Counseling and Human Services students and faculty, Arden Szepe, BriAnn Medina, Dr. Leann Morgan and Dr. Julaine Field will be representing the CSI Chapter (Chi Upsilon Sigma) and the department at the American Counseling Association Conference in March, in Cincinnati, to receive the CSI Chapter grant award. Chi Sigma Iota Awards recognize outstanding individuals and chapters, students with the potential for leadership in the profession, and extended leadership service to the counseling profession.
Counseling alumna Gabriela Westby who works for Rocky Mountain Health Care Services has been promoted to, Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager. Westby holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Counseling student, Daniel Lemon! His photo entitled, "Normal Horizons," was the chosen winner of the College of Education's Student Resource Office photo contest.
Mr. Lemon will be awarded a $50.00 Mac App gift card and his signed photo will be housed in the Student Resource Office.
Thursday, September 27, 5:00-8:00PM University Center, Room 303 Colonel Gary A. Packard, Jr., Ph.D. will present on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Colonel Gary A. Packard, Jr. is the Permanent Professor and Head for the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (DFBL) at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also oversees the graduate education of up to 20 U.S Air Force Officers seeking a Master's Degree in Counseling and Leadership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) was the official United States policy on homosexuals serving in the military from December 21, 1993 to September 20, 2011. The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. A congressional bill to repeal DADT was enacted in December 2010, specifying that the policy would remain in place until the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that repeal would not harm military readiness. A July 6, 2011 ruling from a federal appeals court barred further enforcement of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members. President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, sent that certification to Congress on July 22, 2011, which set the end of DADT for September 20, 2011. Colonel Packard will discuss what was learned from the repeal of this policy. This event is sponsored by the Department of Counseling and Human Services and the College of Education. It is a free event for all UCCS students, staff and faculty.
Participating in the ceremony on May 18, Dowden will receive a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services. This is a satisfying accomplishment for her and she recommends other staff follow the same path. For full story see the May 10, 2012 Communique article.
Dr. Mary Snyder and the College of Education offer congratulations to CHS students and faculty for the extraordinary results on 2012 comps! The 36 students had a first time 100% pass rate for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) taken as an exit exam for students graduating in May 2012. This is a national standardized exam that is linked to the training standards for counselors. The stats are listed below:
National Scores N=1224, M=94.14, SD=13.43, High Score= 124 (out of 136)
UCCS Scores N=36, M= 103.33, SD=8.58, High Score=117 (only 28 people in the nation scored higher), 8 students scored at or above the 90th percentile this year. The results speak volumes about the quality of the program, the students, and the faculty.
Dr. Mary Snyder, Dean of the College of Education, announced April 2, 2012 that Dr. Rhonda Williams, Associate Professor in Counseling, has been named as Counselor Educator of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. Dr. Snyder remarks, "Dr. Williams extraordinary commitment to her students and the Counseling program makes her a worthy recipient of this prestigious national award". In October 2008 Dr. Williams was named the Colorado Counselor Educator of the Year. Dr. Williams continues to be an innovator and works endlessly advocating for school counselors. For more information about Dr. Williams or the College of Education's Counseling and Human Services Program, visit: http://www.uccs.edu/coe/acaddepts/chs.html
Dr. David Fenell presented at the Association for Counselors and Educators in Government Conference(ACEG) 21 March 2012, held in San Francisco California at the Moscone West Convention Center. His topic, "Employing Contextual Normalization Theory to Help Returning Combat Veterans and Their Families". To learn more about Dr. Fenell or the UCCS College of Education's Counseling and Human Services Program visit:http://www.uccs.edu/coe/acaddepts/chs.html
Dr. David L. Fenell, professor of the UCCS College of Education's Counseling and Human Services Department has announced the release of his 4th Edition book, An Introduction to Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy. As in the prior editions the text is concrete, pragmatic, and relevant to aspiring family therapists. The foundation to the family therapy section is a training process that links individual and group consulting theories and practices systems intervention models. This edition continues to help students link some of these family systems therapies with psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic theories.
New to the 4th edition is a focus on the recent developments in the profession. Discussion on the evolving definitions of marriage and the family and the controversies that have emerged from these definitions enhance the family therapy section. There are two new chapters in this edition. One chapter focuses on counseling military families and the demand for marital and family therapy services for returning veterans and their families.
COE Counseling students Beth Brooks, Karen Fiedler, Jayme Waddington, and Katharine Zink have won the American Counseling Association's National Graduate Student Ethics competition at the Master's level. The students' advisor is Dr. Catharine Beecher, senior instructor in the Counseling and Human Services department. The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Case Study Competition is to support the ACA Ethics Committee charge of helping educate the members of the association regarding ethical issues. The case study competition serves as an opportunity to engage graduate students (masters and doctoral level) in critically analyzing a potential ethical case and creating an appropriate ethical decision making plan to respond to the ethical situation. Specifically, this team clearly identified the ethical dilemma, proposed the action it would take, cited appropriate sections of ACA Codes of Ethical Conduct, clearly defined their steps to decision making and finally presented a paper addressing details of the case with proper citations. These winners, their names and our institution will be published in Counseling Today and posted online. For additional information about this competition and to see the winners listed on the ACA website, visit: http://www.counseling.org/competition/winners.aspxCongratulations to all of you for a job well done!!
The CHS Search committee would like to invite students to meet our next three assistant professor candidates next week. Meet and greets and presentations will be in Columbine Hall.
Monday, Feb. 6 candidate will be Cheryl Fulton. Her classroom presentation will be at 10:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in COH 116. A meet and greet for Cheryl will be at 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m. in COH 3023.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 candidate will be Dr. Seth Hayden. His meet and greet is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. in the small conference COH 3023. His presentation will be at 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in COH 114.
Thursday, Feb. 9,candidate will be Dr. Krista Bridgmon. Her meet and greet is scheduled for 3:30-4:20 in COH 3023. Her presentation is scheduled for 4:30-5:15 and titled “The Importance of Choosing Your Mentor in Counseling Doctoral Programs". This will be held in COH 116. If you have any questions contact Dr. Rhonda Williams at 255-4167 email@example.com