Conference Information

2020 AUCCCD Annual Conference Important Dates

March 2: Call for Programs Open
March 31: Call for Programs Closes
May 18: Conference Registration Opens
August 31: Early Bird Registration expires at 5:00 PM EST
October 16: Hotel Group Rate Reservation Cut-Off
November 7: Pre-Conference Workshops
November 8 - 11: Annual AUCCCD Conference

Conference Benefits

How can my attendance at the Conference benefit me professionally as well as my college/university?

Attendance at the conference can help accomplish the following:

  • Facilitate and support diversity, multi-culturalism and social justice on campus
  • Learn risk management strategies and legal and ethical guidelines to minimize the university's legal exposure
  • Learn threat assessment information to help your university reduce the risk of violence on campus
  • Save money by learning to manage the counseling service in a cost efficient and time efficient manner
  • Better support the academic mission of the institution by training faculty and staff in responding and referring troubled and troubling students
  • Support and develop learning goals and learning outcomes
  • Contribute to retention of students
  • Learn national standards of practice in the field
  • Recruit, attract and retain the best and most diverse staff possible
  • Learn about training practices and standards for practicum, and internships
  • Learn to reduce the risk of suicide and other acts of violence by students
  • Reduce the likelihood of tragic events such as violence, sexual assault, alcohol poisoning and drug overdose that bring negative publicity to the institution
  • Create and maintain successful group therapy programs that allow you to serve more students
  • Develop leadership, administrative and management skills that are not part graduate training
  • Learn about accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services, the primary accreditation organization for collegiate counseling services
  • Support internationalization on your campus
  • Learn how to provide consultation and outreach services
  • Learn about recent research regarding counseling centers and their work
  • Develop effective strategies for responding to crises, emergencies, and disaster situations
  • Learn about models and methods of triage, intake and clinical flow
  • Understand the use of technology in counseling services
  • Develop strategies to get grants and external funding for counseling services
  • Receive continuing education credits at relatively inexpensive cost to maintain professional licensure.


Download the Conference Attendance Justification Letter Template

  2020 Conference Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Sharda Mishra, Meharry Medical College
Todd Weinman, Vanderbilt University
Gary Petiprin, Bellarmine University


Pam Detrie, Rhodes College
Charnequa Kennedy, Tennessee State University
Gary Petiprint, Bellarmine University
Paul McAnear, University of Tennessee

Fun Run

Sharda Mishra, Meharry Medical College


Sharda Mishra, Meharry Medical College
Gary Petiprin, Bellarmine University

Exhibits and Sponsorships

Todd Weinman, Vanderbilt University

Local Arrangements (tours/evenings/local info)

Paul McAnear, University of Tennessee
Jeff Rutter, Austin Peay State University


Thank you to the volunteer committee and program review members for their dedication to AUCCCD!


AUCCCD is committed to inclusive excellence, social justice, civility, and collegiality.  This commitment is paramount during the conference planning process when states are being considered as conference sites have passed or have pending legislation and statutes that disempower marginalized groups.  There may also be financial barriers for members whose home state do not fund travel to states with marginalizing legislation.

The AUCCCD Governing Board has deliberated on this topic at length and has reached the conclusion that AUCCCD more effectively achieves our organizational mission by not cancelling its annual conference in such locations and while there, engaging in acts of social justice, advocacy, and awareness raising.  Engaging in such onsite activities educates membership on ways to challenge such legislation in their own states.  The AUCCCD Governing Board desires to stand with local colleagues to do the work of the organization when the opportunity arises rather than engaging in social justice from a distance.

Future Conferences

2020 - Nashville, TN, Renaissance Nashville Hotel | November 7 - 11

 Questions? Contact the AUCCCD Office.