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Students in the graduate Counseling program recently resurrected Loyola’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for professional counselors, counselor educators, and students.  The organization has been dormant at Loyola University New Orleans since 2005.

The mission of the organization is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.

Justin Levitov and Kevin Fall’s most recent textbook, “Translating Theory into Practice: A Student Guide to Counseling Practicum and Internship," published by Waveland Press, is now available. The book offers a comprehensive and practical review of clinical training for students completing practicum and internships in mental health settings. There are now four counseling course-specific texts co-authored by current or recent faculty members in the Department of Counseling.

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.

Carmen Balthazar '08 was awarded the Regina Mathews Oehmig Award for Excellence in Counseling at the 2009 College of Social Sciences Award Ceremony. Carmen was honored for her enthusiasm for scholarly activities while maintaining a dedication to family, life, and living, and a demonstration of providing service to others with a compassion for and faith in humanity.

Leslie E. Midtbo, M.S. in 2008, is now a full-time doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at the University of New Orleans, and she also works part-time as a counselor at Family Service of Greater New Orleans. Leslie serves on the Executive Board of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota and fully supports the mission of CSI to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling.

Matthew R. Wegmann, M.S. in 2008, is in the Ph.D. program at the University of New Orleans, under the Crescent City Doctoral Scholarship Program.  He is also the School Counselor at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans.

Parke E. Smith, M.S.'08, is enrolled in the Ph. D. Program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Michaella A. Neal '94 is the Test Coordinator and School Counselor at The Ursuline Academy, located at 2635 State Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. LeAnne Steen published several book chapters and a journal article in the last few years on play therapy, supervision, and ethics. Two of the books were publications of the American Counseling Association on Critical Incidents in Counseling, where she was selected by the editors to respond to critical incidents in a clinically appropriate way.


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