Election Time

As we near the time for elections, NARACES would like to provide everyone the list of people running to include their CV’s and personal statements. CV’s can be clicked on as you scroll across each name in green. Ballots will be completed later this month via survey monkey.

Sherritta HughesDiane WalshCarolyn Bazan
Candice CrawfordFatma Salem-Pease
Lauren Joyce

Sheritta Hughes – Hello, my name is Sherritta Hughes and I would like to express interest for being of service in the officer role of President Elect-Elect 2021-2022. Presently, I am an active member of ACA, ACES, NARACES, and NJCA. In terms of being a practitioner, I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor, practicing mental health counselor, and Assistant Professor in a CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Georgian Court University. 

Over the span of 15 years as a licensed professional counselor supervisor and entering into the CES discipline five years ago, I look to further advance with continued advocacy within and service to the profession. As a joint goal, this has been to actively support my local branch, the New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA) among other participatory efforts on behalf of colleagues, counseling students, new professionals, and clients. Moreover, serving as past president of two Multicultural state divisions and now, as Immediate Past President of a state branch, it is furthermore a demonstration of my service and advocacy efforts. Relative to continuity in reaching these goals and in these roles, I have learned much about myself as a leader, being a vocal member of a team, and how necessary it is to be inclusive, compassionate, transparent, and to seek support from mentors. 

During this term, I would hope to accomplish the following: 

  1. Execute a successful bi-annual conference with a team of CES colleagues and future colleagues. To do this, an idea is to apply what I have learned from being an active participant in planning division, state, and regional conferences. Also, I will work transparently and collaboratively with all NARACES members involved in this function, hopefully forming a team of new and seasoned members. 
  2. Maintain the integrity of NARACES as a progressive and stable regional branch of ACES. To do this, an idea is to maintain the programs already in play, especially those that have been deemed successful and staples of NARACES, and that members look forward to. 
  3. Increase active engagement among the members of each state in NARACES, inclusive of the regions: Puerto Rico, Europe, the Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C. To do this, an idea is to formulate an Active Engagement Among the Territories Taskforce (AEATT) in each of these locations. At least begin the process of continuity for subsequent administrations to practice (e.g., one of several foci for diversity and inclusion within NARACES and ACES). 

Diane Walsh is a faculty member new to the NARACES region. She is interested in increasing her involvement in NARACES through service to the community. She initially joined NARACES in July 2019, and served as a conference proposal reviewer in Spring 2020. She has significant experience in record keeping and writing effective meeting minutes, and experience in working with membership organizations.

Dr. Candice Crawford is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Molloy College. Dr. Crawford’s research interests include multicultural competency in counseling and supervision. She recently defended her dissertation that focused on cross-racial experiences of Black supervisors in supervision. NARACES has been influential in Dr. Crawford’s professional development as she has presented at several NARACES conferences and was a 2016 NARACES Emerging Leader. Dr. Crawford is committed to promoting quality education and supervision to professional counselors, which is why she is eager to serve as a secretary-elect for the NARACES board. 

I, Carolyn Bazan, would love to be considered for the Graduate Student Representative position. I am currently a doctoral student at Rutgers University, School of Health Professions in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program. My path is unique as I started off studying Marketing and Communication. However, after years of not being satisfied with the path my career was taking me, I knew I had to make a change. I was very nervous my first day in class because I was comparing myself to students with years of experience in the counseling field. Yet, the professors made it so comfortable for me, and really helped me get over my insecurities quickly. Within the first year, I was asked to work on a project helping individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I thought to myself, this is my chance to make a difference. I applied and quickly adapted to the role of researcher, educator, and clinician. I am so grateful for the opportunity because it led me to the path I am on today. I currently work as a trainer at the Mental Health Association, spreading awareness about mental health conditions, trauma, and helping individuals look for employment. I feel so blessed that I have the chance to help people and give them hope that they can recover from mental health challenges. I know that with pursuing my PhD at Rutgers University, the doors will continue to open and my chance at spreading awareness about mental health will increase. I am so excited about this journey I am on and what the future holds for me. It would be a blessing to represent my passion on your committee and continue to serve my purpose as a counselor educator.

I, Fatma Salem-Pease, hereby express my earnest interest in the NARACES Graduate Student Representative position. As a student in a Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral program, I am well aware of graduate students’ needs for guidance, support, mentorship, and connections. I have always been very passionate about social justice and advocacy and believe that this is a great opportunity for me to use my voice, knowledge, and skills to benefit my community of CES graduate students. As a NARACES graduate student representative, I would like to work on expanding member students’ knowledge and use of existing resources and increase advertisement of our platform to reach more students and provide more equitable opportunities of networking and support to all graduate students in the North Atlantic region.  

Lauren Joyce is interested in the NARACES Graduate Student Representative position for the 2022-2024 term. Throughout her academic career, she has worked to gain experience and demonstrate leadership abilities. She is currently the student president for the William Glasser Choice Theory Student Leadership Committee, and has engaged in collaborative presentations to undergraduate classes on the effects of trauma. Over the past year, she developed a passion for supporting fellow students and providing guidance that will help them on their journeys in becoming professional counselors. She is creative as well as organized and feels that these qualities would help her excel in the role of the graduate student representative. If appointed to this position, she would do her utmost to advocate for the graduate community and would encourage them to expand their own communities and experience in the counseling field. She has seen first-hand how beneficial these memberships can be and is highly motivated to share these experiences with others and contribute to the organization’s development and long- term success. 

2020 Award and Grant Winners

Please see the video below for this year’s award and grant winners! Congratulations to all! 😀

CACREP 2023 Standards Revision Webinar

The CACREP 2023 Standards Revision Committee (SRC) will share its process for meeting its charge and provide a status update of its work. SRC members will engage in dialogue and invite participants to share their research on requisite knowledge and skills for entry-level counselors in
all of the specialty areas and at the doctoral level with the specific purpose of informing standards revision.

CACREP staff will also be on hand to provide CACREP updates. Please see the attachment for more details!

Racism: A call to Read, View, and Do

As NARACES leaders, we discussed how we would like to respond to the on-going racism present in our society, and specifically directed towards African Americans. With the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, we believe it is very important to send out our own call to action as many of our professional counseling organizations (i.e., ACA, ACES, NBCC) have already done. Though we echo their sentiments, we wanted to take a slightly different approach by offering action items and invite you to: Read, View, and Do.

As counselors and counselor educators, we know about the stages of change. We also know how imperative it is to be advocates and allies, and to teach our students to be oriented toward social justice, and to model our own social justice commitment to our students. We realize that we are not all in the same place of action and responsiveness toward these racist events, and we ask you to think about where you are in relation to racism and your racial development. From there, decide where you need to be and what you can do to show that you will not stand for racism.

Below is a collection of resources for each category of Read, View, and Do. We urge you to ask yourself, particularly if you are White, ‘How am I being an ally?’ Only you know the answer, and we have provided a place to start, as well as suggestions on how you can begin doing something to take a stand against racism and show solidarity to the Black community. Engaging in these actions can be more powerful, and effect greater change, if you have a community in which to do so; please invite in family, friends, colleagues, and/or neighbors to also read, view, or do. Together, we can create positive change. James Baldwin once wrote “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” As a community, we cannot resolve the nation’s problems alone, but we can at least face our own issues that are relevant to the present situation.

A Call to Read

New Era of Public Safety

JMCD special edition on counseling African American clients in the era of Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and media stereotypes

American Psychiatric Association. (2017). APA Toolkit for Providers Treating African-Americans: Stress and Trauma Related to the Political and Social Environment.

Aymer, S. R. (2016). “I can’t breathe”: A case study – helping Black men cope with race-related trauma stemming from police killing and brutality. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26,(3-4), 367-376.

DiAngelo, R. (2018). White fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Beacon Press.

Gase, L. N., Glenn, B. A., Gomez, L. M., Kuo, T., Inkelas, M., & Ponce, N. A. (2016). Understanding racial and ethnic disparities in arrest: The role of individual, home, school, and community characteristics. Race and Social Problems, 8(4), 296-312.

Kahn K. B., Steele J. S., McMahon J. M., & Stewart, G. (2017). How suspect race affects police use of force in an interaction over time. Law and Human Behavior, 41(2), 117-126.

Rothstein, R. (2017). The color of law. W.W. Norton & Co.

Saleh, A. Z., Appelbaum, P., Liu, X., Stroup, T. S., & Wall, M. (2018). Deaths of people with mental illness during Interactions with law enforcement. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 58, 110-116.

The Guardian: The Counted Project. January 8, 2017. Young Black Men Again Faced Highest Rate of US Police Killings in 2016.

APA Statement

A Call to View

A Conversation with Obama: Anguish and Action

Yusef Salaam: The Marshall Project

PAMCD webinar: Exploring Barriers and Themes Linked to Racial Distress in The Counseling Relationship

Rachel Cargle Public Address

A Call to Do

Color of Change

Week of Action

Facing History: Educator Resources

USA Today: Take Action Against Racism

NASP Call to Action

Me and White Supremacy

Online Teaching Resources

As we embrace the dawning of a new era, NARACES wanted to provide everyone with supportive resources. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe during this time.

2021-2022 Election Results

On behalf of the membership, I am honored to announce the results of this years election. Thank you to all the members who stepped forward to take a more active role in the NARACES leadership. I am grateful to all who agreed to run for an office.
Congratulations to the following NARACES members who will assume leadership roles on July 1, 2020:
Dr. Krista Mallot (Villanova University) – President Elect-Elect
Dr. Michael Hannon (Montclair State University) – Secretary Elect-Elect
Yangyang Liu (Penn State University) – Graduate Student Representative Elect