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 team Carlow! 

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.    

Jessica Friend, 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 conference. 

  • Leyna Bonnano - What is and LGBT ally? Providing Support and Advocacy
  • Dixie Schultz - Disordered Eating and Body Image in Male Athletes
  • Dominique Williams - Taking Responsibility for Your Actions: Inside Integrating Correction Interventions and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Sex Offender Clients 


Dr. Courtney 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 justice. 

Dr. Fawn 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.

Dr. Travis Schermer is the chair of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association's Government Relations Committee and organizer of PCA Advocacy Day 2019.