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Proposal Deadline September 16, 2019

2020 ACCA Call for Programs

2020 ACCA Call for Programs

Deadline: September 16, 2019

2020 American College Counseling Association Conference
Call for Programs

Submit your proposal by September 16, 2019

The Program Committee is seeking submissions that will contribute to the professional development of college counselors spanning all levels of experience and work settings. Our mission is to select a comprehensive set of programs that provides both breadth and depth of education and training for the variety of professionals who provide mental health services on college and university campuses. 

Sessions for the conference can be in one of three formats:
  • Breakout sessions: These 90 minute sessions can take various forms, from a single presenter or panel presentation.
  • Pre-conference session: These half or full day sessions take a very in-depth look at a specific topic. 
  • Poster session: Posters will be on display throughout the conference with a specified period for authors to answer questions about their study and findings.

The theme for the 2020 ACCA Conference is Reaching the Underrepresented and Restoring Ourselves.  Colleges and Universities have students who represent marginalized communities navigating spaces dominated by members of the majority. Our profession has the responsibility in helping these students feel supported through multiculturally affirming practices.  In short, we must reach out to the underrepresented. The college counseling profession has also been experiencing unprecedented demand for services in recent years.  This places a high demand on clinicians and systems within the college counseling environment.  The 2020 theme for the conference includes a focus on way to promote counselor resilience through self-care.  In keeping with our theme, we are interested in proposal topics that explore ideas related to the theme of the conference as well as topics that promote best practices in the field of college counseling.

Preferred session topics for the 2020 conference:
  • Counseling Theory/Practice:  Ideal approaches to building groups, psychoeducational programming and maintaining the therapeutic relationship in a college setting.
  • Social and Cultural Foundations: Broadening our vision to promote environments of inclusivity that support diversity. Address non-academic barriers to student success.
  • Clinical Supervision and Training: Best practices in clinical supervision, creating internship programming, promoting growth during supervision.
  • Administrative: Inspiring your staff, leadership development, and advocating for resources, innovations in meeting demand.
  • Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues: Supporting counselors working in diverse campus settings, career advancement and professional growth.
  • Wellness and Prevention: Exploring ways to engage students in topics of mental health and wellness to help them reach their educational goals. Campus-wide mental health initiatives. Counselor Self-Care, Racial Cultural-Battle Fatigue, and Counselor resiliency.
  • Community College Focus: Acknowledging the differences in community college centers while appreciating our common dreams.
  • Research and Program Evaluation: Research design methods, findings and evaluation.

To submit your conference proposal, you will need to provide the following information:
For each presenter (primary and co-presenters):
  • Name
  • Email
  • CV/Vita (upload)
  • Brief Bio
  • Headshot (jpeg or png file)
For each presentation the following information will be needed:
  • Session Topic
  • Instructional Level
  • Abstract - 200 word maximum
  • Learning Objectives (minimum of 2)
  • Research Citations (minimum of 3)
  • Primary Presenter credentials
We very much look forward to receiving your breakout, pre-conference, and/or poster presentation proposals and we thank you in advance for having the interest and taking the time to submit your program! If you have questions or any problems accessing the form, please contact the ACCA Office, or 855-220-8760.  

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