Dear NYACES Membership
We would like to first thank Drs. Judith Kuppersmith (Staten Island), Travis Schermer (St. Rose), Laurie Johnson (Hofstra), Bev Burnell (Plattsburg), and Bob Dobmeier (Brockport) for all of their hard work and establishing a strong platform for NYACES. They had many success during their term such as the development of the NYACES brochure and establishing strong relationship with the many New York counseling associations. Thus, they have laid the an excellent foundation for the upcoming leadership to further implement the vision and mission of NYACES.
The leadership team for the 2013-2015 term will be Drs. Tami Sullivan (Upstate President), Laura Roberts (Secretary), and Cynthia T. Walley (Downstate President).
Dr. Tami Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychological Services at the State University of New York, College at Oswego, and has a scholarly background and career experiences in the integration of children’s mental health and school practices that enhance the wellbeing of students. Previously, Dr. Sullivan practiced as a school psychologist for 8 years, then as a counselor in a school-based family support center. She provides relational enrichment interventions for children on the autism spectrum and their families, and play therapy in the Rochester area.
Dr. Laura Roberts is Assistant Professor of Counselor Education/School Counseling in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education at Lehman College of the City University of New York. She also serves as Clinical Coordinator and manages all practicum and internship placements in K-12 schools across New York City, Westchester and Rockland County. Her research and publication has focused on improving transition outcomes for students with disabilities and has informed professionals in the field of counseling and education about best practices for transition planning and programming for young adults transitioning to adult life.
Dr. Cynthia T. Walley is an Assistant Professor of Counseling as wells as the school counseling coordinator in the Educational Foundations and Counseling Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is a licensed professional counselor as well as a nationally certified counselor. Practiced as a mental health counseling for children and adolescents for several years. She has authored and co-authored publications and presentations in the field of counseling related to school counseling, mental health, and counselor preparation.
Because New York State is incommensurable to other states, our goals for this upcoming year will to pick up where 2012-2013 team left off and continue with the A.C.E (Advocacy, Collaboration, and Education). mission. Thus, we hope to accomplish the following during our term:
- Advocate to strengthen the counseling profession to improve legislation and secure state investments.
- Organize statewide student advocacy for counseling profession through workshops, trainings, and legislative advocacy efforts.
Develop collective expertise from the scholar-practitioners in the specialized areas of counseling for the primary purpose of supporting a unified counselor identity.
- Continue collaborative working relationships with other state counseling organizations.
- Networking and communication with other state professional helping organizations (psychology, social work, etc.)
- Develop and collaborate a supervision network and professional development opportunities.
- Update and maintain NYACES list serve that will function as a primary communication tool between NYAES leadership and members.
- Create a web-based presence through the development of a NYACES website that will run on the NARACES website that will be a clearinghouse for information and updates, service existing members and encourage new membership.
- Support our counselor identity through CACREP and develop best practices resources
- Develop collective expertise and goals in the counseling field
- more collaboration between different aspects of the field
- Develop list serve/databases of colleges across NYS that offer counseling programs - identify different programs, faculty, areas of expertise, CACREP accreditation, full or part time,
- and explore and have feedback about How can we be more effective?
We hope that our effects will not only allow NYACES to be strong, but allow counselor educators in New York State to be connected.