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This November, the All Ohio Counselors Conference (AOCC) was held at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. Dr. Martina Moore, Substance Use Coordinator at John Carroll University and President of the Ohio Counselors Association (OCA), delivered a welcome speech at the AOCC 2019. Dr. Moore is calling for action from Ohioan counselors: to advocate our professional association and our role in fighting against the opioid epidemic. 

This year, Dr. Moore made it no question to invite Sam Quinones as the keynote speaker. Author of the bestseller Dreamland, Quinones is a key figure in addressing the opioid epidemic. He advocates for awareness and the importance of talking about this epidemic.  

John Carroll University had faculty and students present their work at the conference.

  • Dr. Martina Moore, Associate Professor and Substance Use coordinator, presented The Resurgence of Crack Cocaine in the Midst of the Opiate Epidemic Taking Ohio by Storm
  • Dr. Staci Hayes, Associate Professor, presented We Know it When We See It: A Discussion on Cognitive Complexity and Empathy.
  • Dr. Paula Britton, Associate Professor and Internship/practicum Coordinator, presented The Neurobiology of Storytelling: How Stories Heal and Medical Marijuana in Ohio: What Counselors Need to Know.
  • Dr. Cecile Brennan, Associate Professor, presented Supervision Strategies: Initiating and Maintaining Developmentally Appropriate Supervision and Resolving Ethical Questions & Ethical Dilemmas: A Structured Approach.
  • Hayle Fisher, CT and counseling student, presented together with Lauren Butler, LPC and JCU alumni, and their supervisor, Staci Tessmer, LPCC-S on Working with Adolescent Clients Who Struggle with Suicidal Ideation: DBT Tools and Tips for Counselors.
  • Marisa Wallace, LPC and JCU alumni, and Tanya Middelton, LPCC-S and doctoral intern of the counseling department, presented Ohio Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (OAMCD) & Ohio Counselors for Social Justice (OCSJ) Summit.

On Thursday afternoon, John Carroll University students had the opportunity to attend a Beta Chi luncheon with faculty and other professionals. Volunteer and networking opportunities were also made available to students when joining AOCC.