Illinois Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and Education
| March 2016 Newsletter
- chartered in 1978
- Membership as of April 1, 2016 is 22
- state branch of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education
- provides an opportunity for counselors and other professionals having responsibility in the areas of testing, measurement and evaluation to exchange information regarding the use of assessment as a tool to improve learning and the guidance process.
Dues Cost for 2015-2016
- $12.00 for a Professional Member
- $6.00 for a Student, Retired
Membership in the Illinois Counseling Association is required for membership in any of the divisions.
| IAARC President
Benton Johnson II, PhD, LCPC, NCC
I am honored to be nominated to serve another term as the President of Illinois Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education. I have been a long time member of ICA and am the current President of IAACE. I was graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, with a BA in Pre-Medicine; Western Illinois University, Quad Cities Campus, Moline, IL with a Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling; and Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA with a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have been active in improving the assessment and work with families throughout the state within Early Intervention and other entities that work with a diverse array of people. I use a variety of theories but am most familiar with Adlerian therapy, Child Centered Therapy, and Theraplay.
As the current Chair of the governing board of Trinity College of Nursing and Health Services, I have been successful in leading the internal assessment of board members to improve service to our college and community. Being the director of, as well as a practitioner in, a mental health agency in Western Illinois has provided me with much experience in the assessment including the administration and interpretation of standardized tests not to the exclusion of the whole person; the counseling paradigm focuses on this developmental and wellness model of assessment. With that said, I fully understand the challenges that confront clinical counselors in the legal and ethical administration and interpretation of tests. I also understand the limited cursory role that counselors are relegated to when seeking reimbursement for tests in which counselors are qualified to administer and interpret. For counselors to be successful in assessment in the near future, we will have to take our seat at the table of mental health fields. We will have to successfully advocate for our fully accepted, and recognized position, as the most formidable and knowledgeable mental health practitioners in this rewarding and critical field of assessment. I welcome the opportunity to serve you as we work towards these goals at the state and local levels, through inside outside counseling organizations, as well as individual counselor competence. This is my commitment. Thank you.
Diane Schroer, M.S., LCPC
I ama Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois with over 10 years experience. Currently, I have a private practice in Peoria, Illinois; and have been working with families and children from birth to 18 since 1993 specializing in areas related to emotional and behavioral development, trauma, attachment, and grief and loss.
I was graduated with a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois and currently am completing a PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision (CES) through Walden University. I am a member of the Illinois Counseling Association, APA, and several other professional organizations. Additional areas of training and certification include EMDR, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma therapy, Conscious Discipline, TheraPlay, and Infant Mental health.I have given several presentations locally on such topics as trauma, brain development, social/emotional development, parenting techniques, and interventions.
I have been in the role of Secretary for the IAACE for the past several years and appreciate the opportunity to continue in this position as we move forward to advance the role of counselors in the areas of administration, interpretation, and fair reimbursement of assessments and research within our field.