Professional Development

The importance of the development of one’s professional identity as a counselor is embedded in our program. School counseling students participate in a number of professional development activities throughout their matriculation. Professional development opportunities are integrated in classes, facilitated by the department, and accessed from professional counseling organizations. Faculty and students are members of professional counseling associations and typically participate in local, state, national, and international conferences. These include 

  • American Counseling Association Annual Conference
  • American School Counseling Association Conference
  • Belize School Counsellor Association Conference
  • Fall Family Conference
  • North Carolina School Counselor Association Conference (NCSCA)
  • North Carolina Counseling Association Conference (NCCA)
  • Rehabilitation of Ethnic and Racial Minority with Behavioral Addictions (REMBA) Conference

Furthermore, students collaborate with faculty in scholarship activities. Recent publications include

Dowden, A. R., Miller, T., Cooper, T., Wiggins, A., Smith-Augustine, S. & Boston, Q. (2014) Understanding and addressing severe disruptive behaviors among school age children: School counselors' role. NC Perspectives 9(1), 4-13.

Fish, L. and Smith-Augustine, S. (2015). School counselors and vocational rehabilitation counselors: Collaborating for high school students with disabilities success. VISTAS Online. Retrieved from:

Smith-Augustine, S., Dowden, A., Wiggins, A. & Hall, L. (2014). International immersion in Belize: Fostering Counseling Students’ cultural self-awareness. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 36(4), 468-484.

Smith-Augustine, S., Hall, L., Dowden, A. & Tobin, L. (2014). Counselor educators’ preparedness to lead international cultural immersion: Walking the talk. VISTAS Online. Retrieved from: