ALABAMA COUNSELING ASSOCIATION n Leadership Handbook
HISTORY & OVERVIEW
The Alabama Counseling Association had its inception in 1954 as the Alabama Guidance Association, a locally organized, autonomous group. For years this group held state conventions and generally promoted professional development for counselors.
In 1964, during the Guidance Association’s state convention at the Dinkler-Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham, the question of national affiliation was discussed. With that question as impetus, then President Wilbur Tincher appointed a committee of seven to study the possibility of affiliating with the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA). Following discussions with and visits from American Personnel and Guidance Association representatives Willie Dugan, Kenneth Hoyt, and C.Winfield Scott, the committee proposed affiliation on February 14, 1966.
A proposed new constitution aligning the state organization with the American Personnel and Guidance Association constitution was presented at the 1966 state meeting in Montgomery. The membership approved the new constitution and endorsed the alignment. The Alabama Guidance Association then petitioned for national affiliation with APGA. Application for formal recognition was made in the Fall of 1966. Acceptance by the Senate of the American Personnel and Guidance Association was soon forthcoming. The charter for affiliation of the Alabama group was presented at the national convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association in Dallas, Texas in 1967.
On November 18, 1983, the General session of the Alabama Personnel and Guidance Association voted to change its name to the Alabama Association for Counseling and Development in compliance with the national association’s change to the American Association for Counseling and Development.
In the business session at its twenty-fifth Annual Conference in Huntsville in 1992, the state organization changed its name to the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) following the lead of the national organization once again.
ALCA boasts members statewide in various schools, colleges, agencies, institutions, and communities and in a variety of specialties. ALCA members are School Counselors, College Counselors, Marriage & Family Counselors, Counselor Educators & Supervisors, Career Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Groupwork Specialists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Addictions & Offenders Counselors, and Counselors in Private Practice.
Each year the annual conference includes nationally known keynote speakers and a variety of professional opportunities. As the association has grown, it has continued to add services for its members.
MISSION, VALUES & GOALS
To enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote public confidence and trust in the counseling profession.
ALCA's Common Values…
Caring for self and others
Acquiring and using knowledge
Encouraging positive change
ALCA's Strategic Goals…
To promote the recognition of the counseling profession
To develop and expand diversity throughout the membership of the association
To promote unity of purpose and diversity of practice
To prepare and nurture effective leaders
To provide leadership as an association in governmental relations and public awareness
Value One: Caring for Self and Others
Belief in the worth and dignity of the individual and caring for self and others.
Value Two: Respecting Diversity
Recognition of the importance of encouraging different perspectives and valuing the contributions of all cultures, groups, and individuals.
Value Three: Encouraging Positive Change
Belief that change in people, organizations, institutions, and society can be facilitated in a positive manner.
Value Four: Acquiring and Using Knowledge
Belief that we need to be aware of current and evolving knowledge on which professional practice is based.
Value Five: Empowering Leadership
Willingness to mentor and nurture leaders who will advocate on behalf of the profession and the clients its serves.
Value Six: Promoting Linkages
Belief in the benefit of working in a collaborative manner for the overall benefit of the association and the profession.
In keeping with the mission and common values of the Alabama Counseling Association, a number of purposes have been identified as fundamental to the roles of the members of the Alabama Counseling Association.
To stay focused on the mission of the Alabama Counseling Association as a professional association committed to providing caring, competent, and relevant services to clients through members whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for society at large through commitment to human dignity.
To inform and educate the public with respect to professional skills and services available from members of the Alabama Counseling Association.
To promote and ensure adherence to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the Alabama Counseling Association.
To pro-actively pursue public policy and legislative goals that affect the members of the Alabama Counseling Association.
To support and enhance standards of professional preparation.
To continue to develop a strong sense of community within the Alabama Counseling Association through increased attention to and emphasis upon goals held in common across chapters and divisions.
To communicate with other professional groups for the purpose of promoting inter-professional and international collaboration.
To enhance the dissemination of knowledge through publications, conferences, and professional development workshops.
To provide support for the development of theory, research, and professional practice.
PURPOSE & BENEFITS
ALCA's Executive Office is located in Livingston, Alabama. The office functions as the central headquarters and primary facilitator for the business and activities of the Alabama Counseling Association. It also serves as the records and archives depository for the association. The Executive Director and staff provide a viable presence statewide and maintain the continuity of the organization from year to year.
Since its inception in 1966, one of the stated objectives of ALCA was to establish a central office and staff to maintain the continuity of the organization and to insure an efficient, effective, and ongoing operation of activities. In 1986, Dr. Wilbur Tincher was chosen as the association's first Executive Director, then called an Executive Secretary. Upon his retirement in 1991, Dr. Ervin L. (Chip) Wood was named the association's second Executive Director.
The ALCA Executive Office operates full time from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. The office is well equipped with features such as voice mail, e-mail, fax machine, web page, computer support, databases, and other standard office equipment required to facilitate a well organized operation.
ROSTER OF PRESIDENTS
1965 – 1966 Wilbur Tincher
1966 – 1968 Clay Sheffield *
1968 – 1969 Frances Davis *
1969 – 1970 John Seymour
1970 – 1971 Reba Clark
1971 – 1972 Richard Ward
1972 – 1973 Ethel Hall
1973 – 1974 Hugh Donnan
1974 – 1975 Leman Joslin
1975 – 1976 Nell Oden
1976 – 1977 Fannie Cooley
1977 – 1978 Sanford Colley
1978 – 1979 Don Schmitz
1979 – 1980 Barbara Echols Jackson
1980 – 1981 Mary McKinnon Ledford *
1981 – 1982 Jean Cecil *
1982 – 1983 Don Belcher
1983 – 1984 Richard Canada
1984 – 1985 Susan Parker
1985 – 1986 Nancy Fortner
1986 – 1987 Linda Mahan
1987 – 1988 Anne Hartline
1988 – 1989 Bob Comas
1989 – 1990 Ervin (Chip) Wood
1990 – 1991 Helen McAlpine
1991 – 1992 Paulette Pearson
1992 – 1993 Karole Ohme
1993 – 1994 Joe Creel
1994 – 1995 Thelma Robinson
1995 – 1996 Margaret (Meg) Smith
1996 – 1997 Cheri Smith
1997 - 1998 Marcheta McGhee Evans
1998 - 1999 Sherry Quan
1999 - 2000 Ingie Givens
2000 - 2001 Carol Turner
2001 - 2002 Nancy Cole
2002 - 2003 Annette Bohannon
2003 - 2004 Irene McIntosh
2004 – 2005 Michael Lebeau
2005 – 2006 Paul Hard
2006 – 2007 Shirley Barnes
2007 - 2008 Jerri Lynn Morrow
2008 - 2009 Katharine Nichols
2009 - 2010 Judy Childress
2010 – 2011 Nancy Fox
2011 - 2012 Melanie Drake Wallace
ALABAMA COUNSELING ASSOCIATION n Leadership Handbook