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Dr. Thomas Foster presented about constructing gerocounseling specialization programs within counselor education programs at this years ACES conference. 

Dr. Thomas Foster presented on combining Reminiscence Therapy with Play Therapy at this years LCA conference.

Dr. Thomas Foster was invited by the Assocaiation for Counsleor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA) to present the Wellness Cube Model (WCM) at their 2009 conference.  The WCM is an intervention model that integrates wellness content and exercises into a masters-level counselor training program that will increase the wellness levels of students and faculty. There are three parts to the presentation. First, Dr. Foster will briefly review the literature on graduate student stressors and student impairment.

Christine Holbrook Ebrahim, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, 2004, is now a faculty member in the Department of Counseling at Loyola University New Orleans. Christine earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans, where she received the Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Award at graduation. She is currently the President-Elect of the Louisiana Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (L.A.C.E.S.) and will assume the office of President in July, 2009. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Board of the Alpha Eta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

Tamara Wejnert Claverie, M.S., NCC, LPC, Class of 2004, is now a School Counselor at St. George Episcopal School (pre-School through 8th grade) in New Orleans. She was previously was employed as a Child Specialist at Jewish Family Services in New Orleans.

Brian R. McNulty, M.S.'99, has changed positions from being the Clinical Services Director of Townsend’s Covington Clinic to becoming a Co-Owner of Addiction Evaluation, Education Treatment (A.E.E.T.) and the Clinical Director of A.E.E.T.’s Mandeville Clinic of Louisiana. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Counseling at Loyola University, New Orleans.

LaToya Anderson Pierce, Ph.D., NCC, '02, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, as well as a Cultural Competence Specialist/Consultant for the Office of Behavioral Research and Evaluation at the Arkansas State University. While completing her doctorate at the University of New Orleans, she received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for Summer 2005. LaToya also received her B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University in 1999.

Stephanie Shorts was recently selected as a Graduate Assistant, as Kevin Foose had to retire his position upon entering Practicum. Stephanie will hold the GA position from the summer 2009 semester, through the 2009-2010 academic year, until she begins Practicum.

Justin Levitov and Ellen Levitov Baxter delivered a paper presentation in Fall 2008 on self-defeating behavior at the annual Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA) Conference in Baton Rouge. The paper presentation was recently selected to be reoffered at next year’s 2009 conference. These s “Best in Show” papers are chosen based upon attendees’ evaluations and offered to a very limited number of presenters.

Stephanie E. Eberts '00, who is studying for her doctorate in Counseling at the University of Georgia, was recently awarded the Vicki E. Bowman Graduate Student Scholarship at the 2009 American Counseling Association Conference.

The Vicki E. Bowman Award honors an outstanding graduate student who is active in the study and practice of group work and who also demonstrates leadership and support roles among fellow graduate students.


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