We have so many exciting sessions to look forward to this January! If you haven’t registered yet, do so now by clicking HERE. The sessions offered at the 2017 GCCA Conference are listed below, so don’t miss your chance to learn from incredible speakers, all while enjoying the scenery of St. Simon’s Island! To read more about session times, abstracts, and presenters, please click each day’s link to be taken to our conference registration site.



Soaring Mental Health Needs: One University’s Response, 1.5 CE, Katie Bigalke, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University & Alyssa Hutcheson, MA, Georgia Southern University

Religiosity and Spirituality in Counseling College Students Including Issues of Competencies, 3 CE, Jonathan C. Kerr M.S., LPC

Increasing student safety by developing a caring, competent and confident campus-community through suicide prevention training, 1.5 CE,  Jacqueline Awe, LMSW, Savannah State University & Becca Smith, LPC, CPCS, Valdosta State University

Serving Those Who Served: Student Veteran Support and Success within USG, 1.5 CE,  David R Snow, EdD, University System of Georgia

Burnout, Self-Care, and Professional Development! Oh My!, 1.5 CE, Angela M. Ogburn, MS, LPC, Georgia Southern University

Ins & Outs of Outreach in College Communities, 1.5 CE, Pat Mooney, LCSW, Savannah College of Art and Design

Bounce: Resiliency Strategies for Students and Counselors!, 1.5 CE, Tamara Knapp-Grosz, Ph.D., University of North Texas


THURSDAY SESSIONS: 9:00am-5:00pm

ETHICS: Social & Cultural Diversity Ethics: Justice for All?, 3 CE, Sonja Sutherland, Ph.D., Richmont Graduate University

Ethical Supervision, Development and Evaluation of Mental Health Clinicians, 1.5 CE, Sonja Sutherland, Ph.D., Richmont Graduate University

A Successful Model for working with College Athletes, 3 CE, Jaketra Bryant, MA, LPC, Georgia State University

Intentional Relaxation: A Mindfulness Based Self-Care Practice for Mental Health Professionals, 1.5 CE, Shubha Chatterjee, MS, LPC, NCC, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Safety Planning for Suicide: Brief Therapy for Self-Care, 1.5 CE, Sara S. vander Straeten, ACSW, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Counselors-in-training and new counselors experience when transforming into confident professional counselors, 1.5. CE, Kris Reyes, EdS, LPC, University of West Georgia & Norie Rogers, University of West Georgia  


FRIDAY SESSIONS: 8:45am-12:00pm

Treating Young Adults with Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders and their Families, 1.5 CE, Lori Albert-Walker, LCSW, Ridgeview Institute

“How Do I Handle ED?” Dissonance-Based, Mindfulness, and Acceptance in Treating and Preventing Eating Disorders, 3 CE, Erica Madoni, MA, NCC, Gordon State College

Equipping College Counselors to Serve International Students, 1.5 CE, Christopher Wheelus, LPC, LMFT, CPCS, Shorter University & Paul Cherono, MDiv, Richmont Graduate University