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35th Annual
Counseling Centers 
of New York (CCNY)  

Pre- conference: June 7, 2017
Conference: June 8 & 9, 2017

A collaboration of Canisius, Niagara, Daemen,  Medaille, Villa Maria, University at Buffalo, Trocaire, Hilbert, and Buffalo State


Hello to all our NY colleagues and beyond!   

I’m writing on behalf of our Western NY planning committee and we are excited about the 35th Annual Counseling Centers of New York (CCNY) conference which will be held at SUNY Buffalo State College on June 7-9, 2017.  

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, June 7 for the day-long Preconference on “Trauma-Informed Care on a College Campus”.  The committee is working on providing CEUs for this training and we will update you as we know more. The official start of the conference is Thursday, June 8 and will end Friday June 9 following a farewell lunch.


As we are moving forward with preparations, we are excited to now begin the most important part of CCNY- The Call for Programs. What makes CCNY so great is all of YOU, who have continued to provide the programs and workshops that make the conference possible.  The committee has been hard at work planning for lodging, fun, and food, but we need your help to provide the programs and workshops that have kept CCNY going strong year after year.  We know this year will be just as spectacular.

We are looking forward to hearing from you as well as hosting you. If you have never presented before, consider making this your year. Please send us your submissions for panels, presentations, workshops, and discussions. Feel free to also contact us with any questions you may have.

Below is the link to submit program description, names of presenters and other information.  Simply follow the link and enter your information.   If you have any problems with the form, let us know.  The deadline for program submissions is Friday, March 31st.

Here is the link:

Look below for the topics that come up year to year and some special requests from last year’s CCNY evaluations.   Note that there were repeated requests for “more experiential stuff.” Feel free to use any of these ideas or create a program based on your own interests:

  • How to help international/study abroad students including crisis issues
  • Memory Reintegration techniques
  • Retention and counseling
  • Difficulty of doing psychotherapy versus crisis management
  • Sexual assault-collaborating with other departments/politics
  • Mind-body connection
  • Mental health challenges in managing chronic illness
  • National trends of increased client volume and activity
  • Trauma
  • New interventions/strategies in direct practice with our students
  • Wellness
  • Emerging adulthood as a developmental stage
  • Initiatives such as peer counseling, mentoring, wellness programming
  • Follow-up on Bard College’s “Unlearning Racism” presentation e.g. “Unlearning Racism II”
  • Clinical supervision
  • LGBT students in therapy
  • Crisis and after hours responding
  • Managing demand for clinical services
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Risk assessment teams and other campus collaborations
  • Responding to the 10% of our students who take 90% of our time
  • Dealing with social media on campus and the impact on mental health
  • Medical leaves and returns from medical leave
  • Working with students who have eating disorders
  • Helping high risk students where we have limited influence
  • Training our collaborators= mental health psychoeducation for other Student Affairs staff, faculty,
  • Social identity and intersectionality
  • Counseling and technology
  • ***New this year and open to retired, emeriti, and/or former counselors who have moved into administration or other work ---Please submit program e.g. panel discussion about “Life after Counseling Center Work” or other words of wisdom.

Many thanks to Sharon Mitchell and Amberly Panepinto from UB for managing the logistics of this Call for Programs.  

- Joan

Joan L. McCool, Ph.D.
Director, The Counseling Center
219 Weigel Health Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York


Hello everyone and I hope the semester is ending peacefully for you all.

The western NY group of counseling center directors and staff from Canisius, Niagara, Daemen,  Medaille, Villa Maria, University at Buffalo, Trocaire, Hilbert, and Buffalo State are all working together on the 35th annual conference at Buff State College next June 7, 8, and 9th.    

There will be a Call for Programs in January and a committee is exploring the possibility of earning CEUs for the programs. It’s a complicated and expensive process with no guarantees, but they are working on it.   The preconference topic is confirmed:  “Trauma-Informed Care on a College Campus”.

We hope you all can attend in 2017 and we welcome former CCNY counseling center staff and directors so please tell your colleagues who may have moved on or away.  Note that the residence halls have been reserved and it is apartment-style housing with 4 single rooms and 2 bathrooms per apartment with full kitchen and air conditioning.  We are extending an opportunity to stay on campus Tuesday night especially if you are coming to the pre-conference on Wednesday,  and you can extend your stay on Friday night if you want to explore more of the city e.g. attend the Allentown Art Festival on Saturday.  Off-campus hotels are also available.

About Buff State:     Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive university/college in the SUNY system and the only comprehensive located in a city. Our beautiful 125-acre campus is located between the hip Elmwood Village and the 350-acre Delaware Park, Buffalo’s version of Central Park. We are in the heart of a vibrant museum district, surrounded by magnificent green spaces, trendy cafés, restaurants, and shops. 

Downtown Buffalo, which is UNDERGOING A MAGNIFICENT RENAISSANCE, features concerts at Canalside, national touring productions at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Bisons baseball at Coca-Cola Field, Sabres hockey at First Niagara Center, and nightlife on Chippewa Street.

Niagara Falls—one of the world’s most visited natural wonders—is a half hour away; and cosmopolitan Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is about a two-hour drive from campus. Bring your passport!

Accessible by car or bus, the campus is approximately 20 minutes from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Here's a nice two-minute video about why you should visit  Buffalo Niagara:

About the Allentown Art Festival- It takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo, New York on Saturday June 10 and Sunday June 11. Tens of thousands of art patrons visit the festival to enjoy the beauty of Buffalo's weather in June, the charm and uniqueness of the Allentown area and the quality of the art and crafts presented by the over 400 juried exhibitors.

We are very proud of our city’s history and excited for our future---and we really hope you to visit us!  The resurgence of Buffalo is something you can learn more about if you have 12 minutes for this 2014 video: v=sBsi5FGbY2Y

May you have peace and joy and a happy and healthy new year!

Take care,


Joan L. McCool, Ph.D.
Director, The Counseling Center
219 Weigel Health Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York



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