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CSU Hosts Counseling Psychology Conference

The APA accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at Cleveland State University served as host of the 27th Annual Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference:  Building Bridges within the World of Counseling Psychology and Beyond its Borders to Connect Diverse People, Communities, and Concerns: Benefits of Social Justice to All.  The 2014 student-friendly event, held April 11-12, remains the only continuing Regional Counseling Psychology Conference in the nation. 

Cleveland State University earned its place as the tenth university to host The Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference since its inception in 1988. Over almost three decades, students have enjoyed the benefits obtained through presentations, networking, and invaluable mentorship at the conference. The Great Lakes Conference continues to uphold one of the main pillars of regional conferences- the socialization and mentorship of students into the profession. In addition, the Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference offers a safe and friendly platform for open discussion of current local, state and Midwest regional issues affecting the field. 

The Cleveland State University Counseling Psychology program was chosen in a nationwide competitive process to serve as Host Institution (2013-2016) for the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Counseling Psychology Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS). SAS served as a co-sponsor of the event.  Attendees were eligible to earn up to 5 continuing education hours by participating in one-hour sessions.

The conference brought national recognition to more than 100 students, faculty, and professionals from across the country who participated in the weekend event. Each of the invited speakers is nationally or internationally recognized as a scholar in counseling psychology. 

Two prominent counseling psychologists delivered Keynote Addresses.  President of APA Division 17, Dr. Sharon Bowman of Ball State University, pictured above, was introduced by CSU Co-Director of Training and Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, Dr. Julia Phillips. The title of her Keynote Address was Post-Atlanta Blues: Reviewing the Past and Considering the Future.  Dr. Katharine Hahn Oh, Oberlin College Counseling Center also delivered a Keynote Address entitled Purpose, Privilege, Belonging: An Early Career Narrative. 

Cleveland State University’s Department of Information Services & Technology provided web-based conferencing services to expand the geographic reach of the conference, and to enable archiving of invited symposia, conversation hours, and webinars as listed below. The following conference sessions are now available online. 

Purpose, Privilege, Belonging: An Early Career Narrative
Katharine Hahn Oh, Ph.D., Oberlin College

Personal experience: Shaping a career direction and a career theory
Nancy Betz, Ph.D., Ohio State University - Main Campus
Mark Savickas, Ph.D., Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Social Justice: Theory into Action
Sharon L. Bowman, Ph.D., HSPP, LMHC, Ball State University
Suzette L. Speight, Ph.D., University of Akron Main Campus

Post-Atlanta Blues: Reviewing the Past, and Considering the Future
Sharon L. Bowman, Ph.D., HSPP, LMHC, Ball State University

Current Issues in LGBT Psychology
Y. Barry Chung, Ph.D., Indiana University
James Croteau, Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Event sponsors included CSU’s College of Education and Human Services, COEHS Office of Doctoral Studies and Counseling Psychology Program; in addition to The Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the American Psychological Association); and the Student Affiliates of Seventeen (Student Affiliates of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association).

For additional conference details and archived sessions:  2014 Great Lakes Conference, Cleveland State University