Since 2003, NBCC and Affiliates has worked with partners worldwide who are interested in professionalizing counseling and increasing mental health service capacity. In addition, through this work and these partnerships, NBCC has become aware that many counselors and counselor educators are also engaged in and dedicated to collaborating across borders and cultures. This has allowed for a better understanding of the differences, similarities, and mutual need for effective counseling and mental health training, practice, and research within and across borders.
NBCC and the NBCC Foundation invite you to join us during our third international digital conference, Mental Health Connections: Building a Global Counseling Community.
This year will highlight education or training, practice, and research geared toward expanding the reach of the counseling profession by building a community of mutual learning and collaboration that considers individual, community, cultural, and national differences. Participants will learn about counseling through an international lens and receive insight on current or prospective initiatives in developing the future of the profession from speakers across the globe.
Dr. Maha Y. See, Founder and Program Director, Myanmar Clinical Psychology Consortium, Burma (Myanmar); Yun Shi, MA, MS, LMFT, Doctoral Candidate, Oregon State University; Dr. Zachary Pietrantoni, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Florida International University
These three keynote presenters will share their personal and professional journeys in helping to build a global mental health community. Through their personal stories, and professional adventures, the participants will visit times and places where mental health services have been emerging and growing strong. From China since 2008, to Myanmar since 2017, in the midst of the coup in Fiji in 2021, to other international communities, and through the training of diverse counselors in the United States, participants will come to appreciate the challenges, benefits, and lessons learned from expanding the reach of the counseling profession.
The presenters, all clinicians, educators, and researchers, will offer a wide variety of clinical, research, training, and service experience that complement each other. Together, with creativity and humility, they will invite the participants to envision counseling through a diverse global lens and ponder what it means to belong to a global counseling community.
Dr. Kathy Offet-Gartner, President, CCPA; Dr. Kim Hollihan, CEO, CCPA; Dr. Jen Rowett, Past-President, CCPA; Ms. Carrie Foster, President-elect, CCPA; Mr. George Maringapasi, Treasurer, CCPA
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national, bilingual association of counselors and psychotherapists across Canada providing leadership in the promotion of counseling since 1965 with over 11,000 members from a variety of professional mental health settings, including private and public health services, education, business, and government. There are 16 special interest and regional chapters available to members.
CCPA develops, fosters, and nurtures working relationships with similar organizations to provide professional development, networking, and collaboration on shared outcomes. Dually, CCPA is committed to quality member services and promoting policies that fulfill its mandate as described in their Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. CCPA is committed to efficacious, inclusive, and ethical practice that honors Canada’s unique bilingual, multicultural, and pluralistic heritage. To demonstrate this commitment, recent updates to the Code of Ethics (2020) and the Standards of Practice (2021) emphasized the need to infuse respect for diversity and inclusion throughout and included sections that were in response to the 94 Calls to Action of the Royal Commission on Truth and Reconciliation (TRC).
Join CCPA leadership as we each offer our unique experiences of working and supporting the diverse needs of our clients and members.
Ms. Deki Choden, Bhutan; Ms. Diana Nyirenda, Malawi; Dr. Cristina Esquivel-Saldivar, Philippines; Dra. Romanita de Lourdes Díaz Jiménez, Puerto Rico; Ms. Euodia Kapuwamba Nakwenda, Zambia
This recorded presentation will feature counselors from around the world discussing their journeys toward engaging in counseling work; their activities as counselors and educators within their communities; local mental health challenges; and strengths, traditions, and coping mechanisms that help people in their communities and/or countries meet those challenges. These presenters will also address mental health advocacy and their thoughts about the future of mental health services in their communities and/or countries.
Please stay tuned to our website, email communications, and social media for updated event information as soon as it becomes available.
Participants will learn about the state of counseling and mental health outside of the United States.
Participants will learn about initiatives in education or training, practice, and research that build community and mutual learning.
Participants will gain familiarity with challenges in counseling professionalization and mental health service provision in communities worldwide.
All proceeds for the conference will support NBCC’s Mental Health Facilitator program by supporting grants that build global mental health capacity through localized mental health trainings.
Although all proceeds from the event will benefit the Mental Health Facilitator program, the fee you pay to attend the event is equivalent to the fee you would pay to attend a conference or professional development event. Therefore, your registration fee is not tax-deductible. Upon registering, you will receive an email confirmation that can serve as a receipt for your registration.
NBCC Foundation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continued Education Provider, ACEP No. 805. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NBCC Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.