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The Ignatian Awards for Outstanding Senior and Graduate Students were announced earlier this week. The awards are given annually to those students who represent Loyola University New Orleans and its commitment to Ignatian values with distinction and honor. The awards will be formally presented at the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 11 at 4 p.m.

Robin Gusman Rhodes (‘10), Ashley Ugalano (‘10), and Mariel Gonzalez (summer 2011) were all recently hired as a school counselors at Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans. They join alums Catherine Geoghegan McDermott (’09) and Ashley Childes (’09) who are already school counselors there.

The Counseling Clinical Excellence Award is presented to the graduate counseling student who has demonstrated excellence in clinical counseling skills.

Alumni Catherine Geoghegan McDermott, Kellie Gorgio Camelford and Ashley Childs presented with Dr. Ebrahim at the Louisiana Career Development Association in Baton Rouge on the subject of career development for 8th and 9th graders.

The ceremony will include the following exceptional students:  

Sarah Bodden
Jerrilyn Dixson
Stephanie Ducros
Viveca Johnson
Joanika LeBlanc
Rachel Levesque
Heidi Molbak
Julie Moss
Ali Rivera
Ariel Sheeger
Amelia Sherman

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.

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

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

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