I had the pleasure of attending (my first) International Association for Counselling Conference in Verona September 3-6, 2015. IAC is an association that has been active for almost 50 years promoting and supporting the counseling profession and professionals on a global level. The theme this year was “Building bridges toward wellbeing” and sub-themes were: the challenge of migration, particularly the sub-Saharan migration to Italy as well as Europe, and gender equality on a global scale. It was an enriching experience to hear the about the successes and challenges of counseling in countries such as New Zealand, Botswana, and Egypt. It was also important for participants to hear where counseling is in Italy and where it wants to be in the future. IAC has lent its support for the counseling profession in Italy by writing a letter to the government highlighting the validity of the counseling profession and that it is a profession that is practiced all over the world.

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