Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Illinois, CSL and CACREP

An article in the Illinois Counselor Magazine does a good job of explaining the state's stance on CACREP. There are no states that require completion of a CACREP program for licensure. Rest assured, our program is CACREP aligned and in fact, it offers things that some CACREP programs cannot such as highly experienced faculty with diverse degrees who have been in the field, flexibility in course offerings and faculty hires, and a new counseling training center that provides service to the community. Our pursuit of CACREP is always on the table and a topic that we discuss frequently. It's more than just an accreditation, it's a lengthy process, a very expensive one, and one that often challenges the philosophy of what we believe makes the best counseling practitioners. Students are always welcome to ask questions. You can read the article by downloading it HERE.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Orientation to Professional Practice - Saturday, October 12th in O'Connell 360

This event is for all students preparing to locate an internship site and is REQUIRED during the year PRIOR to the professional practice phase. The majority of students attending this event are in their 2nd year in the program and intend to be in the professional practice phase during the 2014-2015 academic year.

During this event students will receive an overview of the professional practice phase and will also hear from professionals in the field. Attendance is REQUIRED. Complete this form to RSVP for the event and provide your contact information so that you will receive future emails related to this event. All questions regarding this event can go to Dr. Erin Mason at

Monday, September 23, 2013

2013 Week 2 Autumn Q

Autumn Quarter, Week 3, September 23-27

Important- Advising Updates for the 2013-2014 school year:

New and returning students, please be aware of these advising assignments and updates for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. 

Program Planning and Advising Sessions for New Students

Attendance at at least one of these session is required for all new students but they are also open to returning students who have advising questions or need to make adjustments to their program plans. No RSVP is required. All sessions occur during the 5th week of the quarter prior to course registration (see below for time and locations for the academic year). In order to have an assigned faculty advisor, students must attend one program planning session. Prior to attending, all students should become familiar with the Counseling Student Handbook and should bring a draft of their program plan using this guide. 

Questions regarding these sessions or advising for new students should be directed as follows:

Community Counseling Students to Dr. Philip Gnilka (
School Counseling Students to Dr. Darrick Tovar-Murray (
College Student Development Students to Dr. Rich Whitney (


Tuesday, October 8: Student Center 324
Thursday, October 10: Student Center 325

Tuesday, February 4: Student Center 324
Thursday, February 6: Student Center, 324

Tuesday, April 29: Student Center, 325
Thursday, May 1: Student Center, 325

Advising for Returning Students

Returning Students (who have taken at least 2 quarters of classes) who need advising should continue to fill out the advising request located in the Student Handbook. You will then be referred to an advisor. Issues you can contact your advisor about include (and are not limited to): thinking about writing a thesis, issues/ideas about looking for an internship site, future career issues/discussions, doctoral study, licensure, approval of an elective for your program of study, resume/letters of interest for various internship sites or jobs. Returning students only need to complete the advising/registration request when there are specific course registration issues (e.g., inability to register for a course, reviewing of your program of study). For CSD, Dr. Rich Whitney is the advisor for returning students and new students (

The advising request form is at the following address: 

Advising for Interns

Dr. Erin Mason ( will serve in the role of Professional Practice advisor for all Community and School students who are in their internship phase. Dr. Whitney ( will continue to be the Professional Practice advisor for all CSD students. Students who are in the professional practice-phase should communicate directly with Drs. Mason or Whitney for issues regarding their internship.

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Please mark your calendars for an exciting opportunity: On Wednesday, October 30th, 5:30 – 8:00pm the secondary education program/ DTE will host a screening of a new education documentary with the filmmaker, Jyllian Gunther:  

In the film, The New Public ( filmmaker Jyllian Gunther followed a brand new experimental Brooklyn public high school in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of New York City through its first four years to see how its unorthodox – and highly creative – approach to educating would impact students, and to tell the story of their first graduating class. What she ended up with was a documentary that, through the prism of one school, tells the story of countless urban schools in underserved communities around the country. The film’s honest and informative look at the day-to-day challenges of creating successes in urban schools has resonated deeply with educators. (Columbia Teachers College felt so strongly about the film and its realistic look at public education, they're now creating a curriculum so the film can be used as a training tool for pre-service teachers).

Please join us (and consider bringing your classes!) for the film screening (approx. 90 minutes) followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and area educators about the issues the film raises. 

A preview of the film is available to any faculty interested in viewing it. Location and further details of the event will follow.  

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Job Opportunity- Posted on behalf of Dr. Chuck Pistorio, chairperson, Counselor Education
Morton College
Adult Education, Community Programming & Outreach (AECPO)
3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero, IL 60804

Transition Coach
Job Description

Job Summary:  Counsel and advise Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and
Advanced ESL students about their academic program; assist them in
completing an Individual Education and Career Plan; and support them in the
various transitions they encounter as they progress through the program.

Required Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree with coursework or related experience in
academic advising, counseling and/or social work.  Familiarity with
the needs of undereducated and disadvantaged adults.                                  

Desirable Qualifications:  A master’s degree (candidate) with experience working with disadvantaged adults; public speaking or teaching experience.

Specific Job Duties

·         Present a student orientation workshop to ABE/ASE students.
·         Administer and interpret placement tests and diagnostic assessments to students.
·         Introduce students to software programs that meet their educational needs.
·         Assist students with the completion of an Individual Education and Career Plan based on their assessment results and personal goals.
·         Help students select appropriate educational activities to meet the necessary time requirements for completion of the Preparation course.
·         Follow-up with assigned students to ensure completion of the Preparation course and the first term of leveled classes.
·         Counsel students as needed to assist them in overcoming barriers in their lives.
·         Monitor student progress and assign lessons on educational software programs as part of a student’s Preparation coursework.
·         Make placement recommendations based on placement test results, diagnostic assessments, and student performance in the educational activities selected for the Preparation course.
·         Work with students as they transition from one step of the program to another, especially when they are at the ASE level.
·         Present workshops on various topics as requested.
·         Attend required meetings and training sessions.
·         Submit student attendance records and other paperwork as required.
·         Complete professional development activities as required by ICCB/AEFL.

Schedule:  19 hours per week, for no more than 48 weeks during the year.

Please Contact:  Anna Nakashima, Assistant Dean, Morton College AECPO
                              708-656-8000, ext. 2368

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Registration OPEN for ISAC FAFSA training! Recommended for School Counseling students: Please click below for information and registration
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Special Presentations at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health
NIU Conference Center
Hoffman Estates, IL
Mindfulness for Children & Adolescents: 
Learning to Breathe

WEDNESDAY | Sept. 25, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

DESCRIPTION  Mindfulness is a way of intentionally and non-judgmentally paying attention to what is occurring in the present moment. The movement to bring mindfulness to children and adolescents in schools is growing through ‘Learning to BREATHE’ (L2B), an empirically supported mindfulness curriculum designed for classrooms and similar settings. L2B addresses developmental issues, and provides skills for stress management, emotional regulation, attention and well-being. In her presentation, Dr. Broderick will discuss mindfulness research, as well as offer experiential and interactive exercises of those skills taught in this curriculum.

FACULTY  Guest presenter, Patricia (Trish) Broderick, Ph.D., is a research associate at the Penn State Prevention Research Center, and founder of the Stress Reduction Center at the Westchester University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified school psychologist, a licensed clinical psychologist, a certified school counselor, and a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Advanced Curriculum at UMASS. The Fourth edition of her developmental psychology textbook, The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals will be published in 2014. Also, Learning to BREATHE will be published in 2013.

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club Hoffman Estates, IL

Why People Die by Suicide

FRIDAY | Oct. 18, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


DESCRIPTION  In his new theory of suicidal behavior, 
Dr. Thomas Joiner proposes three factors that increase the 
risk of suicide: the feeling of being a burden on loved ones; the sense of isolation; and, perhaps chillingly, the learned ability to hurt oneself. He tests the theory against diverse facts taken from clinical antidotes, history, literature, popular culture, anthropology, epidemiology, genetics and neurobiology - - facts about suicide rates among men and women; white and African-American men, anorexics, athletes, prostitutes, and physicians; member of cults, sports fans and citizens of nations in crisis.

FACULTY  Guest presenter, Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., is the Robert O Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. His work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions. He is a consultant to NASA’s Human Research Program, and is the Director of the DoD-funded Military Suicide Research Consortium, a $30 million project. Dr. Joiner is the author of more than 475 peer-reviewed publications. He has also authored or edited 17 books, including Why People Die by Suicide (2005, Harvard University Press). His newest book, The Perversion of Virtue: Understanding Murder-Suicide will be published in 2014.