American Counseling Association of
New York (ACA-NY)

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Professional Development and Networking Events

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 and non-member NY counseling graduate students.  CEs are available for most events to ACA members.  Stay updated about events through email and our Facebook page.

Upcoming 2019 Events

Advocacy Day

May 4th, 2019

Virtual Conference via Zoom

Please join us for the ACA-NY Advocacy Day Webinar Series. The Series includes 4 webinars:

Please find links to these workshops in your Emails!

11 – 11:30 am
ACA Update; Presenter: Scott MacConomy, American Counseling Association

11:30 – 1 pm
Lunch on Your Own

1 – 1:55 pm
Advocating on multiple levels: As a professional, an educator, and person; Presenter: Isaac Burt, Ph.D., Florida International University

2 – 2: 55 pm
Social Justice Advocacy for School Counselors Presenter: Dr. June Hyun, Ph.D.; Seattle Pacific University

3 – 4:30 pm
ACA NY Legislative Townhall; Presenters: ACA-NY Panel

Lobby Day with NYMHCA
May 20, 2019
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Albany, NY

ACA-NY is teaming up with the New York Mental Health Counseling Association (NYMHCA) for Lobby Day 2019.

As we move forward with advocating for LMHCs across NY, we are teaming up with NYMHCA and joining them for Lobby Day in Albany, providing counselors an opportunity to become better known to state legislators. Throughout the day, counselors will meet with legislators to discuss their work as mental health counselors, while advocating for the profession. As announced in recent months, ACA-NY is collaborating with NYMHCA on legislation to gain diagnostic authority for LMHCs. We hope to help legislators better understand our roles as counselors, our curriculum and training, and for them know that counselors are willing to step up and fill the need for more mental health support for individuals across the state.

Past  Events

Upstate Regional Event

April 13, 2019

4:00 - 7:00 PM

SUNY Oswego, 311 Wilbur Hall

Oswego, NY 13126

Bottom Up: Welcoming the Body into Therapy

**This event is only open to ACA-NY members and non-member counseling graduate students. ACA-NY Members can receive 3 CEs for FREE.**

Join ACA-NY and presenter Meg Tobin, MA, LMHC for a training on integrating the body's sensory experience into the process of therapy.

All of our bodies hold memory of adverse experiences long past the events and regardless of how often they have been talked about. Traditional "top down" approaches to adverse experiences offer clients a necessary cognitive understanding of their pain, but do not allow for a complete healing process to occur. The missing piece is often the integration of the body in therapy using "bottom up" techniques. "Bottom up" refers to attending to the body's sensory experience before engaging the higher regions of the brain. This presentation will give a brief overview of how and why the body holds trauma and offer practical exercises to help clients access and release what the body is holding. This is an experiential workshop focused on techniques designed to interrupt the physiological stress response and help clients begin to rewire their problematic life-long patterns.

Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to

-Understand how physiological reactivity keeps clients stuck.
-Understand the need for Bottom Up approaches in therapy and how they facilitate healing.
-Recognize opportunities to integrate expressive exercises in therapy session.
-Clearly understand basic experiential techniques to utilize immediately with clients

ACA NY 7th Anniversary Event: Spirituality in Counseling

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Syracuse, NY 13203  

Play Therapy with Traumatized Children

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Rochester, NY 14604

Therapy for Black Kids: Nurturing Strengths of Future Generations

Saturday, September 29, 2018
New York, NY

2017-2018 Events

Annual ACA-NY Grassroots Advocacy Day

March 20th, 2018

Albany, NY

Trauma: Exploring Treatment Modalities
Watertown, NY

Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to Manage Anxiety in Clients 
November 18, 2017 
Brockport, NY

6th Annual Anniversary Event: Being both Counselor and Advocate
November 4, 2017
New York, NY