Welcome from the Conference Host

The Counseling Psychology Program at Western Michigan University is proud to host the 31st Annual Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference on April 13-14, 2018, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

We are excited to be ushering in the 4th decade of the longest running annual regional conference of the Society of Counseling Psychology. The Great Lakes Region holds the distinction of being the only region to continue fulfilling the recommendation of holding a yearly conference that emerged from the Third National Counseling Psychology Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. The first conference was held the very next year in 1988 at The Ohio State University and the rest, they say, is history! Over the years, the Great Lakes Regional Conference has served an important role in the socialization and mentorship of students who have enjoyed benefits derived from presenting and participation, professional networking, and being a part of conference planning and execution.

The theme of the 2018 conference is “Respectful Dialogues and Beyond: What Are We Doing?” The theme celebrates counseling psychology’s role in engaging in difficult conversations, often around challenging topics and in times of controversy and great need, with an emphasis on doing. Reflecting the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” we ask the question “What are WE doing?” We welcome presentations that address innovative ways in which counseling psychologists and students in training are making a difference and seeking to have a positive impact in their communities, on our field, and with underserved populations. The conference theme also echoes an initiative of our current American Psychological Association Division 17 President, Dr. Arpana G. Inman, of Lehigh University, who will be a keynote speaker. We look forward to productive and respectful dialogues and a celebration of the good work we all are doing.