The Alabama Counseling Association annual statewide conference was held November 14-16 in Montgomery. The ALCA Fall Conference included keynote speakers, content sessions, poster sessions, business meetings, exhibitions, and various receptions. Also included in the activities was an Executive Council Meeting of state officers and an Awards Breakfast.
ALGBTICAL members were on hand as active participants in the conference. ALGBTICAL had a divisional Information Table set up in the registration area. ALGBTICAL held its Division Meeting. And ALGBTICAL sponsored a Social Activity at the Railyard Brewing Company. Everyone had a great time!
Several content sessions focusing on LGBT issues were included in the conference line-up:
--School Counselors: Serving the Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Schools by Angela Stowe
--Suicide in Sexual Minority Youth: Risk, Interventions, & Myths by Paul Hard
--Counseling and Cultural Diversity: How Diversity in our Clients Impact our Work by Linda Foster
--Special Issues in Counseling Persons with or at risk of HIV and STD's by Kelli Lasseter
--Portrait of Ace: Sexual Identity Construction from a CRT Framework by Priscilla Wilson
--The Psychology of Bullying: Understanding the Psyche of the Bully, the Victim, the Advocate, and the Bystander by Gary Williams
--Gay and Lesbian Parenting: Addressing Challenges, Providing Resources, and Adhering to Ethical Practices by Jessica Merchant
ALGBTICAL members were among the top awards winners at the conference:
Dr. Lynn Boyd - Wilbur Tincher Award for a Humanitarian & Caring Person
Dr. Jamie Satcher - Fannie Cooley Award for Distinguished Professional Development
Dr. Angela Stowe - Asa Sparks New Counselor of the Year Award
Dr. Glenda Elliott - Individual Publication Award
The keynote speaker for the Friday general session was Josh Burford, from the University of Alabama, who spoke on advocacy for LGBT youth. Josh's presentation was very well received. He seemed to be the favorite among the three keynoters. ALGBTICAL is very pleased that an outspoken LGBT presenter was chosen as a keynoter and that LGBT issues are being featured so prominently at the ALCA state conference. ALCA President Necoal Driver is to be applauded for her decision to invite Josh to the state conference.
ALGBTICAL members attended the ALCA Annual Conference, November 16-18 in Birmingham. As usual, the conference featured keynote speakers, lots of content sessions, poster sessions, business meetings, vendors and exhibitors, an awards breakfast, and receptions. This year's theme was "Making Hope Happen."
We are proud of our ALGBTICAL members who won awards at the Awards Breakfast on Wednesday morning:
--Glenda Elliott won the Fannie Cooley Award for Distinguished Professional Development
--Michael Lebeau won the Distinguished Professional Service Award
--Frank Hrabe won the Outstanding Member Award
--ALGBTICAL won the Chapter/Division Program Award for the 2011 Winter Workshop
Several LGBT-themed content sessions were presented, including:
--Lean On Me: Establishing an LGBT Mentoring Program in Your School
--Safe Zones: Becoming an LGBT Ally
--In the Eye of Recovery: Disaster Interventions with Sexual Minorities
--Hot Topics in Counselor Ethics
--When Values & Ethics Conflict: Avoiding the Problem & Resolving the Conflict
ALGBTICAL Members were in attendance at the ALCA Annual Conference, November 17-19 in Mobile. As always, the fall convention featured nationally known keynote speakers, lots of content sessions, poster sessions, business meetings, vendors and exhibitors, an awards breakfast, and receptions. And once again it was a wonderful networking and socializing opportunity when colleagues and friends reunited for this large-scale event.
ALGBTICAL members presented content sessions with LGBT themes. LGBT content sessions offered in every time slot:
--LGBT Issues in the Job Market & the Workplace (Michael Lebeau)
--Safe Zone Programs: Becoming an LGBT Ally (Michael Lebeau)
--Ethics of the Conscience Clause: Referral or Abandonment of LGBT Clients (Paul Hard)
--Becoming an Ally: Journey Toward Becoming an LGBT Advocate (Melissa Scott)
--Substance Abuse Counseling for the LGBT Individual (Kimberly Morris)
--The Journey: Spiritual Enlightenment from the LGBT Perspective (Jessica Merchant & Mark Brown)
ALGBTICAL had an Information Table in the Registration Area.
ALGBTICAL members (and all ALCA members) were encouraged to WEAR PURPLE on Thursday to take a stand against bullying and all the recent suicides and violence. This initiative was sponsored by ALGBTICAL, ALASGW, ALCDA, ALAMCD, ALAAOC, ALAADA, ALSCA, ALCCA, ALSERVIC. Participation was very good. Lots of purple was seen throughout the conference on Thursday!
An ALGBTICAL Reception took place on Wednesday in the Presidential Suite. Many thanks to ALCA President Nancy Fox for hosting our reception.
An ALGBTICAL Business Meeting took place Wednesday, Nov 17. During that meeting, Jeanell Norvell was nominated for and confirmed as our new President Elect.
Melissa Scott, ALGBTICAL President, won the Outstanding Member Award at the Awards Breakfast on Wednesday. Jamie Satcher, ALGBTICAL Past President, won the Outstanding Member Award for Chapter III.
ALGBTICAL members participated in the 2009 ALCA Fall Conference in Birmingham, scheduled from Wednesday, November 18 through Friday, November 20.
Officers attended the Executive Council Meeting on Tuesday (Nov 17) evening.
Members attended the Awards Breakfast on
Wednesday morning. All members were treated to the three
keynote speakers and attended the many content sessions.
with LGBT themes included:
Other content sessions with related themes:
-- When Grandmother has AIDS: The Alarming Rise of HIV in the Elderly (Paul Hard)
-- Bullycide: What Counselors Need to Know About Bullying, Suicide & Youth (Cindy Wiley, Mary Bartlett)
-- Understanding HIV: Practical Session for Clinicians (Ashley Hampton)
AGLBICAL members were in Huntsville November 19-21 to attend the
annual ALCA Fall Conference.
--Counseling GLBT Persons: Skill Building
--Straight Spouses: When Your Client's Wife/Husband Comes Out
--Hey I'm Not Just Gay, I'm Black
--AGLBICAL Roundtable Discussion
--Aging and End-of-Life Issues in the GLBT Community
--Ethical & Legal Perspectives in Counseling Sexual Minority Youth in Our Schools
We are very proud of our AGLBICAL members who were among the award winners at the Awards Breakfast on Wednesday morning: Mark Leggett, Jamie Satcher, Anita Neuer, Kassie Doggett, Harriett Shaeffer, and Michael Lebeau.
Left to Right: Jamie
Satcher, Glenda Elliott, Paul Hard, Michael Lebeau, Angela Stowe, Jamie
statewide gathered for their 40th annual conference,
November 15-17 in Mobile at the Riverview plaza Hotel and Mobile
The Awards Breakfast
on Wednesday morning yielded many award winners among AGLBICAL
Wednesday, November 15
was AGLBICAL recognition day.
All AGLBICAL members were asked to wear purple to show their pride in our
President Donna Melder at the AGLBICAL Information Table at the
ALCA 2006 Fall Conference in Mobile
For AGLBICAL members,
there were content sessions on GLBT issues,
A L G B T I C A L Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama