How To Be A Member Of The Vca Conference

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In This Issue

 Welcome to VACES—A Note from the President  Doctoral Internship

 Becoming a Clinical Supervisor  Meet Your New Board Members  Graduate Student Conference  Graduate Student Grant

 See You at the VCA Convention  Becoming a Member

 Spring 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to VACES!

There is no doubt that the fall air has hit Virginia! Thank you for your patience as your new VACES officers and executive board members got settled into our new roles for the past few months. There has been a lot of hard work in our reorganization and planning for this upcoming year. A huge thank you to Dorothy Moore, LPC, for taking the lead on getting the newsletter out to the VACES community.

As a board, we want to see and meet with you at the VCA convention, which is scheduled at the Home-stead Resort, November 5-7. Come by the VACES information table, the VACES lunch meeting (open to all) and the highly anticipated VACES reception Thursday evening! Of course, bring a few friends so they can see what VACES is all about. Your membership is important to us and this would be a great time for you to see and experience all we have to offer.

I look forward to seeing you! Agatha Parks-Savage

VACES President

VACES Newsletter Fall 2015





My counseling internship with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) was like no other internship in my doctoral program. While most were doing their experiences in traditional mental health settings, I had the opportunity to work with physician residents as my clients. The physician residency experience, in graduate medical education, is defined as that period after medical school training (undergraduate medical education) where they now gain specialty expertise in their area of interest and prepare for Board certification in this specialty area. A few examples of residency training programs would be family medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery.

Most people have heard about the stress physicians experience during their medical school and residency training and the reality is it's all true! The hours they work, the patients they care for and the sacrifices they make in their personal/ home life is amazing. The majority of these residents range between 26-30 years old. While these are intellectually bright individuals (oftentimes, they are the top of their class since high school), developmentally their coping resources don't always mature at the same rate to manage the complexity of their training and career demands in the field of medicine.

Here are some tips I would like to share about working with this unique client population: 1. Be Flexible

Physicians have busy schedules and sometimes have difficulty meeting for sessions. Some physicians I have seen weekly, while others I may see two weeks in a row and then it will be a month before I see them again. Expect last minute cancellations due to the physicians being held up with a patient. Flexibility and patience is key.

2. Don't Be Intimidated

I know I was intimidated at first to be working with physicians but I quickly realized that they, like anyone, have growth areas. I realized that I do have the knowledge and training to work with them. 3. Try Activities

I have found that many of the physicians respond well when I bring an actual activity for them to do. It helps to make them feel more comfortable (because its less like talk therapy) and it is a more fun and interesting way to teach a skill. It's also the nature of their profession as physicians to be actively "doing" something as part of their learning.

Caroline Bertolet




If you have completed the Clinical Supervision in Virginia workshops through VCA for all 20 hours, then you have satisfied the requirements for providing LPC residency supervision in Virginia. However, you only need 10 more hours (a total of 30 hours) to meet the educational requirements for the Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), the voluntary national credential, offered through NBCC. NBCC has announced new standards starting July 2016, that will require a total of 45 contact hours, for the ACS credential.

If you are interested in pursuing the ACS before the requirement is changed from 30 hours to 45 hours, we have great news! This year’s VCA Convention will offer 10 contact hours of supervision training throughout the conference.

The VCA Convention will take place at The Homestead Resort & Spa, November 5-7, 2015, with a room rate of $105 + tax (reserve your room by October 5, to ensure you will receive the discounted rate). (Information is attached). Attendees can earn up to 20 continuing education hours.

The Clinical Supervision workshops being offered at the convention are below. Session descriptions are located at

Thursday, November 5, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Honoring the Gifts of the Learner: Recovering and Non-recovering Masters-Level Trainees

Friday, November 6, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Investigating the Implications of a Structured Peer Group Supervision Model

Friday, November 6, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Building a Collaborative Counselor Educator/District School Counseling Supervisor Leadership Team

Friday, November 6, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Preventing Vicarious Traumatization and Compassion Fatigue Among New Professionals: Practical Tools for Clinical Supervisors

Saturday, November 7, 9:45 am – 12:45 pm

An Adaptation of Kagans’ (1980) Interpersonal Process Approach to Supervision

Saturday, November 7, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Integrating the Creative Arts in Supervision

For more information or to register for the VCA Convention, go to









President*Agatha Parks-Savage, EdD, LPC, RN

Dr. Parks-Savage has an extensive professional history in the mental health field. She started as a Register Nurse in 1988, obtained her LPC in 1998 and her EdD in Counselor Education in 1999 from the College of William and Mary. She worked as a Trauma Nurse Counselor in an Acute Unit with children and adolescents from 1998-2012. During 1991 -2008, Dr. Parks Savage also worked as a full time instructor teaching undergraduate psychology, human services, master’s level counseling, and Doctoral level Counselor Education and Supervision both traditional and online. She also worked as a course designer and developer. Since 2008, Dr. Parks-Savage has held the position adjunct professor at Old Dominion University (Honors College and the Doctoral level Counselor Education and Supervision programs) and Walden University (providing doctoral and masters level instruction). Additionally, she provides online instruction at Nova Southeastern University and Regent University. Dr. Parks-Savage is currently the Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine.

President-elect* Daniel St. John, PhD.

Dr. St. John is the Assistant Director of Academic Developmentat Eastern Virginia

Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia. He is also an instructor in Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is an adjunct Assistant

Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.


Past-president Cyrus Williams, PhD. , LPC, NCC

Dr. William has a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, a Specialist in High Education Administration, a master’s degree in Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Finance. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor both in the states of Florida and Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor. He has many years of experience in high education administration as well as a diverse counseling background. He is an active member of American Counsel-ing Association (ACA) and several of its divisions. He has served as Faculty Advisor of Chi Sigma Iota.

Secretary*Anita Neuer Colburn, PhD, LPC, ACS

Anita is Core Faculty member with Walden University’s School of Counseling, providing instruction and mentorship in their CACREP

accredited M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She has over 15 years experience in private practice, and has been providing clinical supervision since 2005, and completed her doctoral work at Old Dominion University in 2011. Her counseling experiences have primarily included work with women, sexual minorities, couples, and teens/parents in foster care systems. Anita’s research interests include online counselor education pedagogy, LGBTQQIA counseling and supervision competencies, spiritual integration in counseling and supervision, and social justice issues.

Treasurer** Jennifer Carney, PhD., LPC

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor and the Clinical Coordinator for the Counseling and Development program at George Mason University (half- time appointment). She earned her masters and doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. She has been affiliated with VCA for over 10 years. She is passionate about counselor education, student development, and mentoring. Other areas of interest include body image, eating disorders, obesity, career counseling, and wellness approaches to assessment and the therapeutic process. I have two kids who keep me on my toes, Abigail (4 1/2) and Sam (2).








Chair, VACES Graduate Student Conference** Michele Garofalo, EdD., LPC, NCC

Dr. Garofalo, is the Chair in the Department of Counseling and School Counseling Program Director at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She has worked as a school counselor at the elementary and middle school levels in both independent and public schools. She consults with area schools on a variety of school-related topics and mental health issues. Dr. Garofalo is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has maintained a private practice where she worked with adolescents and parents. She teaches school counseling courses and provides supervision for school counseling internship students. Dr. Garofalo also teaches courses in counselor education and

supervision. Her research interests include bullying, character education, crisis planning and response in schools, counselor training and supervision, adolescent stress, and ethical and legal issues.

Editor, VACES Newsletter**

School Counseling Representative**Linda Grubba, M.ED.

Linda received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, from Old Dominion University. She received her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Lynchburg College. Her career includes working as a Counselor/Supervisor with Campbell County Schools and as Adjunct Instructor for Lynchburg College Counselor Educator Program. Her specialties include, play therapy, development of emotional intelligence, parent education, school climate, and bullying prevention. She is currently a member of VCA Foundation Board, VCA Division Council Chair, Mental Health America of Central Virginia Board member, and member of Board for VASC (Virginia Alliance for School Counseling).


Clinical Counseling Representative** Dorothy Moore, LPC, ACS, NCC

Dorothy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and her MS.Ed in Mental Counseling, both from Old Dominion University. Her professional career includes providing individual and group counseling to victims of trauma, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. She also provides clinical supervision for LPC applicants. She has worked as a Clinical Director for a community mental health agency. She is currently in private practice providing individual and group counseling.

Counselor Educator Representative & Membership Chair**

Christine Berger, PhD.

Dr. Berger is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Old Dominion University. She graduated with her Master’s and PhD from Loyola University Maryland in Pastoral Counseling/Counselor Education and Supervision. Her research interests focus on the integration of

complementary and alternative medicine with counseling. She provided counseling in an integrative/holistic health center that also included a physician, acupuncturist, nutritionist, yoga practitioner, etc. She has also conducted clinical trials research in integrative medicine at University of Maryland Medical School.

Graduate Student Representative** Caroline Bertolet

Caroline is a Doctoral Candidate at Old Dominion University. She

currently coaches resident physicians at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She was a counselor in the State of Pennsylvania prior to returning to school.


Graduate Student Representative** Willa Colbert

A Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at

Marymount University. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from Regent University. She is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in Maryland. She has also received her National Counselor Certification (NCC). Ms. Colbert is currently working as a clinical mental health counselor at a Christian counseling network and is also an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University. She is the Undergraduate Academic Advisor with the Criminal Justice Department, School of Education, and Human Services Department at Marymount University. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) and serves as Chair with the Community Services Committee at Marymount University. Ms. Colbert is the recipient, along with two other cohort members, of a CSI Wellness Research Grant. Her study was conducted using the Indivisible Self: An Evidence-Based Model of Wellness (Myers & Sweeney, 2005, 2014). She is also a Licensed Minister in Washington, DC.

Webmasters** Peter Boccone & Manny Bartolotta Grant Coordinator** Michael A. Williams












This is an exciting time with VACES as your new leadership team gets settled into their new

roles. We are working on the VACES website and the VACES Newsletter so anticipate seeing

more messages about the exciting events and opportunities coming your way.

VACES Meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2015 @ the VCA Convention

(11:30am-12:30pm in the Mt. Vernon Room)

VACES Reception @ the VCA Convention! Thursday, November 5, 2015

(6:30pm-7:30pm in the East Wing Suite 1406).

VACES will be celebrating the people and events that helped shape our history in the field

of counselor education and supervision! Join us for a fun game of VACES History BINGO

(must be present to receive prize) and meet and greet with other VACES

members (and future members).

Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

VACES can only be successful with your involvement so we thank you for all you do to get

your faculty and students involved with VACES.







It is easy to join VACES online once you've become a member of VCA. The cost is $10 for regular members, and $5 for counseling graduate students.

Step 1: Click here Step 2: Click on the MEMBERSHIP link.

Step 3: Choose, PROFESSIONAL MEMBER, STUDENT MEMBER, or RETIRED MEMBER. Step 4: Fill out the form and under DIVISION DUES pick the VACES-VA choice.

Step 5: Click the Submit Form button.

Please note if you are already a member, but would like to join this specific division, please send a check for $10 for professional members and $5 for student members along with your request to join VACES.

Checks are made payable to VCA to: VCA Office

316 Hodges Cove Road Yorktown, VA 23692

Contact Us

Visit us on the web at


Spring 2016 VACES Newsletter

will be here before you know it!

We will send out the call for submissions by December 04, 2015.

Submissions will be due to us by February 05, 2016.

You will be notified by February 19, 2016 if your article is accepted for the

SPRING 2016 VACES Newsletter.

Thank you!

Dorothy Moore, LPC (VACES Newsletter Editor)

Heather Newton, Ed.D. (VACES Associate Editor)




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