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Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Counselor Education

  • 12/12/2020
  • 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Counselor Education by Tara Bryant-Edwards, MBA, MS, LCPC Dec 12, 2020 from 1-2pm via zoom 

Diversity has always existed in our society. Over the years the counseling profession has continuously grown to become increasingly more competent in seeing, validating, and valuing the unique experiences of clients. In order to continue the profession’s collective advancement toward effectively serving diverse clients, counseling programs need to utilize measurable strategies to provide counselors-in-training with diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments. The participants in this webinar will examine the process of designing and implementing an outcome-based Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan (DEIP) for a CACREP-accredited counselor education program.  Attendees will learn how to 1) Systematically assess the unique needs of diverse segments of counselors-in-training and develop interventions to support them 2) Implement strategies to track and improve the counselor-in-training and counselor educator’s perceptions of inclusion and 3) Establish procedures to enhance the recruitment and retention of diverse counselors-in-training and counselor educators.  

Tara Bryant-Edwards is an Assistant Professor and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead for the CACREP-accredited Master of Science in Counseling program at National Louis University. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University. Over the past 21 years, she has been a provider of mental health services for survivors of family, community-based, and systemic/structural violence and she has administratively managed the delivery of those services as a clinical director.  

As a faculty member, she has created and taught blended and online courses on multicultural counseling, clinical mental health, family therapy, and internship. She has co-authored a book chapter on strategies for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. In addition, she has presented at conferences that were hosted by the Illinois Counseling Association and the American Educational Studies Association on topics pertaining to cultivating culturally inclusive learning environments for college students and using social media as a social justice tool in counseling. 

Registration Fees:  MCA student/retired        $5

MCA professional            $10       

MCA non-member           $20

Attendees will receive 1 NBCC Credit Hour for this webinar.  

Questions? Contact Cathie Eaton at

  Registration will close 48 hours before event. 

The Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2021, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. MCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

*Refund Policy: As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. uses all funds to support the mission, vision, purpose, and needs for counselors in the State of Maryland. Therefore, all registration fees are final and non-refundable.

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