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Thank you to everyone who attended our 2019 conference. We will be announcing details for our 2020 conference in January. 

2019 WCA Conference
November 1-2, 2019 
Madison, WI



Conference Schedule 

Friday schedule:

10 am-12 pm Open WCA executive board meeting

12 pm-12:30 pm Registration

12:30 pm-5:00 pm Workshop: Motivational Interviewing: Targeting Change  

5:00 pm-6:30 pm Networking at hotel bar, Exhibitors, dinner on your own
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Documentary Film & Discussion 

Total Friday CEs: 4.5

Saturday schedule:

8 am-9 am Registration, light breakfast, and student posters

9 am-9:30am Conference opening

9:45 am-10:45 am Session 1

11 am-12 pm Session 2

12:15 pm-1:45 pm Lunch and Keynote: Counselor advocacy: Being an effective agent of change

2 pm-3 pm Session 3

3:15 pm-4:15 pm Session 4

Total Saturday CEs: 5

(Total CE's for both days: 9.5)

Breakout Session Details

We are also excited to announce our keynote speaker for our conference, Victoria Kress, Ph.D., LPCC-S, NCC, CCMHC! 

Victoria E. Kress, Ph.D./LPCC-S, NCCCCMHC is the director of the clinical mental health and addictions counseling programs at Youngstown State University.  She served as a governor appointed member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. She has been the recipient of over 40 professional and community service awards, most of which for her advocacy, leadership, scholarship, community service, and mentorship initiatives. She has also received awards for her work with people who have intellectual disabilities, for empowering girls in her community, for her sexual assault prevention efforts, and for her child abuse advocacy work. She has published over 130 refereed articles and book chapters, and she has co-authored 5 books on counseling youth and adults. She was identified as the top producer/publisher in counseling journals between the years 2000-2017. She previously served as the associate editor of the Theory and Practice Sections of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling and Development. She is a past president of both Chi Sigma Iota International and the Ohio Counseling  Association; she is a past ACA Midwest Region Chair; and she is the President-Elect of the Association for Humanistic Counseling.  She has worked in Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania, promoting mental health awareness and training, and the professionalization of counseling.

Our Friday training will be conducted by Debra Murray, Psy.D on Motivational Interviewing: Targeting Change.

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Debra Murray, Psy.D. is a Professor in the Psychology department and director of the Counselor Education programs at Viterbo University. Debra earned her master degree from University of St. Mary’s and graduated from University of St. Thomas with a doctoral degree in Psychology. Her doctoral project was Motivational Interviewing: Efficacy in Substance Abuse Training and Implications for Therapist Training and Supervision.


Murray was trained by William Miller (the co-founder of Motivational Interviewing) and maintains an active research agenda on this topic. She was trained as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing and is member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Dr. Murray has provided MI training to a variety of audiences, including researchers, nurses, physicians, clinicians, dietitians, case managers and educators throughout the Midwest.