Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Graduate Assistantship Information

Applying for Graduate Assistantships

Click here for a link to the application.

The portal opens on February 1st
The application deadline is April 15th

Applicants can work on the application over time and do not need to complete it in one sitting, just be sure to save the progress you've made

Applications are not reviewed until after the deadline of April 15th

General Timeline:
Faculty review applications in May
Candidates are contacted for interviews in June
GAs are selected in late-June

The Department of Counseling and Special Education will likely (apart from any changes) offer two graduate assistantships

Students can also apply for GA positions in all other College of Education departments

Attention: School Counseling Interns

School Counselor Community Scholarship 2015

Do you want to attend the American School Counseling Association's (ASCA) conference this summer in Phoenix, Arizona?

Apply for the School Counselor Community Scholarship by February 14th and your conference student registration could be covered!

Click here to apply!

January Networking Events

Mentor Appreciation Night

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30pm–7:30pm
DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson, 11th Floor North Café

At ASK, we believe in the power of learning from those who came before us. We believe that we can make a difference one person at a time through the generosity of student and alumni mentors who share their time, wisdom, and encouragement with our students.

In honor of National Mentoring Month, DePaul's Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) and Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS) are co-hosting a Mentor Appreciation Night to honor our alumni and student mentors and show are gratitude for our mentors' generosity and commitment to inspire, motivate, and challenge our future leaders.

Come celebrate the joys of mentoring! Register here!

Enjoy free refreshments and make new connections with professionals in your field.


ASK Networking Breakfast – The Art of Awesome 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 8:30am–9:30am
Loop Campus, 1 E. Jackson, 11th Floor, DePaul Club

Why is it so hard to talk about yourself? At this month’s breakfast, Idea Lemon shares how to define your purpose in life, and connect it with your network and goals to create your very own personal brand.  Leading the discussion will be DePaul ASK mentors and Idea Lemon founders Martin McGovern and Rajiv Nathan.

Enjoy free delicious breakfast as you learn and network with ASK mentors, alumni professionals, and students. 

Both events are open to students, alumni, faculty, and staffRegister here!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Job Opportunity

Working on Womenhood (W.O.W.)

at Youth Guidance

Youth Guidance is currently hiring for W.O.W. Counselors. 

Youth Guidance's W.O.W. is a school-based counseling, mentoring, character development and educational enrichment program that promotes social, emotional and behavioral competencies in at-risk female youth. W.O.W.’s curriculum addresses five core values: self-awareness, emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, visionary goal-setting and leadership.
W.O.W. participants actively engage in activities and discussions designed to improve self-image, self-worth and social skills throughout 30 weekly sessions by increasing developmental assets, improving interpersonal communication, self-management, persistence, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

If you are interested in a position with W.O.W., please send your resume to 

FREE School Community Professional Development Workshop

On January 13, 2015 from 9:00am - 4:00pm
Please join
Prevent School Violence Illinois (PSVI)

A Workshop on Professional Development for
School Community Transformation:
What You Need to Know To Create Optimal Conditions for
Effective Learning and Healthy Development

Through storytellingskill sharesand facilitated action planning, school personnel, community agencies that provide professional development, and other school stakeholders will learn about some of the ways professional development has supported schools to prevent bias-based bullying and create positive climates.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about and weigh in on the school community transformation training PSVI is currently developing.   
Ask about support for teachers and other school personnel to attend.
Workshop Will Take Place at  
 Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Road, Skokie, IL 60077
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Free parking provided.
5 CPDUs or 5 CEUs provided.
Workshop is free but space is limited - register soon!
Please contact Sarah Schriber with questions at
To reserve a ticket, go to:

Monday, January 5, 2015

FREE Mental Health Symposium

Transforming the Future for Young Adults

Sponsored by Transition Action Network for Mental Health 

Forest View Education Center - Arlington Heights, Registration is FREE!

Sponsored by Transition Action Network for Mental Health
Where: Forest View Education Center
2121 South Goebbert Road  |  Arlington Heights, IL 60005   
Date:Thursday, February 26, 2015 
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Nationally, the statistics paint a clear picture of the challenge.
  • 80% of young adults with mental illness do not receive services once they exit the school system
  • 75% of young adults with mental illness do not continue their educations beyond high school
  • 70% of adolescents with mental illness exit the school system without earning a high school diploma
In Illinois, the story is even more acute.   
  • 175,000 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness, with only 20% receiving services.
Join prominent Chicago area and state agency leaders for an interactive symposium to explore common challenges, develop new strategies and share resources to address our shared goals of supporting young adults with mental health needs in their transition to adulthood. 

The symposium will include leading representatives from our interconnected communities, including high school districts, legal, legislative, mental health agencies, medical and behavioral health facilities, vocational entities, university researchers and families. Join us in the conversation and call to action as we explore these questions and more:
  • How can your real world experiences contribute to understanding mental health needs of young adults?   
  • How can we seamlessly connect resources to build a supported future for individuals with mental health challenges?  
  • How can we individually and collectively transform the landscape for young adults with mental health challenges?

Register to attend the symposium. Additional details, including a full agenda and speakers, will be shared in mid-January.
For questions or more information, please contact:  
 Jennifer Pearson
Director of Special Education
Glenbrook High Schools #225

ISCA Networking Event- Thursday, January 22nd

The Illinois School Counselor Association is hosting a networking event for Illinois school counseling professionals, graduate students, and counselor educators. 

322 Yorktown Center 
Lombard, IL 60148  
(Next to Rock Bottom Brewery) 
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 4:30 PM - ? 

You don't have to be there right at 4:30, come at your convenience and stay at your convenience. Join us to meet other school counselor professionals.
This event is casual and meant for people to get to know each other in a relaxed environment. There is no cover fee to attend this event. Beer House provides beverages at charge, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and guests are able to bring their own food or order in to the venue. We encourage you to come and enjoy some time after work! 

How much? FREE! Just pay for your own drinks and food you carry in.

RSVP to if you would like to attend

Join ISCA for future Networking Events!

Holiday Inn Skokie 
5300 Touhy Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077 
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:30 PM - ? 
*Night before the ISCA Annual conference  

Attention: Bilingual Students or Recent Graduates

Job Opportunity: Research Assistant/Project Coordinator for Project ASSIST

The Culture and Evidence-Based Practice lab (see housed at the Department of Psychology at DePaul University (Chicago, IL) is seeking a research assistant/project coordinator for Project ASSIST, which is a randomized control trial evaluating a group based therapy intervention for predominately low income Latino and African-American children and adolescents with depression delivered in public school settings. This position is part-time (approximately 20 hours/week). 

Responsibilities include conducting interviews of youth and their parents (including clinical, diagnostic, and language assessments) at various study sites, recruiting families and participants, training research assistants on assessment protocols, managing datasets and coordinating interviews and interviewers, processing data and conducting data analyses, generating summaries and reports of study progress, assisting with research review board applications, updating and managing the project’s website, and helping group therapists to prepare for child and parent sessions.

The ideal applicant will have: bilingual (Spanish) language skills; experience / strong interest in working with children and adolescents and those with mental health problems; previous research assistant experience; excellent written and verbal communications skills; and facility with statistical programs (e.g., SPSS), software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, websites, and online surveys.

Interested candidates can direct questions to Dr. Antonio Polo, or Ana Goya Arce at
For fullest consideration, submit a CV or resume along with a brief cover letter.

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 COE Winter Forum

Idea (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) turns 40!: Examining the Past and Present of the Special Education Law

 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Public Law 94-142. Our forum will offer an appraisal, addressing the following broad questions:  Where have we come? Where is special education going? What are the issues we need to address?

February 17th 2015, 
5:30 to 7:30 PM 
Student Center, 314 AB

Panelists and their tentative topics include:

-DePaul Special Education faculty, Drs. Eva Patrikakou, Linsey Sabielny, and Jennifer Walberg, will offer an introduction to IDEA

-Dr. Federico Waitoller, Assistant Professor, Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago has written extensively on racial and ethnic inequities in special education and equity-minded professional learning for inclusive education. His presentation will address equity issues at the intersections of disability, race, and current education policies.

-Beverley Johns, President, Illinois Learning Disabilities Association and Chair of the Illinois Special Education Coalition, is a long time special educator and author. In her presentation she will discuss current challenges to the provision of services to students.

-Kristen Mayle, Special Education teacher in Chicago Public Schools and graduate of DePaul’s Special and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure) program, is currently the liaison to the Chicago Teachers Union Special Education Committees and Chair of the Illinois Federation of Teachers Special Education Committee.  She will present a view from the classroom, discussing her work with children with special needs and the challenges special educators face.

-Dr. Beverly Trezek, Chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Education, will moderate the panel. 

The forum is appropriate and relevant to education students in all programs.

For more information, contact Diane Horwitz at

Volunteers Needed

FAFSA Completion Workshops

Three Sessions (two in English and one in Spanish)

When: Wednesday, January 14th
Where: East Leyden High School, 3400 Rose Street, Franklin Park, IL 60131
Time: 6:00 PM

Volunteers are needed to help high school seniors and their families fill out the FAFSA. There will be speakers going through the application line by line and the volunteers will walk around the room to assist families with any questions throughout the presentation. 

 About 500 students and their families have already signed up for the event. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the event, 
contact Lilia Ortega at

Career Week 2015

Whether you are job seeking or looking to advance in your career, is one event you can’t afford to miss! DePaul’s annual Career Week offers a series of career-enhancing events for graduate students and alumni. Join us February 8th – 14th for networking events, webinars, workshops and more. A full calendar of events will be available via in December and registration will open Monday, January 5th.