American Counseling Association of
New York (ACA-NY)

Click here to edit subtitle

Professional Development and Networking Events

Thank you for visiting our Events Page!

ACA-NY holds a variety of professional development and marketing events throughout the year in the Upstate, Western, Central, and Downstate regions of New York.  Below is a listing of our upcoming events. As registration information for each event becomes available, click on that event for more details. Remember that all ACA-NY events are FREE to our members.  CEs are available for most events to ACA members for a small fee. 

Join us for our 2017-2018 Events:

 The Annual ACA-NY Grassroots Advocacy Day will be on March 20th, 2018

Date: Tuesday March 20th, 2018

Time: 10:00-5:00 PM

Location: State Capital Building,120 LOB, Albany, NY

Registration: (non-ACA graduate students see below)


Check In/Breakfast 9:45-10:00

Welcome 10:00-10:15

Collaborative Care 10:15-11:00

Nannan Liu, Ed.D. & Sarah Spiegelhoff, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Professional Counselor Identity 11:00 to 12:00

Summer Reiner, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Lunch Break (Lunch Provided 12:00 to 1:00

Advocacy 101 1:00-2:00

Scott MacConomy

Meetings with Legislators 2:00-4:00

Debrief, advocacy plan, & evaluations 4:00-5:00

Click here to register (ACA Members only)

Non ACA member graduate students who would like to attend please email

Trauma: Exploring Treatment Modalities
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:oo a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Marcy Building, PIVOT, 167 Polk Street Watertown, NY 136o1

Speakers Joseph Lubashevsky LCSW and John Randall LMHC, CASAC will explore the many evidence based treatment modalities of trauma. Some of the modalities that will be discussed and explored include EMDR, DBT, and FIT. 

This event is free for ACA members. Non ACA Graduate Student Members interested in attending please contact for registration information.

For more information about this program please contact Jordan Oathout at

Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to Manage Anxiety in Clients Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to Manage Anxiety in clients
Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:00-3:00 p.m. The College at Brockport – Union Gallery

This workshop will consist of interactive lecture as well as individual and small-group activities demonstrating how the intentional use of Emotional Freedom Technique can help clients to manage anxiety.

ACA Members: To register, please have your ACA Membership # ready and click here

Deadline to register is Monday, November 13, 2017 

Non-ACA Member Graduate Students: Contact our Graduate Student Chair, Thomas Ward, at , who will provide you with information needed for attendance.

Seating is limited to 10 non-ACA member graduate students. The deadline for non-ACA member graduate students is November 6th !

The College at Brockport Students, Faculty & Staff: Please contact Claudette A. Brown-Smythe see contact information below. 

6th Anniversary Event: 
Being both Counselor and Advocate ; Saturday November 4, 2017, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm, 

Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, 40 Haven Ave, New York, NY 10032 in the Multipurpose Conference Room, 6th Floor. 

Come join ACA-NY, and a panel of counseling leaders, in a discussion on the topic of Advocacy in Counseling, both for clients and in the field of counseling as a whole.This event is open to ACA Members. If you are not an ACA member, but a Counselor in Training with graduate student status, and would like to attend please   contact Thomas Ward our Graduate Student Chair at .

Our Counseling Leader Panelists are:

Mr. J. Eric Arevalo, LMHC, NCC is President of New York Mental Health Counselors Association- Metro Chapter, and President-Elect of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a counseling practice in New York City, NY.

Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes, NCC, LCPC, is Co-Founder of Counselors for Social Justice, Past-President of the Illinois Counseling Association, North Atlantic Regional Association for Counseling and Supervision, and Counselors for Social Justice. He is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the areas of Counselor Education and School Counseling at CUNY Lehman College. He is currently running for the position of Judge of Elections in PA.

Dr. Anna Flores-Locke, LPC, ACS, is President-Elect of Counselors for Social Justice, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Director of Clinical Internship and Field Placement at Nyack College. She is also the owner of Charlandra Counseling Services in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.

Dr. Heather Robertson, NCC, CRC, LPC (CT) is President of the New York State Career Development Association, Past-President of ACA-NY, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator and an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at St. John’s University.

Dr. Cynthia Walley, LPC, is President of the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (Downstate), the VP of Counselor Education for the New York State School Counselor Association, and is an Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Mercy College. 

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access please contact Dr. Tiphanie Gonzalez at or Dr. Nannan Liu at

If you would like to attend this event please click here to sign up. 

2016-2017 Events Included:

  • 5th Anniversary Event Understanding Autism: Implications for Counselors; Saturday November 5, 2016, 9:00 am-12:00 pm Saint John Fisher College- Wegmans School of Nursing Room 102. Understand the complex diagnostic conceptualization of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learn how mental health counselors can effectively work with children and adolescents by partnering with their families and caregivers. Understand how school counselors can develop and implement intervention plans specifically designed to assist students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the classroom and larger school environment. 

  • Opioid Prescription Abuse: Treatment with Counseling and Medication Assisted Therapy; Saturday November 12, 2016, 12:00-3:00 pm. 167 Polk St #320 Watertown, NY 13601. Participants can expect to learn about the history of opioid abuse and current treatments and counseling techniques with this population. Medicated Assisted Therapy with this population will be covered to include Methadone and Suboxone.

  • Making it Better: Principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy with LGBTQ Adolescents and Adults Tuesday December 6, 2016, 5:00-7:30 PM Columbia University Medical Center New York State Psychiatric Institute 40 Haven Avenue 6th Floor, New York, NY 10032 This workshop will highlight basic concepts related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Attendees will be able to understand the potentially unique needs of LGBTQ clients and feel more comfortable providing counseling to LGBTQ clients. This workshop will also highlight community resources specifically relevant to LGBTQ adolescents and adults.