2013-2014 Professional Development Academy

Hello All:

Last year, the UNCP Counseling Programs launched the Professional Development Academy (PDA) to enormous success. The PDA is a series of four workshops over the academic year that will provide important information and resources that will improve personal and professional development as a counselor.   Attendance at all four workshops results in a certificate of completion of the PDA that adds value to your workplace marketability and shows commitment to your training as a professional counselor.
This year we are pleased to announce the exciting news that the PDA and Chi Sigma Iota – Phi Sigma Chapter are partnering together to bring you another informative and though-provoking year of workshops.  This partnership will result in a greater use of resources, and allow the PDA to reach out to Counseling Programs alumni and counseling professionals in the field.  We feel the interaction between these groups will bring rich and meaningful connections.  Additionally, another new aspect of this year’s PDA will be the offering of NBCC CEU credit for those attendees that will need them for licensure.  Each workshop attendance will earn one (1) NBCC credit hour.  We welcome all Counseling Programs alumni and area counseling professionals to join us for these workshops free of charge.
This year’s theme for the PDA will be “Focus on Diversity.”  Each workshop will address an issue of diversity in a variety of counselor development areas.  With that, we are pleased to announce the first workshop below:
“Understanding the GLBTQ Client” 
Description:  Understanding the clients we work with is crucial to our job.  Knowing the opportunities and challenges for specific populations only makes us better equipped to help those we serve.  This presentation will explore unique challenges that our GLBTQ clients face, how we can respond to those challenges, and how we can increase our competency in serving this population as we become more informed and efficient counselors.  
Presenter:  LynnDee Horne, MS, LPCS, NCC – Assistant Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, UNC-Pembroke
Date:  September 25
Time:  5:30pm-6:30pm
Location:  UNCP, Education Building,  Room 223 
For any further questions about the PDA, Chi Sigma Iota – Phi Sigma Chapter, or upcoming workshops, please contact:

For those counseling professionals attending who will need NBCC credit, please email Yada Ayala in advance of the workshop so that certificates can be prepared.

“UNCP Counseling Programs is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.”
Mark Schwarze, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, LCAS, CCS
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