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2020 Symposium Call for Presenters

2020 Symposium

Starting Oct. 1, 2019, the NBCC Foundation (NBCCF) will begin accepting proposals from individuals interested in presenting at its 2020 Symposium: Bridging the Gap in Mental Health Disparities, to be held May 20–22, 2020, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The theme for the Symposium is “Family Matters,” with an emphasis on counseling skills, research, and resources that can improve, strengthen, or enrich families that represent minority and other underserved communities. The deadline to apply is Nov. 11, 2019.

We welcome applications from presenters who can provide creative and unique presentations that highlight evidence-based and promising practices or relevant research addressing traditional and non-traditional family constructs and lifestyles for various groups; internal dynamics of families; or topics related to advocacy, social justice, and ethical practices for families.

Here are the descriptions for each category:

  • Social Constructs and Cultures for Minority and Underserved Families – Topics that demonstrate an understanding of culturally sensitive counseling for minority/underserved families and their social constructs.
  • Internal Dynamics of Minority/Underserved Families – Topics that demonstrate an understanding of family strengths and challenges, and how family members relate to each other.
  • Minority Families and Societal Institutions – Topics that demonstrate an understanding of family problems related to other institutions, such as the educational, governmental, religious, health care, and occupational institutions in society. Focus must be on counselor advocacy, social justice, or ethical questions as they relate to minority/underserved clients and professional counseling practice.
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