6 Hours | 6 CEs

Registration Fees: Professionals  - $100 | Students - Free (No CEUs) OR  $50 – (CEUS)

Students: Please use the promo code - CEDLSTUDENT to register for free, and CEDLSTUDENT50 to register for CEU's.

Conference Overview: The evolution of Counselor Education means that many programs offer classes and degrees partially or totally online. Innovations in technology allow such practices to meet the rigor and standards of accreditation while maintaining cultural relevance and sensitivity. As educators, we must be strategic in how we approach our work. The Counselor Education Distance Learning (CEDL) Conference gives online educators, or those interested in the development of best practices, a space to share their pedagogical innovations and processes. This practical and innovative fully virtual conference will inspire and inform those who currently provide, or are interested in providing online counselor education.

The Social Justice Force of CEDL Counselor Education in a distance learning format is truly an initiative in social justice. By reaching underserved students, crossing state and national borders, we can offer training opportunities to students with a passion for helping who are geographically bound. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn from faculty and peers from outside of their typical area. Why Attend? Many counselor education programs have moved toward distance learning. Due to COVID-19, we all had to. We recognize that pandemic pedagogy is not the same as planful distance learning that is rooted in research. It is both essential and responsible for counselor education programs to evolve and evolve well. That evolution should be strategic, grounded in best practice, and driven by a social justice mindset. 

Attending CEDL will allow participants to bring best practice pedagogy into their programs whether they are teaching one program in an online/hybrid format or an entire curriculum. CEDL allows like-minded educators to engage in thoughtful discussion and training on concepts essential to delivery models that are rapidly changing. The conference is organized to benefit the educator new to online teaching as well as those who have been working in this space for some time. 

Highlights of a virtual conference? 

  • No masks needed! 
  • You can sleep in your own bed at night.
  •  You can participate from wherever you are. 
  • Easy on the (now mostly defunct) travel budget! 
  • Learn from people you might not ordinarily see at f2f conferences. 

The conference addresses topics related to teaching and training counselors in an online format. Sessions for educators new to online training as well as for those with experience are offered. Sessions related to the challenges of student engagement, clinical placements, social justice curricula, and specific program offerings are provided along with sessions on the hard pivot to online pedagogy.  

The registration fee includes live online instruction, continuing education credits, and e-copies of all conference materials.        

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Keynote: Playful Online Learning: Engagement, Joy, and Connection

Description: Ever wonder why play is used as a learning tool in early childhood education, yet we expect adult students to be serious and "professional" learners with no time for play? Play is separated out of the adult learning experience because we are often recruited to believe that play is childish, trivial, and unproductive. None of which are true yet these cultural scripts about play sometimes fool us into making learning a drag. Sometimes digital spaces are the most difficult to create engagement and community. This session will explore how a playful pedagogy can better meet our students’ learning needs and establish the right environment for brain-based learning, engagement, joy, and connection.

 Lisa Forbes David Thomas

Lisa K. Forbes, PhD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Counseling Program at the University of Colorado Denver. Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is training to become a Play Therapist. Lisa’s research centers around intensive mothering practices, gender conformity, and mental health and…you guessed it, play and fun in teaching and learning


David Thomas

David Thomas Ph.D, is the Executive Director of Online Programs at the University of Denver and Assistant Professor Attendant in the Department of Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver. His research centers around fun, fun objects (like buildings!) and the meaning of play.

Live Event Policy

  • Event Communications

    The Zoom login information will be sent 1-week, 1-day, and 1-hour before the start of the event. When registering, use an email that is active and that you check regularly. We are not responsible for communications not being received; if you do not add caps@paloaltou.edu to your email safe sender list, our emails are likely to end up in your spam or junk folders.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Have a sudden change of plans and are unable to attend live? No worries, we will provide a full refund up to (1) week prior to the conference start date.

  • Event Conduct

    Please conduct yourself in a professional manner throughout the event. Our goal is to make this as interactive an experience as possible for all who attend. We reserve the right to remove any participants who are disruptive or who act unprofessionally.

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