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Scholarship Recipient Krista Birkmaier

Congratulations to Krista Birkmaier recipient of the 2016-2017 Krista BirkmaierIdaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) scholarship, and an invited guest to the Leadership Development Institute (LDI).

Krista is most interested in working with adolescents suffering from anxiety, depression, and trauma. She works from a person-centered lens with an emphasis on Adlerian theory and techniques.

Congratulations to Alyssa Brook    

Alyssa BrookCongratulations Alyssa Brook recipient of the 2017 Stephen S. Feit Student Award for Professional Excellence. 

This award recognizes an individual who embodies the distinguished characteristics and achievements of Dr. Stephen S. Feit. Dr. Feit is a well renowned leader in counselor education due not only to his achievement in academia but also his regard and care for students and colleagues. Probably his most celebrated accomplishment is the influence he has had on the development of the counselor and counselor educator professional identities. A fervent advocate for the profession, Dr. Feit has contributed to the professions’ understanding of what counselors do and how they do it, most notably his influences as a CACREP board member and team leader. Dr. Feit is generous with his time, knowledge and spirit, influencing generations of students during his tenure. In celebration of the decades of service Dr. Feit has provided to counselors and counselor educations, the Department of Counseling a Idaho State University will annually recognize a counselor-in-training who personifies Dr. Feit’s passion for professional advocacy and devotion to personal and professional growth.

This award honors the exceptional performance of a counselor-in-training in regards to the development of the counseling profession. This can entail excellence in service, scholarship, advocacy, or innovation in the proactive of counseling. This award is intended to recognize an individual reaching beyond the typical expectations of a graduate student in counselor education.

Congratulations to our 2017 Graduates!

The Department of Counseling is proud to announce our graduates for 2017. From Meridian, Doctoral Students Kristen Langellier and Dominique Avery.
Meridian 2017 Doc Graduates

Our Meridian Master Student Graduates are, from left, Kristen French, Jamie Lange, Megan Drysdale, Sharon Hammer, Kelli Shoaf, Jessica Kirway, Jennifer Weiss, Michael Callender, and Robert DeVore.Meridian
                  Master Graduates

From Pocatello, Doctoral             Pocatello Doctoral
Students Heidi McKinley, Tami Tribitt, Bryan Lamb, and
Alexia DeLeon.

Our Pocatello Master Student Graduates, back row-Neill Jenson, Michelle Marchant, Carmen Stites, Desiree Jenks-Asay, Lori Miller, Tanner Saxton, Jacob Zarpentine. Middle row-Tiffany Fanning, Camille Frank, Hailey Reed, Cody Johnson, Heather Neaman, Joan Palikhel and William Lane, Jr. Front row-Alyssa Brook, Carly Romney, Emily Holloway, Jordan Wixom, Nicole Webb, and McKenzie Christensen.

Pocatello Master Graduates

Alexia Brooke DeLeon Awarded Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates

Pocatello, ID—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Alexia DeLeonBoard for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Alexia Brooke DeLeon, of Pocatello, Idaho, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, DeLeon received training to support her service to underserved minority populations.

The NBCC MFP is made possible by a grant first awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in August 2012. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.

The NBCC MFP supported DeLeon and the 22 other doctoral counseling students during the past year. DeLeon is a graduate of Angelo State University, in San Angelo, Texas, and of Adams State University, in Alamosa, Colorado, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Counseling program at Idaho State University, in Pocatello, ID. DeLeon’s research interests include social justice pedagogy within counselor education, mindfulness-based sobriety, and multicultural issues in counseling and supervision, such as the experiences of Latina doctoral supervisors in counselor education. She is currently a graduate assistant at Idaho State University, where one of her roles includes mentoring and advocating for minority first-generation students like herself. She is also currently working at a nonprofit inpatient facility that serves underserved youth with substance abuse concerns. She is interested in the intersection of communities of color and addictions counseling, as well as the impact of barriers faced for underserved minority populations within addictions counseling. This fellowship will assist her in furthering her service interests and shed light on barriers faced by underserved, minority populations within addictions counseling. In addition, this fellowship will help her receive specific education and training for working with minority populations, which impacts communities on a larger scale, such as helping underserved populations receive adequate treatment for addictions concerns. These experiences will help her to continue advocating for underserved minority voices within the counseling profession.

For the NBCC Foundation press release: http://www.nbccf.org/assets/newsletters/alexiabrookedeleon.pdf

Congratulations to Rafael Torres

The (National Board for Certified Counselors) NBCC has named Temoc Rafael TorresRafael Torres a Foundation rural scholar. They will distribute $8,000 to him. Torres completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho, in Rexburg, Idaho and is currently a first year Master’s level student in the Counseling Department at Idaho State University. Ever since he was a child, he loved helping people. The need to help others was ingrained by his culture and family. Coming from Mexico at the age of two years old and living in Los Angeles, Torres was able to see and live through the struggles that minorities endure in this country. He knew obtaining an education was important; however, with limited resources he did not think it was possible. He stated, “I thought attending a University was like going to the moon; it was something I could never achieve.” Torres recalls moments when he and his family did not have enough food to eat or beds to sleep. His mother would hug him and his brother to keep them warm at night. Being accepted into Idaho State University Master’s program is not only a victory for Torres, but to all those that have been through difficult moments and thought there was no hope. He stated, “The day I graduate from Idaho State University will be a victory for me, my family, and all minorities in this country.” He knows how important it is to complete the program. Torres is honored and humbled to be selected as a 2017 minority rural scholar. This fellowship will assist Torres to further his education to be able to assist the less privileged. He realizes there are many people who cannot afford the services provided by mental health professionals. He wishes to serve this population. He also wishes to share with the Latino/Hispanic population the value of attending counseling. When asked why he decided to go into counseling he answered, “I wanted to have an opportunity to give it all back to the people and serve all of humanity.” He is grateful to Idaho State University’s Counseling Department and the NBCC for their continuous support and guidance in becoming a professional counselor.

For the NBCC Foundation press release: http://www.nbccf.org/assets/newsletters/TemocRafaelTorres.pdf

NBCC Fellowship Awarded to Renee Howells

Congratulations to doctoral student Renee Howells, recipient of the Renee HowellsNBCC 2017 Minority Fellowship. The Fellowship Program provides financial support to master's and doctoral level counseling students who commit to serving minority communities.

Renee is interested in researching the intersection of disability, higher education, and accessibility to mental health care. Specifically, she is passionate about serving individuals with sensory disabilities, which includes the d/Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HH) populations. Renee is empowered to address and challenge the social barriers between the d/Deaf community and dominant hearing community as it relates to seeking mental health services, lessening stigma, and creating meaningful therapeutic relationships. Her dissertation research focuses on highlighting the experiences of d/Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HH) Counselors-in-Training in CACREP accredited programs in the United States. The Minority Fellowship Program will allow Renee to become more involved in outreach and advocacy for the d/Deaf and HH minority populations. The fellowship will also aid Renee in developing more inclusive and sensitive clinical and educational curriculum for students whom identify with disability within counselor education.

For the NBCC Foundation press release: http://www.nbccf.org/assets/newsletters/reneechowells.pdf

What is Your Pet Telling You

Assistant Professor Dr. Leslie Stewart presented a TEDx Talk about what is your pet telling you.The human-animal bond has proven biological, psychological, and social effects – some that people recognize and some that people don’t. Knowing more about what your pet sees and feels within you can help you heal and be more healthy. It’s time to find out what your pet is telling you. Watch this great presentation at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oTVlCnenYeE

Award Presented to New Faculty Member Christian D. Chan

  ACA National Awards - For story please see https://www.counseling.org/about-us/awards/national-awards/courtland-c-lee-multicultural-excellence-scholarship-award   

Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling

Star ready to counsel The ISU Department of Counseling is please to offer newly-developed Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling (AAT-C) curriculum. The courses in this curriculum will be offered in the summer and are based on the American Counseling Association Competencies for providers of AAT-C. The curriculum includes the following three (3) credit courses to be taken sequentially: Introduction to AAT-C; Best Practices in AAT-C and Applied Practice in AAT-C.

For further information about these courses, please contact Leslie Stewart at stewlesl@isu.edu.

ACA Governing Council Approves Animal Assisted Therapy Competencies (AAT-C)

The ACA Governing Counseling recently approved formal competencies for the practice of animal assisted therapy in counseling (AAT-C), recommended by the ACA Animal Assisted Therapy in Mental Health (AATMH) interest network. Qualitative research conducted by Leslie Stewart of Idaho State University, Catherine Chang, Lindy Parker, and Natalie Grubbs of Georgia State University helped delineate the competencies. AATMH promotes the competencies not only a step toward professional advocacy and professionalism, but as a clinician benefit protecting clients, as well as promoting animal welfare.

Animal-assisted therapy
(AAT) is defined as a goal-directed intervention, delivered by an appropriately credentialed health or human service professional, in which an animal is incorporated as an integral part of the clinical health care treatment process and utilized during counseling sessions (Pet Partners, n.d.). Animal-assisted therapy in counseling (AATC) is defined as the incorporation of specially trained and evaluated animals as therapeutic agents
into the counseling process, whereby professional counselors use the human–animal bond as part of the treatment process (Chandler, 2012). For the full research, go to: https://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/competencies/animal-assisted-therapy-competencies-june-2016.pdf?sfvrsn=6.


Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Stewart, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling. Leslie has been elected Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision President elect-elect. 

Dr. David Kleist

Congratulations to Dr. David Kleist, Chair and Professor in the Department of Counseling. Dr. Kleist is the co-author with Richard S. Balkin of new book, “Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach”

Practice-Based Counseling Research Made Accessible!
ACA's newest brook "Counseling Research: A Practitioner Scholar Approach provides a refreshing, user-friendly exploration of the primary research methods used in the counseling profession. This valuable professional resource bridges the gap between understanding research and applying actual concepts to study design efforts. Students and emerging researchers considering thesis topics, dissertations, or the development of an initial study will appreciate the conversational tone and straightforward presentation of research concepts.

Key features include:

*Helpful chapter summaries with highlights of essential content.
*Ethical and multicultural considerations for research design.

*Suggested activities, discussion topics, and assignment ideas.

*Design strategies for quantitative and qualitative research.

*Research examples solely devoted to counseling research from counseling journals.

Demonstrating a professional counselor identity within the framework of research, this book thoughtfully dissects the technicalities of research and the realities of practice.

Healthy Bengal Wellness Fair

Healthy Bengal Wellness Fair and the Pocatello Counseling Clinic (PCC) joined with University Counseling and Testing Service (UCTS) and The University Health Center (UHC) to promote healthy relationships and sexual health with a joint table. Camille Frank and Cody Johnson, master's students in the Department of Counseling and interns with PCC and CTS, helped staff the table and spoke with students to promote relationship health.

Last Modified: 06/22/17