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Chi Sigma Iota chapter established at Alfred University

CSI logoThe Counseling Program at Alfred University is proud to announce the chartering of anew chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society that recognizes and promotes academic and professional excellence in counseling. The chapter has been designated Alpha Upsilon Xi and will be led by faculty advisors Dr. Jaime Castillo and Dr. Kevin Curtin.

Alpha Upsilon Xi will be dedicated to cultivating a strong professional identity among the counselors-in-training at Alfred University through university and community service projects.

Founded at Ohio University in 1985, Chi Sigma Iota has over 113,000 members who have been initiated into the Society through 392 chapters that have been chartered throughout its history. CSI promotes opportunities for emerging counselors to engage in impactful scholarship, research, advocacy, and leadership.

Counselors additionally are mentored by faculty and supported by an extensive network of alumni and members as they commit to a lifelong pursuit of academic and clinical excellence as professional school and/or mental health counselors.

 

Counseling Professor selected as ACES Journal Fellow

Dr. Jaime Castillo was selected to be a Fellow for the Counselor Education and Supervision Journal. As a Fellow, Dr. Castillo will work exclusively with an editorial board member and be mentored in the peer review process. Additionally, Dr. Castillo will have the opportunity to evaluate areas for growth of the journal to broaden the reach and enhance the empirical rigor.

 

Counseling Students provide School-based Mental Health Services

School-based MHThe Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families has contracted with the Andover Central School District to provide school-based mental health services during the spring 2017 semester.  Under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Curtin, a team of Mental Health and School Counseling students including Sylvia Bryant, Tyler Jansen, Sophia Rhoades, and Taylor Stabley have been providing weekly family therapy services to children, adolescents, and their families.  These services were funded through a NYS Department of Education grant aimed at increasing attendance, academic performance, and community-wide resources.  Kelly, Bracken, the Andover CSD Community Resource Coordinator, oversaw the logistical coordination of services. 

 

Alfred University in San Francisco!

ACA 2017Counseling students Sophia Rhoades and Taylor Stabley, along with Associate Professor Kevin Curtin, attended the annual conference of the American Counseling Association in March. Taylor and Dr. Curtin presented on yoga group counseling, an intervention that Taylor developed over a year ago as part of her practicum at Wayland Elementary School. The poster presentation, titled "I'm a Warrior, Not a Worrier- A Yoga Group for Elementary School Students" was well received by attendees.

 

Stabley and Bryant recognized at Honors Convocation

Stabley and BryantCongratulations to Taylor Stabley (left; School Counseling) and Sylvia Bryant (right; Clinical Mental Health Counseling) for being recognized at Honors Convocation on April 21. Taylor received the Family Foundation Award for Service to Children and Families. Sylvia received the James F. Dougherty Award for Excellence in Professional Counseling.

Dr. Jaime Castillo published in Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy

Castillo

Congratulations to Dr. Jaime Castillo on the publication of his article “Accreditation, Professional Identity, and Professional Competence: A Discriminant Analysis, co-authored by Kara M. Hurt-Avila in the Spring 2017 Issue of the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy.

Dr. Steve Byrne now an Associate Professor

Byrne

The Counseling program is pleased to announce that Dr. Steve Byrne has been granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor!

Accreditation Continues

CACREP

The Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has extended Alfred University’s accreditation another six years! Read more:

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School Counseling Students win top prizes in Regional Conference Poster Contest

Three graduate students in Alfred University’s School Counseling program were awarded prizes for their entries in the Graduate Student Poster contest at the Western New York School Counselor Consortium’s 26th Annual Conference, held on February 1st at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, Rochester, NY.

Aryn Smith of Hornell, NY took first place in the competition and received a $75 gift card for her poster K-9s for K-12, which describes the benefits of utilizing therapy dogs in school settings. These benefits include increased self-esteem as well as reduced anxiety among school-aged children. Ryan Roach of Gananda, NY won second prize and a $50 gift card for her poster Self-Care Counseling Group for Adolescents, which portrays a psychoeducational counseling group that Ryan implemented as part of her school counseling internship. Finally, Taylor Stabley of Corning, NY received an honorable mention and a $25 gift card for her poster I'm a Warrior not a Worrier: A Yoga Group for Elementary School Students, which describes a ten session group counseling intervention that Taylor facilitates as part of her school counseling internship.

The Western New York School Counselors Consortium is an organization whose sole purpose is the facilitation of professional development opportunities and the creation of a sharing network for school counselors across the region from Syracuse to Buffalo and from Lake Ontario through the Southern Tier. The Consortium is made up of educational and professional organizations that support professional development activities for school counselors in Western New York.

Alfred University School Counseling Student Receives National Award

Nicholas WhiteNicholas White, a 1st year graduate student in the School Counseling program was one of five runners-up in the American Counseling Association’s Future School Counselor Essay Competition.

This year’s contest asked participants to address the new presidential administration on the importance of supporting the counseling needs of the populace and the counselors that provide these services across the nation. In his message, White states “though the expenditure of more government funds is a topic fraught with disagreement and strong feelings, there is no way to improve the position of school counselors, and by extension, American communities, than by providing more money to the training and equipping of these professionals.” 

Nick further emphasizes that “providing loan forgiveness to professionals who devote themselves to helping these students and communities would be a great step toward creating an American society that we can all call ‘great’ and be united and proud of what we have accomplished.”

Nick, who is from Washingtonville, NY, was awarded $250 and a complimentary 2017 ACA conference registration. Formal recognition of all the winning essayists will take place at the National Awards Ceremony at the ACA 2017 Conference and Expo, March 16-19, in San Francisco. For the complete list of winning essayists, visit: https://www.counseling.org/news/updates/2017/02/08/2017-graduate-student-essay-competitions-winners-announced

 

Counseling Progam named "Top Value"

The Counseling program was recently named one of the “Top Value” counseling programs in New York.

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Professor Kevin Curtin in 'Counseling Today'

CurtinKevin Curtin, associate professor of counseling at Alfred University, is among the experts quoted in “Counseling Today, Cover Stories: The Counselor’ Role in Ensuring School Safety,” which appeared in the Aug. 24 edition of Counseling Today.

In it Curtin advises school counselors, “Make yourself the person they (the students) turn to…Be present, be visible. You want everyone to know that you’re the go-to person.” That might mean helping a parent or colleague to better understand a student’s mental health diagnosis, or talking through a challenging situation regarding a particular student with a teacher, he says.

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