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Maryland Counselors for Social Justice (MCSJ)

MCSJ is a division of the Maryland Counseling Association (MCA), and a state branch of Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ). We invite you to become a member and stay involved, as we embark on this journey of equity, inclusion & justice for all.

Our Mission

Our mission is to work to promote social justice advocacy in our society, through confronting oppressive systems of power and privilege that manifest in a lack of equal access, benefits, resources, and opportunities to large segments of our population. We work to address mental health issues caused by social marginalization, and oppressive issues that affect professional counselors, students, and the clients we serve. Our goal is to work to assist in positive change in our community and society, and call attention to additional ways counselors could be better advocates in their work with diverse, marginalized, and disenfranchised clients, through professional development.

Maryland Counselors for Social Justice (MCSJ) 2022 Conference

Call for Proposals

This conference will be a Virtual Conference held on June 24-25, 2022.

The deadline for proposal submission is April 12, 2022 at 11:59pm ET. Click here to start your submission.

Decolonization is the act of de-centering whiteness and centering marginalized communities instead. It is an intentional shift of policy, practices, and the overall culture of systems and institutions that have long served and perpetuated Western and Eurocentric worldviews. The impact of colonization is prevalent within the counseling profession, education and academia, research, and in the numerous different institutions of which we are a part. This results in the perpetual invalidation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, particularly those with multiple minoritized intersectional identities, and their cultural perspectives.

We encourage presentations on the following topics:

-Addressing BIPOC mental health and wellness

-The aftermath of COVID-19 and its impact on BIPOC communities

-Response to mask-free mandate and implications in our workplaces/schools

-Serving individuals with multiple marginalized/minoritized identities (i.e., communities of color, immigrants/refugees, undocumented/asylum seekers, queer and trans folx, differently-abled persons, etc.)

-Anti-racism and anti-oppression in the counseling field

-Advocacy without being offensive

-Implementing multicultural, social justice, intersectional, decolonial theories and frameworks in individual, family, and group therapy

-Integrating indigenous theories, techniques, and healing practices in therapy

-Decolonizing child/adolescent, K-12, and school counseling

-Deconstructing career and rehabilitation counseling

-Decolonizing higher education, research, and academia

-Decolonizing wellness, intentional self-care, and community care

-Food justice, climate justice, environmental justice, and ties to racial justice

-Addressing systems of oppression, power, privilege in the counseling, supervision, and/or classroom setting

-The struggle to fulfill job vacancies in BIPOC communities

-Acknowledging the past history of the counseling profession, the present movement(s), and future directions for anti-racism and anti-oppressive counseling and education

-Addressing health disparities, substance abuse, medical, and legal systems

-Preventing recidivism: mass incarceration in BIPOC communities and advocating within legal system

-What active role does social justice play now - what are we going to do to make out voices heard?

-And others!

Click here to start your submission.

We encourage presentations from members of the counseling profession, educators and scholars, social justice advocates and activists, and doctoral and master's students in the mental health and counseling fields.

MCSJ is a Division of Maryland Counseling Association (MCA), Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit.



MCSJ is so excited to share our Newsletter with you!!!


Click here to access our Spring 2022 Newsletter: MCSJ Newsletter_Vol3.2.pdf 

Click here to access our Fall 2021 Newsletter: MCSJ Newsletter_Vol3.1.pdf

Click here to access our Spring 2021 Newsletter: MCSJ Newsletter_Vol2.2.pdf

Click here for our Fall 2020 Newsletter: MCSJ Newsletter_Vol2.1.pdf


We hope you enjoy reading them and learning about our amazing inaugural year!

To read past volumes, see our archives below!

Click HERE to access our Volume 1, Issue 4 June 2019 Newsletter

Click HERE to access our Volume 1, Issue 3 March 2019 Newsletter

Click HERE to access our Volume 1, Issue 2 December 2018 Newsletter

Click HERE to access our Volume 1, Issue 1 September 2018 Newsletter

MCSJ Executive Board - Leadership (2021-2022)

President:  Dr. Kizzy Pittrell, Ed.D., LCPC, ACS
President-Elect:  Dr. Sabrina Harris Taylor, Ph.D., CRC, CVRC, CWIP
Secretary:  open
Treasurer:  Dr. Sade Dunn, Ed.D., NCC, LPC, LCPC
Counselor Representative:  Katie Voorman, MS
Student Representative:  Julie Beckmann

Membership Chair:  Donnette Deigh, LGPC, NCC
Public Relations Chair:  Justin T. White
Professional Development Chair:  Amanda Friday, LPC
Social Justice Advocacy Chair:  Grace Abraham Lewis, LCPC, NCC

Newsletter Chair:  Emilia Henry (MCA Emerging Leader)

Past President:  Kshipra Jain, LPC, NCC
Executive Director/Founder:  Dr. Chioma Anah, Ed.D, ATR, LCPC, ACS

MCSJ Membership Types/Dues

Professional/Regular  $15 (per year)

Student  $10 (per year)

Retiree/Veteran  $5 (per year)


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Upcoming Events


 


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PAST EVENTS


MCSJ 3rd Annual ConferenceDecolonizing Our Minds: Uplifting Minoritized Voices

Up to 19.5 CEUs (recordings available till August 15, 2021)

Date: Friday & Saturday, June 25 & 26, 2021

Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm

Location: Zoom

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Patricia Arredondo & Dr. Karla Sapp

Register here: https://mdcounseling.org/event-4268107

Download the conference program here: MCSJ 2021 Conference Program.pdf


A Restorative Justice Circle for BIPOC Therapists: Coping with the COVID-19 and Social Injustice Pandemics

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Time: 6-7pm ET

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for non-members

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-4103417



A Restorative Justice Circle for Black Therapists: Coping with the COVID-19 and Social Injustice Pandemics

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time: 6-7pm ET

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for non-members

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3991863




A Restorative Justice Circle for BIPOC Therapists: Coping with the COVID-19 and Social Injustice Pandemics

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time: 6-7pm ET

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for non-membersTime: 6-7pm ET

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3991872




A Restorative Justice Circle for Black Therapists: Coping with the Sociopolitical Climate and COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Time: 6-7pm ET

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for non-members

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3991862



Putting Anti-Racist Pedagogy into Practice

Date: Friday, February 19, 2021

Time: 2-5pm ET

3 CEs

Facilitated by Dr. Nouf Bazaz, PhD, & students from Loyola University Maryland

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for MCA students/retirees, $10 for MCA members; $15 for non-members

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-4131078


A Restorative Justice Circle for BIPOC Therapists: Coping with the Insurrection, Sociopolitical Climate, and COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021

Time: 6-7pm ET

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for non-members

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3991869




A Restorative Justice Circle for Black Therapists: Coping with the Holidays and COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: Monday, December 28, 2020

Time: 6-7pm ET

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for non-members

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3991861




A Restorative Justice Circle for BIPOC Therapists (MCSJ & MAMCD Collab)

Date: Monday, November 23, 2020

Time: 6-7pm ET

Cost: Free for MCSJ and MAMCD members, $5 for non-members

Facilitators: Kshipra Jain, LPC, NCC, & Dr. Atiya R Smith, PhD, LCPC, NCC, CATP

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3983515


MCSJ Day of Wellness Symposium

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020

Time: 11am-2:15pm ET

3 CEs

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for MCA students/retirees, $10 for MCA professional members; $15 for non-members

Facilitators: Kris Wright, LCPC, & Dr. Kizzy Pittrell, EdD, LCPC, ACS

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-4031870


Education and Civil Rights for Persons with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Time: 1-2:30pm

1.5 CEs

Facilitator: Dr. Sabrina H Taylor, PhD, CRC, CVRP, CWIP

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3972438 



A Restorative Justice Circle for BIPOC Therapists: Coping with the COVID-19 and Social Injustice Pandemics 

Date: Monday, September 28, 2020

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for non-members

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3983520




A Restorative Justice Circle for Black Therapists: Coping with the COVID-19 and Social Injustice Pandemics

Dates: Monday, August 31, 2020

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: Free for MCSJ members, $5 for non-members

Registration: https://mdcounseling.org/event-3951311



MCSJ 2nd Annual Conference"Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere" -Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

7 CEUs

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020

Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm

Location: Zoom

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Marsha Riggio & Dr. Kevin Bruce

Registration: https://www.mdcounseling.org/event-3738796


MCSJ Inaugural Conference: A Gathering of Counselors, Allies, & Communities: Social Justice Advocacin our Current Sociopolitical Climate

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Time: 8:30am- 4:00pm

Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (School of Education Building, 2800 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vivian Lee

Click HERE to view the Inaugural Conference brochure!


MCSJ Workshop: Law Enforcement and Counselors: Courageous Conversations About How Clinicians and Officers Can Work Together to Best Serve the Community and Clients

3 CEs 

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, School of Education, 2800 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218

Presenters:

  • Peri Hooper

Registration:

  •  MCSJ Members: $30
  •  Non-MCSJ Members: $40

Continental Breakfast Included with Registration Fee

Deadline to Register: Friday, September 21, 2018

Click here for flyer


MCSJ Workshop - Examining Intersectionality, Privilege & Oppression: Strategies for Counselors to Enhance Multicultural & Social Justice Advocacy

3 CEs 

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Date: August 18, 2018

Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, School of Education, 2800 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218

Presenters:

  • Kshipra Jain, MA, LPC, NCC
  • Dr. Chioma Anah, ATR, NCC, LCPC-S, ACS

Registration:

  •  MCSJ Members: $30
  •  Non-MCSJ Members: $40

Continental Breakfast Included with Registration Fee

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Click here for flyer


Connect with MCSJ


Facebook: http://facebook.com/MarylandCSJ

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryland_csj/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maryland_csj


Email: mcsj@mdcounseling.org or mdcounselorsMCSJ@gmail.com


For more information about membership or to join a committee, contact us at mcsj@mdcounseling.org





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