Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dr. Okerman's Internship Book Club

Any students in Dr. Ockerman's Internship Book Club should know the first meeting will be on
September 24th, from 4 - 5 p.m., in COE 247.
Thank you!

Are you starting your Practicum and Internship during the Autumn term of 2015?

Orientation to Professional Practice
Saturday, October 18th from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: TBA

This event is for all students needing to find an internship and is REQUIRED during the year PRIOR to the professional practice phase.  The majority of the students attending this event are in their 2nd year in the program and intend to be in the professional practice phase during the 2015-2016 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. Novakovic at

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Part-time Employment Opportunity!

The Peace and Education Coalition Accelerated High School (CPS) is hiring college students for school-based mentoring/support positions.  Please feel free to share this email/information with your education department students seeking part-time employment.  Flexibility in the below hours may be possible, depending on Mentor’s college course schedule. 

Please feel free to print out and post the attached flyer regarding the following positions that are still available:

Second Chance Campus

5114 South Elizabeth
Chicago, IL 60609

College Student/Mentor #1 – 4 hours daily @ $11.00 per hour.  Monday through Friday, Hours – 12:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Sinclair Campus
4946 South Paulina
Chicago, IL 60609

College Student/Mentor #4– 4 hours daily @ $10.00 per hour.  Monday through Friday, Hours – 12:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Interested applicants may contact me directly by sending an email expressing interest with an attached resume.  My email is

Brigitte Swenson
Peace and Education Coalition Alternative High Schools
Sinclair and Second Chance Campuses

Direct Line - (773)535-9023
Cell Phone - (773)732-5361
Fax Line - (773)778-8345
Sinclair Main Office - (773)535-9359
Second Chance Main Office - (773)535-1450

Learning Coaches and Mentors Needed at Edge Dance

Dr. Sonia Kennedy, Project Leader of Edge Dance (, is developing an affiliated youth program focused on students’ academic and social-emotional development. She is currently looking to hire learning coaches and mentors.

Here are some of the specifics of the Learning Coach/Mentor position:

-Delivering/developing mini study sessions and/or independent learning activities for students with a focus on executive functioning issues
-Assistance in the creation of student portfolios
-Ability to conduct group study sessions
-Experience working with students with learning disabilities, executive functioning issues
-Some experience with STEM and Humanities courses (English, Social Sciences, Language Arts)
-Possible evaluation/grading of student coursework
-Ability to utilize rubric to assist student in meeting course objectives
-Reporting student information via technology based program
-Conducting observations of students as they participate in experiential learning activities

The scheduling and days the learning coach/mentor would be needed (possibly 10-16 hours a week, 4 days a week, is from 2:00-6:00).

If you know of anyone please have them contact Dr. Kennedy via email at

"R.E.A.L. is a medium of expression for the previously unexpressed." 

For more information, go to:


Read weekly COE Advising Emails!

In addition to CSLNews, all students are responsible for reading the weekly COE advising emails that come through your inbox. These emails provide similar kinds of information as CSLNews but not always the same information.

This week's COE advising email lists important information about the TAP test, bootcamps and workshops that can help you prepare. It is critical for School Counseling students to pass the TAP as soon as possible and definitely before taking practicum.

There are other unique workshops, volunteer and career-networking offerings noted in the COE advising emails. And, there are job opportunities listed that are ideal for graduate students like tutoring positions and other education or social service-related full and part-time jobs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bradford Woods Summer Opportunity!

CSL students, this opportunity was shared by the Dean of the College of Education. Though directed at Special Education folks, Counseling students might also make a good fit given the camp's therapeutic focus. It's a ways out until summer 2015 but it is an opportunity to consider if you know you will have the time and want to commit to something that will be a good addition to your resume.

My name is Lisa Elder. I am the Assistant Director in the Recreation Therapy Department at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana. Bradford Woods is Indiana University's Outdoor Center (housed within the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Department) and supported by the Riley Children's Foundation and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Bradford Woods operates 10 weeks of summer camp for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses including campers with Down syndrome, autism, cancer, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, cranial facial anomalies, hearing loss, various physical disabilities, rare genetic disorders and muscular dystrophy.

We hire a staff of 80+ individuals and are currently recruiting for the summer of 2015. Bradford Woods has proven to be an excellent opportunity for students in the fields of Special Education.  Your students will receive hands-on experience and extensive training.  Bradford Woods has also served as an internship and practicum site for many students. We welcome the opportunity to examine this type of partnership with the professors and students within your department.

Because of the strong therapeutic recreation mindset of Bradford Woods, it is my desire to fill our summer camp positions with people who see the need and importance of therapeutic activities and adaptive recreation. We hope that you will promote your students to apply for our Cabin Head and Cabin Staff positions for the summer 2015 at Bradford Woods.  We seek to not only provide a great experience for our campers, but also want to help students develop their skills and professional philosophies while also gaining knowledge of numerous populations of campers in a high energy camp setting.

Please read and share the information and attachments in this e-mail with students, other faculty and anyone you feel would appreciate this opportunity. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call me personally at or 765-349-1086 x5213 or visit our website at   

Thank you for your time,

Lisa Elder, CTRS

Assistant Director, Recreation Therapy

Bradford Woods                                                Direct Line: 765-349-5135 Ext. 5213
Indiana University                                             Administration Office: 765-342-2915
5040 State Road 67 North                               Fax: 765-349-1086
Martinsville, Indiana 46151                  

Job Opening for a Temporary School Counselor

Are you on the School Counseling track?

If you or someone you know is looking for the opportunity to work as a temporary school counselor, please review the job opening below at Lycee Francais de Chicago.


Lycée Français de Chicago is seeking a Secondary School Counselor to provide direct services and support to middle school and high school students. This position is a temporary leave replacement, beginning early October and lasting for approximately ten to 13 weeks. The counselor is part of the Student Services Department, which includes a Reading Specialist, two Learning Specialists, and the Primary School Counselor.

Lycée Français de Chicago is an independent nonprofit school serving approximately 720 students pre-K to grade 12 from over 30 countries. The mission of the Lycée is to educate children with a rigorous dual language curriculum grounded in the French educational system, complemented by a strong American program and the International Baccalaureate, within an engaged multicultural community that encourages students to become responsible global citizens. Founded in 1995, the Lycée holds a prominent place among French schools nationwide and is an international leader among Chicago's prestigious independent schools.

Direct Services: The school counselor provides services to students in 6th – 12th grade, including:

 Individual and small group counseling
 Peer facilitation
 Conflict resolution
 Consultation and collaboration
 Referrals
 Crisis intervention

Social/Emotional Guidance Curriculum: The school counselor designs and implements an age-appropriate social/emotional guidance curriculum, to be delivered monthly to students in 6th-9th grade, on such subjects as:

 Peer relationship and effective social skills
 Communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict-resolution
 Substance abuse education
 Multicultural/diversity awareness
 Education in understanding self and others
 Coping strategies
 Organizational, study, and test-taking skills

Other responsibilities:

 Serves as liaison between students, families, and school
 Keeps records and case notes for students
 Consults with teachers, parents, and Directors to address specific students’ emotional, social, and behavioral needs
 Supports the overarching goals and objectives of the LFC Counseling Program and the school as a whole


 The ideal candidate is a flexible, organized, and independent team player who is adept at multi-tasking and navigating multiple client systems in a thoughtful, confident, and proactive manner. S/he possesses a minimum of a Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field and
at least one year of experience in school counseling or social work. An equivalent combination
of education and experience will be considered.
 Illinois state clinical licensure (LSW or LCSW) and/or Type 73 School Counseling certificate
 Experience working with middle and high school student issues preferred.
 Experience working in an independent school preferred, as well as experience in classrooms and
teaching or leading student groups.
 Appreciation of and sensitivity to cultural differences. Cross-cultural interests and/or experience
in cross-cultural environments preferred.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
 Fluent English, with knowledge and understanding of French language and culture is a plus.
 Demonstrated resourcefulness in solving problems, strong organizational and time management
skills, keen attention to detail, strong work ethic, and flexibility.
 Ability to protect confidential information.
 Physical requirements: None.

Additional Information:

 This position is a temporary leave replacement, beginning early October and lasting for
approximately ten to thirteen weeks.
 Schedule is Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM. Occasional evenings and weekends may be
 The position is not eligible for benefits due to its temporary status.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and CV or resume to Rebekah Rosenfeld, Human Resources Manager, at No phone inquiries, please.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!

Welcome new and returning students! We are happy to have you back on campus and continuing your education in the Counseling program in the College of Education at DePaul. Check out the COE's new and improved website!

There are a number of updates that you should be aware of as we begin the Fall quarter.

Faculty Updates:

Dr. Beverly Trezek (Special Education) is the new Chair of our department of Counseling and Special Education and Dr. Erin Mason (Counseling) is the new Associate Chair. Both are available to assist students with any program concerns that advisors may not be able to answer.

Dr. Joy Whitman has taken another position beyond DePaul. As one of the early faculty members of the Counseling program, Dr. Whitman worked extensively for more than a decade to establish the program and to help it gain its outstanding reputation. We thank Dr. Whitman for her many years of service and wish her well in her new career endeavors! Dr. Whitman has expressed that she is happy to have students contact her. If you wish to do so please email Dr. Mason and she will provide you with Dr. Whitman's new email address.

Concentration Updates:

This year the 72 credit hour Community Counseling (CC) program will make its transition to the 90 credit hour Clinical Mental Health (CMH) program. Students who enter in Winter 2015 and beyond will only be admitted as Clinical Mental Health program students. Students who are currently Community Counseling program students will have the option to change to the CMH program. Anyone choosing to make this switch will need to plan for taking several additional courses. In addition, depending on when you are expecting to graduate, you MAY have to extend your graduation date (but this needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis).  Dr. Philip Gnilka (Counseling faculty) and Nancy Hashimoto (Advising Office) will be holding several open meetings for students to explain the differences and the process for the transition. The dates of these interest meetings will be Monday, October 6th and Tuesday October 7thboth from 4-5pm. The location will be announced via CSL News.

Advising Updates:

It is common for advising assignments to need to shift each year due to changes in department leadership, faculty research activities and various other factors. All internship students have one of two advisors while all other program students have advisors by concentration. Below are the advising assignments for this year:

Current internship students: Dr. Melissa Ockerman (SCH and CC), Dr. Rich Whitney (CSD)

All other program students see below for advising assignments:

In addition, Dr. Alexandra Novakovic will be managing the events and planning for all students seeking to do their internships next year, 2015-2016. The first of theses events will be a required orientation on Saturday, October 18th from 10am to noon. More information is coming regarding this event and questions should be directed to Dr. Novakovic.