Idaho Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2013. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Idaho Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Keynote  SPEAKERS


Richard Yep, CAE, FASAE is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization of professional counselors in the world. He currently oversees a staff of 60 and a $14 million budget. ACA has more than 52,000 members. Rich has worked for ACA for 31 years, 21 of which as the Association’s CEO. He is also the President of the American Counseling Association Foundation.

Rich has presented on various issues impacting not-for-profit organizations relative to public policy, leadership development, product development, and association management. Rich is ACA’s representative to the United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) where he is a past Chair of the organization’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, completed a term on the ASAE Board of Directors, and was named an ASAE Fellow in 2012. In 2017, he received ASAE’s Key Award which honors an association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole. Rich recently completed his term on the CAE Commission and he is a member of the Key Professional Associations Committee. For ten years Rich served on the Board of Trustees of Excelsior College, an institution based in Albany, New York that is dedicated to adult learners. His support of Excelsior is rooted in his personal experience in working with individuals facing personal and professional challenges, but who are dedicated to improving their lives through education. Rich is a Chair Emeriti of the board. During the July 2018 Commencement, Rich was recognized with an honorary doctoral degree from the College. Rich holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.


Friday, November 6

The Importance of Counselor Self-Care in the era of Covid-19 and Anti-racism

The potential of counselor burnout intensified with covid-19, racism, and police brutality. The impact of these issues on society overall has been devastating. This keynote examines how counselors can understand this added stress and provides information on ways to overcome these challenges.

Our society is in the midst of experiencing an increased divisiveness, discrimination, bullying, and both natural and person made disasters which are leading to increased stress. Professional counselors, counselor educators, and emerging counselors realize that their members, and they themselves, are impacted by these issues. Time and time again, we are reminded of the importance of counselor self-care. Over the years, ACA has devoted books, articles, a website section, blogs, and conference presentations to the need for counselors to take care of themselves. These resources point out that professional counselors need to approach their work in the same way that flight attendants instruct us to use oxygen masks in case of an emergency: put your mask on first before helping others.

Counselors must take care of themselves at all stages of their careers – from trainee to seasoned professional. Not doing so makes you vulnerable to compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout. Giving too much of yourself without attending to professional stressors can cause you to leave the profession you love. This presentation will take a holistic approach to the various components of self-care. It will also speak to the need to set appropriate boundaries and find meaning in life. The goal of this presentation is to enable you to have a long, productive, and fulfilling career as a professional counselor.

Saturday, November 7

Making Social Justice a Reality in Counseling: Actions Speak Louder Than Words


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