From the Chair
As I sit looking out the
window at the snow and (mostly) ice, my mind starts drifting off to warm, sunny
Orlando! It’s hard to believe that the ACPA/NASPA Joint Meeting is only a
little more than a month away. I’m very much looking forward to seeing many of
you at the Meeting, and we have a great schedule of events lined up. Check the
rest of the newsletter for the listings of meetings and programs.
Everyone is warmly invited
to join us during our Sunday activities (Open Meeting, Networking Lunch, CE
Workshop) and for the Open Business Meeting and Social on Tuesday. You don’t
even need to be a member of CCAPS to take part (though we may try to recruit
you!). At the Open Meeting we’ll mix some fun with the information updates, and
we’ll be making our award presentations at the Social on Tuesday evening.
I also wanted to
acknowledge the efforts of several people who’ve been working hard on convention
activities. First off, many thanks to Laura Lyn and Sherry Lynch Conrad for
overseeing the Program and Continuing Education committees, respectively. After
a frustrating time at last year’s convention, when we learned that we would only
have three sponsored programs, it turns out that we were able to secure
approximately 40 programs available for CE credits. That doesn’t even count our
3-hour workshop on Sunday following the Networking Lunch. Thanks to Vivian
Yamada for helping arrange our speaker for the CE Workshop, Dr. Mark Freeman,
who will be offering what’s likely to be a very interesting program on the use
of dream interpretation in counseling. Also, much gratitude is owed to Stacey
Jeanne Moore, our Membership Chair, for organizing a host of activities at the
Meeting, including the Networking Lunch and the Showcase. And let’s not forget
Janis Booth and the Awards Committee.
I’m also anticipating the
arrival of our new Chair-Elect, Chanda Corbett, and our new (and in some cases
not so new!) Directorate members: Jill Barber, Melissa Bartsch, Leena Batra, Ben
Locke, Matt Torres, Craig Woodsmall, and Shantee Foster (Grad Student Rep).
Thanks to Sharon Mitchell and the Elections folks for helping provide us with a
great incoming group. I look forward to working with all of you. For the
incoming people, be thinking of how you want to involve yourself in the
Commission. To be successful, we need everyone on board.
For those of you who will
not be part of the Directorate for the coming year, we can use you, too. Your
experience, your energy, your perspective, all of these can help the Commission
prosper in the future. Our Webpage Committee is a great example of this. Sue
Stock and David Gilles-Thomas have served as co-chairs of the committee despite
neither having been a Directorate member for several years. In addition, Ryan
Weatherford, a graduate student from Lehigh University, has joined the Webpage
group recently to help out.
I’d also like to
acknowledge the Past Chair, Stacey Pearson, for her guidance this year, helping
keep me, for the most part, on track. In addition, particular thanks go to
Andrea Greenwood, Jane Bost, and Vivian Yamada, the Newsletter crew, for
continuing to put out a well-designed and useful publication, and to David
Gilles-Thomas for posting it online. And speaking of David, a special thanks
goes to him for greatly improving the design and functionality of the CCAPS
website this past year. From one webmaster to another, nice job!
I hope that everyone’s
semester progresses well, and I hope to see you soon. Take care and stay warm!
~ Jonathan Kandell
Chair, Commission for
Counseling and Psychological Services