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<p>Dr. Ebrahim presented with current master&#39;s students Ari Evans and Alison Philips at the Louisiana Career Development Association&rsquo;s annual conference in Baton Rouge last month. The subject matter was <em>Recognizing the Impact of Group Dynamics in Classroom and Supervision Settings.</em></p>
 

Viveca Johnson is graduating in May of this year and looking forward to starting her career as a counselor. I spoke to her about her hopes for the future and her advice for new students.

Alumna Kellie Gorgio Camelford is working towards licensure and was accepted to the doctoral program at the University of New Orleans. Kellie is employed as a school counselor at Cabrini High School.

The Regina Matthews Oehmig Award for Excellence in Counseling is awarded annually to a graduating student who has earned a distinguished academic record, interacts in a professional manner with professors, classmates, clients, and supervisors, and possesses strong clinical skills. In addition, the recipient must display a commitment to the integrity of life, the demonstration of providing services to others, and embodying the warmth, compassion, and genuineness of Regina Matthews Oehmig for which the award is named.

Title: How Spiritual Traditions Define Relationships and Guide the Counseling Process

Presenters: Nathan Koch and Dr. Justin Levitov

Summary: This workshop will explore how various spiritual traditions define relationships. The impact that spirituality exerts on couples and on couples counseling will be studied from this perspective. Ultimately participants will learn ways to better honor spiritual dimensions within the clients’ relationship and the couples’ counseling relationship.

The Department of Counseling participated in the 2012 Walk MS:  New Orleans on Saturday, March 24th, in Audubon Park.  Together, thirteen students and faculty members raised $1,380 which the Society will utilize for research and raising awareness.  From the MS Society’s website:  “Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.  The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person ca

Title:  An Introduction to MFTs and Their Role as a Therapist in the Mental Health Community

Presenters:  Eddie Parish, PhD, Jana Sutton, PhD, Frank Thomas, PhD, and Tim Dwyer, PhD

Title: Non-traditional Protocols for Marriage and Couples Therapy

Presenters: Mary DePartout, Christine Bagala, and Dr. Justin Levitov

Summary: Several non-traditional protocols for couples therapy exist in current literature. These protocols vary by the number and gender of therapists involved, the setting the therapies take place in, and the nature of the couples’ problems. In this workshop, the presenters will outline several of these non-traditional protocols as well as discuss the theoretical basis and rationale for each.

Christine Bagala—Transitions from DSM-IV to 5. Summary: This will present an overview of changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5, plus implications.

Becky Benes received her Master's of Pastoral Studies from LIM in 2003.

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