Professional Advocacy Social Action for Dignity and ...

Professional Advocacy Social Action for Dignity and ...

Professional Advocacy and Social Action for Dignity and Empowerment: Anti-Bullying/Interpersonal Violence Campaign Thelma Duffey, ACA President Jen Curry, Anti-Bullying/Interpersonal Violence Task Force Chair Heather Trepal, Professional Advocacy Task Force Chair


COUNSELORS AFFECTING CHANGE THROUGH CREATIVITY AND COLLABORATION Impact I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere

with what I can do. -Edward Everett Hale We are 56,000 strong and growing. Imagine the impact we can have together! Making an Impact

Intentional Focused Deliberate Determined Collaborativ e

At your Table Think of a time when you and others worked together to make a difference. Share that with your table. What personal quality did you bring to that experience? Share that with your table. Can we have a shout out from volunteers in the group on what some of those personal qualities might look like? Need

Professional Advocacy Counselor branding Clarifying counselor misinformation Licensure portability and parity Counselor recognition and hiring in the VA Counselor Medicare

reimbursement Bullying and Interpersonal Violence Across Settings and Throughout the Lifespan Families Schools College Campuses

Work Settings Neighborhoods Cyber world What impact are we to have in social action ?

Equity System change Justice & Fairness Dignity & Empowerment Human value Safety An awareness of violence prevention in your own communities

What impact are we to have in professional advocacy? Parity and portability for licensed professional counselors System change with counselor hiring in all mental health systems Fairness regarding information about

counselors in all settings Professional identity: A celebration and promotion of the work that professional counselors do Counselors Coming Together Our Platform for Organized Advocacy and Social Action

Anti-bullying and interpersonal violence Education Intervention Research Resource Development Public Awareness Presidential Initiative Goals Provide collaborative professional advocacy and

social action Address all four ACA identified Strategic Initiatives Respond to community needs Create opportunities for counselors to work together within a unified cause Establish and support ways to productively and collaboratively address professional challenges.

The Importance of our Work We can make a significant contribution to the profession of counseling at this critical

point in its development. By working together constructively and cohesively, we: Educate the public, legislators, and other mental health professionals on who counselors are and on what we do.

Serve our communities and together make a difference. A Call to Action Please join us in the Counselors Coming Together/A Year of Giving ACA Presidential Initiatives Anti-bullying/Interpersonal Violence

Campaign Activity: At YOUR Table, Please Discuss 1. Bullying means different things to different people. How would you define the term BULLYING for the clients you work with? 2. For your division, or the state/region you work in, what are some of the major bullying or violence concerns for clients you work with? What systems issues impact the degree of bullying or violence experienced by your clients? 3. In what ways have you advocated in the past to reduce

bullying and violence in your community? What successes have you experienced in your advocacy work? In what ways did you not feel successful? The Power of One and The Power of Many Only One and Yet I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system.-Oskar Schindler

And the Power of Many Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matterIn the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Why Bullying and Violence Prevention? Because of stories like Tyler Clementis

LGBTQ Youth and Adults Continue to Be Bullied and Harassed... In a 2007 study, 86% of LGBT students said that they had experienced harassment at school during the previous year (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network GLSEN) Research indicates that LGBT youth may be more likely to think about and attempt suicide than heterosexual teens (GLSEN) In a 2005 survey, students said their peers were most often bullied because of their appearance, but the next top reason was because of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender expression. (From Teasing to Torment: School Climate of America GLSEN and Harris Interactive) According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network 2007 National School Climate

Survey of more than 6,000 students Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth reported being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation Nearly half (44.1 percent) reported being physically harassed About a quarter (22.1 percent) reported being physically assaulted Nearly two-thirds (60.8 percent) who experienced harassment or assault never reported the incident to the school There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it's the mundane

violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism. bell hooks Hate & Violence: The Shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church A Culture Where Hate Has Been Tolerated

According to the FBI, of the 6,933 hate crime offenses reported in 2013, 63.9 percent were crimes against persons (e.g., intimidation, assaults, rapes, murders). Among the reports findings for 2013: Of the 5,928 incidents reported, six were multiple-bias hate crime incidents involving 12 victims Of the 5,922 single bias incidents reported, the top three bias categories were race (48.5 percent), sexual orientation (20.8 percent), and religion (17.4 percent) Of the reported 3,407 single-bias hate crime offenses that were racially motivated, 66.4 were motivated by anti-black or African-American bias, and 21.4 percent stemmed from anti-white bias

60.6 percent of the reported 1,402 hate crime offenses based on sexual orientation were classified as anti-gay (male) bias Even today we raise our hand against our brother... We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal that we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death.

Pope Francis Violence and Bullying in Our Schools Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School December 14, 2012 School-Based Bullying Every 7 MINUTES a child is bullied. Adult intervention 4%. Peer intervention

11%. No intervention 85%. Biracial and multiracial youth are more likely to be victimized than youth who identify with a single race. Bullied students tend to grow up more socially anxious, with less self-esteem and require more mental health services throughout life. Kids who are obese, gay, or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied than other children. 1 MILLION children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on FACEBOOK during the past year. 86% of students said, other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in schools.

It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. (Source: National Education Association) Bullying and the Link to Violence Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings 86% of students said, other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.

According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents Lindhurst High School (1992), East Carter High School (1993), Margaret Leary Elementary (1994), Tavares Middle School (1995), Frontier Middle School (1996), Heath High School (1997), Thurston High School (1998), Columbine High School (1999), Lake Worth Middle School (2000), Santana High School (2001). Students arent the only ones Bullied June 15, 2015 a Milwaukee paper reported that during Thanksgiving

break 2014, a special education teacher, Karis Ann Ross (37), a special education teacher, committed suicide after repeated bullying by colleagues Ross was transgender and was bullied prior to and after transition Though bullying was reported and documented for 10 full years, no action was ever taken against the three perpetrators according to

reports In the Workplace According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2010, 506 were workplace homicides. Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go

unreported. Individuals with Disabilities According to the World Health Organization: Children with disabilities are 3.7 times more likely than non-disabled children to be victims of any sort of violence 3.6 times more likely to be victims of physical violence 2.9 times more likely to be victims of

sexual violence Children with mental or intellectual impairments appear to be among the most vulnerable, with 4.6 times the risk of sexual violence than their nondisabled peers Adults with disabilities were found to be 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence than those without a disability Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to

self-control. Steven Pinker Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My attitude toward peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace - it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.

Aung San Suu Kyi So What Can You Do? Well, A lot actually! We need your help! Presidents initiative: Bullying and violence prevention Committee assigned by Dr. Duffey to oversee and assist in this project Four Projects we are asking the divisions and regions to participate in: Counselors Tool Box Facilitated Discussions at ACA

Special Issues of Journals, Newsletters, and other media related to these initiatives Webinars or Professional Development, Division conferences, or other programs Counselors ToolBox We are asking that by December 1, 2015, all divisions will have developed a Counselors Tool Box for Anti-Bullying and Interpersonal Violence that is pertinent to their membership. The Toolbox should ideally contain the following folders: Articles: Links to Journal articles that contain theoretical or practical information for how to prevent and intervene with the populations of interest to that divisions

membership. Reference list: A list of books, articles, videos or other media that may be helpful to your membership in developing prevention, intervention and advocacy skills to reduce bullying and violence in their communities and for their clients. PDF Resources: Informative resources that can be given to clients, stakeholders and community members about bullying and violence prevention. Some examples might include downloadable/printable handouts, tri-folds, flyers, newsletters, or power points. Websites: Develop a list and include links to websites that are relevant to bullying and violence prevention for the membership of your organization. Examples may include videos, testimonials, and helpful resources. Please be sure to vet all website links.

Referrals, Networks, Where to get help: Organize resources including links, directories, and network information for addressing the bullying and violence prevention needs of clients and communities relevant to your division A Call to Action Please join us in the Counselors Coming Together/A Year of Giving ACA Presidential Initiatives Advocacy for the Profession of Counseling

At your table: Discuss advocacy for the profession What does it mean to you personally? What does it look like for your school, division, region, state branch or committee? What prevents you from being an effective advocate? What unique skills and

resources do you bring to advocacy? 5 Special Foci Counselor branding

Clarifying counselor misinformation Licensure portability and parity Counselor recognition and hiring in the VA Counselor Medicare reimbursement What is Branding? Shark Week! Chicken vs. Pork and Counselor Branding

Counselor Branding To develop counselor branding that improves the public perception and recognition of professional counseling and professional counselors Advocate inside and outside of traditional areas for branding (e.g., Counseling Awareness Month, ACA website, press releases and social media) Possible activities: Logo contests, speakers, marketing campaigns, PSAs.

Clarifying Counselor Misinformation To correct misinformation about professional counseling on websites and in text books (e.g., undergrad Psychology) To work on advocating for professional counselors in all settings where clarification on role/outcomes is needed. Partner with key volunteers (e.g., students, CSI, etc.) to work to identify and correct information in various places Possible activities: Update accurate information on the web

and write textbook companies to clarify misinformation; clarify misinformation on counselors in all settings. Counselor Medicare reimbursement Identify key partners at the state and national level to assist Advocate toward adding licensed practicing counselors to Medicares reimbursement schedule Partner with ACA Government Affairs staff to direct advocacy efforts

Licensure portability and parity Analysis of state licensure laws on 20/20 components of licensure portability building blocks: Identify key partners at the state and national level to assist ACAs Professional Standards Committee will conduct an analysis of current state licensure laws and barriers to advocacy for licensure change within each state. Taskforce will develop advocacy training materials for impacting state licensure laws

An actual email from a concerned counselor: Good afternoon, My name is Jane Doe and I currently hold an active, non-restrictive LPC license in the state of Texas but come from a non-CACREP accredited school. I currently work at the VA and the accreditation of my school has now become a setback in me advancing further in my career. I honestly do not know if you will have the answer to my question but after brainstorming with my supervisor, we both thought it might be a good idea to approach you. I was wondering what can be done, would it be possible for me to get a second masters degree at your school under the same degree to get that accreditation or could I do part of the program since I have my Masters degree already?

I would greatly appreciate any advice. Counselor advocacy and hiring within the Veterans Administration Identify key people at the state and national levels to assist Identify barriers to counselor hiring and recognition within the VA Increase recognition of licensed counselors in the VA Increase hiring of licensed counselors in the VA Increase employment opportunities for fully licensed

counselors who already work within the VA system Partner with ACAs Government Relations Staff What is your GOLD STAR idea? Who can Participate?

All Counselors Divisions Regions Branches Students ACA Staff Partners

What can WE do? Address one or both advocacy efforts Tools Community Campaigns Conduct Research And much more!

How Do We Influence Social Action Change? Diverse approach Develop products and resources Organize platforms for saying NO to bullying Identify the damage Focus on empathy development in our

campaign Legislation, public figures, and the media Facilitated Discussions at the ACA conference in Montreal: We will be hosting a cross-division forum to discuss both initiatives. Special Issues of Division Journals, Newsletters, and other media related to these initiatives: Please let us know if you would be interested in having a special issue of your division journal highlighting any aspect of of the initiatives so that

we can help advertise for you! Webinars, Professional Development, Division or Regional Conference Themes: Please consider hosting a webinar for your membership, a professional development or perhaps centering your divisions conference around this theme as well in whatever way best suits your membership. How can you Begin? Email blasts to your membership on each of these initiatives Facebook posts

Use #counselorscomingtogether to your Twitter followers Identify people in your membership Encourage participation from your school, division, branch, region, or committee towards these efforts! Celebrate your work and keep us posted! A Call to Action Please join us in Counselors Coming Together: A Year of Giving

ACA Presidential Initiative by participating in the following: Advocacy for the Profession of Counseling Anti-bullying/Interpersonal Violence Campaign

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