1 NCSU Counselor Education Fall 2014 C OUNSELING CHRONICLE Featured Articles: Online Master s Program Update...3 Meet Dr. Shipp..4 Checking in with Dr. Grimmett 6 Reflections on study abroad in Ireland..7 Dr. Baker answers life s important questions.9.. Upcoming Conferences 2015 North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) Conference "Navigating Our Professional World: Ethics, Technology, Advocacy, & Diversity". February 11-13, 2015 Greensboro, NC American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference March 12-15, 2015 Orlando, FL Dear Counselor Education Community, F r o m t h e p r o g r a m c o o r d i n a t o r, D r. N a s s a r - M c m i l l a n I know this is the time when things get tough and the tough get going with regard to school work! It was so nice to welcome our new crop of students into our four star counselor education programs at the New Student Orientation earlier this semester. A warm welcome to each of you. For the rest of the community, welcome back! We have some exciting bits of news to share. I m not sure whether I m more excited about our wonderful new faculty member in counselor education, or the CACREP accreditation we received for all four programs, through 2020! If you have not yet met Dr. Adria Shipp, please stop by and say hello to her. Her office is in the main counselor education suite (520 Poe Hall). Be sure to check out the interview with her later in this newsletter. And, speaking of newsletters, a BIG thank you to Alyx Beckwith and Beth Davis, two of our wonderful doctoral students, for their volunteer efforts at publishing our newsletters this year. (continued, page 2)
2 Page 2 CED Teaching Assistants : Aisha Al-Qimlass, Latonya Graham, Lauren Gardner, Mona Nour (continued from page 1) All four of our counselor education programs (master s programs in school counseling, college counseling and student development, clinical mental health counseling, and our Ph.D. program in counseling and counselor education) are CACREP accredited through Very soon you will see new snazzed-up bulletin boards outside of our office, and our accreditation certificate will be placed in there for all to admire! Along those lines, our web site is going to be getting some attention too. We ve already received some great feedback from students (about missing links, resources to add, etc.) so if you have any, please send them to Latonya Graham, our doctoral student/ta who is working on those PR pieces for us. A few other happenings counselor education, and the College of Education also, are in a bit of a transition period. Our department, Curriculum and Instruction is merged with the department of Elementary Education for this year. It is as yet uncertain whether we will remain within this current structure or perhaps move into another department. Certainly nothing for you to be alarmed about we ve undergone such transitions before and are committed to keeping the process as seamless as possible for students. We are exploring various scenarios. In other news, the College of Education is currently exploring new and innovative ways to merge doctoral program resources. We have been active players in this process and are optimistic that it will bring positive outcomes for our doctoral program and students. A few other tidbits we are exploring ways to gather data from and about our students and other key players in our program (e.g., site supervisors) so in future months you may be asked to enter some information into your GSOARS account (such as information about conference presentations and attendance, publications, internships all great info you can use for your resume/cv). Aisha Al-Qimlass is handling some of that process for us, so you may be hearing from her. She is also reaching out to program alumni. Stay tuned. Finally, we are slowly beginning to see our counselor education clinic take shape, and have a full time practicum/internship student placed with us for this year welcome to AJ Hebard! Stay tuned for more news on that, as well.
3 Page 3 Proposed Online Master s Program in Counselor Education By Dr. S. Raymond Ting, Professor and Director of Graduate Program An online master s degree program in Counselor Education (clinical mental health, college and school counseling), a distance education version of the existing on-campus program, is proposed to begin from The curriculum is the same as the on-campus program. Each year, we will admit approximately 25 students in North Carolina. The program prepares counselors for professional work with students/clients from diverse backgrounds, advocacy, and collaboration with other professionals. Two counseling electives are offered such as couple and family counseling. The classes will be restricted to online majors only. The proposed program has received full support of our faculty and staff, the Curriculum and Instruction and Counselor Education Department, and the College. There is a great need for preparing more professional counselors in North Carolina and our country. In North Carolina, no similar programs were found to be offered by UNC institutions. Private universities charge high tuitions typically ranging $40,000 to $50,000 for a counseling degree. For example, Walden University offers a master s program in clinical counseling, it costs $44,240-48,750 to complete the degree program. Wake Forest University offers a master degree in counseling, tuition is around $33,000 per year; about $66,000 for the degree program. As a land-grant institution, we can offer the proposed DE program at a fraction of their costs. A team has been established to develop the new program: Dr. S. Raymond Ting, Dr. Angie Smith, and Mona Nour, a teaching assistant and our doctoral student. In the process of planning, we explored the current needs and conducted several surveys. Here are the findings: There is a steady growth of the online Graduate Certificate in Counselor Education (GCCE) program: from 25 (2009) to 40 applicants (2013). The GCCE program is highly regarded by the program students. Many GCCE students expressed an interest in pursuing into a master s program in counseling. High number of prospective student applications with limited seats: 212 completed applications in 2013 for the on-campus master degree programs in counselor education (school, college and clinical counseling), over 190 in Admission rates of the on-campus master program ranges from 9% to 20%. Another survey on 2014 counselor education applicants shows that within the applicants from North Carolina, roughly 50% are from RTP area, remaining 50% are from North Carolina, places like, Charlotte, Greenville, Statesville, Mount Airy, etc. At NC State, the online program appears to be the only viable option to grow our program, students, services, and resources. The team will continue to update the progress and we expect a decision about the proposed program from the UNC-General Assembly in spring 2015.
4 Page 4 WELCOME DR. SHIPP! This fall, Dr. Shipp joined the Counselor Education faculty as an Assistant Professor. I sat down with her to learn more about her career, the path that brought her to NC State, and the innovation that she brings to the program. Dr. Shipp began her career as an elementary school teacher in rural North Carolina during a teacher shortage. While tutoring students after school, she learned that some of her students were dealing with health crises and mental health issues in their families and did not have adequate access to the services they needed. After completing a Masters in School Counseling at Western Carolina and entering a doctoral program at UNC- Greensboro, Dr. Shipp returned as a school counselor to the rural elementary school where she had begun her career. Mindful of the broader needs of the students, Dr. Shipp was involved in creating a schoolbased health center, which provided primary health care to students, families, and teachers. She later worked as a liaison between the school system and the federal government s Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) program to implement additional school based health centers and coordinate public health communication. In addition to her schoolbased advocacy and counseling expertise, communications is another passion of Dr. Shipp s. She taught communications at Western Carolina University and spoke to us about how she incorporates elements of this discipline into her work as counselor educator. Dr. Shipp has experience teaching at the university level in different formats: online, face-to-face, and a hybrid of the two. When asked if she feels that the online format decreases the interaction and contact between teacher and student, Dr. Shipp describes how her constructivist approach to teaching enhances collaboration online and creates a real community of learners. She finds that her collaborative, experiential approach to teaching increases advocacy among counseling students and empowers them to share information with broader networks of people beyond the classroom setting. Dr. Shipp is currently pursuing research interests on how to use technology in a way that is meaningful and helpful as instructional technology or informational technology that makes life better, easier, more efficient. She actively maintains a professional Facebook page, Twitter account, and Pinterest board to alert students to relevant news, interesting articles, and other pertinent information. Dr. Shipp explores new technology applications that help streamline the research and writing process and is passionate about sharing this knowledge with students. With experience working as a school counselor, community mental health counselor, teacher, online educator, health advocate, and avid consumer of the latest technology, Dr. Shipp brings many assets and skills to the Counselor Education program. She will be teaching a course on the DSM V in the spring, if you are able to check that out or you can follow her on social media. -Alyx Beckwith
5 Page 5 CONGRATULATIONS, DR. BAKER! Dr. Baker was named Counselor Educator of the Year by the NC School Counselor Association. The award is given in acknowledgement of outstanding accomplishments in teaching, mentoring and advising. Nu Sigma Chi A letter from our new President Hello North Carolina State Graduate Students! My name is Michael Englert, and I am the new chapter president of Nu Sigma Chi. I am a first year doctoral student in the Counselor Education Program and am loving it. I moved to Raleigh from Lakeland, Florida with my lovely wife Stacy in June, and we are happy to call Raleigh home. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology and my master s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of South Florida. Before leaving Florida I received my state licensure while working full time for an out-patient substance abuse clinic. I also opened a private practice in 2011 specializing in substance abuse treatment. I look forward to establishing a practice in Raleigh. I have been a member of Chi Sigma Iota for 5 years and am honored to be involved with the Nu Sigma Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. I want to thank Dr. Grimmett, Dr. Baker and Shanita Brown for all your help and direction. Your energy is priceless! I am proud to carry the robust tradition of Nu Sigma Chi into the New Year, and I recommend Nu Sigma Chi to all counseling majors. We have great people, great ideas, and great direction, and as a chapter we will continue to advocate for our clients and community as we bring great ideas and dreams to life! We are in the process of establishing a counselor discussion group for the New Year and continue to meet monthly. All students are invited to attend. If anyone would like to be put on the mailing list, please contact me at
6 Page 6 Faculty Project Spotlight My Masculinity Helps, an educational documentary by associate professor, Dr. Marc Grimmett and filmmaker David Hambridge was released last spring. The film examines the role of African- American males in the prevention of sexual violence and highlights the importance of community collaboration in prevention and advocacy efforts. The release of the film marked the culmination of a two-year effort to complete the project, funded by a grant from the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). I recently sat down with Dr. Grimmett to find out what kind of feedback he has received in the months since the release of his documentary. Additionally, I asked him about his process in deciding to use film as a medium for his project and found out about his current research project that assesses the impact of the film. It s been really overwhelming, he says of the feedback he has received. I haven t stopped getting s about it since it was released. It s all been favorable. Dr. Grimmett says he is amazed at the number of places the film has been shown. An internet search turns up dozens of schools and agencies across the country that have hosted screenings and discussion groups of My Masculinity Helps. He has also created a study guide to assist group leaders in facilitating thoughtful, post-screening discussion. The use of film as a medium for the project was a natural choice for Dr. Grimmett, who for the past 10 years has used video assignments as a teaching tool in his graduate classes. He described how his integration of filmmaking into his work as a counselor educator corresponded well with his growing interest in qualitative research. The research question determines what the method is, and I m most interested in qualitative questions at this point. Using the medium of film, he produced a tool that can be used in advocacy and prevention efforts, as well as in clinical interventions and research. Through the feedback he has received, he has found that the documentary format provides viewers with a safe access point to the topic of sexual violence and that it opens up conversations about this difficult topic in a non-threatening manner. Dr. Grimmett encourages students to consider non-traditional approaches to research and to use individuality in formulating projects. Use creativity. Use the things you re being taught in your program and at the same time, incorporate what are you interested in and what are you good at. He also emphasizes the importance of collaborating with other professionals and forming community partnerships to facilitate research and advocacy projects. Dr. Grimmett is currently conducting research to assess the effect of film on viewer attitudes, which will provide the academic community with a quantitative evaluation of the film s impact. On a personal level, he says the unsolicited feedback he has received has provided him with ample evidence of the film s efficacy as a tool for education and advocacy. The positive impact it s had on the lives of others is enough for me. This project has been very satisfying, very fulfilling, very meaningful. -Beth Davis
7 Page 7 Gaining New Perspectives: Studying Abroad in Ireland By: Beth Vincent Throughout my journey to develop and expand my cultural competence as a practicing counselor, I have often aspired to learn more about the nature and accessibility of counseling outside of the United States. As students and counseling professionals we learn about the systems that define our professional practice on a local and national level. We are encouraged to critically evaluate these systems and advocate for change to best serve our clients. However, our practices within the United States are only a single representation of the counseling profession within the global society. Therefore, when I discovered an opportunity to learn about counseling abroad in a country that I have always dreamed of visiting I could not say no. I was able to incorporate the program into my own curriculum as an independent study to gain a deeper understanding of the counseling profession within Ireland, while learning more about my own cultural background and heritage. With these goals in mind, I traveled to Dublin, where I was able to interact with a variety of counselors and counseling students from across the United States. As a group we engaged in daily interactive seminar discussions examining the Irish culture and heritage and applying cultural concepts to localized counseling issues such as stigma, accessibility, affordability, and identity development. We spent a lot of time engaging with the Irish people and visiting historic sites including the Book of Kells, Hill of Tara, Valley of Glendalough, and Trim Castle. Perhaps one of my favorite and most meaningful experiences took place during our visit to Belfast within Northern Ireland where we were able to spend time in the Falls Road and Shankill neighborhoods. As we walked the area known for its history of violence, and viewed the Peace Walls and political murals, we were challenged to place ourselves in the position of assisting with the healing process as the country rebuilds from its long standing social identity conflict. The program also provided all students with the opportunity to participate in site visits at local counseling agencies to gain an insider s look at how counseling services are provided to Irish citizens. I chose to visit a rape crisis center and was impressed by their wide range of services and strong support received from the community. As I continued to interact with a diverse range of Irish counselors and Irish counseling association leaders throughout my time in Ireland I was reminded to be grateful for the privileges I possess as a counselor in the United States. One of the most important issues facing counselors in Ireland is the lack of government recognition of the profession. There is no licensure in place to define the professional identity of counselors or to protect the public. As a result, any individual who wishes to open a counseling office may do so, and individuals seeking services are not able to utilize their health insurance to pay for treatment. This systemic challenge reminded me to be thankful for the dedicated efforts of the counselors who have preceded me. It is truly a privilege to have a license and to be able to work freely in a system that has been established to protect both myself and my clients. Therefore, as I returned home from Ireland, the most important lesson I still carry with me the importance of advocacy. Our system within the United States still needs to grow and develop as the needs of our clients change, and I now feel very drawn to play an active role in this change to benefit counselors in the future.
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9 Page 9 Congratulations to Dr. Ting! Dr. Ting was awarded a $16,712 supplement grant from the National Science Foundation to extend geoscience high school education for the academic year. In collaboration with geoscience professors and teachers at Durham s Hillside High School, Dr. Ting began implementing this science and career education program in As the principal investigator (PI), Dr. Ting designed the intervention model, implementation, career education, and program evaluation components. It has become something of a newsletter tradition to include some words from our own Dr. Baker. For this fall edition, we asked Dr. Baker for his responses to an adaptation of Marcel Proust s questionnaire. He gamely accommodated our request. What is your favorite word? Um how about a phrase? Your manuscript has been accepted. What is your least favorite word? No. Or, your manuscript has been rejected. What turns you on? Where did you get this questionnaire? Let s go with people who have post-modern minds. What turns you off? People who think they ve discovered the truth. What sound or noise do you love? Relaxing music. What sound or noise do you hate? Chalk scratching on a chalkboard. What is your favorite curse word? A four letter word that starts with S and ends in T. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Hmmm. Acting. What profession would you not like to do? Politician. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Your loved ones are waiting for you.
10 Page 10 CHINA: Teaching, Learning, Counseling and Student Services SPRING 2014 This pre-professional program is intended to prepare education majors as multi-culturally competent educators, counselors, administrators, and leaders. Based in Beijing, China, students will explore the educational system and practice through an independent research project. Students will engage with students from Beijing Normal University and Beijing Royal School in China to collaborate on projects, and will visit these schools and others while in country. Students will participate in assessment, evaluation, intervention and research activities as a part of this program. Program Contact Information: Dr. S. Raymond Ting College of Education Please support the Counselor Education Program in the College of Education at NC State University by making a gift to the Career Development Fund, which provides support for professional development activities in counselor education. Click on the link below to make your tax-deductible gift using a credit card and following these easy steps: Give Back to our Career Development Fund 1. Under "Available Programs," highlight "College Gifts" from the drop down menu. 2. Check the box: "I would like to enter details about a fund not already listed." 3. In the "Fund Name" box write: "Career Development Fund, # " 4. Fill in the amount of your gift. 5. Using the "NEXT" button, follow directions to complete the rest of the gift form.
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