ACA Resolution on Gun Violence in Schools

CSJ Activities in Atlanta

Dear CSJ Colleagues,
We have some exciting events planned at the ACA Conference that we hope you will join us for. In particular, we hope our members will come out to celebrate one another and connect at our Awards Event (Friday, April 27th at 10:30am). We also hope you will join us at the CSJ Town Hall (Friday, April 27th at 1pm) where we will share updates on CSJ and hear feedback and ideas from all of you. See more details about these and other events below.
Here are the scheduled CSJ events so far:
*CSJ Day of Service, Wednesday, April 25th
*CSJ Awards Event on Friday, April 27 from 10:30am-12:30pm
*CSJ Town Hall Meeting on Friday, April 27 from 1:00pm-2:30pm
Additionally, there will be three CSJ-sponsored sessions at the conference:
Examining African American Women Graduate Students’ Affinity Group Experiences
Undocumented Immigrants: Challenges, Strengths, and Social Justice
Decentralizing Whiteness and Other Forms of Privilege: Lessons from Standing Rock

CSJ Day of Service in Atlanta

Are you a CSJ member and plan to be in Atlanta?

You are invited to volunteer with Counselors for Social Justice for the 2018 Service Day.

The 2018 Service Day will be a collaboration between CSJ, AMCD, ASERVIC, and ALGBTIC and will take place on Wednesday April 25, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

It will include working with community agencies that provide services to immigrant communities, college students, and mothers in the criminal justice system. Teams of professionals and students will complete a 4-8 hour service day project at a community partner site in Atlanta.

Registered volunteers will receive further details as the schedule for the day is finalized. You can register for the day here:…/1FAIpQLSciBnlPBbrztwZET…/viewform…


Social Media Coordinator Needed (JSACP)

Social Media Coordinator Needed
The Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology (JSACP; is seeking a Social Media Coordinator. The social media coordinator will be responsible for managing all social media content (e.g., Facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.).
Manage JSACP’s Facebook (@Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology) and Twitter (@JSACP)
Find relevant articles in academic sources, reliable media sources, etc. related to social justice-locally, nationally, and internationally and posting them.
At least 3 posts a week on Facebook page.
At least 3-6 tweets per day on twitter.
Form relationships within the social media community to engage other professionals working in organizations that are engaged in social justice work.
Engage with relevant FB accounts (i.e., friending, commenting on material, sharing material on and from JSACP page) of:
Academic departments
Other scholarly journals
Community Based Organizations
Non-profits / Non-governmental organizations
People involved in social justice work with large online followers
Engage with relevant Twitter accounts (i.e., following, retweeting, tweeting at, exchanging a heart for a heart) of:
Academic departments
Other scholarly journals
Community Based Organizations
Non-profits / Non-governmental organizations
People involved in social justice work with large social media presence
Monthly Deliverables
40 New Facebook followers
40 new twitter followers
Identify 12 new organizations/people/journals to follow on twitter
Identify 12 new organizations/people/journals to like on Facebook
Minimum Qualifications
Expertise in social media including strategies to increase postings and traffic on social media outlets.
Enjoy involvement with social media activities (e.g., engaging with social media accounts multiple times a day).
Self driven and motivated.
Creative and enjoy taking on new responsibilities.
Have an understanding of and passion for social justice and action.
To Apply
Email the following information to Professor Lawrence Gerstein ( by March 12, 2018:
Statement explaining:
Interest in the position.
Details of experience with various forms of social media.
Background and interest in social justice and action.
Co-Editors: Lawrence H. Gerstein, Ph.D., Ball State University
Pamela Valera, Ph.D., Rutgers University

Sponsors: Counselors for Social Justice & Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Publisher: Ball State University Center for Peace & Conflict Studies



CSJ Newsletter Submission

Attention all CSJ members: You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in future issues of the quarterly Counselors for Social Justice newsletter. Quality articles, critiques, or reviews should align with our mission: The mission of Counselors for Social Justice is to work to promote social justice in our society through confronting oppressive systems of power and privilege that affect professional counselors and our clients and to assist in the positive change in our society through the professional development of counselors. Submissions should be electronically submitted to the following email address: Submissions will be reviewed by our editors and inclusion in the published newsletter is not guaranteed. There is no deadline for submission.

Thank you!

– Molly & Christina

AMCD Joint Service Day: Call for Volunteers

AMCD Joint Service Day: Call for Volunteers
ACA 2018 in Atlanta, GA

AMCD, CSJ, ASERVIC, and ALGBTIC are excited to announce the 2018 Joint Service Day at the American Counseling Association (ACA) national conference in Atlanta, GA. Division Presidents have asked that we partner counseling professionals/leaders with emerging professionals/graduate students to use their skills in counseling outreach efforts with the diverse and multicultural community of Atlanta. In this spirit, AMCD, CSJ, ASERVIC, and ALGBTC are hoping to recruit 20-30 volunteers, both professionals and students, to participate in community service during the 2018 ACA Conference in Atlanta.
The 2015 Service Day will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Teams of professionals and students will complete a 4-8 hour service day project at the site of a community partner in Atlanta. Volunteers will be assigned to committees and will receive training and assist in planning the Service Day prior to April 25. Volunteers should arrive in Atlanta prior to the April 25 Service Day.
If you are interested in volunteering please send your name, contact information (email address and phone number), and a statement of your interest in serving as a volunteer along with your resume/vitae to Mrs. Kristy Christopher-Holloway ( by Thursday, March 1, 2018. If you know of someone that may be interested in this opportunity, please share this call for volunteers with her/him.
Last year’s AMCD & CSJ Service Day Projects were held in San Francisco, CA. The one-day project included:
· Serving at Glide Memorial in San Francisco, California.

This year’s Service Day Projects will include working with community agencies that provide services to immigrants, college students, and mothers in the criminal justice system.

On behalf of the Central Planning Committee, we look forward to hearing from you.

Helping Those Affected by Harvey

At every ACA Conference, counselors are able to become trained in disaster mental health response through the American Red Cross. Here is information from the American Red Cross if you, or another counselor you know, is interested in deploying to Texas to help with Harvey.

The American Red Cross has activated a Direct Deployment process to recruit new Disaster Mental Health (DMH) volunteers to assist with hurricane relief efforts. Volunteer recruitment information for health and mental health professionals can be found at…/hurricane-harvey-health-professio…

Please consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer and assisting the people and communities affected by this devastating storm. Disaster Mental Health (DMH) volunteers must have a master’s degree or higher and be licensed or certified in a mental health profession (if retired, they must have held a license/certificate within the past 5 years). The Red Cross will provide training, transportation, food and lodging. It is expected that DMH volunteers will serve on the operation for one week or longer, plus two travel days.

CSJ Webinar Announcement

CSJ Webinar: Social Justice Counseling and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement on September 1st at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2 p.m. ET

*If you plan to attend the webinar mentioned below, please respond to Laura Pignato via email at by Wednesday (8/30/17) to be added to the attendee list. The zoom meeting allows for 50 attendees. Thank you.*

Dear Colleagues,

Counselors for Social Justice is excited to announce the third webinar in an ongoing series focused on providing important social justice information and support to our membership and the communities we serve. Members can earn 1 CEU by attending the webinar.

As such, we are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting that will facilitate this webinar. You do not need a zoom account to access the zoom meeting or need to download any software, just click on the access link at the time of the meeting.

Below you will find the webinar description along with the zoom meeting link to join on 9/1 at 11 a.m. if you are PT or 2 p.m. if you are ET

Title: Social Justice Counseling and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Presenters: Joseph M. Williams, University of Virginia; Ahmad R. Washington, University of Louisville; Janice Byrd, Kent State University


Counselors should help contest hyper and hostile policing, which adversely affects the mental health and well-being of people from marginalized populations, (especially Blacks) (Turner, 2016). This interactive webinar presentation considers how combining the ACA advocacy competencies with the #BlackLivesMatter Movement can assist counselors in combatting hyper and hostile policing in Black communities.

·         Participants will learn about the Black Lives Matter movement

·         Participants will examine the historical context of police brutality and racial profiling and its effect on mental health.

·         Participants will learn how to respond to injustice and contribute to movements such as the #BlackLivesMatter Movement using the ACA Advocacy Competencies


Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: (use this link if participating from your laptop)

Or iPhone one-tap :

   US: +14086380968,,581988195#  or +16468769923,,581988195#

Or Telephone:

   Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

       US: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 876 9923

   Meeting ID: 581 988 195

   International numbers available:

Laura Pignato, M.S.

College of William & Mary

Professional Development Chair, Counselors for Social Justice


Dear CSJ community,


I want to share with you how we’re working to respond to the recent events in Charlottesville. The CSJ board is working on an official statement as well as a online meeting for those interested in developing ways to respond. We have also created a folder within ACA Connect where I invite you to post resources, personal reflections, or anything else that you’d like to share with our community. To access the folder, log into ACA Connect, go to the CSJ Community page, click on the Library tab, select the “Charlottesville and Related Resources” folder, and upload documents using the “New” button on the left under Folder Contents.


Many of us were likely not entirely surprised by the events Charlottesville, since we are under no the illusion that white supremacy, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and more aren’t common in our country. I am, however, sad and angry and scared, as I am almost every day when I hear about some new, terrible hate crime, violent act, or bigoted rhetoric or policy. And I’m relatively safe as a straight white cis woman. I hope that this wakes more people up and that people of conscience work together for justice and against bigotry — both the overt forms we are seeing as well as the more subtle and insidious forms of bigotry. I hope we work in solidarity with all groups targeted — people of color, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, women, the LGBTQ community, and more. I hope we are outraged and that it spurs us to action. I had the opportunity to join some of the protests in Washington, DC this weekend, and being in community with those on the side of justice was energizing and heartening. I hope we will speak up when and where we can, because, in the words of Audre Lorde, “Your silence will not protect you.”


Thank you for being part of our community. Please reach out if you would like to be part of our efforts.

Rachael D. Goodman, PhD, LPC
President (2017-2018), Counselors for Social Justice, a division of the American Counseling Association
Associate Professor, George Mason University