AACS Certification: Preparation, Process, and Practice

This professional development workshop is designed to help prepare attendees and potential certification applicants for the certification process to help ensure success. It is designed for students and professionals alike, offering practical guidance. Topics include, but are not limited to an explanation of why certification is important in professional practice, curriculum vitae development, writing your portfolio, procedural guidelines, the certification demonstration, and the process from start to finish.

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About the Presenter

This session is hosted by Joel Carr, PhD CCS

Joel L. Carr, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, Archer College of Health and Human Services, at Angelo State University located in San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Carr earned a B.A. in sociology from Louisiana Tech University in 1993, a clinical M.S.W. (health/mental health) from Louisiana State University in 1996, a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas with concentrations in social psychology and criminology/deviant behavior in 2002, a Post-Masters Graduate Certificate in industrial/organizational psychology from Capella University in 2005, and a second Ph.D. from Capella University with a specialization in educational/developmental psychology in 2010.

Dr. Carr completed a general clinical internship at Feliciana Forensic Facility from 1994 to 1995; an advanced clinical internship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine-Psychiatry from 1995 to 1996; and a diagnostic practicum at the Mississippi State University Developmental Disabilities Clinic in 1996. He is a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Texas Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a clinical Board Approved Supervisor endorsement. Dr. Carr is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD) by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor (CCFC) by the American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors, a Certified Clinical Sociologist (CCS) by the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, and certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare (LSSGB) by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Dr. Carr has written and published two dissertations, published three book reviews and six articles, presented 17 peer reviewed presentations and workshops, 24 invited presentations and workshops, provided 17 guest lectures, 44 general presentations and workshops, and 44 technical reports. He is a member of the American Society of Criminology, American Sociological Association and the ASA Social Psychology Section, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology where he serves on the Board of Directors; Association for Psychological Science; Clinical Social Work Association, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers where he serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Development in the U.S. South Central region; and the Society for Health Systems where he serves on the Academic Committee.

Dr. Carr has worked in inpatient psychiatric facilities, community behavioral health centers, inpatient forensic hospitals, private clinical practice, and in higher education. In October 2011 Dr. Carr honorably discharged from the United States NAVY Reserve as a Medical Service Corps Officer with the rank of Lieutenant Commander after serving in active duty, overseas in a forward deployed unit, from 2003 to 2006. His professional interests include applied research methods and statistics; clinical assessment, tests, and measures; correctional mental health and offender rehabilitation; deviant behavior; differential diagnosis and psychopathology; healthcare process improvement; personality assessment and development; and social structure and personality, structural symbolic interactionism, and role theory.

Dr. Carr is married to Lindsay L. Carr, M.S., and has two children, Madison and Triston. He enjoys spending time at his home in San Angelo, Texas with his family, cooking, fishing, hunting, target shooting, and watching movies.