Leadership and Diversity: Opportunities and Responsibilities

Leadership and Diversity: Opportunities and Responsibilities

Leadership and Diversity: Opportunities and Responsibilities ACES Emerging Leaders Workshop October 14, 2009 Dr. Don Locke & Dr. Pam Paisley Agenda

Brief introductions Overview of concepts, associations, & opportunities Break to meet pre-conference participants Activity: getting to know ourselves, each other, & our cultural contexts Getting to know our leaders: current & past leaders of ACES as well as the regions talk about how they became involved Next steps & closure

For today. . . We are focusing on several concepts of importance: Leadership Diversity Opportunity Responsibility What do these terms mean? And what relevance to they have for our profession? LEADERSHIP

Lifting of a persons vision to higher sights, the raising of a persons performance to a higher standard, and building of a persons personality beyond its normal limitations. (Peter Drucker) Articulating, encouraging, inspiring, representing the character of the organization, its central purpose, goals and values. (Martin Trow)

The art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal; the inspiration or director of the action. (Susan Ward) Leadership takes many forms and based on the skills we each have to offer. DIVERSITY All of the ways in which people differ, including innate characteristics (such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, mental and physical abilities, and sexual orientation) and acquired

characteristics (such as education, income, religion, work experience, language skills, geographic location, and family status). The variety of characteristics that all persons possess, that distinguish them as individuals, and that identify them as belonging to a group or groups. Diversity is a concept that includes notions of age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, family, sex, language, place of origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation as well as

other characteristics that vary among people and groups within society. Opportunity A favorable juncture of circumstances A good chance for advancement or progress Responsibility

Moral, legal, or mental accountability Obligation Trustworthiness Dependability So how do these come together and what do they mean for our profession?

As a profession, we are consistently in need of those who can articulate, represent, encourage, and inspire the character of the work we do and the professional organization which supports that work leaders. As a profession, we need everyone at the table, voices representing the full range of our members and those we serve diversity.

As a profession, we have wonderful ways of getting involved and supporting counseling as a profession opportunity. As a profession, we need the support of the next generation of leaders and we all have an obligation to give back and provide that structure and support responsibility.

All of us have an opportunity and a responsibility to: Provide direction, structure, and support for the profession and association in whatever ways best match our own gifts or strengths. Take our turn. Ensure that all voices are at the table. Invite others to membership, involvement, and leadership. Think inclusively.

How do we do this? Become familiar with the associations. Become aware of opportunities for involvement.

Examine our own strengths. Know ourselves. Know others. Start small and develop skills. Develop networks. Join, attend, get involved, gradually take leadership, invite others. A Few First Steps for Today

Become familiar with the association. For our purposes, we will focus on ACES and SACES. Getting to know ourselves and others. Networking with other emerging leaders. Networking with current and past leaders. The Association

ACES is one of nineteen divisions of the American Counseling Association. The American Counseling Association is the umbrella association for counseling and has as its mission to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity. ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing the community of counselors in various practice settings. ACA provides its student members with professional development,

continuing education opportunities, advocacy services, credibility, and networking opportunities. What About ACES? The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) emphasizes the need for quality education and supervision of counselors in all work settings. Through the accreditation process and professional development activities, ACES strives to continue to improve the education, credentialing and supervision of counselors.

The association strives to encourage publications on current issues, relevant research, proven practices, ethical standards and conversations on related problems. Persons who are engaged in the professional preparation of counselors will find leadership through ACES. The ultimate purpose of the Association, in accordance with the purpose of ACA, is to advance counselor education and supervision in order to improve the provision of counseling services in all settings of society.

Vision Statement for ACES ACES will be recognized as a vanguard of change within the counseling profession. We are guided by our commitment to: Advance pedagogy related to the education and training of counselors, supervisors, and counselor educators Affirm and deliver education and supervision related to counseling in a culturally diverse society Promote a unified professional identity for counselors, supervisors, and counselor educators; and Provide and disseminate premier research and scholarship.

ACES Regions North Atlantic, North Central, Rocky Mountain, Southern, Western Leaders

Dr. Tom Scofield, President Dr. Deryl Bailey, President-Elect Dr. David Kleist, Past-President Dr. Brian Dew, Treasurer Dr. David Zimpher, Business Advisor Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Governing Council Representative Regional Presidents

Dr. Gail Mears, NAACES Dr. Delila Owens, NCACES Dr. David Olquin, RMACES Dr. Kelly Wester, SACES Dr. Lori Low, WACES Regional PresidentElects Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes, NAACES Dr. Christopher Roseman, NCACES

Dr. Nicole Hill, RMACES Dr. Danica Hays, SACES Dr. Chris Wood, WACES Graduate Student Representatives Erin Binkley (current) Diana Ortiz (designee) While you may not be ready

to run for office. . .! Reach out and meet people while you are here at the conference. Go to the great sessions! Sit in one of the interest network meetings.

Join an interest network. Volunteer! With a bit of experience, co-chair or chair an interest network. Then with time and experience AND if it matches your skill set, run for office. Interest Networks

Community Counseling Multicultural Counseling Supervision Ethics and Professional Development Technology School Counseling International Counseling Women's Schedule of ancillary meetings Questions? Comments? BREAK

Activity Meet with current ad past leaders Next steps and closure Thanks for your time and attention. [email protected] [email protected]

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