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MCA 2021 Annual Conference: Stronger Together: Rebuilding a Bright Future!

  • 10/15/2021
  • 8:00 AM
  • 10/16/2021
  • 6:00 PM


Please join us for MCA's Annual Conference!

Stronger Together: Rebuilding a Bright Future

Friday, October15, 2021- Virtual via Zoom,

October 16, 2021 –In person at Turf Valley Resort

2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Use this information when booking your room at Turf Valley Resort:
Group Name: Maryland Counseling Association
Group Number: 28B1LX

270Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy (in person)

and Senator Dr. Mary Washington (virtual day), Maryland

Earn 20-30 NBCC Hours with both live and pre-recorded sessions!  

*Asynchronous Recorded content will be available until Dec 15, 2021 

and all course evaluations must be completed by Dec 31, 2021.

**Masks will be required at the in-person sessions on October 16th. Social distancing will be encouraged and seating in break-outs will be spaced.

Registration Fees:

Full Access Package: Virtual, Live & Pre-recorded Content          $330.00

Friday Only (Virtual) Professional MCA Member                         $150.00

Friday Only (Virtual) Student/Retired/Board Member                 $125.00

Friday Only (Virtual) Non-Member                                           $175.00

Saturday Only (Live) Professional MCA Member                        $190.00

Saturday Only (Live) Student/Retired/Board Member                $165.00

Saturday Only (Live) Non-Member                                          $215.00

Online Content 10 Recorded Sessions                                      $150.00

(Saturday registration includes lunch. Please choose your lunch meal at time of registration.)

Questions about registration? Please contact Cathie Eaton at
Sponsorship, Vendor, and Conference questions? Please contact Sara Pula at

Click here for the full in-person event brochure (Oct. 16).

Click here for the full virtual event brochure (Oct. 15).

Click MCA 2021 Final PreRecorded Website .pdf for the pre-recorded webinars brochure.

The following t-shirts are available for $18 at the conference in sizes small through XXL.

October 15 Presentations (virtual)

Dr. Brad Imhoff, Robert Switala and Jeff Mazzone

Counselors as Clients: An Exploration of Personal Counseling for Counselors and Counseling Students

Dr. Carol ZA McGinnis, Yosifa Greenberg, Amanda Park, Katherine Bangerd, Rebecca Caplan, and Aryn Hundley

The Ethical Incorporation of Spirituality into Private Practice: Examples from a Graduate Student Exercise

Dee Wagner and Anne Contee

The Neuroscience of Healing Multigenerational Trauma through Body-based Practices

Dr. Sujata Ives and Dr. Kay Brawley

Rebuilding and Reassessing Strength: Employment and Life Recovery During Post-Crisis Times

Dr. Lucy Parker-Barnes; Yara Abu Hussein; Kileen Barry; Monica Behera; Effy Chambers; Samuel R. Chase; Leslie Delaney; Vanessa Filmonor; Jamie Kassa; Lily Kairis; Emily Kimmelman; Laura Leslie; Julie Linneman; Noel McKillip; Carolyn Powell; Lisa Rollins; Lydia Rhodes; Lisa Sams; Chris Scharff; Sabrina Starts

The Utility of a Student-Centered Counseling Education Related Online Research Group During and After COVID-19

Dr. Maya Georgieva

Bread Therapy for Self-Care: An Experiential Session

Dr. Therissa A Libby

The Power of Recovery Narratives

Lesley McGee

Mindful Self-Compassion: Tools for Personal and Clinical Practice

Kelly Furlong and Geoff Grammer, MD

TMS Therapy for Major Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

October 16 Presentations (in-person)

Dr. Atiya R. Smith, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, CATP

Supporting Graduate Students of Color Enrolled in Counseling Programs at Predominately White Institutions

Dr. Cheryl Fisher, PhD NCC CCMHC LCPC (MD) LPC (AZ) LCMHC (Telehealth FLA) BC-TMH ACS

Window View: Telehealth and Nature Therapy

Dr. Danielle LaSure-Bryant, LCPC, ACS, BC-TMH

Well, well, well: Using the 8 Dimensions of Wellness Model to curate a self-care protocol for Counselors.

Dr. Marvin Nickleson Battle, Jr.  PhD LPC (DC/VA), LCPC (MD), CCTP, CCAPT, BC-TMH

The Little Black Boy and the Big Black Man - An Exploration of Black Men and Toxic Masculinity.

Jill Harrington DSW, LCSW

Superhero Grief: Empowering the Bereaved Strengths and Mindfulness

Marja Humphrey, PhD, NCC and Micheal McGee, M.A Candidate Counseling Psychology.

Interfaith Leadership: What? Why? How?

Rayelle Davis M.S. Ed., NCC, LCPC

Toxic Individualism Defined: Counseling Challenges In the Age of COVID-19

Dr. Ajita Robinson, PhD, LCPC, ACS

Grief and the Mental Health Clinician: Implications for Practice and Policy

Dr. Sara Pula, PhD, LCPC, NCC, ACS

Challenges and Successes in Virtual Internship Training during COVID-19


Kathleen Ann Palmer, MS in Clinical Mental

Measuring Up? Tracing the United States Armed Forces’ Controversial History of Ability Testing

Myah Wortham, MA Clinical Psychology

The Impact of Aggression on Children's Resilience Development

Pre-recorded Webinars

Rebekah Cole Ph.D. in Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Strategies for Helping Military Spouses Transition Successfully to a New Duty Station

Carol ZA McGinnis PhD, SIP, BC-TMH, NCC, LCPC

Religious/Spiritual Implications in Functional Angering

Dr. Lenese Stephens LCPC, LPC, Doctorate of Education

EMDR & Racial Trauma with African American Clients

Dr. Lenese Stephens LCPC, LPC, Doctorate of Education

The BLACK Experience with EMDR

Daniel A. Mayer

Business Boot Camp: Best Practices for Starting or Running a Mental Health Practice.

Dr. Deborah G. Haskins, LCPC, ACS, MAC, ICGC-II, CCGSO, BACC and Mrs. Marylin Marquez Beckley, LPC, NCC

LatinX culture, trauma and risky gambling: Playing (or Praying) to win?!: Cultura LatinX, trauma y juego de azar: Jugar (o rezar) para ganar?!

Cassandra Riedy, MA, PhD Candidate

Hiding in Anonymity: International Gaming Communities’ Empowerment and Oppression of Female Gamers

Maryland Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2021. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Maryland Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

If you have questions about your NBCC credit certificate, you may contact Maya Georgieva, Ed.D., LCPC - MCA Credentialing Chair at 

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.

Click here for the full in-person event brochure Oct. 16).

Maryland Counseling Association

915 Russell Ave, Suite B Gaithersburg, MD 20879


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