San Francisco Professional Events List


Mar 15, 2017 - 08:00 AM
American Counseling Association
Moscone Center
747, Howard St

San Francisco,
ZIP: 94103

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

The decision to move the 2017 Conference & Expo was a bold move that spoke volumes about the counseling profession and the leadership of ACA. Now more than ever, we must truly unite in our efforts to protect the integrity of the counseling profession and the essential roles counselors play in communities nationwide. ACA's historic 65th annual conference in San Francisco is our opportunity to do just that.

Opening Keynote Speaker
Irvin YalomIrvin D. Yalom, MD
One of the most influential mental health professionals of our time, returns to ACA to provide a very different message: a real-world, practical message packed with information you can put to use immediately. His insights will be largely based on notes he has collected from sessions and research throughout his career, as well as powerful comments and thoughts from colleagues and clients. He will share his views on the impact of counseling and lessons learned through his practice, writing, and research.

Saturday Keynote Speaker
Jessica Pettitt Jessica Pettitt
Discussions about race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other sensitive topics in everyday life outside of client relationships can be uncomfortable. But they're critical to advancing our society through acceptance and empowerment of diverse populations. In engaging such topics with confidence—and even a little humor—you can become your own best tool for structuring conversations that make a difference. Understanding yourself and others as differently right gives you the tools to intentionally design teams, groups, campaigns, and partnerships that can bring value to advocacy efforts. We are all frustrating to someone, and at times, even to ourselves. Once you know who and how you are, you can reclaim responsibility for these behavior response patterns and leave room for others to do the same.
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