Branch Report to ACA President and Governing Council
New Jersey Counseling Association Connie S. Ducaine NJCA President 2016–2017 January 24, 2017
The following is a brief overview of some of the many accomplishments of the NJCA for the period of July 1, 2016 to January 22, 2017. This list represents the collective work of the leadership team, members and the paid staff of the NJCA.
NJCA key accomplishments for period of July 1, 2016 to January 22, 2017:
ü Member Count as of 01/22/17: 1,056
ü Sent representatives to ACA’s 216 Institute for Leadership Training (ILT) held in Arlington, VA – July 27 – 29, 2016
ü Participated in the North Atlantic Regional (NAR) meeting held during ILT
ü Developed NJCA Strategic Plan (attached)
ü Implemented statewide survey of counselors to identify their needs and expectations of the NJCA
ü Facilitated New Leaders Orientation – July 9, 2016 (Purpose: introduce new leaders to mission, vision and values of NJCA, as well as the documentation required to be completed by leadership and submitted to NJCA board.)
ü Facilitated Leadership Retreat – September 10, 2016 (Purpose: review statewide survey results and foster collaboration around the strategic plan. This was a CE event.)
ü Implemented Graduate Student/New Professional Engagement Program – initiative Launched September 2016 (Purpose: Increase student awareness of NJCA and to increase value of membership for students and new professionals.)
Program had 4 primary activities:
1. 60-minute presentation on campus entitled: Advocacy and Leadership - NJCA Members Make a Difference. Description: Presenters discussed the importance of advocacy and leadership as an aspect of our profession while offering the attendees an explanation of how students and professionals can advocate for clients and the profession via membership in a professional organization such as NJCA. Student attendees at the presentation were offered 1 year membership at no cost. # of Participating Universities: 8. Increase in student membership as of the date of this submission: 240+ 2
2. Virtual Town Halls for Students/New Professionals. Description: Conference calls are scheduled for students/new professionals to talk about issues of concern unique to them. The meetings are facilitated by the graduate student liaison, and both the president and executive director are in attendance.
3. Invitation to Attend Monthly State Licensure Board Meetings. Description: Students are invited to attend board meetings with president and past president. Participants meet with the President and Past President for breakfast prior to the meeting and are accompanied by a leader to familiarize the participants with the process. Participants’ expenses (e.g., breakfast, parking) are paid by the branch.
4. Day of Service Description: NJCA members are contributing time and resources to battling food insecurity in the state. To encourage student involvement, a day of service is scheduled for graduate student/new professional members during which they will give time to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
ü Co-sponsored NJAMC and NJCA 2016 Fall Conference - Inclusive Multicultural Counseling Work for Counselors’ and Client’s Healing: Honoring Ourselves and Our Clients through Racial and Other Multicultural Lenses. Dates: November 4 – 5, 2016.
ü Expanded NJCA social media presence to include Linked In, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter – Initiative Launched – September 2016
ü Attended monthly meetings of the NJ Professional Counselor Examiners Committee
ü Submitted application for 2017 Branch Award: Best Innovative Practice Award: Graduate Student/New Professional Engagement Program. Submitted – December 2, 2016.
ü Offered NJCA’s first virtual (and free) CE event: Weightism in the Workplace – January 7, 2017 (Purpose: Increase value of membership and introduce attendees to a topic not often explored in the literature.)
ü NJCA Board Meetings – September 17, 2016; November 22, 2016 and January 7, 2017
ü Participated in virtual NAR meetings: October 11, 2016, November 15, 2016 and December 13, 2016
ü Collaborated with groups and agencies to encourage food drives to combat food insecurity in NJ
Tasks to be completed by June 30, 2017:
Leadership Development Workshop - (2.5 CE Event) – February 4, 2017 (Venue: Kean University; Target Audience – Divisions leaders & Members at Large)
o Part I: Understanding the NJCA – Structure and Connection with ACA (Facilitator – Nancy Benz) 3
o Part II: Advocacy for Counselors within the ACA Ethics Framework Accountability and Commitment in Leadership
Day of Service – NJCA Members and non-members to serve at the Community Foodbank of New Jersey – February 25, 2017
ACA Annual Conference and Expo in San Francisco, CA – March 15 – 19, 2017
Delegates to attend NAR meeting scheduled during ACA Conference – March 18, 2017
NJCA Spring Conference – May 5 – 7, 2017 (Venue: Brookdale Community College)
Workshop: Nuts & Bolts of Licensure – March 25, 2017 (Venue: TBD; Target Audience – Students and New Professionals)
NJCA Board Meetings – February 18, March 25, April 15, May 7 and June 24
Enhance website and increase content of newsletter
Facilitate community education sessions. (Purpose: Educate the community as to the role of professional counselors)
Initiate “We Belong” membership campaign
Pursue Five Star Branch Award
Connie S. Ducaine, LPC, LCADC, ACS, BCPC, NCC NJCA President