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Expert to discuss trends in counseling profession

March 11, 2007

KALAMAZOO--One of the chief leaders of the world's largest professional association of counselors will be on the Western Michigan University campus Monday, March 19, to give a free, public presentation.

Dr. Brian S. Canfield, president-elect of the American Counseling Association, will speak on "Trends in the Profession and Practice of Counseling" from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the Fetzer Center. The ACA was founded in 1952 and provides services to nearly 45,000 professional counselors in the U.S. and in 50 other countries.

Canfield is associate dean and professor in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences at the University of San Diego. He is a past president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and of the Louisiana Mental Health Counselors Association.

During his 27-year career in higher education, Canfield has lectured to groups around the globe and written extensively in the areas of counseling and of marriage and family therapy.

Canfield has designed and coordinated various group-based intervention programs, including a multiple-family group program that proved highly effective in reducing violence among middle-school students in an urban school system. His research interests include systemic applications in group process, cross-cultural counseling, and professional identity and practice issues.

Previously, Canfield held faculty and administrative positions at Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Canfield's visit is being sponsored by the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. For more information, contact Dr. Patrick H. Munley, professor and chair of the department, at patrick.munley@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5120.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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