School of Education Counseling Programs
Annual Report 2016-2017
The Counseling Programs have been very productive this year. Our major focus included completing the CACREP Self-Study Application; hiring our first full-time School Counselor Scholar-Practitioner, Dr. Diane Reese; incorporating the 2016-17 Social Justice Theme throughout courses culminating with the Master’s Student Appreciation Day and Research Colloquium (April 28, 2017); and supporting the development of our Counseling Programs community with enhanced student, faculty, and community engagement (i.e., new Graduate Counseling Club recognized by Student Development, mentoring and professional development opportunities–Trauma Workshop, Flamboyant Workshop on “Engaging Students and Caregivers around Academic Success;”); and providing advocacy and social justice leadership in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and abroad. This Annual Report summarizes some of our achievements and outcomes:
- The CACREP Self-Study 2016 Standards Application was submitted on 6/30/17. The initial review will be completed by CACREP in 8-10 weeks. More information about the CACREP process can be located at org.
- As of Spring, 2017, 77 students were enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and 42 students were enrolled in the School Counseling Program, totaling 119 students.
- The Counseling Programs began instruction in the new Payden Academic Center, offering state-of-the art instructional classrooms, including counseling interview rooms where the COUN 560 Techniques in counseling labs occur. Students and faculty are empowered by the instruction/learning in bright, comfortable, technologically-equipped classrooms; the Payden Center strengthens teaching and learning outcomes.
- The Year 1 Academic Advisor developed a New Student Handbook, SMART Alert Academic Support and Retention Initiative, and provided numerous Advising sessions to support new students during the critical initial 2 semesters. Eighty percent of students were retained from September, 2016 to May, 2017.
- Tools for Success Orientation was held during June, 2016 (12 students), Fall, 2016 (81 students), Spring, 2017 (36 students), and Summer, 2017 (6 students) for a total of 135 students who learned graduate students’ tools for success, Trinity student support resources, and collegial peer relationship building interactions. Advanced students and alumni shared their experiences and tips for success, including the importance of self-care.
- 27 students graduated and began their launch into the profession: 21 Clinical Mental Health Students and 6 School Counseling Students.
- 135 students provided approximately 26,500 hours of community service counseling and wellness services as part of the 700 Clinical Training Sequence at DC/MD/VA clinical and school partnerships.
- Two Clinical Mental Health Counseling Students began the first internship offering a stipend with a transition to paid employment after graduation (Summer 2017, COUN 642).
- 47 Counseling Program students participated in the School of Education Social Justice Colloquium, “Seeking Social Justice through Civic and Family Engagement,” on 4/27/17 as part of the 2016-17 Social Justice academic year focus. Seventeen Counseling students presented exemplary research presentations and 30 presented poster sessions centered on the theme, such as “Youth Mental Health: Exploring the Implications of the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act.”
- For the period of Summer, 2016 through Spring, 2017 (3 semesters), 28 students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program took the Comprehensive Professional Counselors Examination (CPCE). Of these, 12 Exceeded the Standard (42.85%), 12 Met the Standard (42.85%), and 4 Approached the Standard (14.28%). This outcome is an 85.7% pass rate for the CPCE. For the same time period, 22 students in the School Counseling Program took the Praxis II for School Counselors Examination; 20 of these students passed (90.9%) and 2 did not pass (9%). This outcome data provides evidence that the curriculum and instruction is preparing students well on these standardized professional counselor examinations.
- Faculty continue to serve as scholar practitioners and leaders and model leadership and advocacy for students: Cynthia Greer is leading a children’s playtime project to address homelessness of children and their mothers for the approximately 356 children living at the DC General Shelter and 1,285 children residing in shelter motels. Dr. Greer is presenting “Expressive Art Interventions for Youth Living in Homeless Shelters” with 2 alumni at the July, 2017 Association of Children and Adolescents Conference at Marymount University. Dr. Haskins presented in Bermuda (March, 2017) after being asked to develop a culturally-based Bermudan model with the Executive Director of the National Council of Problem Gambling and continues to train faith leaders and lay persons to serve as first-aid responders in the State of Maryland in her role as President of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling; she also attained the Master Addictions Counselor credential, and was granted tenure and promotion; Dr. Luane Oprea continues to lead in forensic science and serve as an expert witness and presented “Cultural Competency and Social Justice Focus in Assessments, in Jails, Prisons, and Hospitals” at Spring Grove Psychiatric Center to the Psychology Department (April, 2017); Dr. Diane Reese, a school counselor scholar-practitioner participated on the College Board webinar “The Steps to Communicating the College Process to the Over-Involved Parent” and has been elected to the the American School Counselor Association Board of Directors. Dr. Reese was also honored by the DC School Counselor Association during National School Counseling Week 2017; and Dr. Sara Pula presented at 3 local and national professional conferences, including one titled “The Intersectionality of Body Image and Culture in Asian American and Hispanic American Women,” chairs the Maryland Counseling Association’s Emerging Leaders Committee and was appointed to the Advisory Board for Social Services for Anne Arundel County Government.
- Sara Pula, Director of Clinical Training, expanded clinical training opportunities to respond to the changing needs in schools and communities, such as home-based therapy where student interns accompany supervisors to provide home-based therapy, Children’s Medical Center (DC), expressive arts training, and a diverse range of school and behavioral health settings.
- Adjunct faculty continue to excel: Philip Lucas achieved the Masters Addiction Counselor credential and participated in a Train-the-Trainers Screening Brief Intervention Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) training and taught COUN 553 Substance Abuse students how to use the assessment (Spring, 2017); Ms. Sheila Holt, retired DCPS professional school counselor and active licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage counselor was reappointed as a Commissioner on the DC Board of Marriage and Family Therapist and is an active leader for the DC Mental Health Counselors Association; Ms. Xanthia Johnson, an expressive arts specialist and leader presented “The Nuts and Bolts of Working with LGBTIQA Youth at the Fall 2016 Maryland Counseling Association Conference; Dr. Evelyn Irehata ‘10, a Professional School Counselor in DC and LPC (DC) completed her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University; Ms. Sadiqa Long, ’11 is the current president of the DCCA, is a 2016 NBCC Minority Fellow recipient for her work with young children as the Director of Counseling and Student Services at a DC Charter School. Ms. Long is working on her dissertation investigating the lived experiences of teachers working with preschoolers experiencing traumatic stress; Dr. Kathleen Smith completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Supervision and Education from George Washington University and published her first book titled “The Fangirl Life: A Guide to all the Feels and Learning How to Deal;” Dr. Young Hoang, LCPC completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University and was promoted as Director for the Office of Employee Consultation Services, Department of State; Dr. Kia James opened up a private practice and is working to be a certified sex therapist and Gottman Certified Therapist; Dr. Karena Wilson-Plater provided instruction to help our students learn evidence-based, culturally relevant educational assessments and delivery of counseling services to students, youth and families; and Dr. Gassaway-White expanded the hybrid opportunities with COUN 555 for the second year, and provides clinical and counseling applications of her work with culturally diverse children and families. We commend all our Adjunct Instructors who are major contributors to our Team and support the development of our candidates!!