41st Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions Apr. 14, 2023

41st Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions Apr. 14, 2023

About the Woodall Conference

The annual F. E. Woodall Conference, hosted by Delta State University’s Division of Counselor Education & Psychology, serves both students and professionals by providing essential information, support, and networking opportunities to helping professionals in the region. The conference offers professionals in a variety of helping fields the opportunity to attend interesting and informative workshops at a nominal cost. The conference began in 1981, under the direction of Dr. Fred E. Woodall, a previous and highly admired professor.

Keynote speakers have included seven American Counseling Association Presidents, an international innovator/inventor, and other nationally recognized leaders in the field of counseling. Students and professionals spend the day selecting from over 30 peer-reviewed, continuing education content sessions. Presenters are often faculty and students from Delta State and other universities as well as leading professionals in the field. Advanced students have the opportunity to present with their faculty members.

Our Delta Sigma Upsilon Honor Society, Chi Sigma Iota, will benefit from the funding of the conference and will be able to do service for the community, attend national conferences, and attend other continuing education opportunities!

Conference Details

The 41st Annual Woodall Conference will only be offered in-person in Ewing Hall on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.


Registration will take place on this site prior to the conference. Further information below. If you are a presenter, a DSU Site Supervisor, or a DSU student, please wait to register until you receive a code via email.

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If you would like to use a check, money order, PO, or cash for pre-registration, please contact Anna Weems at aweems@deltastate.edu.

Make checks out to DSU.
Mailing Address: DSU-Counselor Ed, Attn: Anna Weems, DSU Box 3142, 1003 W. Sunflower Ave., Cleveland, MS 38733

Dr. Perry C. Francis

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Perry C. Francis is a professor of counseling and the coordinator of the Counseling Training Clinic in the College of Education Clinical Suite at Eastern Michigan University. He also maintains a small counseling practice where he sees the general public in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Perry has been a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor for over 26 years and an approved clinical supervisor, and board certified telemental health provider. Prior to entering the counseling profession, he was a Lutheran pastor for 15 years serving churches and campus ministry in Colorado and Utah.

Perry has served the profession of counseling in various ways throughout his career including various leadership positions within the American College Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association, and the Michigan Counseling Association. In 2018 he was recognized by Eastern Michigan University for his service to the university, community, and profession with the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Service Award, the highest faculty award offered by the university.

In 2011, Perry was appointed the chair of the ethics revision task force by the president of the American Counseling Association. Working for three years with eleven other counselor educators and professional counselors and two staff from the ACA, they created the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, which is still in use today.

He has written over 50 journal articles, research briefs, and book chapters and presented on the applications of ethics to various issues nationally and internationally. His most recent publication is Ethics and Ethical Behavior in Butler, Filmore & Locke’s 2022 textbook, Introduction to Counseling: A Multicultural and Social Justice Perspective.

Dr. Francis’s keynote is titled: Ethics & Multicultural/Social Competencies: What Does ACA Code of Ethics Really Say?


Ewing Hall, Delta State University
Cleveland, MS, 38733
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Conference Agenda

8:30 – 9 AM | Keynote Address preparation; can arrive early to test your technology.
9 – 10:05 AM | Welcome
10:10 – 11:10 AM | Breakout Sessions I
11:20 AM – 12:20 PM | Breakout Sessions II
12:30 – 1:30 PM | Lunch
1:40 – 2:40 PM | Breakout Sessions III
2:50 – 3:50 PM | Breakout Sessions IV
4 – 5 PM | Breakout Sessions V

6 Available CE Units

Agenda Details

Agenda details are coming soon.

Continuing Education Information

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) & Nationally Certified Counselors (NCC)

  • Delta State University Counselor Education department, event sponsor, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. DSU – Counselor Education is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines, Provider #4306.
    • up to 6 NBCC CEs offered

Social Workers

  • Social Work contact hours are in the review process by DSU Social Work Department. The Social Work Department of Delta State University, SWCU1202, is an approved provider for continuing education by the Mississippi Board of Examiners and Marriage & Family Therapists.
    • up to 6 SW CEs offered
    • Attention: The state’s additional fee of $25 for social work certificates is included in your registration fee.

School Counselors & Other School Helping Professionals interested in MDE/Education CEUs

  • DSU Continuing Education Department is an approved provider for MS Department of Education CEUs. MDE CEUs have been approved.
    • up to 6 MDE CEUs offered
    • AttentionAn additional fee of $15 for school certificates is included in your registration fee.


*ALL attendees must complete this form and submit at the end of the day to be awarded credit for attending the conference*

Please contact your licensing board if you have questions about the type of continuing education offered. If you have any questions about about this conference, please email aweems@deltastate.edu.

For those that would like to use a check, money order, PO, or cash for pre-registration, please contact Anna Weems at aweems@deltastate.eduThese options are available also! To ensure receipt of check and issuance of an online code to register, mail checks by March 24th.
Make checks out to: DSU – CSI.
Mailing Address: DSU-Counselor Ed, Attn: Anna Weems, DSU Box 3142, 1003 W. Sunflower Ave., Cleveland, MS 38733