do.
  • Sam Gladding—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Humor in Counseling.
  • Sam Gladding & Donna Henderson—Keeping the Boundaries From Breaking in Counselor Education: Professor/Student Relationships.
  • Jane Goodman—Master Teaching Techniques for Rookie Counselor Educators.
  • Allen & Mary Ivey—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Neuroscience.
  • Marty Jencius—What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need to Know About Social Media.
  • Jeffrey Kottler—What Can I Do With My Counseling Degree? Career Options for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Courtland Lee—Let Your Degree be Your Passport: International Opportunities for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Lynn Linde—Office Politics 101.
  • Sandra Lopez-Baez—Practical Pointers for Graduate Students and Professionals.
  • Deborah Legge—Preparing Graduate students and New Professionals for Success in Private Practice.
  • Chris Moll—From Backpacks to Briefcases: Making the Transition From Graduate Student to Professional Counselor.
  • Jane Myers—Wellness & Self-Care for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Beverly O’Bryant—Knowing me, Supporting Me, and Marketing Me.
  • Cynthia Osborne, Pamela Paisley & Jack Culbreth—How to Find Post-Grad Supervision on a Shoestring Budget.
  • Mark Pope—How to Get Through Your Dissertation (and Graduate).
  • Anneliese Singh—“Do Ask, Do Tell”: Current LGBTQ Issues in Counseling for Graduate Students and New Professionals.
  • Don W. Locke—Building Skills and Advocating for the Counseling Profession.

ACA needs your help in determining the lineup for the 2014 ACA conference in Hawaii next March. We would love to have you respond to the following two questions: 1.—Other than a faculty member in your own program, who is a famous counselor that you would enjoy seeing (and meeting) at the conference? Who is the person most likely to get the following reaction from you: “I can’t believe I’m seeing her/him in person!”

2. What topic(s) would you like to see at the 2014 conference for the For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series? Most of our student attendees are enrolled in master’s degree programs, so while we certainly want doctoral level related programs, we are especially desirous of topics that are meaningful to master’s level students and new professionals.ACA thanks you for your willingness to help construct the 2014 For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only series. The ACA conference is the world’s largest conference for professional counselors (3,500 attended the Cincinnati conference last month) and we hope that everyone can come to Hawaii. For information on the conference – including how to submit a proposal before the June 5th deadline- visit Even if you can’t attend we still would love to have your ideas for the series.

You can send your thoughts directly to ACA at


wiapioVideo:  Waimanalo Health Center – Dr. Sid

Cont. Video: Health/mental health challenges

March 8, 2013 – Dr. Sid Herosura, Psychologist, and Rachel Glasssman, Care Coordinator of the Waimanalo Heath Center, Holly Weinberg Village, and the IHS Outreach/Access to Recovery Program presented an eye-opening workshop about the mental and physical health challenges facing many in rural Hawaii to more than 40 counselors. They discusses issues of poverty, substandard or no housing, poor physical & mental health, lack of transportation, and substance abuse.  They explained the domino effect – when one aspect of the individuals life is compromised, all factors are impacted (i.e.) loss of a job, lost of income, loss of housing, poor diet, sickness, mental stress, and so on. On the brighter side, community member Kimberly bravely shared her story of homeless and struggles for success.  Holly Holowach presented housing options of Weinberg Village Waimanalo and other non-profit housing programs and Jay King, Veterans Resources Coordinator, talked about housing support programs for veterans.


dr-kenneth-hierschJuly 20, 2012 – Dr. Kenneth Hirsch of the Department of Veteran Affairs Pacific Islands Healthcare System drew a record crowd, 71 participants!   Dr. Hirsch explained that many adjustment difficulties and disorders our Vets experience upon return are actually survival skills in combat.  The following are examples of combat survival behaviors that overwhelm Vets upon their return: hyper-vigilance, suspiciousness, hyper-arousal (ready to act at all times), light sleeping, “stuffing” affect except for anger, attention to detail (safety depends upon it), discipline for survival, and combat driving (protect your peers and yourself).  Dr. Hirsch, a Vet himself, explained how Vets who have experienced combat views things and respond to things very differently from you and I – fear that a trash can is may contain explosives, fear of contents backpacks on the floor of classrooms may be dangerous, constantly being on guard as their experience of the “enemy” could have been anyone regardless of their appearance or clothing, the urgency of driving dangerously for protection, watching carefully as they drive under a bridge on the freeway in fear of a sniper.


eva-kishimotoAugust 13, 2011 – Eva Kishimoto, Clinical Social Worker and Director for Special Populations Services, Hawaii Department of Health conducted our second workshop.  Eva reviewed the prevalence and far reaching impact of trauma, characteristics and screening instruments, referral sources within the community, and intervention strategies.  Specifically she highlighted the “Trauma Informed Care Programing” her agency has implemented.

Her discussion of the Trauma Informed Care model was eye-opening as she reviewed the ways our agencies and we as service providers may agitate our client’s trauma without even realizing it.  Eva reviewed emotions and responses of those experiencing trauma (both visible and invisible).  She discussed the stages of trauma, warning signs, and how we may build an “Enhancing Alliance” with the client or student to support their growth cognitively, behaviorally, interpersonally, and emotionally.   In addition, she stressed the importance of recognizing warning signs, timely interventions, and substance abuse awareness and intervention.  Subsequent to Eva’s workshop, she has extended an invitation to Hawaii counselors to attend further workshops offered by her office.  For more information refer to her agency’s website: