2010 News

Mary L. AndersonMary L. Anderson presents at Michigan School Counseling Association Fall Conference

December 2010

Dr. Mary L. Anderson presented at the Michigan School Counseling Association Fall Conference in Plymouth, Mich. Nov. 8. The topic of the presentation was “Creative Strategies for Career Development: Classroom Activities for K-12”. This session was attended by 33 Michigan school counselors from all levels. Anderson is also a member of the MSCA Board, and attended board meetings before the conference.

Photo of Gerald Juhnke.Alumnus Gerald Juhnke publishes book on Suicide, Self-injury, and Violence in the Schools

December 2010

Western Michigan University alumnus Dr. Gerald Juhnke, professor and doctoral program director at the University of Texas at San Antonio, published his seventh book, Suicide, Self-injury, and Violence in the Schools: Assessment, Prevention, and Intervention Strategies. The book was published by Wiley & Sons.

Alan Hovestadt awarded for outstanding contributions to marriage and family therapy

December 2010

Dr. Alan Hovestadt, Western Michigan University professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, received the Outstanding Contributions to Marriage and Family Therapy Award Sept. 24 in Atlanta at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's 68th annual conference. The 24,000-member AAMFT grants this award to honor accomplishments that are career long and exceptional contributing to the development of the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy. Hovestadt was honored for his distinguished record in the areas of marriage and family therapy training, publications and scholarly contributions, as well as exemplary professional leadership. Over the last 35 years he has a prominent record of publications and presentations in the areas of family of origin therapy, inter-generational relationships and alexithymia, rural mental health care, and professional issues in family therapy. Most noteworthy are his contributions related to his research and writing on family of origin therapy/inter-generational family therapy. Hovestadt and his team of researchers co-developed the Family of Origin Scale in 1985 and the Family of Origin Expressive Atmosphere Scale in 2000, which has made a significant contribution to the research in the field. Hovestadt’s professional leadership spans four decades and includes service as president of two AAMFT divisions—Texas and Michigan—board member and treasurer of AAMFT during the 1980s and 90s, and service as president during the 2000s.

Photo of Troutman, Al Faraj, Jones, Robertson, Walter, DePorre, Rushlo, Buchanan, Johnson, Buzas.Human resources development students collaborate with Steelcase University

Nov. 24, 2010

Western Michigan University's human resources development program provides students with relevant and immediately applicable skills to promote workplace learning and performance improvement. An example of this is the fieldwork completed by students in the Evaluation and Transfer of Learning class. The fall 2010 semester class is conducting an evaluation of an actual training program for Steelcase University in Grand Rapids. Steelcase is a global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase University is a model for corporate learning initiatives and makes extensive use of Dr. Robert Brinkerhoff's models and theories for learning. Brinkerhoff, professor emeritus of counselor education and counseling psychology, founded the human resources development program at WMU. The class is using Brinkerhoff's Success Case Method as the basis of the evaluation. The current project involves the use of email surveys and phone interviews to assess the utilization and impact of a training program for Steelcase Dealers. At the time of this writing the project is ongoing. This is the second class evaluation project of this type. The first one was an evaluation of cashier training for Spartan stores conducted in 2009.

Members of the class pictured are: (front row) Karly Troutman, Bassem Al Faraj, Hillary Jones, (second row) Doni Robertson, Alisa Walter, Britany DePorre, (third row) Michelle Rushlo, Sarah Buchanan, Deanna Johnson, (back row) Dr. Buzas, WMU assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology. Missing from the picture are: Victoria Sanderson, Megan Gleason and Thomas Moley.

Mary L. AndersonMary L. Anderson presents professional development workshops

Nov. 9, 2010

Mary L. Anderson will be presenting the "Professional Development Institute" at the Michigan Counseling Association Friday, Nov. 12. She will also be presenting a professional development workshop, "Advocating for the Profession: Strategies for Communicating the Value of School Counseling," to the school counselors of Kalamazoo County Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Counselor education and counseling psychology awarded $748,843 rehabilitation counseling grant

Nov. 9, 2010

The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology in Western Michigan University's College of Education and Human Development and the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies in the College of Health and Human Services have been awarded a five-year, $748,843 rehabilitation long-term training Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration to support students seeking the rehabilitation counseling degree options at WMU. CECP offers a 53-credit hour rehabilitation counseling master's degree and a 76-credit hour dual master's degree rehabilitation counseling specializing in blindness and low vision program in conjunction with support from the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies. The purpose of the long-term training grant in vocational rehabilitation counseling is to prepare 30 qualified rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation counseling specializing in blindness and low vision graduates to address personnel shortages and to increasing the knowledge of RC/RCT students about the role and responsibilities of the vocational rehabilitation counselor and of the benefits of employment as a rehabilitation counselor in State Federal Rehabilitation Services Agencies such as the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth/Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Michigan Commission for the Blind. The grant averages $150,000 per year with subsequent funding based on annual performance through the five year grant cycle. Nearly 89 percent of the grant budget directly funds rehabilitation counseling students at WMU. Dr. Jennipher Wiebold, associate professor and the RC/RCT program coordinator, is the principal investigator with Drs. James Leja, professor and chair of blindness and low vision studies, and Dr. Patrick Munley, professor and chair of counselor education and counseling psychology, as co-project directors. If you would like to learn more about the rehabilitation counseling programs at WMU, please contact Dr. Jennipher Wiebold, RC/RCT program coordinator and RC/RCT RSA rehabilitation counseling grant principal investigator.

Students present at North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference

Nov. 9, 2010

Students from Western Michigan University's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology presented at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference in Itasca, Ill., Oct. 14-16. Presenters included the following.

Current doctoral students

  • Integrating Use of Adaptive Supervision in Counselor Training Model and A Developmental Model
    Tiffany K. Lee
  • Social Justice Advocacy and Counselor Education
    Darryl Steele
  • Cognitive Growth Toward Skill Development of the Masters Level Counseling
    Maria E Buccilli
  • Training Counselors to Work with Children of Unauthorized Mexican Immigrants
    Daniel Romero
  • International Doctoral Students’ Experiences in Graduate Program
    Mugi Kamau, Daniel Romero and Reuben Mwangi
  • Internet Pornography Addiction:  How much is too much?
    Brad Hinman
  • Poster: Substance Abuse Counseling and the Application of the Adaptive Counseling Therapy Model
    Tiffany K. Lee

Faculty

  • It’s What I Do, Not What I Am: Planning for and Experiences with Retirement
    Suzanne Hedstrom
  • Poster: The Experiences of Wives who Stay with Transsexual Husbands/Partners: A Thematic Analysis of Cases from Virginia Erhardt’s Book Head over Heels
    Gary H. Bischof
  • Effectively Managing Time to Degree for the Doctorate in Counselor Education
    Gary H. Bischof
  • Relationship between social interest, coping style, and theoretical approach to counseling among master's level counselors in training
    Stephen E. Craig and Lonnie E. Duncan

Alumni

  • New-Entrant School Counselor Supervision Experiences
    Shawn Bultsma
  • Research Mentoring Experiences of Counselor Education Doctoral Students
    Glinda Rawls
  • Strategies for research mentorship and training in master's level counseling
    Janee Steele and Glinda J. Rawls
  • A Research-Based Assessment of Michigan School Counselors’ Preparedness to Meet the Needs of Attractional/Sexual Minority Students
    J. Frederick Bland
  • Findings on the relationship between political ideology and attitudes toward social justice advocacy among counselors and counselor educators
    Janee M. Steele

Students, alumnus awarded by North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Nov. 9, 2010

Outstanding Professional Teaching Award

Western Michigan University counselor education alumnus Dr. David Duys, University of Iowa, has received the Outstanding Professional Teaching Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The award honors excellence in teaching in a program dedicated to counseling, counselor education, or counseling supervision within the North Central Region.

Collaborative research grants

Western Michigan University student Janee M. Steele and Dr. Glinda Rawls, WMU associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, have received a collaborative research grant from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision for their research titled, "Quantitative Attitudes and Research Training Experiences of Masters Level Counseling Students."

Bischof elected chair of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Elections Council

Dr. Gary H. Bischof, professor and coordinator of the master’s degree program in marriage, couple and family counseling was recently selected to serve a one-year term as chair of the Elections Council of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the primary professional organization in the field.

Photo of Photo of Gary Bischof, Kristen Benson, Erin Thompson and Heather Wagner.Bischof co-presents workshop on transgender couples

Dr. Gary H. Bischof co-presented a workshop on "Transgender Couples: Issues and Clinical Implications for Couple Therapists" at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference in Atlanta, Ga.  Co-presenters included Dr. Kristen Benson of North Dakota State University and recent CECP master’s graduates Erin Thompson and Heather Wagner. Bischof also presented a poster at the same conference with CECP graduates and students Erin Thompson, Heather Wagner, Kerrie Krahn, and Kate Salada. The poster was titled "Transgendered & Partners: Couple & Sexual Relationships."

Doctoral student Tiffany Lee earns Association of Counselor Education and Supervision grant

Counselor education doctoral student Tiffany K. Lee, M.A., was recently awarded a competitive research grant from the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision to support her dissertation research, titled "Implementation of the 2009 CACREP Standards Substance Abuse Competencies." She will survey program directors of accredited programs around the country and interview leaders in the area of Substance Abuse Counseling in this mixed-method study. Dr. Gary Bischof serves as doctoral chair.

Photo of Alyssa Ford.Doctoral student Alyssa Ford receives Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize

Counseling psychology doctoral student Alyssa Ford has recently been named to receive the George and Beatrice Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize for 2010. This annual endowed University award recognizes doctoral dissertations that best advance the study and understanding of the process of aging. Ford’s dissertation is on “Variables Impacting Psychological and Social Well-being among Adults 65 and Older Receiving Family Care." Her doctoral chair is Dr. Mary Z. Anderson.

Alumna, professors publish article in Career Development Quarterly

Drs. Teresa Lance, James Croteau and Mary Z. Anderson have published an article on "Improving measurement of workplace sexual identity management" in Career Development Quarterly. Lance is graduate of the counseling psychology doctoral program and the research is based on her dissertation research under the direction of Drs. Croteau and Anderson.

Alumni, professors contribute to Psychotherapy Research

Drs. Eric Sauer and Mary Z. Anderson, along with alumni Chris Richmond and Lara Preacco of Western Michigan University's counseling psychology doctoral program, have a paper in press in Psychotherapy Research: "Client attachment orientations, working alliances, and responses to treatment: A psychology training clinic study."

Carla Adkison-BradleyAdkison-Bradley invited to join Johns Hopkins University Summer Seminar Program

Dr. Carla Adkison-Bradley, WMU professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, has been invited to be a presenter/faculty for the 2011 Johns Hopkins University Summer Seminar Program. This program selects counselor education faculty from various parts of the United States to share their expertise with graduate students, practitioners returning to accumulate the post-master's credits to obtain a license as a counselor, and licensed counselors interested in continuing education for the purpose of license renewal.

Jennipher WieboldWiebold named president-elect for the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Dr. Jennipher Wiebold, CRC, associate professor and rehabilitation counseling/teaching program coordinator, was named president-elect for the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association. The National Rehabilitation Counseling Association advances the profession of rehabilitation counseling through the establishment of professional ethics, public understanding and supportive programs, which assist all persons with disabilities in becoming self-sufficient and contributing members of society. Wiebold will be serving as president-elect in 2010 and president in 2011.

Photo of Wanda Couch and Suzanne Hedstrom.Department presents annual awards

Western Michigan University's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology presented its annual awards during a reception April 22. Award recipients included the following students.

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award

  • Angela Kent

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Graduate Research and Creative Scholars Award

  • Christina Stuive

Robert and Diane Betz Award for Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

  • Allison Buller, doctoral studies in counselor education
  • Rebecca Klott, doctoral studies in counseling psychology

Robert O. Brinkerhoff Scholarship for Human Resources Development

  • Idaraobong Akpan

Kenneth Bullmer Scholarship for Doctoral Students in Counseling Psychology

  • Regina Meyer

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Alumni Scholarship

  • Allison Buller, doctoral student
  • Anne Nesvacil Jones, master's student

Arthur and Margaret Manske Outstanding Master’s Student in School Counseling

  • Wanda Couch

Outstanding Master’s Student in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

  • Molly Beagle

Thelma M. Urbick Outstanding Doctoral Student in Counselor Education Award

  • Tiffany Lee

Outstanding Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology

  • Amy Cavanaugh

Outstanding Alumni Award

  • Johanna Nilsson

Students, faculty present at American Counseling Association conference

Counselor education doctoral students and faculty in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University presented papers at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference and Exposition held in Pittsburgh March 18-22. Presenters included the following. 

  • Tiffany Lee presented on “Sexual addiction: Screening, assessment, diagnostic criteria and treatment options.” and “Children of alcoholics and career self-efficacy: Applications of social cognitive career theory.”
  • Dr. Carla Adkison-Bradley, professor, presented a paper on “African American parents under surveillance: Addressing the child discipline question.”
  • Ericka Souders and Dr. Suzanne Hedstrom, associate professor, presented on “Counselor trainees' experiences of personal growth and development: Implications for counselor educators and supervisors.”

Professor, students present at marriage and family therapy conference

Dr. Gary Bischof, associate professor, and students Beth Warnaar, Nina Dhaliwal and Mark Barajas, all from Western Michigan University's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, presented a poster paper at the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's annual conference in East Lansing April 16. The title of the paper was, “The Experiences of Wives who Stay with Transsexual Husbands/Partners: A Thematic Analysis of Cases from Virginia Erhardt’s book Head over Heels.”

Croteau earns College of Education and Human Development Trailblazer Award

Congratulations to Dr. James Croteau, professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, for receiving the College of Education and Human Development Trailblazer Award for engaging in cutting-edge scholarship which impacts the discipline. Also, to Tiffany Lee, doctoral student, who received the Rising Star Award for demonstrating outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching and professional leadership.

Photo of Joshua Bench, Bethany Warnaar and Jeff Jones.Master's students earn FRACAA grant

CECP masters students Joshua Bench, school counseling, and Bethany Warnaar, counseling psychology, are working on the FRACAA grant-funded research project, "The Development of Youth Purpose through Social Action." Bench and Warnaar are shown here with Dr. Jeff Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies at Western Michigan University.

Photo of Tony McLain.Alumnus named president of Lake Superior State University

Dr. Tony McLain, WMU alumnus, has been named president of Lake Superior State University.

Dr. McLain holds a master's degree in counseling and personnel administration and a bachelor's degree in English, both from Western Michigan University. He earned a doctorate in K-12 education administration from Michigan State University.

Kelly McDonnellMcDonnell presents at Association for Specialists in Group Work conference

Dr. Kelly McDonnell, associate professor, presented a paper at the biennial meeting of the Association for Specialists in Group Work in New Orleans in February. The paper was titled, "The realities of group work practice: Results of a survey of practitioners." McDonnell also recently published an invited guest editorial in the March 2010 issue of The Journal for Specialists for Group Work on "The key to keywords."

Alan HovestadtHovestadt receives Outstanding Leadership Award

Dr. Alan Hovestadt, professor, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, a Division of the American Counseling Association. The award was presented during the annual ACA meeting on March 20, 2010 in Pittsburgh. Hovestadt is the immediate past-president of the 24,000 member American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is a long-time IAMFC member and founding IAMFC board member when ACA first granted IAMFC divisional status. He is being recognized for his long-standing leadership within the profession of marriage and family therapy. He is only the fourth recipient of this prestigious award in the past 25 years.

Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth logo.Department receives $546,000 grant to create model program for recruiting rehabilitation counselors

The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology has received a three-year $546,000 grant from a state agency to create a model program for recruiting rehabilitation counselors.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services, a bureau within the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, awarded the grant to establish a Rehabilitation Internship/Employment Recruitment Model Program for DELEG-MRS.

The project will provide funded internship experiences with MRS for students in rehabilitation counseling programs at WMU, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Northern Illinois University.  It will use state-of-the-art distance-learning technology and include development of online clinical supervision training modules for MRS rehabilitation counselors.  To fill entry-level rehabilitation counselor positions MRS will recruit those who complete the internship program.

Co-directors of the project are: Patrick Munley, department chair; Jennipher Wiebold, rehabilitation counseling program coordinator; and Stephen Craig, counselor education unit director. Also serving on the WMU project team are Robert Leneway, associate professor in educational leadership, research and technology, and Stephen Magura, director of the Evaluation Center.

To carry out the goals and objectives of the grant project, the team will work in collaboration with Margie Hojara-Hadsell, director of MRS’ Workforce Improvement Division, which includes Kalamazoo County.

MRS helps Michigan residents with disabilities achieve employment and self-sufficiency, primarily in their communities through a network of field offices staffed by rehabilitation counselors. Its parent agency, the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, promotes job creation and economic growth in Michigan by centralizing and streamlining the state's job development, workforce development, and economic development functions under one department. More...

James CroteauCroteau named most productive in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender scholarship

In a recent analysis of productivity in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender scholarship and research in counseling psychology that appeared in the January issue of The Counseling Psychologist (Smith, 2010), Dr. James M. Croteau, professor, was ranked as the most productive scholar in this area. Scholarly productivity rankings were based on publication in eight national refereed counseling psychology journals over the period of 1990 to 2008 and the impact of an author’s work as reflected by citation in other articles.  Western Michigan University and its counseling psychology program were ranked third nationally in terms of LGBT scholarship in counseling psychology.