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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


From left to right: Oriel Romano and Ida Ansell pictured with Vinetta Frie (LCA president) after receiving the Graduate Student Award at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference for their development of Students Addressing Race and Privilege (SARP) at Loyola University New Orleans, research efforts and receipts of grant funding, commitment to multicultural issues, and overall dedication to their profession.

Graduate student Ida Ansell and Professor Kevin Foose lead a discussion at the Louisiana Counseling Association's (LCA) annual conference on the forgotten legacy of Alfred Adler’s theory of the Masculine Protest and the implications of our field’s collective amnesia. They gave an introduction to the historical context in which Adler came to his ideas about the debilitating consequences of Western society’s construction of the gender binary and its preference for aggression and exploitation.

First year graduate student Sarah Hollows will be attending CULTURE///SHIFT 2018 from November 1-3 in Albuquerque, NM. Put on by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network, Culture///SHIFT is a national convening of artists, organizers, healers, policy-makers, students, dreamers and allies joining to incite creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.


More information on this convening and the USDAC can be found at

Second year counseling student, Sarah Zoghbi, has been named Director of Care for Creatives. Care for Creatives represents a unique partnership between Southern Rep Theatre and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. The programs unite New Orleans’ creative community with mental health practitioners in a sanctuary space to promote resilience through enriching workshops and engaging events.

New Orleans, LA—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Oriel Romano of New Orleans, Louisiana, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y). As an NBCC MFP-Y Fellow, Romano will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

Graduate student Lauren Dayan was accepted to the 2018 Association of Adult Development and Aging (AADA) conference to present a poster titled “The Existential Trifecta of Counseling”. 

Graduate students Bryn Hickey and Lauren Dayan presented a poster titled “When Counselors Find Themselves Being a Secret Keeper in Couples Counseling” at the 2018 Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference.

Several graduate students from the Counseling Program have recently been accepted into / working in doctoral programs:

Dev Noel is entering her third year at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana in their Psychology PsyD program.

Claudia Fletcher was accepted into University of South Carolina's Ph.D program in Counselor Education.

Patty Hickman was accepted into University of North Carolina Greensboro's Ph.D program in Counselor Education.


Several articles from students, faculty and alumni have recently been accepted for publication or presentation:

Robino, A., & Foster, T. (2018). Psychosocial predictors of wellness in college students. ADULTSPAN, 17(1), 3-13.

DeMarais, S. (2018, April). Displaced Persons & Sacred Spaces: Catholic Sisters Respond to Crisis. Presented at Loyola University New Orleans Student Peace Conference. New Orleans, LA.

This year our Admissions & Clinical Coordinator as well as Adjunct Faculty, Stephanie Robinson, was interviewed by Sheba Turk on WWL. Stephanie was featured in two segments: one covered Sex Addiction warning signs and treatment while the other featured Internet Gaming warning signs and treatment. Stephanie is nationally recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the area of Addictions. 


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