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Home Study: Fall Summit 21-05 - Advocating for BIPOC Counselors in Training Through Fostering Belonging 

04-04-2022 15:09

*Previously Recorded on 11/02/2021 - Not a Live Event**

Advocacy is an essential aspect of the role of counselor educators. The ACA Code of ethics defines advocacy as "promotion of the well-being of individuals, groups, and the counseling profession within systems and organizations. Advocacy seeks to remove barriers and obstacles that inhibit access, growth, and development" (ACA, 2014, p. 20). Within this context, counselors are ethically responsible for becoming agents of social change, intervening for counselor education trainees. One such way of becoming a change agent is taking intentional steps to ensure students have a sense of belonging to their program.

Dr. Claudia Calder is an Assistant Professor in counseling and Licensed Professional Counseling in the state of Alabama. She has worked in different clinical settings (i.e., residential, in-home, and school-based), providing service to individuals with various mental health and behavioral diagnosis for the past 13 years. Her research interest includes multiculturalism, cultural competence development of counselor trainees, and minoritized students' sense of belonging to predominately white institutions.

Albrina Burger is a graduate student in the Counselor Education department at Albany State University. She is currently a school counselor at Cartersville High School and has over ten years of experience as an educator in middle and high schools throughout Georgia. Albrina is married to Terence, and is the mother of two boys, Tristan and Torrian.


AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE total after viewing and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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