Connecticut Counseling Association Special Interest Group for Addictions Counseling
Mission and Vision Statement
The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Addictions Counseling is an assembly of members within the Connecticut Counseling Association (CCA) who specialize in the advocacy, prevention, and treatment of individuals whose lives and communities are impacted by addiction. Our mission is to advance the field of addictions counseling within the State of Connecticut. In accordance with our vision, we strive to provide networking and professional development opportunities for counselors, counselor educators, and counselors-in-training related to the clinical, ethical, and legal issues associated with substance use disorders.
Connecticut Counseling Association Multicultural Counseling and Development Committee
The CCA Multicultural Counseling and Development Committee seeks to improve multicultural empathy and understanding. Its activities are designed to advance and sustain personal growth and improve educational opportunities for members from diverse cultural backgrounds.
CCA, as all counselors, are charged with the responsibility of defending human and civil rights as prescribed by law. The activities of the Multicultural Counseling and Development Committee encourage changing attitudes and enhancing understanding of cultural diversity in all of its forms. Diversity is recognized very broadly and includes: Age and Generation, Developmental and Acquired Disabilities, Religion and Spirituality, Ethnicity/Race and Culture, Socio-Economic Status, Sexual/Affectional Orientation, Indigenous Populations, National Origin and Gender/ Gender Orientation.
Our mission is to increase awareness of multicultural issues which impact on the counseling profession. The goals and objectives of this committee are to:
• Promote a greater understanding of multicultural groups among members of the counseling profession.
• Improve standards and delivery of counseling services provided to multicultural groups.
• Identify and work to eliminate conditions that create barriers to the individual development of multicultural groups.
• Secure equality of treatment, advancement and status of multicultural groups in counseling and development.
• Encourage materials in the CCA Newsletter and promote workshops at state conferences, which focus on multicultural counseling and development.
• Facilitate a broader awareness of multicultural counseling among the helping professions.
• Provide networking opportunities for counseling of diverse cultural heritage and for counselors working with clients of diverse cultural heritage.
Connecticut Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling (CT-ALGBTIC) Special Interest Group
Mission of ALGBTIC
The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) is a division of the ACA which seeks to include the recognition of both individual and social contexts representing the confluence of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, spiritual or religious belief system and indigenous heritage.
The goals are:
• to promote greater awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) issues among members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations.
• to improve standards and delivery of counseling services provided to GLBT clients and communities.
• to identify conditions which create barriers to the human growth and development of GLBT clients and communities; and use counseling skills, programs, and efforts to preserve, protect, and promote such development.
• to develop, implement, and foster interest in counseling-related charitable, scientific, and educational programs designed to further the human growth and development of GLBT clients and communities.
• to secure equality of treatment, advancement, qualifications, and status of GLBT members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations.
• to publish a journal and other scientific, educational, and professional materials with the purpose of raising the standards of practice for all who work with GLBT clients and communities in the counseling profession and related helping occupations.
Goals for CT-ALGBTIC
1. Create a webpage of resources for counselors serving the LGBTQQIA population.
2. Have a representative that serves as a contact for referrals and resources on LGTBQ issues for counselors in CT
3. Encourage workshops on these relevant topics for conferences and trainings
4. Offer workshop opportunities for the other divisions.
5. Ultimately gain enough support for the creation of a division.
Creativity in Counseling – CCA Special Interest Group
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