Graduate Program in Counseling Newsletter Fall Semester Office info. Graduate Asst. Office Hours: Faculty Office Hours: October, 2005 Christopher Hanes 862-2480 Dr. Loan Phan 862-2701 firstname.lastname@example.org W: 1-4:00 email@example.com 641-4325 T&R 12-1 and by appt. Jen Broadbent* 862-2480 firstname.lastname@example.org M: 1-3:00 Dr. Dwight Webb 862-3733 T: 3-4:00 email@example.com By appointment Katie LaRoche 862-2480 Janet Thompson 862-0225 Kly28@unh.edu R:12:30-3:30 Janet.Thompson@unh.edu *Manchester GA Ken Faggiano 772-3409 firstname.lastname@example.org Faculty Office Hours: Reminder: Dr. Liz Falvey 862-2386 Joseph Saxe 641-4163 email@example.com By appointment firstname.lastname@example.org All full-time students Dr. Dave Hebert 862-3736 are email@example.com By appointment required to pay the $20 Colloquia Series for Fall Semester colloquia On Thursday, October 13th On Wednesday, November 9th fee. Please see a from 12:00-1:00 in Morrill Hall from 12:00-1:30 in Morrill Hall Graduate (room #2) Pam McPhee, MS, (room TBA) Mary Ann Assistant Executive Director of the Peabody, LICSW, will talk ASAP in Browne Center, will discuss about Play Therapy and Its order to Using Experiential Activities Implications For Use in attend this year’s to Enhance Counseling and Counseling. colloquia Therapy. -------------------------------- (full-timers -------------------------------- must Our final colloquium for the attend at On Wednesday, October 26th semester will be meditation!!! least 2 a from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Nicholas semester)! Date and time to be Swogger (a recent MA GPC announced…. graduate) will present on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Conferences, Bulletin Boards, Mailboxes… The GPC’s bulletin boards are located in Morrill Hall room #109 and in the stairwell. On them are up-to-date opportunities for conferences, workshops, employment/internship opportunities, association information and upcoming testing dates. Also in that room (109) are mailboxes for all Durham GPC students. Please see Jen, Katie or Chris if you do not have a mailbox. Internship Information Janet Thompson will be working with students who plan on taking internship next semester (Ed. 925, 926, 929). Students ***The who already know where they will be interning need to call or Directory of Attention Students:. e-mail her with this information, including the name of the Internship All GPC coloquiua will now person who will supervise you (regardless of whether you Sites binder be taped and available for plan to continue at your current site or move to a new one). has been viewing. This, however, You should be meeting with your advisor during this process updated, does not replace the to locate an acceptable site. If you are planning on taking and mandatory two colloquia internship next semester, or anytime in the future, you must continues to per semester for full-time fill out an internship reservation form. Extra forms are in be in Room students. Please see a GA Morrill Hall Room 111. 111 of for more information. Morrill Hall. On Friday, October 28th, internship supervisors will be Please meeting with GPC faculty to network, share ideas and issues. remember to All supervisors should have received a letter inviting them to keep it in this event. that Summer Course-Special Topics in Counseling room.*** It’s time to plan ahead!!! EDUC 998 is being offered by Dr. Liz Falvey during Summer Session 1 (5/22-6/23) on M & W from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This course selects 4-5 student chosen counseling topics (previous themes included relational aggression in girls, teen sexuality, psychopharmacology, and grief, death and bereavement) and combines readings, speakers, videos and field trips to explore each topic. The course will run ONLY if there are 15 interested students. If you would like to participate in this course, please contact Jen Broadbent before November 1st. Special Topics is a terrific opportunity to fulfill an elective and have an enjoyable learning exprience! THANK YOU to students who completed a Program Survey last spring or upon returning this fall. It is important that we obtain this feedback to maintain and improve standards of excellence. If you haven’t completed a survey, and are a second year student, please see a Graduate Assistant. Thank you for taking the time to complete and return these to the department. Comprehensive Exam Information MED Comprehensive exams are scheduled for the last Monday of the month of November 2005. Candidates must meet with their faculty advisors as soon as possible. The sign-up for the exam is on the bulletin board in Morrill 109. Issue # Professional Development and ACA 2006 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Networking Opportunities: • ASCA National Conference June 24-27, 2006 March 30 – April 3, 2005 Chicago,IL Montreal, Quebec Canada www.schoolcounselor.org Culture-Centered and Diversity Counseling • American Mental Health Counselor’s Empowers All Families Association National Conference July 20-22, 2006 For an opportunity to meet and interact with leading St. Louis, MO counseling professionals, learn about cutting-edge www.amhca.org research and find information regarding future career • NH School Counselor’s Assoc. choices, become a part of ACA’s graduate student Fall Conference volunteer staff at the annual convention in Montreal from December 16, 2005 March 30-April 3, 2005. www.nhschoolcounselor.org ACA is seeking 150 graduate student volunteers willing to •NH School Counselor’s Assoc. work a minimum of 12 hours during the convention. In Alternative Education Conference Friday, October 21, 2005 exchange, ACA will reimburse graduate student volunteers Summit Center at Longview for one-half of their registration fee. For more Deerfield, NH information regarding this opportunity, call Janice www.nhschoolcounselor.org MacDonald at 800-347-6647 ext. 204. • NH Psychological Association www.nhpaonline.org **The GPC is offering 3 seats for transportation to the • Seacoast Regional Counseling conference (Dr. Phan and Dr. Webb have graciously Association Meeting provided room in their vehicles). These will be first 2nd Monday of every month come/first serve, based on registration to the Dover Middle School •UNH Professional Devt. & Training conference. Also, summer registration rates have been Conference on Adolescent Issues extended until November! Please contact a graduate Friday, December 2, 2005 assistant for more information regarding this event and to Manchester, NH reserve your transportation spot. You can also access the http://www.learn.unh.edu/adolescent/d ACA website at www.counseling.org/convention for more etails.html details.** Check out the bulletin board in room 109, the hallway of the GPC office or speak with a Grad. Assistant for more information on trainings and Brown Bag Scholarship Presentation-Dr. Liz Falvey conferences. Clinical Decision-Making Monday, November 7th 12:00-1:00 p.m. Morrill Hall #2 Are you graduating soon? Leaving New Hampshire to seek How do we think about our counseling work? What cognitive employment? “guides” do we use in evaluating clientsand arriving at decisions **With May rapidly approaching, make sure regarding diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment you check certification and licensing planning? requirements of the state you are moving to Professor Falvey will present qualitative research findings that (sooner, rather than later). Contact suggest patterns in how experienced mental health professionals information for mental health and review case information and inform their clinical decisions. The professional school counselors is located in implications of these findings for trainings and practice will be the back of your GPC Handbook.** discussed. What Every Graduate Student Needs to Know (taken from Counseling Today, September 2005) In honor of our back-to-school issue, Counseling Career Corner is focusing on the lifeblood of our profession: the graduate students whose idealism challenges us in a variety of ways. So here, complied from experience and observation, are a few reminders and recommendations for the graduate students among us: 1) You have a lot to contribute to the counseling profession, but the sooner you accept that you don’t know everything (at least not yet), the better. Mutual respect is the only way we have survived this long, so if something strikes you as odd, repetitive, nonsensical or counterproductive, recognize that there are usually reasons why we do things the way we do. When starting out, listen, observe and learn. You can try to change things later. 2) The good news is, no one expects you to know everything. But you are expected to read assigned materials before class, to participate in discussions and to challenge (and perhaps defend) your current belief system. 3) Also accept that you’re not perfect. Perfection is a goal, but it is truly attainable. This truism gives us all purpose. 4) You’re going to make mistakes (see Item No. 3). When that happens, own up to them immediately, especially when a client is involved, and consult with someone who knows more than you do (see Item No. 4) to assess and repair the damage. 5) Ramen noodles have provided subsistence to every grad student since Jung studied under Freud. We all survived. 6) A degree in counseling does not guarantee licensure. Find out what the requirements are for the state in which you intend to practice and make sure you are meeting all the requirements as you pursue your degree. For some guidance, go to the American Counseling Association website at www.counseling.org, lick on “Resources,” then scroll down the left margin to “Licensure and Certification.” Finally, select “State Licensure—State by State listing.” 7) You’re probably going to have to find a supervisor on your own, and you may have to pay her or him. Start networking now. (If you’re unfamiliar with this process, stay tuned to Counseling Career Corner. More information will be forthcoming on this topic in future issues.) 8) Licensure portability (a.k.a. reciprocity) is a work in progress. If you plan to relocate (or even if you don’t plan to relocate), keep thorough (and duplicate) records of your supervision and stay in touch with your supervisor (s) for a foreseeable future. (A greeting card during the holidays is a nice touch.) 9) A degree does not guarantee a job in counseling. You will have to write a resume or vita and apply for positions. Figure out how to differentiate yourself from every other counseling student to make yourself marketable upon graduation. 10) We don’t advise launching your private practice the month after you graduate, pass the National Counselor Exam or gain licensure. (But when you’re ready, be sure to take advantage of ACA’s Private Practice Initiative. Read ahead if you’re caught up in your course work.) If you haven’t already joined ACA, take advantage of the student rate for membership. Also be sure to subscribe to the COUNSGRAD listserv for educational, and often entertaining, discourse. Welcome to the group hug that we call the counseling profession! Amy Reese Connelly is ACA’s Career Services manager.