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Counseling faculty present research locally and across the US

November 13, 2009

Members of the Loyola University New Orleans Department of Counseling have had a busy schedule recently, presenting scholarly research and preparing for future presentations at conferences in Louisiana and around the United States

LeAnne Steen, Ph.D., department of counseling chair, assistant professor Thomas Foster, Ph.D., and doctoral candidate Rachel Wieck presented “Promoting Wellness in Masters-Level Counseling Students: A Cube Model Intervention” at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in San Diego in October. They repeated this presentation at the Louisiana Counseling Association conference in Baton Rouge and will present it in March 2010 at the American Counseling Association conference in Pittsburgh.

In San Diego, Foster also presented “Gerocounselor Education: Considering the Need, Interest, and Strategies for Making this a Viable Specialization,” and Steen and Wieck presented “Youthfulness of Counselors in Training: Counselor Anxiety, Ageism, and Diversity.”

At the LCA conference, Steen and Foster teamed up to present “You are Never too Old to Play: Combining Play Therapy with Reminiscence Therapy when Treating Older Adults,” which they will reprise in February at the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy conference in New Orleans. Also at the LCA, counseling professor Justin Levitov and lecturer Ellen Levitov, presented “Snatching Failure From The Jaws Of Success.”

Last spring, counseling instructor Christine Ebrahim, Ph.D., presented “Dissertation Writing Workshop: Practical Strategies and Guidance to Get You Through the Process” to doctoral students at the University of New Orleans and “An Ethical Decision Making Model Across Disciplines: Considering All Stakeholders in What’s Right,” to the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, Child and Family Division in Marerro.

In October, Ebrahim presented “Ethical Decision Making in School Counseling” to the LCA and “The Use, Beliefs, Perceived Barriers, and Methods of Delivery of Play Therapy by Elementary School Counselors” at the ACES conference. She will present three pieces of research in December at the Louisiana Professional School Counselors’ Conference: “Plugged In: School Counselors’ Use of Modern Technology to Connect with Students,” “Swimming with the Sharks: Fighting off the Cyberbullys” and “Teachers Burn Out Too: Developing Groups to Support Teachers.”

The department of counseling, housed within the College of Social Sciences, offers graduate degrees incorporating academic, experiential and intrapersonal learning in a carefully chosen curriculum.

For more information on the department of counseling, contact Steen at 504-864-7855 or lsteen@loyno.edu. For more information on the College of Social Sciences, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or ckoppel@loyno.edu.

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