AADA Annual Conference

Hybrid & In-Person

Uptown - Center-City
Charlotte, NC

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Dr. Dominique Hammonds

Dr. Dominique Hammonds is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider. Dr. Hammonds is currently the President of the North Carolina Counseling Association. She is the recipient of the 2017 Creativity/ Innovation in Counseling Award and the 2018 ACES Supervision Award. She is passionate about increasing mental health awareness among communities of Color and increasing access to quality, culturally responsive mental health care in a global society. Her scholarship and professional service activities center around a variety of subjects including: a) culturally responsive teaching, counseling and clinical supervision, b) creative teaching and supervision methods, and c) technology in counseling.

Dr. Sam 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, and three ACA divisions: ACES, ASGW, and IAMFC.


Dr. Gladding has authored 19 books (with 40 revisions), 90 scholarly articles, 32 book chapters, 10 teaching videos, and 45 poems. He was a mental health first responder to the 9/11 attack in New York, has twice been a Fulbright Specialist (Turkey & China), and is the recipient of ACA’s Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person. The Association for Creativity in Counseling and ACA have each named awards in his honor.


Dr. Gladding received his degrees from Wake Forest, Yale, and UNC-Greensboro. He is married to Claire Tillson Gladding and the father of three.

Sabrina Nichole Gilchrist

Sabrina Nichole Gilchrist is an author, public speaker, Clinical Mental Health Counselor, ordained Christian minister, and nonprofit professional. She earned the Bachelor of Arts from Winston-Salem State University and the dual Master of Arts (Counseling) and Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University.  Sabrina has served the Charlotte community since 2010 through her work with Right Moves For Youth (RMFY), a school-based youth development and student support program that leverages group work to help teens in grades 6-12 succeed in school and life. Beginning in direct service as the Program Manager, Sabrina now has the honor of leading RMFY as Executive Director.  Sabrina also works in private counseling practice with Reconciliation Counseling and Consulting, PLLC, and occasionally teaches aspiring helping professionals as an adjunct professor at Queens University of Charlotte.


2021 Conference Sponsors

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UNC Charlotte

Counseling Department

Cato College of Education