A Human Connection
A professional counselor can play many roles: A mental health practitioner, a researcher, an administrator, a social justice advocate. But above all, a counselor is a person. A counselor’s area of expertise is building human connection.
This takes practice.
Students in our program receive hands-on learning experiences working with hired actors playing the role of their clients. They practice counseling skills first in a safe environment, one in which they can learn from their triumphs and mistakes. They receive consistent feedback and instruction from professors actively involved in the field.
They learn to connect, human to human.
As President of the Louisiana Counseling Association, Dr. Christine Ebrhaim created the Leadership Development and Mentoring Institute (LDMI). The LDMI connects new counseling professionals and Counselor Educators with less than 5 years of experience as well as graduate counseling students to mentors who will work together over the course of a year to collaborate on anything the mentee finds valuable to their professional development.
Sarah DeMarais, graduating this spring, and Dr. John Dewell were both published in the fall 2018 Louisiana Journal for Counseling. Practicing What We Preach: Faculty Level Factors Impact on Service Learning, by John A. Dewell and Yu-Yun Liu, and Shaping Trauma-Responsive Schools with Relational-Cultural Theory, by Sarah C. DeMarais, can be found at https://www.lacounseling.org/images/lca/Newsletter/LJC%20Fall%202018r.docx