alt2015 National Conference
October 21 - 24, 2015
Charlotte, NC


Diversity Matters
According to Smeiser, Wilson, & Mitchell (2000), human service providers work with persons of different cultures and ethnicities, as clients, coworkers, or employers. Individuals and families in the United States have, as a group, become increasingly diverse. This diversity has emerged from many sources such as changes in immigration patterns, ethnic and racial distribution in the general population, greater inclusion of individuals with disabilities, increased longevity, and broadening views of gender appropriate behaviors.

This year’s NOHS conference focuses on celebrating diversity whether with clients, students, colleagues, programs and communities. Our theme “Diversity Matters” highlights the many facets of diversity in human service disciplines.


Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
555 South McDowell Street, South Tower
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
(704) 372-4100

Sleeping Rooms Available At:

Le Meridien Charlotte (Connected to the Sheraton Charlotte)

Room rate: $169.00 per night

A special rate for NOHS has been reserved, this rate will expire on September 20, 2015.

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A La Carte Meal Tickets

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Conference at a Glance

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pearl Wong

NOHS is proud to announce Dr. Pearl Wong as our 2015 national conference keynote.

Dr. Pearl WongDr. Pearl Wong is an Associate Professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer University, an accredited Master’s program in Charlotte, NC. She is a licensed therapist and co-founder of New Leaf Counseling Group located in the Dilworth neighborhood. In addition, she is a Clinical Fellow and has been an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor since 2006.

Dr. Wong graduated with a degree in Biology and Psychology from College of Charleston, obtained her graduate degree from Converse College, and completed her doctoral degree at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She has been elected to serve at the state level as a board member for associations of Marriage and Family Therapy in Louisiana and North Carolina. She has served nationally as an elected member on the Elections Council. She is an active member and has chaired many Pfeiffer University committees and has served on the Faculty Senate as Vice-Chair.

Dr. Wong has had diverse experiences working with at risk populations. Her work in areas of Louisiana that has been deemed the “3rd world country in the United States” due to extreme poverty has had a huge impact on her perspective of understanding how to best engage clients. Her experience working at an incarcerated male juveniles prison and working with families in their homes towards family reintegration in has influenced her integration of specialized training and workshops presentations in crisis, ethics, and cultural diversity. She has taught in online colleges in counseling and health administration programs and also actively serves on doctoral and master’s level dissertation committees of various qualitative and quantitative research (i.e., African-American client perceptions of therapy, experiences of clergy pastors and spouses, sexually based communication in mothers and daughters, re-entry programs on recidivism, familial experiences of the coming out process, and ethical codes for dual relationships).

For the last 15 years she has been devoted to training students in learning to understand the larger context in systemic and relational therapy. Her attention to the self-of-the-therapist work and servant-leadership has won her the Provost Teaching Award at Pfeiffer University and Leadership Training Award from the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.