NJCA is PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE 2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Saturday, April 16:
Catherine Roland, Ed.D.
President-Elect of the American Counseling Association
Dr. Catherine B. Roland, President-Elect of the American Counseling Association, has been a leader in the field of Counselor Education for over 25 years, and a mental health counselor for 30. Dr. Roland has held many leadership positions within the profession, and within ACA, including serving on the ACA Governing Council, as a representative of the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) for two terms, and prior to that, one term to represent ASCERVIC (then ARVIC). She has served as President of the Association for Adult Development and Aging, Chair of the ACA Committee on Women, and as Secretary of ASERVIC. She was also President-elect of LACES, (Louisiana ACES), prior to relocating on the faculty of the University of Arkansas for 10 years. Dr. Roland serves on numerous scholarly journal editorial boards including Journal of Counseling and Development, and served as Editor of ADULTSPN Journal from the Division of AADA for 12 years.
Sunday, April 17:
Cassandra Gibson, Ph.D.
The College of New Jersey
Sandy Gibson, PhD is an Associate Professor with The College of New Jersey. She received her masters and PhD from the University of Maryland with a specialization in addictions. She worked as an addictions counselor for six year in Alexandria, Virginia maintaining a caseload of almost entirely mandated clients, many gang-involved. The trauma histories and social injustices of her clients were intolerably prominent, leading her to complete her PhD in order to research better prevention methods and intervention strategies, as well as strengthen her advocacy skills. She was a Study Director at a research institute at Temple University for seven years, developing and evaluating such programming, including a Center for Substance Abuse Prevention model program Across Ages. She ran for office in her local community and was elected President of her Board of School Directors so that she could more effectively direct the provision of prevention services. There she received a $1.2 million grant from the federal Department of Education to do just that.