ACES 2021 Conference - Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Pre-conference #2

Program Title: The Reality of Rurality: Counselor Education and Supervision in the Rural Environment
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Session Fee: $45

Sponsored by the Rural Interest Network
Deborah Drew, EdD, LCPC, ACS, NCC
Christine Ward, PhD
Melinda Gibbons, PhD
Christine McNichols, PhD, LPC-S, NCC
Karl J. Witt, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, CSC

Counselor educators are tasked with ensuring that their students are well equipped to work with diverse populations (Crumb et al., 2019). At the same time, rural America suffers from a growing need for counselors (Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions, 2021). However, many times, rural residents are overlooked or minimized in coursework. The ACES Rural Interest Network (RIN) exists to engage counselor educators and supervisors who practice in or prepare students for practice in rural settings and to encourage research on rural counseling. RIN counselor educators, supervisors, and researchers will lead a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of counseling in rural settings and share current research, best practices, and innovative ideas for preparing counselors in training to work with rural residents.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will explore the reality of the rural setting as a unique and challenging arena for counselor education and supervision
2. Participants will exchange ideas and practices to better prepare counselor educators, practitioners, students, and supervisees to meet the identified challenges.
3. Participants will identify strategies for highlighting growth areas and opportunities in rural counselor education, supervision, and practice