Illinois Counseling Association
2012 Annual Convention
Call for Proposals
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for Exhibitor Information, contact the ICA office at 877-284-1521
Due Date extended to: July 4, 2012
We live in a world where individuals, groups, and nations struggle for prestige and power. Our pursuit of success and our fear of failure often result in us yielding our inner freedom to conformity to the outside demands. We are confronted with the inevitable challenge of feeling less than individually and/or collectively with the price of intense anxiety and insecurity. The collective attitudes of “better than” and “less than” are root cause to problems of discouragement and, to a large degree, psychopathology. We are haunted by the relational conflicts that spring from our lack of respect for differences, the practices of competition and comparison, superiority, discrimination, dominance and control. Our difficulties arise from the fact that we do not know how to live with ourselves and with each other as equals in the family, between the two genders, in schools, in the community, at work, and in the society.
The 2012 convention theme coincides with the ICA mission to promote respect for human dignity and diversity by addressing equality issues in all areas of social living (i.e. love, work, and society). Professional counselors embrace the aspiration that equality is both the foundation and the outcome of multiculturalism, social advocacy, and social justice. It is only when we regard ourselves and others as equals, our rights can be respected and our identity are developed via a feeling of belonging. Professional counselors recognize that the practice of equality begins with ourselves and can be strengthened in our relationships with others at home, school, and work with mutual respect, cooperation, contribution, reconciliation, and encouragement.
The program committee seeks proposals that address the conference theme of The Courage for Equality: Love, Work, and Society. Proposals reflecting best practices working with individuals, family, schools, work place, and communities are encouraged. Proposals will be accepted for content sessions, symposia, and poster presentations. Submissions should fit into one of the following focus catagories and represent the following content areas. Each proposal will be reviewed by the program committee based on the content track specified by the presenter.
Category 1: The Individual
A healthy individual feels that he/she is an equally valued member in the family, school, and work and takes interest in the other members. He/she believes in his/her strengths and abilities in meeting the life demands of love, work, and friendship. Presentations in this track should focus on the individual’s relationship with himself/herself, assessment and cultivation of one’s courage to become an equal countering the inferior or superior feelings when striving toward self-actualization.
Category 2: Love
Intimacy is a task of two individuals in an equal partnership. Equality is only possible when each partner is more interested in the joint welfare than him/herself. Presentations in this track should focus on preparation for, evasion of, the problems of, and the improvement of intimate relationships. Priorities will be given to programs of best practices of overcoming difficulties of love and marriage.
Category 3: Work/Education
Work/education facilitates our life long development and preparedness to fully participate in our ever changing society. Work/education is the chief task for achieving survival and social significance via co-operating with others and making contribution toward social progress. Manifested in the problem of evading work and education is the individual’s characteristic approach of solving life problems. Inequalities are most evident when individuals experience differential opportunities in occupational attainment and advancement. Presentations in this track should focus on the psychological/social meaning and challenges of working.
Category 4: The Society
The collective wellbeing of a society is indicated by how each member feels they belong and their willingness in cooperating with others and making contributions to the larger whole. Such community feeling is an ideal state and is only attainable when the individuals have the courage to go beyond themselves for the health of the whole. Presentations in this track should focus on how professional counselors are capable of helping individual and groups who face the problems of belonging. Priorities will be given to those programs that illuminate the best practices of synthetizing the multicultural counseling competencies, social justice counseling competencies, and advocacy counseling competencies promoted by the counseling profession.