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


Kenneth Tarleton ’95 received the Recognition Award for Outstanding Clinical Research Nurse at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Before arriving at M.D. Anderson, he spent eight years as a travel nurse working in operation rooms across the U.S. Kenneth works in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at M.D. Anderson.


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Counseling students Alison Phillips and Christine Bagala presented at the Illinois Counseling Association annual convention held in Chicago under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Foster.  Their presentation entitled, "Using Existential Group Counseling With Adolescents Exhibiting Pre-Borderline Symptomology" was well-received, with many audience members giving positive feedback.  They were pleased to have the opportunity to present their research.  For a complete copy of the group manual, email    

Lisa Chew presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference in Nashville, TN, held October 26-30, 2011.  Her presentation entitled, "Tarasoff Thirty-Five Years Later: A Fifty State Examination of the Statutes and Legal Interpretations that Define the 'Duty to Warn' for Mental Health Professionals," focused on providing an overview of the variations among the state laws regarding this important exception to confidentiality.  She also presented with Dr.

Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honors Society initiated three new students on Thursday, October 20th:  Brandy Craig, Megan Kern, and Ruthie O'Ryan.  The students were selected for their superior academic performance and commitment to the counseling profession.  Chi Sigma Iota promotes a strong professional identity through members who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. 

Baker-Marks, M., & Rivera, A. (2011, September). Using group work to help soldiers returning from combat duty. Presented to the annual conference of the Louisiana Counseling Association, Baton Rouge, LA.

Counseling Professor Dr. LeAnne Steen graduated from the Association for Play Therapy Leadership Academy led by the Association for Play Therapy President and CEO Bill Burns. Fellow graduates from Louisiana included: Sheila Gold, Kathryn Hill, Adrianne Lolan, and Krystal Vaughan. Congratulations to Dr. Steen on her successful completion of all requirements of graduation.


Bagala, C. & Phillips, A. (2011, September). Using existential group counseling with adolescents exhibiting pre-borderline symptomology. Presented to the annual conference of the Louisiana Counseling Association, Baton Rouge, LA.

Foster, T., & Galjour, C. (2011, September). Wellness counseling for midlifers and older adults:  Aging with a wellness lifestyle.  Presented to the annual conference of the Louisiana Counseling Association, Baton Rouge, LA.


Living a wellness lifestyle is important for people of all ages. Presenters will offer a four-step wellness counseling intervention to implement wellness into the counseling process for Midlifers and older adults.


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