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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.

Dr. Thomas Foster has an article being published in the journal 'Gerontology and Geriatrics Education' in 2009.  The article is a survey study that looks at current counseling student interests in gerocounseling topics and specializing in gerocounseling education. The article is titled 'Counseling Students’ Interest in Gerocounseling: A Survey Study'.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.


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