PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Professional Counseling Program - Annual Report 2018-2019
The Professional Counseling program will have representation in
the 2020 ACA Ethics Competition. Our team will be comprised of
students Ben Stoviak, Samantha Burton, Katie Voorman, and
Ingrid Pipes. We are wishing the team well on their endeavors! Go
The Professional Counseling program
hosted our annual "Topics in Clinical Supervision"
Training in March. The workshop topics
were Pressing Toward the Mark: A Supervisor's Call to Guide
Counselors Toward Multicultural Social Justice Competencies &
Infusing Mindfulness into the Supervision of Counselors.
The Professional Counseling faculty
took a group of students to the Pennsylvania Counseling
Association's Advocacy Day 2019 in Harrisburg, PA.
Students and faculty across Pennsylvania met with state legislators
to advocate for the counseling profession and raise awareness about
mental health issues in the state.
Two Professional Counseling students will be presenting at the annual PCA Conference in State College in November 2019.
- Yessica Alcantara - Panelist, Staying Well: Coping with Microaggressions as a RacioEthnic Diverse Counseling Professional (PAMCD Sponsored Event)
- Tristen Peyser - Roundtable Session, The Impact of Counselors participating in Counseling: Neurological and Coping Wellness.
Professional Counseling student was awarded the Pennsylvania
Association for Play Therapy's Camberg Scholarship, based on her
essay submission. The Camberg Scholarship allows a student with a
demonstrated interest in pursuing training as a play therapist to
attend the annual PA-APT conference. Jessica will be recognized at
the PA-APT board meeting during the conference in June.
Three Professional Counseling
students presented at the Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania State
Conference in April. Leyna Bonnano, Dixie Schultz,
and Dominique Williams all presented posters at the
- Leyna Bonnano - What is and LGBT ally? Providing Support and
- Dixie Schultz - Disordered Eating and Body Image in Male
- Dominique Williams - Taking Responsibility for Your Actions:
Inside Integrating Correction Interventions and Cognitive
Behavioral Treatment for Sex Offender Clients
Alvarez is the editor of the Pennsylvania Association
for Play Therapy's monthly newsletter.
Dr. Melanie Kautzman-East is the president-elect of the Greater
Pittsburgh Counseling Association (GPCA). The GPCA is hosting a
professional panel presentation for counseling masters students on
Carlow's campus this May. Dr. Kautzman-East facilitated a free
training for masters of professional counseling student supervisors
focusing on mindfulness, multicultural competence and social
Robinson is the president-elect of the Pennsylvania
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (PAMCD).
She is also the Co-Chair, Mentoring Program Committee and Co-Chair,
Day of Service Committee for the Association for Multicultural
Counseling and Development (AMCD). Dr. Robinson coordinated a
National Service Day at rhe ACA Conference in New Orleans on behalf
of the AMCD. The service day included 30 volunteers servicing
three community agencies/ schools through staff, teachers, and
school board trainings, psychoeducational workshops, and
beautification projects. AMCD was able to service 250 elementary
and middle schoolers and 33 staff, teachers, and school board
members. In addition to her work with AMCD, Dr. Robinson was the
keynote speaker at the Chi Sigma Iota - Delta Upsilon Chapter
Induction Ceremony at Duquesne University.
Schermer is the chair of the Pennsylvania Counseling
Association's Government Relations Committee and organizer of PCA
Advocacy Day 2019.