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.

NARACES 2020 Conference

Due to COVID-19 and the multitude of changes that are occurring across our nation, the NARACES board has cancelled the 2020 conference that was to take place in Pittsburgh, PA. For planning purposes, we have booked the Pittsburgh location for 2022. Conference planners are working diligently to determine how we are going to replace the 2020 conference. As more decisions are made, we will share this information transparently with our members.

We are still asking for 2020 NARACES Awards Nominations.  Please see the packet below for the application and more information.    The deadline is September 15, 2020.

NARACES has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 1103. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NARACES is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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

Executive Director Position

The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision is seeking a dynamic professional to serve as executive director for the organization. This position provides essential leadership to ACES and its membership community. In close collaboration with the Officers of ACES, the Executive Director will support the organization in pursuit of its goals and strategic plan. Please see the attachment below for more information.

2020-2021 Election Winners!

Greetings,

I am very happy to announce the winners of our recent election for NARACES officers:

2020-2021 NARACES President – Michelle Hinkle, William Patterson University

2020-2021 NARACES Secretary – Heather Paessler-Chesterton, Concordia University @ Irvine

2020-2021 NARACES Graduate Student Representative – Shanta Pamphile, Montclair State University

Please join me in congratulating all three of them.

Steve Flynn

President: NARACES