College of Education and Allied Professions

Break by the Lake

Lake Logan Lodge


The annual Break by the Lake Conference for Student Personnel will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton, NC. Registration begins August 14, 2017 through the Counseling Programs at Western Carolina University. Join us for $40 early registration. Retirees and students may attend for $25.

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Main Presenter

Michael Carter


Rev. Michael J. Carter is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He moved to New York City in 1980 and lived there for 27 years, working as a professional actor before moving to Asheville.

Michael is an ordained Inter-faith minister and received his BA Degree in Letters from the College of New Rochelle where he graduated cum laude. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City (class of 2000).While serving various Unitarian Universalist Congregations in New York, Michael was trained as an anti-racism trainer and has been recognized by President Clinton for his efforts. He has also been a facilitator and diversity consultant for Building Bridges in Asheville, Givens Estates, and Highland Farms, UNC - Asheville, and the Grove Park Inn. He also served as a chaplain and Diversity Director for Mission Health System. He has been an adjunct professor for AT Stills University in Arizona and Western Carolina University preparing graduate level counselors. Michael has been a weekly columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times and currently writes opinion editorials for the Tryon Daily Bulletin and the Black Mountain News. Rev. Carter now serves as the minister for Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, as well as the Tryon Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in Tryon North Carolina.

Rev. Carter’s diversity resume is available at /WebFiles/CEAP-HS-COUN_BBTL17_MichaelCarterDiversityResume.doc

An interview with Rev. Carter by Dr. Russ Curtis can be viewed at

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions will cover topics including emotional regulation, neurofeedback, supporting Latino students, understanding poverty, prescription drug prevention, self-harm/trauma, and adverse child experience (ACE).

The conference is a local opportunity to teach and learn for school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, resource officers, school administrators, community counselors, and many others in the educational and helping fields. CEU credits for NBCC licensure are provided. Lunch is included in the registration fee (and we continue to have reports that the food is a treat!) Registration will begin August 14, 2017.

We hope you can make plans to join us this year as we learn in a place of beauty while rejuvenating and connecting with others.

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