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Congratulations to award recipients at the 2018 Idaho Counseling Association (ICA) Super Conference

Supervisors of the Year: Rebecca Chidester for Pocatello and Micah Crawford in Meridian.

ICA Scholarship: Isabel Palmer, first year master student-Meridian

Advocate “Pass It On” Baton Award: Jehan Hill, MEd, LPC, doctoral student-Pocatello

Volunteer Service “Wing Award”: Kristen Lister, PhD, LPC, Clinical Assistant Professor and Professional Development Workshop Coordinator Counseling


Presentations by the faculty, doctoral and master students:

 Camille Frank, LPC, NCC, Timothy Hakenewerth, Ed.S., LPC, NCC, William Lane, LPC, NCC

(Ethics) Is Age Is Just A Number? Ethical Exploration of the Many Identities of Elder Clients

A focus on life stage is only part of supporting older adults as they persevere across the lifespan. This presentation aims to explore and identify appropriate interventions across the wide range of intersecting identities elders carry including sexual identity, race, socioeconomic status, disability status, and gender.

Steve Moody, PHD, LPC, NCC, and Tessa Price, MA, LCPC

Fundamentals of Supervision

Clinical supervision is a vital role counselors fill in practice. Supervision is focused on the development of the counselor, protection of the clients being served, and maintaining a strong profession through ethical practice and gatekeeping. This workshop satisfies the 15 hours of training required to become a Registered Supervisor (IDAPA rule

Camille Frank, LPC, NCC, Timothy Hakenewerth, Ed.S., LPC, NCC

Advanced Supervision Training

This presentation is designed for those who wish to be credentialed supervisors or have been working in the field as credentialed supervisors. The aim is to address ethical concerns in the context of advanced supervision as well as advanced models such as systems-based approach and trauma informed supervision.

Timothy Hakenewerth, ED.S., LPC, NCC, Jehan Hill, M.ED., LPC, Leslie Stewart, PHD, LPC

Esas in Depth: Understanding the Risks, Benefits, Opportunities, and Challenges of Emotional Support Animals

This presentation will give an in-depth understanding of the various helper animals that counselors may encounter, and focus on the growing presence of emotional support animals (ESAs) in the mental health profession. Presenters will outline risks and benefits of ESAs and give recommendations when receiving requests for letters of support.

Beverly Hines, MS in Clinical/Counseling Psychology

“I’m In The Playroom With A Client...Now What?” The Nuts And Bolts Of Child-Centered Play Therapy Increasing clinician confidence and competence in conducting child-centered play therapy (CCPT) is the focus of this workshop. Virginia Axline’s eight principles of play therapy and multiple CCPT techniques will be taught through instruction, video demonstration, and practice exercises

Camille Frank, LPC, NCC

Relational Cultural Theory in Therapeutic Action

Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) is of increasing relevance for counselors, counselor educators and supervisors. Our presentation seeks to educate on the core tenets of RCT as an explanatory paradigm and illustrate practical uses for use with clients.

Poster Presentations

Using Collaborative-Dependent Consultations to Provide Mental Health Training for the K-12 Community

Rebekah Hood, Idaho State University

Importance of Integrating Trauma-Informed Competencies and Affirmative Practices When Counseling Transgender Clients

Brandon Holmes and Ashley Rohrbach, Idaho State University


Rocky Moutain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Awards and Presentations

Congratulations to our Doctoral Students:

Jehan Hill recieved the Supervision Award. The RMACES Supervision award honors a counseling supervisor or supervision researcher who exemplifies excellence, innovation, and impact in clinical supervision.

Sarah Baquet and Katie Muirhead received the Emerging Leaders Award

Edson Andrade, Camille Frank, Lindsdale Graham, Olivia Ngadjui, Katie Sacco and Brianne Scott received the Student Volunteers Award, and

Second year doctoral students, Camille Frank, Tim Hakenewerth, William Lane, and Tessa Price received the RMACES Research Grant Award-Student Category.

The RMACES Research Grant Award-Professional Catelgory went to Jade L.H. Letourneau (ISU alumni), Christian D. Chan (ISU faculty), and Brandon J. Wilde (ISU alumni).

Presentations by faculty and students:

Critical Pedagogy: Implications for Counselor Educators - Sarah Baquet, M.S. & Jehan Hill, M.Ed.

Critical Pedagogical foundations align with the nature and values of the counseling profession and the movement towards student-centered learning. This session will focus on the roles of CE and the importance of creating an environment suitable for critical reflection and honesty, reflexive and dialectical thinking, praxis and classroom engagement.

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: A Consultative, Collaborative Dialogue Raissa Miller, Ph.D. & Christian Chan, Ph.D.

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is a contemporary qualitative approach grounded in principles of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and idiography. In this consultation-style session, the presenters will lead collaborative dialogues related to designing, implementing, and evaluating high quality IPA studies. The presenters will address key philosophical principles and common challenges unique to IPA.

Intersectional Experiences of Privilege and Oppression of Queer Men of Color in Counselor Education - Christian Chan, Ph.D. & Sam Steen, Ph.D.

Utilizing an intersectionality paradigm and methodological strategies from interpretative phenomenological analysis, this study examined lived intersectional experiences of privilege and oppression of Queer Men of Color in Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral programs. The presenters will discuss findings from six superordinate themes associated with strategies for systematically enhancing counselor education.

Chi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisors Training - Jody Huntington, Ph.D. & Christian Chan, Ph.D.

During this interactive session, experienced CSI Chapter Faculty Advisors will share strategies for building strong and active chapters. The presentation will address topics such as increasing membership, recruiting and mentoring student leaders, fundraising, and involving alumni. New CFAs and doctoral students interested in serving as CFAs are encouraged to attend.

Promoting Multicultural Awareness within Peer Group Supervision - Jehan Hill, M.Ed., Sarah Baquet, M.S., & Camille Frank, M.Coun.

Utilizing Dianne Borders's (1991) structured peer group design, this discussion will provide an overview of incorporating meaningful feedback within supervision. Discussion will be focused on fostering multicultural awareness through structured feedback design as well as eliciting the experiences from participants regarding their own interactions encouraging cultural dialogue within group supervision.

Becoming a Doctoral Adviser and Dissertation Chair: Strategies for Success - Elizabeth Horn, Ph.D., Wendy Hoskins, Ph.D., Judith Crews, Ph.D., & Randy Astramovich, Ph.D.

The presenters will provide strategies for effectively moving into the role of a doctoral adviser and dissertation chair. In addition, they will discuss common pitfalls and ways to manage student issues.

Panoramic Perspectives of Qualitative Research in Counselor Education and Supervision - David Kleist, Ph.D., Melissa Luke, Ph.D., & Kristopher Goodrich, Ph.D.

Three counselor education and supervision scholars with a shared fifty years of qualitative research experience share their perspectives on varied and important questions in qualitative research. You are invited to join them as they engage in a panel discussion of questions such as what excites or vexes them the most regarding qualitative research they've seen, as well as what possibilities they see for the future of qualitative research in counselor education. Each panelist will offer their observations and aspirations for the training, mentorship, and development of qualitative research in counselor education and supervision. Participants will have an opportunity to contribute/pose questions and help shape the discussion across panelists. A brief handout of qualitative resources will be provided.

Connecting Clinical Experience: Effectively Utilizing Counseling Experience in Counselor Education - William Lane, M.Coun. & Shawn Parmanand, Ph.D.

Too often Counselor Educators become distanced from their clinical roots, thus leaving a gap between teaching and practice. In this presentation, the presenters will share lived experience regarding learning and teaching through the sharing of lived experience. Ideas regarding how to best infuse practice into education will be discussed.

A Novel Approach to Prepracticum Skills Training Through the Use of Conversation Analysis - Kristen Lister, Ph.D.

Presenter will share an innovative approach to prepracticum skills training through the use of Conversation Analysis (CA), a methodology used by researchers to closely examine interactional processes. Attendees will be introduced to novel research findings on skills training and learn how to apply CA to their own skills training courses.

Understanding Multicultural Supervision Through the Lens of Perceived Cultural Homogeneity - Kristen Lister, Ph.D. & Jade Letourneau, Ph.D.

Practicing multicultural supervision is an ethical imperative that can seem challenging to supervisors working in culturally homogeneous areas. Presenters will review literature and discuss the role of multicultural awareness and cultural dialogue in working with culturally similar supervisees. Culturally-sensitive supervision models and strategies for doctoral supervision training will be provided.

Writing Instruction: Improving Master's Level Academic Writing - Kathleen Muirhead, M.A. & Randy Astramovich, Ph.D.

Development of academic writing skills may seem daunting to new graduate counseling students. Presenters will review results and implications of a study on the effectiveness of a series of writing workshops on the academic writing abilities of first year master’s counseling students.

Presentation Title: Q Methodology: An Exploration of a Mixed Method |in Theory and Praxis - Kathleen Muirhead, M.A., & Steve Moody, Ph.D.

Mixed methods can provide complexity of data that is often needed within the profession. This presentation will review one such method, Q Methodology, both its theoretical underpinnings and its uses within counseling research today. An example study will be presented and reviewed as a way to demonstrate practical applications.

The Development of Culturally Responsive Counselors: Narratives of Counselor Educators - Anna Elliott, Ph.D., Christian Chan, Ph.D., Kirsten Murray, Ph.D., & Amanda Minor, Ph.D

This panel presentation is made up of counselor educators with varying years of experience, who will discuss the process of facilitating graduate students' multicultural competence while exploring their own multicultural development. Methods for exploring the role of the instructor, and how to manage charged or taboo topics will be discussed.

1 + 1 = Many - Chelsea Rogers, M.S. in Higher Education

When training counselors to effectively work with domestic violence populations, integrating both individualistic and collectivistic approaches to the acculturation models may offer advantages than either approach yields independently.

Advocating for Integration of Military and Veteran Cultural Competencies Within Counseling Programs - Katie Sacco, M.Coun. & Edson Andrade, M.S.

Counselors in training benefit from exposure to military and veteran culture. This presentation will address the necessary components of offering military and veteran cultural competencies to counselors in training. The presentation will cover potential areas for bias and the stigma surrounding mental health care for military members.

Animal Assisted Interventions (AAIs) in Counselor Education and Supervision - Connie Couch, M.Ed. & Leslie Stewart, Ph.D.

When competently integrated into supervisory and educational experiences, Animal Assisted Interventions (AAIs) enhance relationships and contextualize learning experiences for counselors in training. CES professionals interested in implementing AAIs require specialized training and additional skills. Awareness of AAI competency is recommended for all CES professionals as AAI popularity continues burgeoning.

ISU Counseling Program receives the (ALGBTIC) inaugural Counseling Program Award

The Department of Counseling received the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) inaugural Counseling Program Award. Faculty members Drs. Kristen Lister, Randy Astramovich, and Christian Chan accepted the award at the 2018 Conference in Portland, Oregon.


Congratulations to Dianne Piggott!

Dianne Piggott will be the Keynote Speaker at the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 27, 2018, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the ISU Pond Student Union Building-Little Wood River Room.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance at the ISU Gender Resource Center, and find out how you can participate.

Dianne is a third year student in the Master of Counseling program in Meridian, Idaho. For more of Dianne's history:


 Visit from Zoo Idaho to Animal Assisted Intervention Best Practices Course - June 27, 2018

During the Animal Assisted Interventions Best practices course, we were excited to have guest speakers, Rachel, Ashlyn, and Mia, from Zoo Idaho. They brought several of the Zoo's education animal ambassadors to help our future AAI professional learn about animal behavior, husbandry, and advanced training principles. Even though none of the animals who visited us today represent species eligible for registration as therapy animals, the experience provided students with an opportunity to learn about how professionalized working relationships with animals are both similar and different from personal pet relationships with animals at home. We also learned much about how effective animal socialization and positive training methods may look across a wide variety of animal species.

All of Zoo Idaho's animals are native to Idaho and the northwest and come to the Zoo as injured or orphaned from Idaho Fish and Game and will no longer be able to survive in the wild. The animal ambassadors who visited our class today included:

Athena, a nine year old Red Tail Hawk. The Red Tail Hawk is one of nine species of hawks in Idaho. Because Red Tailed Hawks are not naturally social animals, her caretakers are very dedicated to providing her with the training and socialization she needs to be a happy and successful animal ambassador.

Aggie, a Desert Tortoise from Utah. He is about 40 years old and could live to 80, and his favorite food is the Prickly Pear Cactus. The Desert Tortoise is an endangered species. Aggie was injured from being hit by a car. Notice his higher ridges on his shell.

Rocky, an Eastern Box Turtle is a surrendered pet with a permanent mouth injury. Rocky is exceptionally friendly and well socialized with people, including rambunctious children.

Toothless is a four year old Tiger Salamander and native to Idaho. They can be found in the marsh/wet lands. Handlers of salamanders and other amphibians need to take extra care to avoid accidentally harming the animal with dry hands, moisturizers, perfumes, or other skin products.

Gopher Snake Pat II is two years old and is a well socialized reptile. He loves his flower pot and like to peek out to say "Hi". Although Gopher snakes are sometimes aggressive in the wild, Pat II is very comfortable around his human caretakers and enjoys being handled.

A very rambunctious Domesticated Black Footed Ferret named Bitsy also visited. She is described as energetic, sneaky, and curious. She loves attention and meeting new people. 

To see these animal ambassador and the other wonderful animals, visit Zoo Idaho in Pocatello, Idaho.

Zoo Hawk  Zoo animal  Zoo turtle  Zoo salamander

Zoo snake  Zoo animal



Congratulations to Dr. Christian Chan and Dr. Randy Astramovich!

Dr. Chan has been elected as the President for the Idaho Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (IALGBTIC). His term as President will begin on July 1, 2018. On July 1, 2019, he will move into the role of IALGBTIC Past-President.

Dr. Astramovich has been elected as the President-Elect for IALGBTIC to begin his term on July 1, 2018 with the successive plan to move into the IALGBTIC President role on July 1, 2019 and the IALGBTIC Past-President role on July 1, 2020.

Published by Assistant Professor Dr. Christian Chan and Adrienne N. Erby

In the Journal of Homosexuality! A Critical Analysis and Applied Intersectionality Framework with Intercultural Queer Couples. Intercultural queer couples are growing at an extensive rate in the United States, exemplifying diversity across multiple dimensions (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexuality, affectional identity, gender identity) while experiencing multiple converging forms of oppression (e.g., racism, heterosexism, genderism). Given the dearth of conceptual and empirical literature that unifies both dimensions related to intercultural and queer, applied practices and research contend with a unilateral approach focusing exclusively on either intercultural or queer couples. Intersectionality theory has revolutionized critical scholarship to determine overlapping forms of oppression, decenter hegemonic structures of power relations and social contexts, and enact a social justice agenda. This article addresses the following aims: (1) an overview of the gaps eliciting unilateral approaches to intercultural queer couples; (2) an illustration of intersectionality’s theoretical underpinnings as a critical approach; and (3) applications for insights in practices and research with intercultural queer couples.

For the full article

Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Lister, Dr. Christian Chan, Dr. Randy Astramovich, and doctoral student Vincent Marasco!

They were awarded the 2018 ALGBTIC (Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling) Professional Research Grant for their study entitled "Counselors Making Sense of Their Experiences with Ally Identity: Promoting Greater Understanding and Support of Allyship within LGBTQ+ Communities."

Presentations at National American Counseling Association by Dr. Leslie Stewart and Dr. Christian Chan

Dr. Stewart:
Education Session: Integrating Animal Assisted Interventions into Trauma-Informed Care: Animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) exist within the realm of body-oriented trauma interventions, promoting connection with oneself and others. When implemented with appropriate training, AAIs offer benefits to trauma-informed care, such as increasing rapport and offering nonverbal avenues for expression.
Education Session: Animal Assisted Interventions & Theory: Classic, Integrative, and New Generation: Intentionally incorporating the human-animal bond into counseling can be a powerful addition to the process. Counselors of all specialty areas can use animal assisted interventions to promote insight and self-growth within clients.
Poster: Animal Assisted Therapy in Mental Heath Interest Network: Philosophy & Trends: Interest in implementing animal-Assisted interventions (AAIs) into counseling practices is growing rapidly, and ACA's Animal-Assisted Therapy in Mental Health (AATMH) Interest Network now has 425 members.
Dr. Chan:
Affirming Counseling Practice with Queer People of Color: From Margins to Center: Within the diverse LGBTQ+ community, queer people of color (QPOC) represent a variety of gender, affectional and cultural identities and experiences. Intersectionality offers a unique lens for understanding multiple minority identities, cultural strengths and resilience. 
Building Community Collaboration Through External Funding: A Focus on Older Adults and Aging: Health and wellness disparities for older adults augment the paucity of research and best practices focused on counseling and wellness for older adult communities. Researchers, counselor educators and practicing counselors collaboratively engage in efforts to advocate for older adult communities, necessitating the expansion of older adult research and training. T
Operationalizing Intersectionality in Counseling: Paradigmatic Research Insights: The intersectionality paradigm has emerged as a framework to meet a paradigm shift in multiculturalism and social justice that contests unilateral perspectives of social identity. There are methodological challenges in both quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research design, which range from negotiating research questions to philosophical approaches. 
AMCD Ethnic Vice Presidents: The White Papers in Action: In February 2017, the AMCD ethnic vice presidents did a webinar on white papers written to outline pressing issues for the communities they represent and serve. One year later, those plans are in action. Join Kim Lee Hughes, Ph.D., Interim Vice President of African American Concerns, Jung (June) Hee Hyun, Ph.D., Vice President of Asian American Pacific Islander Concerns, Isaac Burt, Ph.D., Vice President of Native American Concerns and Margarita Martinez, Vice President of Latin American Concerns as they discuss their successes and challenges in the era of President Trump.

Congratulations to Brittany Garcia! 2018 Stephen S. Feit Student Award for Professional Excellence recipient.

Brittany Garcia Award

Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

Doctoral Students - Dusty Destler and Kerrie Taylor (Meridian), Melisa DeMeyer, Renee Howells, and Marisa Rapp (Pocatello)

   Dusty & Kerrie Meridian Doc GraduatesPocatello Doctoral Graduates

Master Students

Meridian - Back Row - Jacob Price, Sophia Raffetto, Krista Doubleday, Iris Hansen, Kalin Morley. 
Front Row - Paige Howard, Carmen French, Savannah Carter, Anna Krzemieniecki, Nicole Berenger, Caroline Marino-Puccinelli, Athena Scheideggar.

Meridian Master Graduates

Pocatello Back Row - Seiji Brock, Rafael Torres, Joshua Peterson, Katie Sacco, Courtney Richert, Cody Carlson, Alyson Webster, Nicole Daniels.
Front Row - Shayla Anderson, Charlie Hansen, Amber Bergquist, Melanie Stumpf, Shari Summers, Stephanie Kinder, Brittany Garcia, Hayley Johnson, Jessica Sellman, Kayla White, Cynthia Lange.

Not Pictured - Brittany Bowen and Cheri Carver

Pocatello Master Graduates


Carmen French, Meridian Master of Counseling Graduate, receives Meridian Student of Excellence award!

Carmen French


Recently published. Doctoral Student Vincent Marasco, "Addressing Hegemonic Masculinity With Adolescent Boys Within the Counseling Relationship", Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, DOI: 10.1080/23727810.2017.1422647.

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Dr. Leslie Stewart enjoyed a special “behind the scenes” invitation to the Georgia Aquarium to meet some of the animals and their trainers to experience new ways to conceptualize mutually beneficial human-animal relationships.

Leslie Stewart with Otter   Leslie Stewart Shake Hands with Beluga Whale  Leslie Stewart Kiss with Beluga Whale

Leslie Stewart Kiss 2 with Beluga Whale

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Renee Howells on receiving recognition for her AMCD Writers’ Consortium Grant!

Doctoral Student Award

Congratulations Dr. Leslie Stewart

ISU Department of Counseling faculty, Leslie Stewart, has been selected to serve on the Pet Partners Human Animal Bond Advisory Board (HABAB) alongside other leaders in the field of Animal Assisted Interventions. Pet Partners is recognized as leading the industry in connecting people with the healing power of animals by providing top quality volunteer therapy animal handler teams with the highest credentials; educating the public about the importance of safety, infection control, and animal welfare; and ensure that people in need of a therapy animal receive millions of visits per year.

Dr. Steve Moody Published

Dr. Steve Moody, April D. Johnson, Aida Midgett, and Diana M. Doumas published in The Professional Counselor, "A Mixed Methods Evaluation of the “Aged-Up” STAC Bullying Bystander Intervention for High School Students"

This mixed methods study assessed the appropriateness of an “aged-up,” brief bullying bystander intervention (STAC) and explored the lived experiences of high school students trained in the program. Quantitative results included an increase in knowledge and confidence to intervene in bullying situations, awareness of bullying, and use of the STAC strategies. Utilizing the consensual qualitative research methodology, we found students spoke about (a) increased awareness of bullying situations, leading to a heightened sense of responsibility to act; (b) a sense of empowerment to take action, resulting in positive feelings; (c) fears related to intervening in bullying situations; and (d) the natural fit of the intervention strategies. Implications for counselors include the role of the school counselor in program implementation and training school staff to support student “defenders,” as well as how counselors in other settings can work with clients to learn the STAC strategies through psychoeducation and skills practice.

Congratulations to Department of Counseling Doctoral Candidates awarded DKHS Graduate of Distinction Awards:

  • KDHS Graduate of Distinction - Outstanding Leader - Dustin Destler
  • KDHS Graduate of Distinction - Outstanding Researcher - Renee Howells

Ph.D. Students

Published by Assistant Professor Dr. Christian Chan!

Families as Transformative Allies to Trans Youth of Color: Positioning Intersectionality as Analysis to Demarginalize Political Systems of Oppression, published in Journal of GLBT Family Studies, Volume 14Issue 1-2, is now available for you to access via

Dr. Chad Yates published in "Counseling Today!"
Counseling people who stutter By Assistant Professor Chad M. Yates, Karissa Colbrunn and Dan Hudock

Congratulations Master Student Dianne Piggott!

Dianne is a student in the Master of Counseling - Meridian. She received the First Place Idaho Mental Health Counseling Association scholarship. Dianne's essay was personal emphasis on Transgender and LGBQIA. "I see that so many of the issues that face LGBT people are societal. Building resilience and coping skills in clients can improve their lives, and advocacy can build societies understanding and compassion. Transgender people are increasingly coming into the public awareness, so the time for change is now".

Dr. Christian Chan has been selected to receive the 2018 'Ohana Award from Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). This award honors individuals in counseling who affirm diversity and advocate for social justice in the spirit of nine elements of the indigenous Hawai'ian concept of "Ohana or extended family.

Congratulations Christian!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Christian Chan!
Christian has been selected as the recipient of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Professional Development Award! The award will be presented at the national AMCD Conference, April 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Congratulations to doctoral student Sarah Baquet.

StudentSarah has received the honor and selection into the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) 2018 Mentoring Program!


Dr. Christian Chan receives national association awards!

Dr. Christian Chan has been selected to receive the 2018 Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC) Humanistic Advocacy and Social Justice Award.

On behalf of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Awards Committee, Dr. Christian Chan has been selected to receive the Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award from the American Counseling Association.


Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Christian Chan

AwardDr. Chan was the recipient of the Barbara Gazda Award for the Association for Specialists in Groupwork (ASGW) at the 2018 Conference in Savannah, Georgia.


Conference Presentations at the Idaho Counseling Association 2018 Conference

Doctoral Students Vincent Marasco, MA, LPC, Candice Elison, LPC, NCC, John Rumney, MS, LPC "The "B" is Silent".

 Yingmei Wang, Associated Professor in Psychological Well-Being Education Center, Sichuan University & Assistant Professor Steve Moody, PhD, LPC, NCC., "Dejue Theory and Skills: Applying a Chinese Indigenous Counseling Method in the United States".

Clinical Assistant Professor Kristen Lister, PhD., "Ethics in Supervision" (Sponsored by Optum).

Doctoral Students Candice Elison, LPC, NCC; Vincent Marasco, MA, LPC; & John Rumney, MS, LPC., "Beyond Labels: The Use of Individualized Descriptive Language in Working with Non-Heteronormative Clients".

Jennifer Gess, PhD, LCPC, LMHC, NCC & Assistant Professor Christian Chan, MA, NCC., "Ally Development for Trans Communities".

Doctoral Students John Rumney, MS, LPC & Dusty Destler, LPC., "Please Share! Presenting your Professional Experiences to Advocate for the Counseling Profession".

Doctoral Student Camille Frank, LPC, Brittany Garcia, ISU Graduate student, Charlie Hansen, ISU Graduate student, Kayla White, ISU Graduate student, "Wellness Interventions for Sexual Assault Survivors Counselors".

IMHCA Distinguished Presenter

Assistant Professor Leslie Stewart, PhD, "Introduction to Best Practices in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling: Provider Competencies, Ethics, and Techniques".  

Doctoral Student Candice Elison, LPC, NCC., "Severe and Persistent: A Feminist Approach to Empowering and Advocating for Individuals Navigating Diagnoses, Symptoms, and Stereotypes".

Clinical Assistant Professor Kristen Lister, Ph.D., LPC & Doctoral Student Melisa DeMeyer, MS, LPC. "Systems-Based Advocacy: Ethical Considerations in Advocating for Couple and Family Clients".

Doctoral Students Vincent Marasco, MA, LPC, Candice Elison, LPC, NCC & John Rumney, MS, LPC., "Examining Professional Counselor's Use of Self Disclosure to "Come Out" to Clients".

Doctoral Student Kathleen Muirhead, MA, LPC & Nicole Daniels, ISU Graduate student, "Writing Right: Scholarship in the Counseling Profession".

Assistant Professor Randall Astramovich, LPC, Assistant Professor Christian Chan, MA, NCC & Doctoral Student Vincent Marasco, MA, LPC., "Advocacy Evaluation in Counseling: Process and Ethical Considerations".

Doctoral Student Kathleen Muirhead, MA, LCPC & Emily Holloway, LPC., "Redemption in Shawshank? Advocacy and Healing for Previously Incarcerated Clients Through Spirituality"

Doctoral Student Camille Frank, LPC, NCC, Jordan Wixom, LPC, NCC, Doctoral Student William Lane, LPC, NCC, Doctoral Student Trae Knox, LPC, NCC., "PEACE Discussions as a Complement to Counseling for Clients and Providers".


Congratulations to faculty and student award recipients at the 2018 Idaho Counseling Association Conference.

Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the late Thana Singarajah, Ph.D. 
Dr. Thana had been a Clinical Assistant Professor at Idaho State University, Pocatello since 1988. He was active in adolescent counseling and in the Idaho Foster Care system since the mid 80s. He had fostered 55 sons through the Health and Welfare system as well as through the judicial system. He was born and raised in Malaysia, went to college in England and has lived in Idaho since 1980. He has received various awards including the Brightest Star of Idaho from the Governor of Idaho as well as the Eastern Idaho United Way Council’s highest award for Community Leadership. He founded two men’s shelter (The City of Refuge, The Ark) and a women’s shelter in Idaho Falls (Ruth House). He started, managed and gifted to the community a not-for-profit entity. In 2008 he founded Pearl Health Clinic and was the Executive Director until his passing on July 13, 2017.

Advocate "Pass It On Baton" Award to Leslie Stewart, Ph.D.
Dr. Leslie Stewart, a licensed professional counselor, is an assistant professor of counseling at Idaho State University. Dr. Stewart has incorporated animal assisted interventions (AAI) in mental health in college counseling and juvenile detention settings, as well as in clinical supervision and counselor education. Dr. Stewart continues to serve on advisory boards relevant to the clinical applications of the human-animal bond and is the primary author of the American Counseling Association Competencies for Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling. Her research agenda includes animal assisted therapy in counseling and supervision, trauma-informed counselor preparation, and counselor training with a variety of experiential and expressive modalities.

Community Partners, Public Policy and Legislation Award to doctoral candidate Marisa Rapp, MA, LPC, NCC.
Marisa is a doctoral candidate at Idaho State University in her last year of study. She works toward advocating on the community level with her clinical work at MK Place in
Pocatello. She strongly believes counselors-in-training should be taught how to engage in advocacy efforts on the community and institutional level as they work with clientele in their internship. Marisa actively tries to infuse advocacy education during her facilitation of supervision labs and across counseling graduate curriculum.

Volunteer Service "Wing" Award to doctoral candidate Kate Wallace LeBar, LPC, NCC, PMP. 
Kate is a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Counseling at Idaho State University. She received an M.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from ISU. Her scholarly interests include the study of contemporary clients, couples, and families, the evolution of doctoral programs to meet the needs of the non-traditional student, and international research.

Conference Scholarship Award Recipients were Master Students Krista Doubleday, Brittany Garcia and Dianne Piggott.


Idaho State University Doctoral Program ranked 28th for affordability.


Published in the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Dr. Randall L. Astramovich, Dr. Christian D. Chan and Doctoral Student Vincent M. Marasco article "Advocacy Evaluation for Counselors Serving LGBTQ Populations" has been published in the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. Advocacy and social justice initiatives for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) clients in counseling emphasize counselor and client collaboration in challenging discrimination and oppression and promoting LGBTQ inclusive sociopolitical changes. Although researchers have highlighted the counseling and advocacy needs of LGBTQ populations, few have yet examined processes for assessing the outcomes of advocacy efforts. Advocacy evaluation may provide counselors and counseling organizations with a framework for monitoring and assessing the outcomes of LGBTQ advocacy initiatives. The authors discuss the goals and elements of advocacy evaluation and review the LGBTQ Counseling Advocacy Evaluation Self Assessment.


Dr. Chan published in the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Dr. Christian Chan and Laura Boyd Farmer published article, "Making the Case for Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis with LGBTGEQ+ Persons and Communities" The emergence of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) in qualitative scholarship offers a means to derive in-depth meaning attending to the complexities of lived experience. IPA extends qualitative inquiry through a double hermeneutic whereby the researcher is making sense of the experiences of participants who are making sense of a phenomenon. In this article, the authors present seminal empirical studies using IPA with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender expansive, queer communities, argue a rationale for its usefulness, discuss methodological insights and strategies, and offer potential future directions.


Congratulations to Dr. Chad Yates, Alexia DeLeon, and Marisa Rapp on their recent publication!

The Professional Counselor has accepted the manuscript titled, "Exploring Experiential Learning Through an Abstinence Assignment Within an Addictions Counseling Course."


Published in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Dr. Christian D. Chan, Assistant Professor Department of Counseling, Deanna N. Cor, and Monica P. Band, published article, "Privilege and Oppression in Counselor Education: An Intersectionaliy Framework." Multiculturalism and social justice are considered major forces in the counseling profession, revolutionizing the complexity of social identity, cultural identity, and diversity. Although these major forces have influenced the profession, many challenges exist with their implementation within counselor education curriculum and pedagogy. A major challenge is the complex dynamics of privilege and oppression that both counselor educators and counseling students face. This article discusses the use of intersectionaly to approach counselor education pedagogy and practice. 


ISU's own Dr. Leslie Stewart was interviewed as one of several expert contributors to the recent Counseling Today Article, "People Whisperers", which discusses Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling.


Congratulations to Dr. Christian Chan, recipient of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Barbara Gazda Scholarship!


Published by Dr. Christian Chan in the Journal Sex Education, Sexuality, Society and Learning.

Dr. Christian Chan, along with Jack. D. Simons, Matthew J. Beck, Nancy R. Asplund, and Rebekah Byrd, have a recently published article, "Advocacy for gender minority students: recommendations for school counselors" in the Journal Sex Education, Sexuality, Society and Learning. Research shows that teachers’ and educators’ responses to gender diversity issues in schools either improves or limits the experiences of students. The school counselor has an important role to play in this process by working closely with other stakeholders to advocate for transgender, intersex and genderqueer (TIG) students. Following a review of recent developments in the USA, recommendations are made and resources identified to assist school counselors in validating TIG students, and improving school systems in pursuit of their academic, social and emotional success.


Annie Peters, President & CEO of Pet Partners has endorsed the Animal Assisted Therapy program here at Idaho State University.

"Pet Partners is excited to see a certificate option with a strong focus on therapy animal welfare, particularly with an intensive supervised applied practice component with a registered therapy animal. Dr. Leslie Stewart's work as the primary author for Animal Assisted Therapy Competencies in counseling has done much to articulate the need for knowledge and skills in this burgeoning field. This certificate is a great opportunity for practitioners/counselors to develop those knowledge and skills to bring the power of the human-animal bond to those who may benefit."


ISU's Dr. Christian Chan was featured in the recent Counseling Today article on Changing the Conversation About Aging…/changing-conversation-aging/


Animal Assisted Therapy for Substance Abuse with Dr. Leslie Stewart 

Animal-assisted therapy isn't designed to be a stand-alone therapy. When combined with other treatments for substance use disorders, the therapeutic approach can motivate patients to stay in treatment. Animals can also help therapists and clients resolve mental health problems in a way that isn't possible with other types of therapy alone. For the full interview.

The Faculty Meeting

Christian D. Chan, Assistant Professor, speak with Marty and Eric about his recent transition from doctoral student to university faculty.

Unleashed Podcast

There's an important distinction to be made between consent and  compliance. There are many ways to coerce people into doing things they're not entirely comfortable with, so you can't always look at what people are doing to know what they believe. Assistant Professor Dr. Leslie Stewart shared her ideas about what truly consent means and how having a better understanding of consent can help us develop stronger relationships--with animals and with people. 


Christian Chan published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling 

Published by Christian Chan, A Critical Analysis of Systemic Influences and Spiritual Development for LGBTQ+ Youth. There is an extensive need to explore the intersection of spirituality in conjunction with sexuality, gender identity, and affectional identity as a result of the nuanced complexity and paucity of conceptual and empirical literature in this area, which holds to a substantial diversity between and within identities. Furthering this exploration is the consistent dialogue of spirituality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community that offers context at-large and in heavy concentration in other areas of the life span, yet integrates far less into spirituality for youth and, more specifically, for LGBTQ+ youth. This article generates a conceptual framework derived from the ecological systems model and intersectionality theory to deliver insights relevant to addressing systemic barriers, practices, and complexities in attending to spirituality for LGBTQ+ youth.  Assistant Professor, speak with Marty and Eric about his recent transition from doctoral student to university faculty.


Congratulations to the first Annual RMACES Award Recipients 

Dr. David Kleist received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Kleist is the Chair for the Department of Counseling

Doctoral Students Jehan Hill and Melisa DeMeyer were selected for the Emerging Leaders Workshop. 

Dissertation Award Winners doctoral Students Renee Howells and Kerrie Taylor.

Volunteer Scholar award to doctoral student Jehan Hill.

Doctoral Student Marisa Rapp received the 2017 Research Grant Award for her proposal entitled, "The process of Becoming a Gatekeeper in Counselor Education: A Grounded Theory."  

Faculty and Doctoral Students Present at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) 2017 Conference

At the 2017 ACES Conference, October 3 through 8, 2017, the faculty and doctoral students presented sixteen Inform, Education, Poster and Round table Sessions, and eleven prior graduates of the doctoral program presented sixteen sessions. The presentations:


Rasch Analysis of the Counseling Self Efficacy Measures 
Steven Moody, Chad Yates

This presentation will explore the methodology of Rasch Analysis. The presenters will explore the methodology of a study which investigated Counseling Self-Efficacy through Rasch Analysis of the Counseling Self-Estimate Inventory (COSE) and the Counselor Self-Efficacy Scale (CASES), to demonstrate how this methodology can fit within counseling research.


Size Matters: Sampling Considerations for Successful Quantitative & Qualitative Counseling Research 
Randall Astramovich, Judith Crews, Elizabeth Horn

This presentation will explore sample size considerations for successful quantitative and qualitative research designs in counseling. For quantitative research, the effects of sample size on statistical power, significance levels, and effect sizes will be reviewed. For qualitative research, sampling issues affecting saturation, transferability, and trustworthiness will be discussed as well as considerations for determining sample size in phenomenological and grounded theory designs.

Creating Connection: Incorporating Art and Music into Multicultural Counseling
Renee Howells, Kristen Langellier, Tamara Tribitt, Alexia DeLeon
Counselors are called to continually asses their own multicultural competence. Often, counselors encounter their own fear regarding how to engage in enriching multicultural discussions. Specific strategies for counselor educators will be discussed in this experiential presentation. Participants will gain an understanding of how expressive mediums, such as music and art, can help counselors connect with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Intersectional Pedagogy for Career Development in Counselor Education
Christian Chan, Amanda Friday, David Julius Ford, Jr, Popiolek Melanie
The advent of the ACA Code of Ethics (2014) and Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC; Ratts et al., 2016) calls for a richer connection among counseling, counselor education, multiculturalism, and social justice. Utilizing an intersectionality framework, the presenters will engage in a collaborative dialogue to negotiate salient cultural identities, contexts, and careers and foster the connection among career counselor education, multiculturalism, and social justice.

Developing a Gatekeeper Identity in Counselor Education: Preparing Doctoral Students
Marisa Rapp, Steven Moody, Leslie Stewart
This education session will provide counselor educators with training recommendations to better prepare doctoral students in their role of gatekeeper. Presenters will provide gatekeeping training guidelines for counselor educators to utilize in doctoral level programs. Presenters will disseminate preliminary results from a pilot study examining gatekeeping knowledge of incoming doctoral students and explore implications and recommendations for future research.

Queering Counseling Education
Elizabeth Horn, Jennifer Gess
The presenters will share results from a grounded theory and situational analysis research study on LGBTQ+ competent counselor educators. Participants will learn about the process LGBTQ+ competent counselor’s experience of becoming competent counselors. Also, participants will gain tools to infuse LGBTQ+ competence throughout the classroom, including understanding the power of language.

The Big or Small Question: A Model for Conceptualizing Sample Size in Qualitative Research
Melissa Luke, Kris Goodrich, David Kleist
Counseling researchers often have little guidance in determining sample size for qualitative studies beyond commonly published sample size ranges. This presentation introduces a model that may assist researchers in weighing the multiple factors that may affect the appropriate sample size for their study. The presenters will discuss the role of sample size in qualitative research and describe the model and its foundation. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply the model to several cases.


Bringing Self: A Qualitative Study of CEs Incorporating Spirituality and Religion into Teaching
David M. Kleist, Jade Letourneau
The presenters will share the results of a qualitative research study that explored the processes, social actions, experiences, and contextual influences of counselor educators incorporating spirituality and religion into their teaching. The presenters will discuss the four sensitizing concepts that emerged from the data and the concepts' multi-directional processual relationships. Implications and directions for future research will be introduced.

Program-Site Alliance: The Relationship Between CE Programs and Field Placement Sites
Steven Moody, Tamara Tribitt
This presentation will share results from an interpretive phenomenlogical analysis that explored the program-site alliance from the perspective of site supervisors. Implications for counselor education programs will be discussed.

The Application of Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation Training with Counseling Practicum Students
Jehan Hill, Sarah Baquet, Chad Yates
Biofeedback has a history of success in training participants to monitor psychophysiological stress responses, and then through mindful breathing and acceptance alter these stress responses. This ability to self-regulate stress responses could have a range of implications from increased focus with clients to improved self-care. This presentation will explore an investigation of counseling practicum students' experience of participating in a semester-long Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation Training.

Incarceration Nation: Helping Counselor Educators to Increase Student Awareness with Ex-Offenders
Kathleen Muirhead
This presentation seeks to aid counselor educators in gaining knowledge on the previously incarcerated population and in incorporating this information into curricula and programs of study for students who will be interacting with this population in high numbers.

The Future of Addiction Counseling Ed: Developing a Behavioral/Process Addictions Course
Marisa Rapp, Leigh Holman, Tasha Hicks
Due to increased public awareness, more clients are presenting for treatment of behavioral/process addictions (BPAs). Prevalence rates for BPAs is between 2-3%. However, research indicates counselors are assessing, diagnosing, and treating BPAs with little or no training, in spite of CACREP standards and ACA Ethics. Our presentation is designed to provide participants with best practices for integrating BPAs throughout the counseling curriculum and for developing a stand-alone course.

Reflexivity's Role in Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Melisa DeMeyer, David M. Kleist
The ACES' teaching initiative addresses the importance of teaching excellence. This presentation provides an in-class model for educators to use to facilitate the development of students' teaching philosophy, highlighting the importance of reflexivity within this process. Offered will be an integrated model combining the Integrative Reflective Model of Group Supervision (Stinchfield, 2015) with Schonwetter, Sokal, Friesen, and Taylor's (2002) model for developing a teaching philosophy statement.

Multiracial Identity Models: Current Trends in Teaching and Practice
Jehan Hill, Sarah Baquet
This round-table discussion will provide counselor educators the opportunity to discuss what trends they are seeing when teaching multiracial or biracial identity models. Topics will include multiracial or biracial identity models that are being taught, connecting student learning to practice, and increasing awareness inside and outside of the classroom.

Current Events to Broach Social Justice Issues in the Multicultural Course: A Qualitative Study
Melisa DeMeyer, Dustin Destler, Kerrie Taylor, Renee Howells
Counselors have a responsibility to focus on social justice issues-in following the profession's ethical codes, and to best serve a diverse clientele. Counselor educators (CEs) can broach these conversations with students using various methods. Our team of five doctoral students seek to share findings of a qualitative inquiry on CE experience of utilizing current events as a vehicle to broach social justice issues. Join us for discussion on created meaning and glean ideas for your practice.


Reciprocal Mentoring in Counselor Education & Supervision: Preventing Burnout in Counseling

Kathryn Williams, Christian Chan, Cirecie West-Olatunji
As the counseling profession continues to crystallize its identity, the need to more clearly define and actualize the mentoring experience is needed. The session presenters provide an overview of the effectiveness of mentoring in leadership, social justice implications in the mentoring relationship and then highlight the benefits of reciprocal mentoring as a prevention tool for leadership burnout in counseling and counselor education.


Transitioning In and Out of a University Training Clinic: The Counseling Interns' Perspective
Katie Kostohryz, Kirsten LaMantia
This pre-conference session will explore current trends and technology as it relates to training clinics in counselor education, including accessibility accommodations and funding. It will also identify ways to sustain relationships with sites and site supervisors. While also addressing and reducing anxiety in counselors in training in your clinic. Finally it will explore and expand on ethical considerations and crisis situations when running a training clinic.

Mapping Your Qualitative Data Analysis
Jade Letourneau
Situational Analysis (SA) is a postmodern approach to grounded theory. SA addresses issues of power, privilege, and oppression. Through the use of three types of maps-situational, social worlds/arenas, and positional-coded data is subjected to further analysis to identify social influences and processes. This presentation will include an overview of each of the types of maps and interactive instruction on how to create each map.

Exploring Q Methodology
Dominique Avery
Q methodology is an exploratory methodology including a blend of qualitative and quantitative methods. This is well suited to initial research in subjective opinions. This presentation will review the standard procedures in a Q study and demonstrate a new Q sort software. This interactive presentation will introduce participants to Q as a methodology well suited to counseling research.

Contemplating the Future of Counselor Education: A Pedagogy for a Deeper Knowing and Being
Clarissa Cigrand, Blaine Reilly
This interactive and experiential presentation will provide an overview of contemplative pedagogy, exploring concrete ways contemplative practice (e.g., mindfulness, compassion practices, etc.) promotes wellness, compassion and empathy, therapeutic presence, interpersonal and intrapersonal awareness, community, and creativity in the classroom. We will discuss the benefits of using contemplative pedagogy and detail caveats and considerations for counselor educators interested in this approach.

Posting Privilege: Factors and Experiences that Contribute to Counselors' Multicultural Competence
Shawn Patrick, Anna Elliott, Bryan Lamb, John Beckenbach
This presentation will include findings of a current study exploring the relationships between awareness of privilege, educational experiences and political ideology. Participants will engage in activities and dialogue related to privilege. This will include opportunities for participants to reflect on their sense of privilege and professional identity, and consider how to foster self-awareness and promote social justice competencies in their practices.

Using Expressive Therapy to Explore Diversity Issues with Counselor Education Faculty and Students
Daniel Sweeney, Keith Dempsey, Beronica Salazar
Discussion of diversity issues should be a priority in CounsEd programs. These conversations are challenging, and most often, entirely based on verbal interaction. Just as in the therapy process, verbalizing challenging issues may not only be substantially difficult, but even neurologically hampered. This session will explore expressive and projective means of communication [sandtray and art activities] that can facilitate the deeper exploration that CounsEd programs should aspire to have. 

Cultural Diversity in Practice: Understanding Doctoral Students Experience of Religion/Spirituality
Tiffany Nielson, Alyse Anekstein, and Hailey Martinez
This presentation provides the results of auto-ethnographic research on the experiences of four doctoral students ranging in religious/spiritual beliefs during their doctoral program. The results of this study provide counselor educators and doctoral student’s information to increase awareness and normalize the doctoral student experiences. It is hoped that this study and related discussion will aid in moving the profession to promoting cultural awareness and authentic dialogue.

Our Youth's Future: Exploring the Needs of the Gifted and Talented Population
Hailey Martinez, Rebecca Scherer, Ashley Luedke, Jill Packman
Presenters were tasked with evaluating why a quarter of gifted and talented (G&T) students from rural communities failed one or more courses. Presenters investigated this phenomenon through interviews with teachers, parents, and G&T youth. After a qualitative analysis, presenters implemented a mindfulness-based intervention to help with some of the themes uncovered. This presentation walks the audience through a needs assessment and program evaluation with the G&T youth from a rural community.

Hosting Gracious Conversations: Facilitating Political and Cultural Dialogues in the Classroom
Shawn Patrick, John Beckenbach, Anna Elliott, Bryan Lamb
Politico-cultural classroom discussions can prove challenging for counselor educators. While we seek to bridge differences, we can be at a loss when faced with difficult interactions, emotions, or confrontations. This session presents guiding principles for facilitating dialogues that invite multiple viewpoints while promoting cultural understanding and competence. By examining mistakes and effective methods, attendees will develop awareness and strategies for hosting "gracious conversations."

The Portability Problem
Dominique Avery, Lynn Bohecker
Portability of a counseling license in the United States is complicated by the wide variety of licensure titles and requirements among states. This presentation will review the current status of licensure across the US and efforts to increase the ease of portability. The presenters will share their experience of developing an interstate licensure committee to work towards accessible portability in their region.

Counselor Educators' Perspective on Teaching Trauma
Dominique Avery
The application teaching the 2016 trauma CACREP standards is vague, leaving counselor educators uncertain as to how best include this topic in the graduate curriculum. This presentation introduces the results of research on counselor educators' perspectives on teaching this topic. The emerging recommendations will provide guidance for selecting which topics to include in a trauma course. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the best practice and potential competencies in this area.

Promoting Community Connection: The Implementation of an Elementary School Mentoring Program
Tiffany Nielson
To address counseling student and community needs, a mento-ring initiative was developed to create a cultural immersion experience. Counseling students were paired with elementary aged children as mentors to provide consistent adult relationships for the children. The counseling students experienced growth through the development of meaningful mentoring relationships. This presentation will highlight the counseling student experience to advocate for community outreach and to foster systemic change.

United We Stand: Lessons Learned from Other Professions
SunHee Jang, Lynn Bohecker
The program will discuss issues facing the counseling profession, outlined by 20/20 initiative. The presenters will share research results from a narrative inquiry study of the experiences of key persons from other professions. Highlights from the accomplishments and failures of other professions will be discussed with implications of how the counseling profession might develop a strong professionalism grounded in research, thus increasing the likely success of the counseling profession.

The Harms of Conversion Therapy: How Educators Can Train Affirmative Counselors with Trans Clients
Jennifer Gess
There is significant client harm associated with conversion therapy and other non-affirming counseling techniques. The presenters embarked on a phenomenological inquiry exploring transgender individuals' experiences with these types of counseling approaches related to their identities. As educators, it is our ethical duty to train safe, effective and affirming counselors.

Counselor Formation & Gatekeeping Best Practices
Beronica Salazar, Anna Berardi, Ana Lilia Villafuerte Montiel
Counselor educators and supervisors contribute to students' development while determining fitness to the profession. How we intervene can either help students work through internal conflicts that prevent them from embracing professional skills and dispositions or undermine that process. Facilitators will interactively engage participants in the application of a developmental framework that maximizes students' dissonance in service to their counselor identity development process.

Transitioning In and Out of a University Training Clinic: The Counseling Intern's Perspective
Kirsten LaMantia, Ashley Angerer-Blunt, Korey Crum, Sara Dee, Ayesha Kadri

This presentation showcases an autoethnographic study that explored commonalities among the experiences of five culturally diverse masters-level counseling interns in their first or final semester of clinical work at a university training clinic. The results and implications will be presented by the five interns, giving attendees an in depth understanding of the experiences and needs of counseling students from the students themselves. 

Christian Chan Published Book Chapter 

Christian Chan, Idaho State University Adrienne N. Erby, Ohio State University, Laura Boyd Farmer, Virginia Tech, and Amanda R. Friday, The George Washington University, have a published book chapter: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer Identity Development in the edited volume College Student Development: Applying Theory to Practice on the Diverse Campus (Editors: Wendy K. Killam & Suzanne Degges-White). Publisher Springer Publishing

Published in the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy (JCLA) 

Dr. Kristen Lister, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Steve Moody, Assistant Professor, have a published paper in the new issue of the JCLA titled, "Cutting the Profession's Gordian Knot: A Call for Evidence-Based Practice in Counseling". The expression "cutting a Gordian knot" refers dealing with an interactable situation with decisive action. The counseling profession needs to take decisive action on the Gordian knot of evidence-based practice (EBP), yet incorporating EBP while retaining the professions' core humanistic values is a challenge. Collaborative leadership among practitioners, counselor educators, and students is needed to conduct EBP research for the counseling field. A guide to developing intraprofessional relationships and suggest research approaches are provided.

Alexandria K. Kerwin, Assistant Professor Department of Leadership and Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi, and Dr. Elizabeth A. Doughty, Associate Professor for Idaho State University, have a published paper in the JCLA titled, "Sisters in Social Justice: Do Counselors and Social Workers Advocate Differently?" The purpose of this study was to explore a panel of experts' opinions concerning potential features distinguishing social justice advocacy in counseling from social work. The experts in the area of social justice counseling came to consensus on issues concerning social justice and professional identity. The panelists concluded that distinguishing the two professions is counterproductive to the mission of helping professions. Several expert responses addressed the integration of social justice advocacy into the professional identity of counseling, including use of professional guidelines and education strategies. 

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Publication by Dr. Christian Chan

Christian Chan has published a book chapter, "Intersectionality in Practice: Moving a Social Justice Paradigm to Action in Higher Education" with co-authors Adrienne N. Erby and David J. Ford in the edited volume Queer People of Color in Higher Education. For access to the textbook on Information Age Publishing.

Professionalizing the Passion first Annual Pet Partners Conference

Assistant Professor Dr. Leslie Stewart was invited to present at the conference a talk on "Professionalizing the Handler: Honoring the Relationship through Competency Development." Dr. Stewart's presentation oriented attendees to the Pet Partners Tiered Competency model for handlers with volunteer, paraprofessional, or professional identities, with particular emphasis on animal welfare, ethical considerations, and handler training. The presentation was the highest rated presentation at the conference. Pictured is Dr. Stewart and Colleen Pelar, a nationally recognized dog training and specialist in dog-child interaction safety.

Conference Presentation by Dr. Christian Chan

Dr. Chan presented at the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) 2017 Conference, a division of the American Counseling Association, in Phoenix, Arizona. His presentations were on "Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Methods, Contestations, and Implementation in Counseling Research" with Brian A. Kooyman, Long Island University, and "Inclusivity in the Assessment Process: Barriers, Challenges, and Strategies for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals" with Tamekia Bell, Adler University. 

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award

Dr. Christian Chan is the award recipient for the 2017 ACES Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award. The award will be presented at the ACES 2017 Conference in Chicago, Illinois in October. The Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award honors a graduate student who is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and has provided outstanding leadership to counselor education and ACES and the counseling profession. Christian is a Member-at-Large, Outreach and Advocacy, Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) and Past-President, Maryland Counseling Association (MCA).

Dr. Leslie Stewart

Dr. Leslie Stewart, Assistant Professor, was the invited presenter at the Animal Assisted Interventions 2nd Annual Conference entitled, "Creating a Competent, Compassionate, Cross-disciplinary Future" at Oakland University's Center for Human Animal Interventions (CHAI). The conference is to help current and future practitioners who want to incorporate animal assisted interventions into their practices. Leslie's presentations were on Provider Competencies and Session Planning. Her role play partner was Karma and she is a border collie-golden retriever cross and is seriously the BEST therapy dog!



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