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When: April 12, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Roanoke College, Colket Center
221 College Lane
Salem, Virginia  24153
United States
Contact: Angie Anderson
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Online registration is available until: 4/4/2019
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ROACA Spring Forum


Management and Interventions in Time of Crisis


Keynote Speaker - Dr. Nicole Hoffman Miller

Join our Keynote Speaker, as we identify suicidal red flags, symptoms, and indicators.  We will focus on ways to support and help students or clients that are experiencing suicidal thoughts. For school counselors, we will dive in deeper to process ethical ways to intervene at the school level.

Learning Objectives:  

  • To identify suicidal red flags, symptoms, and indicators
  • To identify ways to support and help suicidal students and clients
  • To identify governing laws to intervene at the school level
  • To explore ethical implications of working with suicidal clients




Exploring Professional Development Opportunities in Counselor Education and Supervision

Angie Dickens, PhD, LPC, LMFT, NCC, ACS

In this session, Dr. Dickens will discuss the importance of continuing professional development for both masters and doctoral level counselors. She will explore professional development as it relates to counselor identity and expanding knowledge regarding competencies. She will also help participants explore their own goals for professional development opportunities, as well as how to seek out and obtain leadership positions.

Learning Objectives:  1) To discuss the importance of continuing professional development for both masters and doctoral level counselors. 2) To explore professional development as it relates to counselor identity. 3) To expand knowledge regarding competencies. 4) To help participants explore their own goals for professional development opportunities, as well as how to seek out and obtain leadership positions.




Christy Cundiff, MA

This session will explore current trends in school counseling in Virginia

Learning Objective: Discuss upcoming 80/20 split



Crisis Counseling: The Role of the School Counselor

Taisha Steele, MED, EDS

School counselors are vital resources in preventing crises in schools, intervening when there are concerns about possible violence or someone in distress, and responding to crisis. Through the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program, school counselors promote school safety, assist students engaging in harmful or unhealthy behaviors, and make referrals as needed. School counselors should be familiar with the school community and knowledgeable about the roles of community mental health providers and first responders, such as law enforcement officials and emergency medical responders. In collaboration with administrators and other school staff members, school counselors serve as integral members of a school’s response team. In this session, school counselors will learn the definition of crisis, contrast personal and group crisis, review the cycle of a crisis, identify the role of schools counselors in safe schools and crisis response, and identify other professionals to collaborate with if a crisis occurs.

Learning Objectives: 1) Define crisis.  2) Contrast personal and group crisis.  3) Review the cycle of a crisis.  4) Identify school counselors’ role in safe schools and crisis response.  5) Identify other school personnel to identify with when preparing for or responding to a crisis.


An Introduction to Disaster Mental Health

Robin Telsh, PhD

Disaster Mental Health: Introduction is a basic level course. The course presents real-life stories to illustrate the services that Disaster Mental Health workers provide to people affected by disaster. Participants are introduced to the differences between the day-to-day work of mental health professionals and the delivery of mental health services during a disaster.

Learning Objectives:  1) Recognize the Disaster Mental Health mission and how it fits into the array of Red Cross services provided by chapters and on disaster relief operations.  2) Recognize the differences between services provided as a Disaster Mental Health worker and as a mental health professional.  3) Identify the next steps for becoming a Disaster Mental Health volunteer.



Resiliency Awareness and Building your Toolkit

Melanie Morris, MS

The resilience toolkit brings resiliency awareness to youth and family service providers. This is designed to teach individuals about what resilience is, why resilience is important, the culture of resilience, how resilience is built, and how you can instill resilience into your clients; all while making sure that you remember to take care of yourself. The toolkit covers information about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), protective factors, cultural humility, and includes an interactive session surrounding the fulcrum of resilience. This toolkit was designed by contributing members of the Resiliency Collective.

Learning Objectives:  1) To bring awareness to resiliency in youth and families.  2) To learn what resiliency is and why it is important to counselor work.  3) To explore ACEs.



8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakfast and Welcome

9:00 AM -11:00 AM: Keynote Dr. Nicole Hoffman Miller

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM: Breakout Session 1

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM: Lunch Provided

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Breakout Session 2

2:10 PM - 3:10 PM: Breakout Session 3

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM: Wrap up



VCA/ROACA Members:  $65

ROACA Board Members: $37.50 (email ROACA President for PromoCode)

Non-Members:  $85

Students:  $30






Complaint policy: If you have a complaint or dispute regarding this event, please write a letter and include the following: Name, address, telephone number, email, name of event, date, location of event, complaint, and desired resolution to Karen Raymond, at  You will receive a reply in 30 days from submitted date.


Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, minus a $10 admin fee, registrants must cancel at least 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Cancellations and/or no shows with less than a 14 day notice will be reviewed after all expenses have been paid, a determination will be made regarding the ability to honor the request minus cost of guaranteed meals/special event fees. An administrative fee of $10.00 will be assessed for any refund with less than a 14 day notice. Submit cancellations/refund requests to: Karen Raymond,


Virginia Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2047.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Virginia Counselors Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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