Conference Dates: 11/7/19 - 11/11/19

2018 Information


Numbers are great....

but the people behind the numbers are even better! 

We have purposefully designed a conference with multiple keynote speakers to reach all specialties within our diverse organization.  We have found nationally known, leaders in their fields, heroes, and practitioners who are ready to inspire you, share the most current research or provide you with new tools to use in your own setting.  Here are some highlights: 

Dr. Richard K. James

A licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and a Nationally Certified School Counselor. He is a retired Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology at The University of Memphis. Dr. James is an internationally recognized author of books on crisis intervention, theories of counseling, and school counseling. He trains police officers for crisis intervention with the mentally ill and consults on crisis intervention planning and techniques with schools, agencies, prisons, and businesses.

Molly Hudgens, School Counselor and Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Citizens Medal of Honor Recipient

Molly Hudgens will share her story of how her quick thinking and courageous actions on Sept. 28, 2016, enabled her to coax a 14-year-old student to give up a loaded gun at Sycamore Middle School. Molly will share her story to inspire us all to focus on forming positive relationships with the clients we serve, and how this can help prevent violence.

Lynn E. Linde, Ed. D.- Senior Director of the Center for Counseling Practice, Policy and Research at ACA

Linde came to ACA from Loyola University Maryland, where she was the Director of Clinical Experiences for the School Counseling Program. Prior to Loyola, she was Chief of the Student Services and Alternative Programs Branch at the Maryland State Department of Education, a local school system school counseling supervisor and school counselor. She has held a number of leadership positions in ACA and was the 58th president of the association. She has written and presented extensively, with a focus on ethical and legal issues for counselors.

Sara A. Smith, Tennessee AWARE Director/ TN Department of Education

Sara Smith, TDOE’s TN AWARE Director, will share a new comprehensive school mental health model, companion resource guide and implementation tools, and state strategies designed to support school districts as they expand student access to mental health resources and services. Examples of successful interventions implemented in three Tennessee school districts will be included during the presentation.

Siobhan A. Morse, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC Foundations Recovery Network/UHS

Data collection, management, and utilization is necessary to demonstrate outcomes and program quality as well as in managing and maintaining programs. Good data can be used to inform a variety of decisions, ranging from clinical to administrative to regulatory to consumer decisions. How do we collect, analyze and utilize data to support these decisions? Siobhan Morse, a leader in the field of research, an interventionist and a master addictions counselor, will highlight how clinicians can use data for decision support, continual quality management, and regulatory compliance.

Dr. John Nance, Professor (UNC-Charlotte) and Licensed Professional Counselor/Owner (Behavioral Health Integrative Solutions)

An experienced counselor, educator and supervisor with extensive experience in serving diverse populations. Recognized for strong relational skills, and an ability to develop strong working relationships throughout multiple mental health disciplines. John has a rich history of involvement in both local, state, regional, and national counseling organizations, including the Human Rights Committee of ACA and the Association for Adult Development and Aging.