AASCB 2018 Program Information


Optional Pre-Conference Institute

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
8:30 - 11:30 am

You’ve Come a Long Way, Counseling, But Where Are You Going?


12:00 – 2:00 pm

Luncheon Plenary Session:  CACREP: The Little Engine that Could and Did Empower the Counseling Profession



Thursday, January 11, 2018
2:15 - 4:00 pm

National Counseling Licensure Endorsement Process


Concurrent Sessions 1,2,3

Thursday, January 11, 2018
9:45 - 11:00 am


1: A Commitment to Excellence in Counseling: Chi Sigma Iota’s Historical Support and Ongoing Advocacy for Professional Counselor Licensure

More than 119,000 professional counselors have become initiated members of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International (CSI) since the Society was established in 1985. CSI is now the third largest counseling membership organization in the world. Its purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in the counseling profession. From CSI’s inception, its Bylaws and membership criteria have supported counselor credentialing and accreditation. Its members include the most prominent pioneers and leaders within the counseling profession, many of whom were instrumental in developing the first state counselor licensure, establishing counselor training standards and accreditation, and instituting national counselor credentialing -- activities that have become hallmarks of the counseling profession.

Information shared during this session will provide a longitudinal view of advocacy for counselor licensure, from its history to present-day considerations regarding licensure portability. Significant contributions by CSI members to create counselor licensure, credentialing, and training accreditation will be reviewed. Additionally, this session will provide an overview of the ongoing work of CSI members to advocate for counselor licensure.


  • Holly Hartwig Moorhead, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, Chief Executive Officer, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
  • Barbara Herlihy, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, 2017-18 President, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
  • Thomas J. Sweeney, Ph.D., LPCC (Retired), Executive Director Emeritus, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
2: Job Analysis for the NCE and the NCMHCE – What it means for Licensure in Counseling

The National Board for Certified Counselors, and its affiliate, the Center for Credentialing and Education has completed the most comprehensive job analysis in the history of its examinations (distributed to over 120,000 counselors throughout the United States).  We would like to share preliminary data with the members of the American Association of State Counseling Board’s membership and discuss the potential implications the results have for the examinations.


  • Patricia F. Cates, M.S., CPA, CGMA, Chief Business Officer, National Board for Certified Counselors
  • David Whittinghill, Ph.D., NCC, MAC, LPC, Director of Assessment Development
    Center for Credentialing and Education
  • Kshawna Askew, Ph.D., Psychometrician. Director of Assessment Administration
    Center for Credentialing and Education
3: Collaborating With Other Licensing Board Members: Shared Perspectives

Perceptions of licensing board members yielded from a nationwide survey will be presented, highlighting current and future trends in licensure regulation across 41 jurisdictions. Sharing opportunities, challenges, and ongoing advocacy efforts may help bring states closer together in addressing barriers to portability, a growing concern for counselors across the nation.         

 Presenter: Kathy Ybanez-Llorente, PhD, LPC-S, Texas State University


Concurrent Sessions 4,5,6

Thursday, January 11, 2018

11:15 - 12:30 pm

4: Critical Issues Facing the Counseling Profession and State Counseling Boards

ACA’s Chief Professional Officer and State Legislative Representative will discuss two critical issues currently facing the counseling profession and state counseling boards: approaches to licensure portability and licensure board consolidation and elimination.


  • David Kaplan, PhD, Chief Professional Officer, American Counseling Association
  • Scott MacConomy, State Legislative Representative, American Counseling Association
5: Counselor Supervision: A Comparison across States and Jurisdictions

Counselor Supervisors ensure the competence of counselors entering the profession. The presenters examined the similarities and differences of pre-licensure supervision requirements and counselor supervisor requirements in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. Findings are presented and discussed noting the challenges regarding differences and suggestions for consistency.


  • Richard Henriksen Jr., Ph.D., LPCS, NCC, Sam Houston State University
  • Richard E. Watts, Ph.D., LPCS, NCC, Sam Houston State University
  • Susan Henderson, Ph.D., LPC-Intern, NCC, Sam Houston State University
  • Ya-Wen Liang, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Danielle F. Marks, M.S. ED, LPC-Intern, Sam Houston State University


6: Crime and Punishment: Process Review and Case Studies

 This session will cover the process used in Ohio for disciplinary action along with at least two other states.  Three case studies will be included.  Participants will break into small groups to discuss how their state might address three sample scenarios and then share that information with the entire group.

Presenter: Ryan Pickut, MA, LPCC-S, Ohio CSWMFT Board Member; Investigative Liaison to the OCSWMFT Board



Friday, January 12, 2018
9:30 - 10:30 am

Interstate Compacts Update

10:45 - 11:45 am

US Dept. of Defense Perspectives on Licensure

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Comprehensive Regulatory Training