AACC revisited

Not much time today for any significant posting on psychological assessment and/or the AACC world conference I’ve just returned from. 5 Days away from home leaves way too much other stuff to do!

However, here’s one small reaction question I pondered on the plane ride home: Which is better: a conference where I agree with most speakers, OR, one where there is wide diversity and quality of work (and some work that is downright bogus)?

I attend two different counseling conferences. One really scrutinizes speakers and makes sure they are in agreement with the organizing agency. The other seems to let any counselor teach if they can write a decent proposal and outcomes statement. The first one protects from outrageous presentations but most likely limits new voices and/or progressive ideas. The second one gives many ideas an opportunity but the listener bears the responsibility to figure out whether the speaker has any basis for their opinion.

Now, I don’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing the first one suffers from highly critical followers who make sure that no speaker ventures too far from home. And I also guessing that the second group has a large following that does not discern truth from simplistic pop psychology.

So, which is better? The first one rarely ruffles my feathers. The second one has speakers that make me want to scream but also  exposes me to new ideas and research.

As I said, I’m not sure which I prefer. Both tempt me to have arrogant thoughts…which reveals more about me I suppose.


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4 responses to “AACC revisited

  1. Phil,

    Thanks for the post, interesting.

    My comment is about Diane Langberg’s plenary talk concerning Rwanda and her call for assistance in helping. One category of help she requested was in helping to link AACC with other organizations.

    As she spoke, I thought about Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship Minstries and the fact that that organization awarded the William Wilberfore Award 2009 to a Rwandan bishop. I am associated with PFM through their Centurion World view program. PFM and the Centurion program is interested in seeing cultural change, both in the US and elsewhere. So, when Diane requested help I thought it would be helpful to see if AACC and PFM could coordinate in some way. I came across this blog while doing a search on Langberg and Rwanda.

    If you wouldn’t mind, perhaps you could pass along this suggestion to Diane. I have also begun a correspondence to find the right person within PFM that might be of help.

    God bless you in your efforts in Rwanda. I completed a card at the AACC plenary requesting more info. on your work in Rwanda.

    • Ronnie

      Consider your msg passed on to Diane. Glad you were there for that presentation.


    • Phil, I have seen your blog dozens of time and enjoyed the posts. I can’t believe you were at AACC and I didn’t get a chance to meet you.

      Gee, I wonder what the two conferences are that you are talking about here in this post?

      I think your analysis is right on here. There probably isn’t one “right” way of organizing a conference. It all depends on what it is you are trying to accomplish.

      • Thanks for your comments. FYI, I have a counselor friend (female with LSW credential and WTS degree as well) in the Newburyport area who would be a good referral should you need one up on the North shore.


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