Dr. Gary Bischof, professor, and Dr. Alan Hovestadt, professor along with doctoral student Michael Jansen presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. It was held on Oct. 30- Nov. 2, 2008 in Memphis, TN. The secrets in Couple Therapy was one of the most popular presentations. Dr. Bischof also presented with former doctoral student Chris Richmond on: "A Study of Assessment in Solution Focused Brief Therapy."
Janeé M. Steele, fourth year doctoral student in Counselor Education, has authored a paper titled, “Preparing Counselors to Advocate for Social Justice: A Liberation Model,” published in the December 2008 issue of Counselor Education and Supervision. The paper describes a constructivist approach to social justice advocacy training called the Liberation Model, which is based on the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. Counselor Education and Supervision is the premier journal for counselor educators.
Dr. Norman Kiracofe retired at the end of the fall 2008 semester. Norm received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University in 1973. He then worked as a staff psychologist, associate director and then director of the Student Counseling and Orientation service at the State University College at Buffalo. He came to WMU in 1986 to assume the position as director of the University Counseling and Testing Center and joined CECP as a professor in 2001.
The Mu Beta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee hosted this year’s Visiting Scholar Program on Nov. 5 and 6. This program was designed to honor new inductees and expose WMU counselor education students to best practices and cutting edge research in the counseling profession by inviting a distinguished scholar within the counseling profession.
The induction speaker and visiting scholar was Dr. Richard Hazler, associate professor and coordinator of the elementary school counseling program at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Hazler has a national reputation as a leading scholar in the area of bullying and youth violence prevention. He has written numerous articles and books including: The Emerging Professional Counselor: Student Dreams to Professional Realities and Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Interventions for Bullying and Victimization. Equally impressive, has been his support of students as column editor of Student Focus and co-column editor of Student Insights, student columns in The Exemplar (Chi Sigma Iota’s newsletter) and Counseling Today (American Counseling Association’s monthly newsletter) respectively. Dr. Hazler is a Past-President of Chi Sigma Iota and the Ohio Counseling Association.
Alumnus Dr. Gerald A. Juhnke was recently cited in the Wall Street Journal discussing advances in couples therapy. Dr. Juhnke graduated with a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from CECP in 1991. He is professor and doctoral program director in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Juhnke was first author of an article titled “A Modified Infidelity Debriefing Process for Couples who have Recently Experienced Infidelity Disclosure”. This article was featured in a special issue of the Family Journal in October 2008. Dr. Juhnke was also co-author of two additional articles in the same issue of the Family Journal on “Using a modified Neurolinguistic Programming Swish Pattern with Couple Parasuicide and Suicide Survivors” and Family Disengagement of Youth Offenders: Implications for Counselors”.
Dr. Mary Z. Anderson was honored by Western Michigan University with a Distinguished Teaching Award on Oct. 30, 2008 during Western Michigan University’s Academic Convocation. The Distinguished Teaching Award was initiated in 2006 to honor outstanding faculty teachers. Dr. Anderson coordinates the master’s degree program in counseling psychology and was nominated for the award by past and present students for her exceptional assistance as a teacher and for meaningfully affecting their careers. View the press release for more information.
The counseling psychology program has received two awards. The doctoral program has been selected as this year’s recipient of the American Psychological Association Richard M. Suinn Minority Achievement Award. This award is presented in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students. The Suinn Award was presented at the 2008 Annual APA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts on August 14. Dr. Joseph Morris, former chair and former counseling psychology doctoral program training director received the award at the APA Convention on behalf of the program and department.
Pictured with the award at the APA convention are counseling psychology doctoral students and faculty. (First row, left to right: Raymond Sheets, Kenlana Burton, Hartini Abdul Rahman, Nancy Hammoudah; second row, left to right: Bonnie VanderWal, Dr. Lonnie Duncan, Dr. Joseph Morris, Dr. Mary Anderson, Dr. Eric Sauer, Dr. Pat Munley)
The counseling psychology program has also been recognized by the Committee of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students with the 2008 APAGS Department of the Year Award. This APAGS honor is given annually to a graduate department that has exemplified outstanding commitment toward graduate students and graduate student life, recognizing superior assistance and attention to student needs, as well as excellent faculty student relations. The APAGS award is accompanied by a $1,500 stipend to be used at the department’s discretion to further benefit students. Dr. Mary Z. Anderson is the coordinator of the master’s degree program in counseling psychology and Dr. Lonnie Duncan and Dr. Eric Sauer serve as co-training directors of the counseling psychology doctoral program.
Dr. Gary Bischof, Associate Professor, was elected to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Elections Council in an election by the AAMFT membership in the United States and Canada. Dr. Bischof will serve a three-year term beginning in 2009.
We are pleased to announce that the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs has accredited our Counselor Education Programs through 2014.
CACREP Accreditation was granted through October 31, 2014 for the following programs: College Counseling (M.A. degree), Community Counseling (M.A. degree), School Counseling (M.A. degree) and Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D. degree).
CACREP began accrediting programs in 1981. The Counselor Education program at Western Michigan University was first accredited in 1983, a distinction making it the first accredited Counselor Education program in the state of Michigan and among the first programs accredited in the United States of America.
Dr. James Croteau has had a new publication with K. J. Bieschke, J. A. Hardy and R. E. Fassinger titled “Intersecting identities of gender-transgressive sexual minorities: Toward a new paradigm of affirmative psychology” appear In B. Walsh (Ed.) Biennial Review of Counseling Psychology: Volume 1. /Psychology Press. The Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) of the American Psychological Association is publishing the Biennial Review of Counseling Psychology to help synthesize research, theory and application of psychological principles in counseling psychology.
Ray Sheets, Jr., doctoral student, will be presenting "Coming out Twice: Sexual Orientation Disclosure in Bisexual Young Adults," with his former advisor Jonathan Mohr, Ph.D, in a symposium at the upcoming 2008 APA convention. This project dealt with how bisexual individuals negotiate disclosure issues given the potential bi-specific stereotypes held by both the heterosexual and lesbian/gay communities. He will also be presenting "White Male, Sexual Minority, Counseling Psychology Professionals and Students: Toward Racial and Cultural Awareness," as a roundtable with James Croteau, Ph.D.
The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program hosted the 2008 Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference at the downtown campus in Grand Rapids Michigan on June 6-7. The theme of the conference “Counseling Psychologists as Scientist-Practitioners in a Changing World” highlighted counseling psychology’s contributions to multicultural counseling, diversity and globalization. This year’s conference will feature keynote addresses, symposia, presentations and roundtable discussions by counseling psychology students and faculty from universities around the Mid-west. Featured speaker is Dr. Linda Forrest, president of the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association who is a full professor and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services at the University of Oregon.
Dr. James Croteau, professor, has authored a paper on "Reflections on understanding and ameliorating internalized heterosexism" published in the July 2008 issue of The Counseling Psychologist.
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Graduate Research and Creative Scholars Award
Robert & Diane Betz Award for Doctoral Studies
in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Lacretia Dye, Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education
Bonnie VanderWal, Doctoral Studies in Counseling Psychology
Robert O. Brinkerhoff Scholarship for Human Resources Development
Kenneth Bullmer Scholarship for Doctoral Students in Counseling Psychology
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Alumni Scholarship
Nora Fox, master’s student
Stephaney Carter, doctoral student
Arthur & Margaret Manske Outstanding Master’s Student in School Counseling
Outstanding Master’s Student in Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology
Thelma M. Urbick Outstanding Doctoral Student in Counselor Education Award
Outstanding Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology
Outstanding Alumni Award
Amy Van Gunst
A high level multi-sector delegation from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands met with researchers from Western Michigan University to discuss on-going projects directed at the childhood obesity epidemic that has captured the attention of governments around the world. A multidisciplinary team of College of Education faculty have teamed up with the CNMI public school system to offer a program to primary caregivers that has the potential to impact childhood obesity through household behavioral changes. These faculty are Mozhdeh Bruss, Joseph Morris, Linda Dannison, Tim Michael, Brooks Applegate, Andrea Smith and Judy McGowan representing dietetics, adult education, counseling psychology, exercise science, early childhood, parent education, program development and evaluation, research methodology and teacher education. Other faculty members including Lonnie Duncan, Suzan Ayers and James Lewis from the College of Education and Amy Curtis from the College of Health and Human Services will participate in upcoming meetings discussing multifaceted and multilevel aspects of childhood obesity in the CNMI and exploring strategies for its reduction and prevention. The project is supported by the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, CNMI Public School System and Western Michigan University.
LaShonda B. Fuller, doctoral student in counselor education, presented her research on "African American Women's Reactions to Group Counseling" at the 20th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, in Cedarville, Ohio June 6 - 7, 2008.
Dr. Alan J. Hovestadt, professor, received an American Counseling Association Presidential Award for 2008. The award was presented in recognition of more than three decades of service as a counselor educator, mentor and advocate for interprofessional collaboration.
Congratulations to the 2008 College of Education Award Winners
Mary Z. Anderson received the Mary L. Dawson Teaching Excellence Award
Darryl Plunkett received the Rising Star Award
Dr. Lonnie Duncan, associate professor, and Dr. Patrick Munley, professor and chair, co-authored a paper with William E. Pate of the American Psychological Association, on "Demographic, Educational, Employment and Professional Characteristics of Counseling Psychologists" published in the March 2008 issue of The Counseling Psychologist.
Dr. James Croteau, professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, counseling psychology doctoral student Jessica Manning and national colleagues Kathleen Bieschke, Penn State and Ruth Fassinger, University of Maryland, co-authored the chapter on sexual orientation issues in the new 2008 4th edition of the Handbook of Counseling Psychology published by Wiley. This is the first time that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender psychological research, theory and practice have been covered in the handbook of the counseling psychology profession. In the chapter the authors give a historical overview of LGBT issues in psychology and then look at trends in the literature related to counseling psychology including career and work issues, sexual identity theory, professional training and counseling practice.
The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology would like to recognize this year’s participants in the 2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference in Chicago. The theme of this year’s conference, the first of its kind as an international forum for the field of counseling psychology, was “Creating the Future: Counseling Psychologists in a Changing World.” The doctoral program in Counseling Psychology was well-represented with three poster sessions and one roundtable presentation featuring:
Faculty Scholarly Productivity: Academic Analytics recently published the third edition of the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. The index is a ranking of graduate programs at research universities based on per-capita scholarly accomplishments. Academic Analytics, a private company owned in part by the State University of New York-Stony Brook, compiled the data which is based on the number of professors in a given program and the number of books and journal articles they have written, the number of times other scholars have cited those publications and the awards, honors and grant dollars received. Counselor education at Western Michigan University was ranked in the top 10 in the discipline nationally.