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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

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

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. 

Christine Bagala, Alison Phillips, and Jessica Alvendia traveled to the Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi, on Sunday, October 2nd, to participate in a Day of Mindfulness led by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn. According to his website: "One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, peace and human rights activist, Thay (teacher) has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926, He was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1942 at the age of sixteen.

Galjour, C. (2011, September).  Older adults and aging: Using reminiscence group work to treat late life depression. 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.


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.


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