New York ACES Announcements and Other Information
  • Tue, November 18, 2014 1:05 PM | Melissa Luke

    Dear NARACES Members,

    Some of you may know, but others do not that there is a San Diego State University White Convening focused on improving school counseling preparation, programs, and practices with the goal of increasing college access for all students. This convening will take place today and tomorrow in San Diego, CA on the SDSU campus.

    The purpose, and specific focus, for the SDSU "invitation only" convening of committed leaders and commitment makers is to support those taking steps necessary to create systemic change within the school counseling profession in several specific areas:

    * Designing, changing, revising the School Counselor preparation at Higher Ed to ensure certain non-negotiable preparation standards for school counselors (SC) in College and Career Readiness (CCR)
    * Developing, improving, and sustaining partnerships between university training programs and K-12 school districts to ensure appropriate field site placements and activities during fieldwork training and training for site supervisors and administrators with new school counselor requirements in CCR during placement
    * Supporting and ensuring professional development in districts for existing SC in CCR and ensuring collaborative scaffold roles partnering with college access partners
    * Creating policies, practices and procedures for hiring and placement of SC prepared to work in CCR
    * Providing opportunities to create strategic partnerships with donors and funders interested in supporting any or all of this work supporting and promoting new systemic change models and excellence in implementation and outcomes for SC, and the students we serve

    For the latest convening updates, the White House Convening website @ http://go.sdsu.edu/education/cescal/Default.aspx

    Logistics, Agenda, Action Plan Templates, Pre-reads, live stream schedule, and much more can be found on this site.

    In addition, there will be live streaming of the event. Main sessions and lunchtime panels will be live streamed. The schedule and streaming link may be found on the main page of the convening website http://go.sdsu.edu/education/cescal/Default.aspx Feel free to share this information with anyone unable to participate in the convening live.

  • Fri, September 13, 2013 12:08 AM | Deleted user

    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.


     NYACES Leadership

  • Tue, December 20, 2011 3:14 PM | Tim Poynton
    Dear Colleagues,
    I wanted to give you an update of leadership developments with NYACES.
    On Dec. 9th a phone conference took place with the leadership team. I would like to thank those who have stepped up to take leadership roles:
    Beverly Burnell - College at Plattsburg
    Bob Dobmeier (co-president) - The College at Brockport
    Adrianne Johnson (membership secretary) - Oswego College
    Laurie Johnson - Hofstra University
    Judith Kuppermith (co-president) - College at Staten Island
    Travis Schermer - College of St. Rose
    Cynthia Walley (recording secretary?) - Hunter College
    Issues discussed:
    1. The group felt strongly about counselor educators and supervisors being united across the state. It was expressed that this would be particularly important in lobbying for the counseling profession.
    2. Problems in need of attention were identified:
    *Although having school counselors in high schools and middle schools is required by law in New York State, this is not the case with elementary schools. There is a need for political advocacy for a change in the law to require school counselors in elementary schools.
    *In the past couple of years, a number of school districts have laid school counselors off as a result of the slumping economy. There is the need for educating leaders and the public about the unique role of school counselors in school settings. Karen Hall, president of NYSSCA, will be contacted for further consultation in these matters.
    *Many mental health counseling students are having difficulty finding internships, getting hired when they graduate, or taking positions for which they are overqualified. Judy Ritterman, executive director of NYMHCA, indicates that there is a plan to submit a proposal to the legislature in the new year to change the language of the law on scope of practice to reflect the ability to diagnose. Counselors, students, and counselor educators will need to work together to advocate on this issue. LMHC resources are available to counselor educators from NYMHCA (requests should be made directly to   1-800-4-NYMHCA).
    3. Summer Reiner (ACA-NY) has invited NYACES members to join them at regional meetings on January 21, 2012 in the morning. Look for additional information about these networking/advocacy meetings that will be held in Buffalo, Plattsburg, Syracuse, and Queens.
    4. For efficiency of communication, the NYACES leadership team discussed that whereas advocacy for the profession should be done statewide by all counselors, counselor educators, and students, respective leaders in the City and downstate, capital and north, central, and western parts of the state could take the lead in communication about regional concerns. Expect to hear from regional leaders about your concerns and needs as counselor educators and supervisors.
    5. The leadership team will hold a phone conference on Jan. 13th. Subsequently, we will provide you more information on opportunities for NYACES members to connect with each other.
    I would like to thank Karen Mackie (University of Rochester) and Stewart Chen-Hayes (Lehman College) for their assistance in the transition of NYACES leadership over the past semester. Thank you all for your patience and feel free to contact me or one of the other leaders if you have questions or concerns about the direction we are heading in. We are still working to update the NYACES membership email list. Please let us know if we are missing members of your faculty or practice.
    Thank you
    Wishing you all warm and restful holidays,
    Bob Dobmeier, co-president
    Robert A. Dobmeier, PhD, LMHC, CRC
    Assistant Professor, Coordinator Mental Health Program
    Department of Counselor Education
    The College at Brockport
    State University of New York
    350 New Campus Drive
    Brockport, New York 14420
    (585) 395-5090

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