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2020 International Conference

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Mental Health Connections: Counseling Across the Globe

COVID-19 has brought challenges and change to communities the world over, and counselors and the counseling profession are seeking to respond to the rapidly transforming needs of clients and communities. In response to these challenges, NBCC and the NBCC Foundation invite you to join the digital conference, Mental Health Connections: Counseling Across the Globe. This digital conference is intended to bring prominent educators, practicing counselors, regulators, and leaders together to discuss the impacts of these transformations on the profession in their countries. Participants will have the unique opportunity to explore mental health connections and parameters of the counseling profession in many different regions of the world. The pandemic we face has unified us in our awareness of the need for counselors and counseling, and technology serves as the vehicle for connecting us and allowing us to learn from our pandemic experiences together.

The past months have seen dramatic change in every aspect of our lives, and counselors in many parts of the world have had to make adjustments in how we serve clients, students, and supervisees. The staff of NBCC’s International Capacity Building Department has also adjusted in how we collaborate with our colleagues, both inside and outside of the U.S. This digital conference exemplifies that adjustment by providing an opportunity for colleagues from around the world to discuss the state of counseling within their countries and/or regions and engage with U.S. participants.


Conference 2-Day Itinerary:

Thursday, December 17, 2020: 2:00-7:00pm EST

  • 2:00 – 2:30: Conference Welcome

Dr. Neil Duchac, Chair, NBCC Board of Directors; Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, President & CEO; Dr. Wendi Schweiger, Director, International Capacity Building; Ms. Eugenie Yang, Program Manager, International Capacity Building

Note: this session does not count for continuing education

  • 2:30-2:45: Break
  • 2:45 – 4:15: Counseling in Mexico and Argentina

Dr. Antonio Tena (Mexico) and Lic. Andres Sanchez Bodas (Argentina)

  • 4:15 – 4:30: Break
  • 4:30 – 5:45: Indigenous Considerations

Dr. Julie Smith (White Earth Nation) and Ms. Lorissa Norquay (Sagkeeng First Nation)

  • 5:45 – 6:00: Break
  • 6:00 - 7:00: Counseling in the Philippines

Dr. Cristina Esquivel-Saldivar, Dr. Leo Capeding, and Ms. Carolyn Quiba (Philippines)


Friday, December 18, 2020: 10:00am-2:30pm EST

  • 10:00 – 10:30: NBCC Institutes & the Mental Health Facilitator Program: How to Become Involved

Dr. Wendi Schweiger, Director, International Capacity Building; Ms. Eugenie Yang, Program Manager, International Capacity Building

Note: this session does not count for continuing education

  • 10:30-10:45:Break
  • 10:45 – 11:45: Counseling in Uganda

Dr. Ronald Kaluya (Uganda) and Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen (U.S. & Uganda)

  • 11:45-12:00: Break
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Career Guidance in Bulgaria and Greece

Ms. Gergana Rakovska (Bulgaria); Ms. Angela Chougia and Mrs. Maria Koutsafti (Greece)

  • 1:00 – 1:15: Break
  • 1:15 – 2:30: Counseling in Portugal

Ms. Mariana Paterna Dias and Ms. Rita Catarino Caeiro (Portugal)


Learning Objectives:

Participants Will Learn: About the state of counseling and mental health services in countries outside of the U.S.

Participants Will Learn: How COVID-19 is affecting local counseling services, teaching, and supervision.

Participants Will Learn: How partners collaborate with NBCC’s international initiatives toward locally determined goals, including professionalizing counseling and increasing mental health service access, and how to become involved.


Registration & Payment

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All proceeds for the conference will go to support grants towards building mental health capacity through NBCC's Mental Health Facilitator program.

There are a total of 7 continuing education hours available for both days of the conference at a cost of $75.00 USD. While 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.

Only donations made beyond the $75.00 USD registration fee will be tax-deductible in the United States. If you donate to benefit the MHF program, you will receive a separate tax-deductible donation receipt via email. Please allow 30 days for this donation to be processed and for your tax-deductible receipt to be emailed to you.

All conference sessions will be recorded. If you register for this conference, you will also receive access to all recorded sessions for two weeks in January. All sessions available for continuing education credit during the conference will also be available through the process of reviewing the recordings and completing the accompanying evaluation. Please note that continuing education credit is only available once per session whether the session is viewed live or as a recording.

Questions? Please contact Kelley Rowland at international@nbcc.org

Register for Conference

Registration will be closing at 5:00pm EST Wednesday, December 9.



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.


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