SWCA Fall Forum: Counselors in Appalachia: Facing Challenges & Celebrating Strengths
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When: September 18, 2020
8:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Where: Virtual Webinar
United States
Contact: Jessica Sykes

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Featured Speaker: Theresa Burris, Ph.D.

The Strata of Appalachian Stereotypes: Historical and Contemporary Contexts for Counselors*

Dr. Burris’ presentation will provide Appalachian cultural context for counselors, eschewing a monolithic notion of the region and its people. Although Appalachians have been and continue to be stigmatized, subgroups in the region often face harsher marginalization not only from those outside the region but also within their own communities. Discussion will explore how counselors help individuals and families foster resiliency in the face of marginalization and adversity. (*1 NBCC Contact Hour)


Keynote Speaker:  James Werth, Jr., Ph.D.

Responding to Common Ethical Issues in Small Communities and Rural Areas**

Small rural communities may be marginalized. This presentation highlights the ethical dilemmas that frequently occur in such settings, such as competence, confidentiality, and multiple relationships. This workshop includes examples of dilemmas and potential solutions that can be implemented proactively or immediately when recognition of a problem occurs. (** 2 NBCC Ethics Contact Hours)



8:15AM – Zoom Call Opens/Welcome

8:30AM – Dr. Theresa Burris: Counselors & Community: Stitching Resilient Family Quilts 1.0 NBCC CONTACT HOUR

9:30AM – BREAK

9:45AM – Dr. James Werth, Jr.: Responding to Common Ethical Issues in Small Communities and Rural Areas (Part 1) 1.0 NBCC CONTACT HOUR in ETHICS

10:45AM – BREAK

11:00AM – Dr. James Werth, Jr.: Responding to Common Ethical Issues in Small Communities and Rural Areas (Part 2) 1.0 NBCC CONTACT HOUR in ETHICS

12:00PM – Closing Remarks


Registration Fees:

VCA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $25


Participants attending this workshop in its entirety will be emailed an NBCC Verification Form documenting 3 NBCC contact hours







Complaint Policy: If you have a complaint or dispute regarding this event, please write a letter and include the following: Your name, address, telephone number, email, name of event, date and location of the event, complaint and desired resolution to: Todd Stanley, P.O. Box 1653, Abingdon, VA 24212 or send an email to tstanleylpc@gmail.com. You will receive a reply in 30 days from the date you submitted the complaint/dispute.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee, registrants must cancel at least 3 days prior to the start of the workshop. Cancellations and/or no shows with less than a 3 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 3 day notice. Submit cancellations/refund requests to: Todd Stanley at tstanleylpc@gmail.com


 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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