2021 Conference Keynote Speaker Information


Dr. Sam Gladding

Keynote Presentation:

Creativity and the Creative Arts in Counseling

This workshop will examine the history, rationale, theories, and techniques of using creativity and the creative arts in counseling.  Particular attention will be given to the visual and verbal arts, such as drawing, imagery, photography, cartooning, cinema, movement, dance, literature, stories, writing, drama, and music. Each of these forms—individually and in combination—is helpful in sensitizing counselors and clients to the world around them and the world within themselves. Participants will be given an opportunity to reflect how they might use creative processes and the creative arts in particular in their work with others both therapeutically and preventively. Specific research based techniques will be demonstrated on how to use creativity and the creative arts in promoting or restoring health and wellness in a variety of ways such as role plays, video enactments, and case examples. 

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Give participants a sense of history for how creativity and the creative arts have been used in counseling and counseling related activities, such as promoting wellness.
  2. Give participants a rationale for using creativity and the creative arts in counseling.
  3. Demonstrate to participants how the visual arts can be used in counseling throughout the life span.
  4. Demonstrate to participants how music can be used in counseling and the promotion of mental health throughout the life span.
  5. Demonstrate to participants how literature and writing can be used in counseling and mental health endeavors throughout the life span.
  6. Demonstrate to participants how movement and dance can be used in counseling and wellness throughout the life span.
  7. Demonstrate to participants how drama, play, and humor can be used in counseling and to enrich their lives throughout the life span.
  8. Demonstrate to participants how creativity and the creative arts can be combined in counseling activities and the promotion of wellness.
  9. Give participants a chance to practice several creative arts techniques related to client concerns.


A Little About Dr. Gladding 

Samuel T. Gladding is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its former president. He has also served as president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, Chi Sigma Iota (international counseling honor society), and three ACA divisions: the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). He is an ASGW fellow and the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

Dr. Gladding has authored numerous books (N=19 with 40 revisions/editions), scholarly articles (N=92), book chapters (N=32), teaching videos (N=10), and poems (N=45). His writings have been translated into half a dozen languages including Korean, Indonesian, Chinese, Polish, and Russian He was a mental health first responder to the 9/11 attack in New York and the shootings at Virginia Tech and has twice been a Fulbright Specialist (Turkey & China). He is the recipient of ACA’s Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, the David K. Brooks, Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award, and the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award. The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) and ACA have each named awards in his honor.

Dr. Gladding received his degrees from Wake Forest (B.A., M.A. Ed.), Yale (M. A.), and UNC-Greensboro (Ph.D.). He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and a practicing Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (North Carolina). He has taught counseling and worked with counselors and universities in Estonia, Austria, Malaysia, Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jamaica, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, Mexico, and Canada. Before becoming a professor of counselor educator, he worked fulltime as a clinician in a rural mental health center, taught psychology at a community college, and was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Prior to coming to Wake Forest University, he taught counseling at Fairfield University in Connecticut and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). 

Dr. Gladding is married to Claire Tillson Gladding and the father of three grown children. For fun, he enjoys playing with his therapy dog, Lexie, as well as traveling, walking, swimming, reading humor and biographies, and interacting with friends and family.


   The South Dakota Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2042. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The South Dakota Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Rebecca Christiansen-ACEP Administrator
Po Box 95
Aberdeen SD 57402-0095
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