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MAMCD Spring Conference

  • 04/30/2022
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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MAMCD Spring 2022 Conference

                                Saturday, April 30, 2022

                                10:00 AM—4:00 PM EST

                             Virtual Live (via Zoom)

 “On the Cutting Edge of Greatness: Pioneering New Models for Multicultural Counseling”

10:00 AM—11:00 AM

Session #1: Supporting Black Students Attending Predominately White, K-12 Independent Schools 


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Atiya R. Smith, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, CATP, Hood College

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Kaylin N. Fields, B.S., Hood Colleg

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Kori L. Payne, B.S., Hood College

Description: While independent schools have traditionally served elite White students for the past few decades, many schools have made an effort to create a much more diverse student body. Unfortunately, students of color attending these schools have reported experiencing racism and mistreatment from both school staff and peers. This session will present key literature related to the experiences of Black students attending predominately White independent schools and how these experiences can shape their mental health, perceptions of belonging, academic performance, and overall well-being. Time will also be set aside to discuss supportive strategies and ways to active support these students in your role as a counselor or counselor educator. (1.0 NBCC Clock Hour)

Learning Objectives:  Attendees will 1)Identify factors that shape the experiences of Black students at these schools 2) Describe the impact of racism on mental health and overall well-being  3) List strategies that can assist Black students in being successful in these schools

11:00 AM—12:00 PM

Session #2: Supporting New BIPOC Counselors in Clinical Supervision 

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Presenter: Asia Rodriquez, LCPC, LPC—Zola Counseling Solutions, Silver Spring, MD

Description: As the number of BIPOC clinicians entering the counseling field continues to increase, exploring ways to support their becoming competent, effective counselor through a multicultural lens is critical. Clinical supervision is one of the primary tools in the development of a counselor’s professional identity. This workshop will explore how creating space for race and culture within the supervisory relationship can strengthen BIPOC clinicians’ growth and help build a future generation of diverse and effective clinicians. (1.0 NBCC Clock Hour).

Learning Objectives: Attendees will 1) Identify strategies from multiple models and theories to integrate culture into clinical supervision2)Outline the benefits of integrating culture into supervision and the consequences that may arise as a result of not doing so and 3)  Understand the impact of collective trauma on the clinical supervision and client relationships

12:00 PM—1:00 PM

Keynote Session: Multicultural Focus in An Ever Changing World: The Path Unfolds for MCA 

Pat Dudley, Licensed Professional Counselor, Columbia, Maryland – TherapyTribe

Presenter: Patricia Dudley, M.S. (President-Elect of the Maryland Counseling Association)

Description: This keynote address will highlight the significance of multicultural awareness and advocacy in the counseling profession with a 2022 perspective. The COVID-19 pandemic, recent racialized violence and trauma, war, and forced migrations invite counselors in Maryland and beyond to look at mental health and wellness through a new lens. While not losing sight of the unique strengths culturally diverse clients bring, counselors are continuously called to recognize the power and privilege dynamics which contribute to clients presenting concerns. The address will challenge counselors to consider how MCA can continue to leverage its platform to be a voice for a new approach to counseling. (1.0 NBCC Clock Hour)

Learning Objectives: Attendees will 1) Define counseling advocacy through the lens of the realities of Maryland 2) Describe individual and collective mental health challenges of culturally diverse communities 3) Learn how to leverage more advocacy for our profession

1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Session #3: The Truth About Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the Impact of Racism on Mental Health

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    Presenter(s): Dr. Dwayne Wright, JD, Ph.D. (George Washington University)

    Description: Dr. Dwayne Wright is Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at the George Washington University. His research and social activism seek to advance educational opportunity and equity for all students, particularly those historically oppressed and marginalized in American society. In this presentation he will explore the history and current reality of Critical Race Theory (CRT), including the controversy which has emerged around the possible integration of CRT into elementary and secondary education spaces. The presentation will address the impact of racism and power and privilege dynamics on the mental health of children from both majority and BIPOC backgrounds. 

    Learning Objectives:  Attendees will 1) Define and explain critical race theory (CRT) 2) Learn how to discuss the application of critical race theory to educational systems 3) Analyze the impact of racial dynamics on mental wellness in children and adolescents of varied cultural backgrounds

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  • 2:00—4:00 PM

    Session #6: Panel Discussion of HBCU Counseling Center Leaders

    Presenter(s): Dr. Sonya Clyburn (Morgan State University), Dr. Marcus Hummings (Howard University), Christopher Thomas (Coppin State University), Dr. Keith White and Brandon Rivers (Bowie State University), Dr. Jake Johnson (Bowie State University—panel moderator)

    Description: This presentation is a panel discussion of local HBCU Counseling Center leaders to discuss mental health challenges and service delivery for HBCU students, with special focus on COVID-19 pandemic adjustment, recent bomb threats at HBCU campuses, and stigma around help seeking. (2.0 NBCC Clock Hours)

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify most common presenting concerns found at local HBCU Counseling Centers

    • Understand creative strategies used to address stigma about helping seeking

    • Appreciate experiences of HBCU Counseling Center Leaders and their predictions about the future of service delivery 

    Register for the conference here:

    The Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees prior to the workshop. Registration: MAMCD Members--$35.00/MCA Student/Retired--$30.00; MCA Professional/Life--$40.00; Non-Member Professional--$50.00

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    Maryland Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.  2021. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Maryland Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

    Attendees may earn up to 6.0 NBCC Clock Hours (CE’s). Registration will be closed 48 hours before the event.

    For further information, contact MAMCD president, Dr. Ricardo Phipps, at

    For registration questions, contact Cathie Eaton at

    If you have questions about your NBCC credit certificate, you may contact Maya Georgieva, Ed.D., LCPC - MCA Credentialing Chair at 

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    As a 501©3 non-profit organization, the Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. (MCA) uses all funds to support the mission, vision, purpose, and needs for counselors in the State of Maryland. Therefore, all registration fees are final and non-refundable.

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