The Counseling Clinical Excellence Award is presented to the graduate counseling student who has demonstrated excellence in clinical counseling skills.
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
Title: Non-traditional Protocols for Marriage and Couples Therapy
Presenters: Mary DePartout, Christine Bagala, and Dr. Justin Levitov
Summary: Several non-traditional protocols for couples therapy exist in current literature. These protocols vary by the number and gender of therapists involved, the setting the therapies take place in, and the nature of the couples’ problems. In this workshop, the presenters will outline several of these non-traditional protocols as well as discuss the theoretical basis and rationale for each.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Living a wellness lifestyle is important for people of all ages. Presenters will offer a four-step wellness counseling intervention to implement wellness into the counseling process for Midlifers and older adults.