Keynote Speaker and Special Presenter

We are pleased to have Rebecca Toporek, Ph.D. deliver the Keynote address and a special presentation by David Kaplan, Ph.D., ACA Chief Professional Officer 

Keynote Speaker
Rebecca Toporek, Ph.D. “Stone soup: Counselors, advocacy and the wellness of our communities.”


As Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors become more established in the fabric of California’s wellness and healing community, we are poised to contribute in ways unimagined previously. This is also a time to question the extent to which the models that have been used to provide service actually serve to shift the weight of injustice or function to maintain this disparity. Dr. Toporek invites you to participate in creating a metaphorical “Stone Soup” in which we begin to vision a future to meet dire needs of individuals, families and communities through advocacy, collaboration and culturally relevant practice.

Rebecca L. Toporek, Ph.D., is a professor and coordinator for the career and college counseling specializations in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University. She is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of multicultural training, advocacy and social justice, ethics, privilege and career counseling and has written and co-written more than 60 articles and book chapters. In addition, she serves as co-editor and co-founder for the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, the official journal of Counselors for Social Justice and Psychologists for Social Responsibility and has co-edited three books. She is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association, Society of Counseling Psychology.

Community collaboration is central to many of her initiatives and she has partnered with the City and County of San Francisco Workforce Development, Project Homeless Connect, Seven Tepees Youth Program, Hurricane Katrina Mental Health Initiative, and others. She is dedicated to bringing voices forward and facilitating the next generation of counselors and psychologists to see the social responsibility inherent in their work.

Special Presentation
David Kaplan, Ph.D., ACA Chief Professional Officer
“Raising the Bar: Critical New Concepts in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics”

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The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) uses the American Counseling Association’s (ACA’s) Code of Ethics as the ethical standard for LPCCs and PCCIs in California. This code was recently revised and substantially raises the bar for the ethical practice of professional counselors. Dr. David Kaplan, ACA’s Chief Professional Officer, will highlight new imperatives in such areas as professional values, social media, the imposition of counselor personal values, defining the moment ethical responsibilities begin and fee splitting. Dr. Kaplan’s address will highlight the important changes in the new ethics code. Keeping current with the ACA Code of Ethics is important in protecting CALPCC members against malpractice lawsuits and BBS disciplinary action.

David M. Kaplan, Ph.D., NCC, is a Past President of the American Counseling Association and its current Chief Professional Officer. David’s experience includes 18 years of practice in private practice and college counseling settings, as well as 25 years of experience as a counselor educator. Dr. Kaplan’s publications include one book, 8 book chapters and 38 journal articles and he has conducted over 260 professional presentations. David is an ACA Fellow.