Building Alliances: Working Together for Change

Pennsylvania Counseling Association 49th Annual Fall Conference

November 3-5, 2017

Radisson Hotel-Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA

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Building alliances is the foundation of the counseling profession. Without the therapeutic alliance between client and therapist true client-driven change cannot occur. The alliance with families and natural supports is also critical to behavioral change. Beyond the relationships within the counseling session, there is a calling in today’s social climate to build alliances in our communities, schools, and legislatures to break through stigmas, prejudices, discrimination, and barriers in accessing quality mental health care. Today, more than any other time in history, mental health professionals from all disciplines need to build alliances to strengthen our ability to protect and serve our most vulnerable citizens. Together, LPCs, school counselors, LCSWs, Psychologists, Creative Art Therapies, LMFTs and physicians can have a lasting impact on the issues of greatest importance to our communities. Join the PCA in Philadelphia this fall to explore evidence based practices, new and innovative ways to heal, teach, supervise, advocate and build alliances.

This years’ conference will feature a pre-learning conference on November 3 on LGBT issues, and a special conference track for multicultural competencies. Saturday evening, there will be a networking social with great prizes, entertainment and opportunities to meet and have fun with colleagues.  Sunday will feature 3 hours of ethics for professionals to meet their annual requirements. 

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Full Conference Early Discounts if registering by September 30, 2017
$229 for PCA Members ($299 for non-members)
$129 for PCA Student Members ($159 for student non-members)
Fees increase by $30 on September 29, 2017

Pre-Conference Institute on Friday, November 3, 2017 (sponsored by PALGBTIC)
$55 for PCA Members ($75 for non-members)
$25 for PCA Student Members ($35 for student non-members)

Group Discounts: Agencies and institutes sending 5 or more attendees, on the same check/purchase order, will receive a group discount of 25 % off of the registration fee.  All registrations must be received at the same time to get the discounted price.  Simply contact for the group rate form.

One Day Options:
$200 Saturday Events Only
$50 Saturday Luncheon Only
$200 Sunday Events Only

Continuing Education Available:
All PCA members will receive NBCC and CRCC credits at no charge.  Please indicate which credits you want during the registration process.  Non-members will be charged $10 for NBCC and CRCC credits.  Social Work Certificates are also available to all at a cost of $20.

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Hotel Reservations

Contact the Radisson Valley Forge for hotel reservations by calling 800-333-3333 or direct at 610-337-2000.  Ask for the PCA special rate at $119.  This discount is available until October 23, 2017 based on availability.  For more information about the hotel, visit:


Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker for the awards luncheon on November 4 will be Maiken Scott, nationally reknowned NPR behavioral health reporter and commentator.

Maiken Scott

Maiken Scott hosts WHYY’s weekly health and science show “The     Pulse” which is heard on public radio stations across the country. Every week, the Pulse takes listeners on a journey, and introduces them to the people and places at the heart of health and science.

For the show, Maiken has reported on fake service dogs, the jukebox in our heads, early interventions for people with schizophrenia, and annoying hospital alarms just to name a few. Maiken has focused on mental health issues for much of her career at WHYY – first as producer of Voices in the Family with psychologist Dan Gottlieb, and then as the station’s first behavioral health reporter. She continues to oversee behavioral health reporting at the station, which is funded by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. 

A special Building Alliances social event will be held the evening of November 4 to promote interdisciplinary partnerships, highlight professional organizations and allow for socializing and networking in a very entertaining environment. Please visit the PCA webpage for more information at or send questions to

Conference Schedule

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Exhibitors / Sponsors Welcome

PCA welcomes advertisers, exhibitors and sponsors. To Apply for exhibit space, brochures, sponsorships and more, complete the 2017 PCA Exhibitor & Sponsor Information & Application Form, or for additional questions email Linda Thompson at 


Continuing Education Credits

Acep LogoThe annual PCA Conference is approved for 9.25 clock hours of NBCC & CRCC continuing education, including 3 hours for ethics.  Information will be available at the conference.  Continuing education is free for members.  Non-members cost $10.  The Pennsylvania Counseling Association is an NBCC (#2039) and CRCC approved continuing education provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC and CRCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC and CRCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

The PCA Conference offers continuing education for the following:

National Certified Counselors (NCC)

Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC)

Social Workers (SW)


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