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50th Annual PCA Conference: November 9-11, 2018
Professional Counseling Identity: Working in the Present, Defining Our Future
Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA

Full conference details are available through the conference app.  Click below to view:

PCA Conference Information

Keynote Speaker:

Richard YepRichard Yep, CAE, FASAE is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization of professional counselors in the world. ACA sets the standards and ethics for the counseling profession and they produce ten scholarly journals, a monthly magazine, webinars, and books. He currently oversees a staff of 63 and a $14 million budget. ACA has more than 54,000 members. Rich has worked for ACA for 30 years, 20 of which as the Association’s CEO. He is also the President of the American Counseling Association Foundation. [Read More...]


Conference Activities at-a-Glance:

Friday, November 9:

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm           Registration Open
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm             Pre-conference Learning Institute Sponsored by PALGBTIC

A Multidimensional Understanding of Gender Identity, Affectional Orientation, and Intersections with Other Identities

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm            Executive Board Meeting
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm            First Time Conference Attendee and Student Orientation
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm            Opening Night Networking Reception

Saturday, November 10:

8:00 am – 6:00 pm           Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:00 am           Continental Breakfast
8:00 am –9:00 am            Poster Sessions
9:00 am – 10:00 am         Keynote: Richard Yep, ACA Chief Executive Officer
10:15 am – 11:15 am       Breakout #1
11:30 am – 12:30 pm       Breakout #2
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm         Lunch / Awards
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm           Breakout #3
3:15 pm – 4:15pm            Breakout #4
4:30 pm – 5:15pm            Division Meetings (#1)
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm            Division Meetings (#2)
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm            PCA 50th Anniversary Party

Sunday, November 11:

8:00 am – 9:00 am            Registration Open and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am            Government Relations Panel
9:00 am – 12:00 pm          Deep Dive Ethics Seminar: Joy Natwick, ACA Ethics Specialist


Joy NatwickJoy Natwick, MS, NCC, is the ACA Ethics Specialist,  where she provides consultation on difficult ethical dilemmas to ACA members and serves as the liaison to the ACA Ethics Committee. Joy is a self-professed counseling ethics nerd with a diverse background including school-based mental health, substance use treatment, forensic mental health, research, human resources recruiting, and program development. She loves sharing her knowledge and experience with counselors to assist them in practicing ethically.


Program information questions may be directed to the Conference Chairs at

PALGBTIC will sponsor a pre-conference institute:

A Multidimensional Understanding of Gender Identity, Affectional Orientation, and Intersections with Other Identities

Each day, we encounter people with invisible identities. These include various LGBTQ+ identities, racial, ethnic, religious, and disability identities to name a few. Learn how to recognize bias, prejudice, and discrimination that many people with some identities encounter, about best practices to work with various clientele, and about different tools and resources, you can use to help your clients feel affirmed and empowered. Pricing is under Registration below.  An additional 3 contact hours of continuing education is offered for this event.

Conference Registration:

Any questions about registration may be directed to or by calling the Membership Office at 918-994-4413.

Early Bird Registration (Payment must be received before October 9, 2018):

PCA Members: $229.00
PCA Student Members: $129.00
Non-Members: $299.00
Non-Member Students: $159.00

After September 26th, pricing increases $30. 

Institute Registration:

PCA Members: $55.00
PCA Student Members: $25.00
Non-Members: $75.00
Non-Member Students: $35.00

Daily rates are also available.

Register Online Today: Register Now

Or use the printable form for checks: PCA Printable Registration Form

Group Discounts are Available:  Reservations for 5 or more attendees from the same institution/organization may register and a 25% discount will be applied.  Reservations must be made at the same time with only one form of payment is required to receive the discount.  Use the form below:

 PCA Group Registration Form

Exhibit and Sponsor Opportunities:

Click on the form below to sign up for exhibit and sponsor opportunities.

Exhibit and Sponsor Form

Hotel Reservations:

The PCA Conference will be held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh.  Reservations can be made online via PCA Hotel Reservations or calling 214-261-2000. The conference discounted rate is $129.00/night.

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Continuing Education:

The PCA Conference offers 10 contact hours of NBCC-Approved continuing education including 3 hours dedicated to ethics.  NBCC, CRCC, and Social Work hours are available.  Please indicate which credits you need when you register.  Certificates will be select electronically after the conference. For questions about continuing education, contact

The Pennsylvania Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider ACEP No. 2039. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Pennsylvania Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

PCA Conference Attendance Disclaimer:

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) conferences, meetings, and events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to PCA for use and distribution, now and in the future, of the registrant or attendees’ image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audio of such events and activities to illustrate and promote the PCA experience and products.