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DSU’s Division of Counselor Education hosting Woodall Conference

CLEVELAND, Miss. — The Division of Counselor Education at Delta State University will host the 42nd F. E. Woodall Conference for Helping Professions on March 1. This annual conference is a hallmark event that brings together helping professionals across several disciplines to explore innovative practices, exchange knowledge, and foster collaboration. The conference will be held in the Jacobs Center on the first floor of Ewing Hall. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9:00 a.m.

Celebrating its long-standing tradition, the F. E. Woodall Conference is dedicated to fostering advancements in helping professions. Named after Dr. Fred E. Woodall, a distinguished leader in counselor education, the conference honors his legacy by promoting excellence and innovation.

This year, the conference welcomes Dr. Rob McKinney as the Keynote Speaker. McKinney is an associate professor of Counselor Education at Gonzaga University and Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. His research interests include multicultural considerations in counseling, counseling work related to LGBTGEQIAP+ individuals, and counselor development. He is proud to be a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities, the latter of which he is currently serving as President. Furthermore, McKinney serves as a governing board member for NAMI Spokane and as the Chapter Faculty Advisor for Gonzaga’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (Gamma Chi Epsilon).

Participants can look forward to engaging with fellow professionals from various disciplines, all dedicated to the betterment of the helping professions.

The Division of Counselor Education at Delta State University is committed to excellence in preparing students for careers in counseling and related fields. Through rigorous academic programs and practical training, the division fosters the development of skilled, compassionate professionals dedicated to serving their communities. For more information about the division, visit their website at