AMCD Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Summit

As a 2018-2019 presidential initiative, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) is proud to present the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Summit June 21-22, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Join AMCD for a 2-day Summit focusing on the role of counselors in responding to mental health disparities with racially/ethnically marginalized populations at the University of Central Florida campus.


Summit Objectives:

  • To engage counseling practitioners, educators, trainees and related professionals in interdisciplinary dialogue on mental health disparities with racially/ethnically marginalized populations across multiple identities.
  • To disseminate multicultural research addressing mental health disparities.
  • To center the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC; 2015) in social justice action through individual counseling and community advocacy.
  • To empower counseling practitioners, educators, trainees and related professionals with strategies and best practices for counseling advocacy at individual, community and public policy levels.

Summit Program Schedule and Information

 AMCD is a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #2078. Up to 13 NBCC continuing education (CE) credits are offered for the Summit, including 1 Ethics CE.

It is the responsibility of attendees to determine if their licensing or certification boards will accept these CEs. Attendees must submit a session evaluation for each session attended to earn credit. AMCD is pleased to provide    electronic evaluations for the Summit online: Note that 30-minute poster sessions are not eligible for CE credit. Evaluations must be submitted by July 31st and certificates will be provided within 60 days of the 31st.

Plenary Session Speakers

The Opening Session features members of the Multicultural Counseling Competencies Revision Committee commissioned by AMCD Past President, Dr. Carlos Hipolito-Delgado.

Anneliese A. Singh headshot
Sylvia Nassar headshot
S. Kent Butler headshot
Rafe McCullough headshot

The Summit also features a cross-disciplinary roster of speakers, including:

Dr. Margarita Alegría

Dr. Margarita Alegría
Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Benjamin Cook

Dr. Benjamin Cook 
Director of the Health Equity Research Lab, Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School

Dr. Wizdom Powell

Dr. Wizdom Powell
Director of the Health Disparities Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Connecticut Health

Dr. Fernando I. Rivera

Dr. Fernando I. Rivera
Associate Professor of Sociology, Interim Assistant Vice-Provost for Faculty Excellence, and Director of the Puerto Rico Research Hub at the University of Central Florida


Registration check-in is in the Morgridge International Reading Center (MIRC) Lobby beginning June 21st at 8:00am. Please access the Eventbrite website to access all registration information.

Event Facilities and Hotel

Summit activities are held at the MIRC and Teaching Academy (TA) buildings. Parking is available at the MIRC in Parking Garage A behind the Morgridge Center or Lot B5 – $5.00/day at kiosk located inside garage. The conference hotel is DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East-UCF Area 12125 High Tech Ave. Orlando, FL 32817

Please note that the DoubleTree is approximately half a mile from the MIRC and TA buildings.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

AMCD is pleased to have the Florida Counseling Association, a state branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA), as a Bronze Sponsor of the 2019 Summit. Please visit FCA  for more information on the mission and activities of the organization.

We appreciate the support of our sponsors and exhibitors, including the Eating Recovery Center in addition to several ACA divisions: the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), and the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC).  

For more information on the AMCD 2019 Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Summit, contact Adrienne Erby (, Summit Coordinator and Planning Committee Chair.

Thank you to the AMCD 2019 Summit Planning Committee!

Summit Accessibility Coordinator, Mona Robinson

Summit Committee Graduate Student Liaison, Aja Burks