indiana counseling association

Engaging & Changing: Mental Health Advocacy & Leadership in a Shifting Landscape

Friday, September 24, 2021

9 am- 4 pm EST

The Indiana Counseling Association is hosting a one-day virtual, live workshop centered around multicultural issues, advocacy, and inclusion in the state of Indiana. During the one day workshop, we will also be presenting a panel/educational session for counseling graduate students about involvement and leadership in professional counseling organizations.

5.75 NBCC-approved Continuing education units will be provided for workshop attendees.

SEE FLYER HERE:  ICA September Workshop Flyer.pdf

SEE BROCHURE HERE: Engaging _ Changing Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership in a Shifting Landscape Workshop (Virtual, Live) (2) (1).pdf

Keynote Speaker: Angela Jackson, Ph.D. 

Dr. Angela Jackson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL) and the owner of Culturally Competent Therapy PLLC.  In addition, she is an Associate Professor and Chair of Diversity Equity & Inclusion in the Masters in Counseling Program in the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine.  A graduate of Virginia Tech, she holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a Race and Social Policy concentration.

 Dr. Jackson has gained a unique cultural awareness of the family dynamics and relationships, particularly within the African American community.  For example, she addresses the racial, generational oppression beneath the client’s symptoms for anxiety, depression, faith conflict, or family of origin trauma. 

Her clinical experience includes working in diverse settings and diverse populations such as K-12, juvenile justice, and individual/family therapy.  She creates a safe space for cultural dialogue, building rapport and trust with clients, unpacking the counseling process, and debunking any stigmas about seeking mental health services.

Lastly, Dr. Jackson is a keynote speaker and consultant, especially during Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, and Juneteenth.  She is the author of The Cultural Awareness Journal, available on

Agenda Outline:

Times listed for Eastern Standard Time

9- 9:15 am - Welcome 

9:15- 10:30 am - Keynote Session: Engaging & Changing: Mental Health Advocacy & Leadership in a Shifting Landscape - Dr. Angela Jackson 

10:30-11:30 am - Panel/Educational Session: Shifting the Leadership Landscape: How Involvement with Professional Counseling Organizations Enhances Professional Identity and Leadership Skills - Isabella Betancourt, MAAriana Gleckman, Counseling Graduate Student- Ball State University; Carissa Lopez-Bockus, M.S.Ed., LMHC

Description: This presentation is geared towards counseling graduate students and professional counselors to engage in discussion regarding professional identity and leadership development for professional counselors. At the end of the presentation, we will be providing an opportunity for the workshop attendees to address the presenters regarding specific questions related to being involved as a counseling graduate student or professional counselor in a professional counseling organization.

11:30 am-12:30 pm - Lunch

12:30- 1:30 pm - Breakout Session: Pathways to social justice advocacy and leadership: Why? What? How? - Cheryl Warner, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Description: In our current world of polarities, social unrest, and calls for action, it can be challenging and overwhelming for counseling students and new professionals to determine “how” to integrate social justice leadership and advocacy into their professional lives. We know counseling leaders and we are familiar with their involvement and productivity; yet the trajectory of their development may appear mysterious or elusive. This presentation takes a developmental approach by considering the questions of “why?”, “what?”, and “how?” and encourages attendees to utilize their answers as pathways to social justice advocacy and leadership.

1:30-2:30 pm - Breakout Session: Intersections of Social Justice, Advocacy, and the Counseling Profession Dynetta Clark, MA, LMHC (IN), LPC (MI), NCC, ACS - Staff Counselor, IUPUI Counseling and Psychological Services

Description: This presentation aims to provide ideas on how counselors can promote cultural humility and incorporate social justice and advocacy skills into everyday clinical work. Attendees will become familiar with both the Multicultural and Social Justice competencies and the ACA Advocacy competencies. Additionally, attendees will gain an understanding of the concept of intersectionality and how it may influence the counseling relationship.

2:30- 3:30 pm - Breakout Session: Micro-level advocacy: What is it and how do we engage in it?Nenetzin A. Stoeckle, PhD, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Associate Professor, Division of Graduate Counseling, Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis, IN

Description: The word "advocacy" can be a daunting word for many practitioners. This is often because we tend to think of advocacy at the macro-level. This presentation will introduce the concept of micro-level advocacy and its role in clinical practice.

3:30- 4:00 pm - Closing Keynote - Dr. Angela Jackson


Counseling Graduate Student: $5

ICA Member: $25

ICA Non-Member: $30

Midwest Region Professional Member: $25 (Code Required)

ACA Staff: $5 (Code Required)

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