2022 Colorado Counseling Association Conference
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Event Date: 9/15/2022 - 9/17/2022

Event Overview


Please join us for the 2022 Colorado Counseling Association Fall Conference at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort Conference Center. This event is expected to be the largest conference for counseling students, new, working, and retired professional counselors in Colorado. 

This conference is much more than an educational opportunity for professional counselors. The 2022 Fall Conference centers around the them Empower, Engage, Lead. It personifies the feedback the CCA has received from it's members over the last year. A desire to professionally develop, connect with others, and find a way to "put some gas back in the tank" after several challenging years.

Professional counselors in Colorado consistently lend their time, passion, and training to provide outstanding mental health services. The CCA 2022 Fall Conference is designed give back to our profession.

    The CCA is proud to invite all mental health professionals this opportunity of coming together to strengthen advocacy efforts, empower our clinical practice, and advance our profession. Your registration directly benefits the collective resources needed to strengthen the CCA's efforts to promote the identity and interested of the mental health profession.

    Copper Mountain Village and the Fall Conference

    The CCA believes navigating the Copper Mountain Village may be challenging at first as registrants arrive on campus. There are three major points attendees need to be aware of when arriving for the conference: 1. Element 29 Hotel; 2. Flyer Parking Lot; 3. the Conference Center.

    Element 29 Hotel

    Attendees who reserved a room for the conference will stay and park at Element 29 Hotel. It is a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel to the conference center through Copper Mountain Village. If you expect this walk to be difficult, we recommend you drive from the Element 29 parking lot to Flyer Parking Lot.

    Flyer Parking Lot

    If you did not stay at the Element 29 Hotel or need to park near the Conference Center, we recommend you park at Flyer Parking Lot. All parking in Copper Mountain Village, including Flyer Parking Lot, is free.

    The Conference Center

    This is where the actual conference is taking place.

    The CCA has created a map that we believe will help navigate Copper Mountain Village. You may find this map by clicking here.

    Call for Proposals

    Call for Proposals


    The CCA is proud to host the 2022 Fall Conference and Expo on September 16th and 17th, 2022, with pre-conference workshops being held on September 15th. This conference experience will be Colorado's most comprehensive educational opportunity for the more than 350 mental health professionals in attendance. The Conference will be hosted at the beautiful Copper Mountain Ski Resort Conference Center.

    Extended Proposal Timeline

    • April 4th, 2022: Announce Call for Proposals;
    • April 4th - July 8th, 2022 (Extended): Window for Submissions. Papers will not be accepted earlier than April 4th or after July 8th, 2022;
    • July 15th, 2022: Speakers Selected;
    • July 31st, 2022: Full Program Released.

    Proposal Submission


    You are not required to be a member of the CCA to submit a proposal. However, each presenter must have a profile within the CCA's system. Prior to submitting your proposal, please have each presenter complete a profile by clicking here. Once complete, you may submit a proposal and review the CCA's guidelines and criteria here.

    Members of the CCA

    To submit a proposal and review the CCA's guidelines and criteria, click here.



    Linwood G. Vereen is a professional counselor, counselor educator, and consultant for mental health, wellness, personal development, social advocacy, community engagement, access and opportunity. He is a clinical associate professor at Oregon State University. Through humanistic engagement Dr. Vereen educates and trains professional counselors and educators and engages in research and scholarship grounded in humanistic counseling. Dr. Vereen serves as the current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling and has scholarly interests in leadership, Black existentialism, group work, humanistic counseling, and student athlete development. He is the current treasurer of Chi Sigma Iota International. He is a past recipient of the Locke-Paisley Mentoring award from the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and is a longstanding member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). As a leader in the counseling profession, he has served as president of the Idaho Counseling Association, president of the Association for Humanistic Counseling and been the Western Regional Chair for the American Counseling Association.

    In addition to his role as an educator, Dr. Vereen has served as a professional counselor, advocate, consultant, and child custody evaluator. He works with a diverse group of persons and students as an instructor, advisor, mentor.

    Dr. Vereen is the first Black man to earn his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a native of Connecticut where he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut while being a scholarship member of the football team. He went on to also earn a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis on school counseling and student development.



    The Colorado Counseling Association is pleased to host its 2022 Annual Fall Conference at Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Copper Mountain, Colorado from September 16th - 17th with an optional pre-conference workshop day on September 15th. We are looking forward to having our wonderful keynote, breakout session presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees at this event and thank you for your participation with the CCA. 

    Below you can find the comprehensive schedule that includes all the information you will need in one document, or you can look at the overview, the breakout schedule by rooms, or the in-depth look at the breakout sessions. At the conference, you will have an opportunity to download an app with this information preprogrammed into it for your convenience. 

    2022 Annual Fall Conference Comprehensive Schedule

    2022 Annual Fall Conference Overview

    2022 Breakout Schedule by Room

    2022 Breakout Session Information

    If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Burdick at taylor@coloradocounselingassociation.org for assistance. 




    Information for Exhibitors of the 2022 CCA Conference

    Thank you so much for your participation in our 2022 Annual Fall Conference! We are excited to have you there, and we appreciate your interest in the CCA. Your contributions enhance our conference and help us to continue in supporting counselors in Colorado.


    Your first step is to register as an exhibitor. You can register here, or contact Taylor Burdick at taylor@coloradocounselingassociation.org to assist you. After you register, please see the action items and important information below. The action items document will serve as a guide to your next steps and will explain the additional forms linked below. 

    Action Items Guide

    Important Information

    Exhibitor Contract

    Insurance Form

    Copper Mountain Exhibitor Form




    The CCA is excited to host our 2022 conference at Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Copper Mountain, near Frisco, CO.


    Conference attendees have reduced rate lodging available through the resort's Element 29 Hotel. To book a room at the reduced rate, call (970) 406-7565 and reference “Colorado Counseling Association 2022 / CCA 2020 Fall Conference” with your reservation specialist. Attendees must notify Copper Mountain/Element 29 if you intend to share a room with others. When you arrive for the conference, attendees must check in at 509 Copper Road, Copper Mountain, CO 80443.

    Attendees may contact Copper Mountain directly for lodging questions and reservations at (970) 406-7565. Information is also available on Copper Mountain's website.

    • Single Room Rate: $179.00 per night
    • Double Occupancy Room Rate: $209.00 per night

    The cutoff for room registrations is September 1, 2022.


    Conference Registration includes a breakfast and lunch buffet. Coffee, tea, and snacks are also included in the registration fee. Dinner is not provided, but there are many restaurants within walking distance at different price points. Copper Mountain’s restaurant finder can be accessed by clicking hereDinner is not provided, but there are many restaurants
    within walking distance at different price points. Copper Mountain’s restaurant
    finder can be accessed here: https://www.coppercolorado.com/things-to-do/dining-

    If you have questions for the CCA, please contact Taylor Burdick at taylor@coloradocounselingassociation.org.

    Pre-Conference Workshops

    Pre-Conference Workshops


    In addition to the Fall Conference on September 16th and 17th, 2022, the CCA is partnering with mental health leaders to offer two Pre-Conference Workshops on September 15th.


    Working with Suicidal Clients

    September 15th, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    6.5 Professional Development Hours

    This full-day pre-conference training provides comprehensive coverage of the knowledge, conceptualization skills, and clinical considerations counselors need in providing the minimum standard of care in working with a
    suicidal client. The training addresses both crisis and long-term treatment scenarios, and incorporates role play, participant practice, large and small group discussion, and questions/answers to provide a setting where counselors can increase their confidence that they can competently address a suicidal client’s clinical needs.

    Dr. Gregg Elliott

    Dr. Elliott has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2003. He has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of Northwestern College’s Counseling programs. Dr. Elliott’s clinical expertise and research interests are in working with suicidal clients and in training mental health clinicians to work with suicidal clients. Dr. Elliott is the past president of the Colorado Counseling Association, and he is the chair-elect of the American Counseling Association’s Western Region. He is a former ASIST and AMSR trainer and has published several original research articles focused on exploring the ways the counseling profession trains students to work with suicidal clients. He is a member of a number of national, state, and regional professional associations including the American Association of Suicidology.

    The Confidence Model™: Restoring Clarity, Connection and Community

    September 15th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    3 Professional Development Hours

    It’s been years since we last convened as a group. Come together to restore clarity, connection, and community. Learn and engage with your passions and skills to get the conference off to a great start!

    In this workshop we will:

    1. Review The Confidence Model™: The 3 Os to Success
    2. Implement the 3 Os to Success
    3. Build Connection through Creativity
    4. Share Our Learnings
    Francisca Mix

    Francisca Mix is the CEO & Founder of Francisca Consulting & Counseling. She continues to support helping professionals and individuals unlock confidence in business and in life for nearly 20 years. With an extensive background in training/education, counseling, leadership, and management, her down to earth and collaborative approach supports individuals in ownership of skills and talents they already have, while learning new skills. She is an agent of change and an out-of-the-box thinker and will help promote confidence, authenticity, joy, and fulfillment.