Graduate Student Reflection on ACES 2019 Conference

Graduate Student Michelle Sholk presented with Dr. Stephanie Bobbitt, and Michael Bobbitt at the ACES 2019 Conference in Seattle, Washington. She reflects on her experience of presenting her research presentation “Successful Integration of Social Advocacy in Supervision”.

“To reflect upon my experience at ACES is almost as surreal as the experience itself! I am extremely honored and greatly humbled by my involvement in a national, top tier conference, and I find myself at a loss for words to express my gratitude for Dr. Bobbitt, the support of all of the Educational Counseling and Leadership faculty, and Monmouth University for granting me the opportunity to expand both my personal in professional growth. In April, Dr. Bobbitt and I were notified that our research proposal, one that we worked on for about a year, was accepted to present at the ACES conference, which was held in Seattle from the 10th-13th of October. During the conference I was able to network with several prominent Counselor Educators, meet Dr. Bobbitt’s mentors that inspired and motivated her, and continue my work as a social justice advocate by presenting on the need for social justice advocacy in supervision. During the presentation, we were able to hold open and honest conversations concerning personal biases and becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable, as well as discussed personal anecdotes on our work to promote equity. Overall, the ACES conference was a remarkable experience that I will always treasure.”

 

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