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Graduate Student Committee BLOG

Committee Co-Chairs:
Hannah Coyt (coyth@lindsey.edu) and Jose “Joey” Tapia-Fuselier (josetapia@my.unt.edu)

Welcome to the first of many installments of the SACES Blogs! We are the SACES Blog Work Group, a part of the Graduate Student Committee, and we as a team are pleased to bring you a platform to browse developing ideas and contemporary topics of Counselor Education and Supervision. Here, you can read up on materials focused on Counselor Educators, Counseling Professionals, Counselor Supervisors, and Counselors-in-Training within our region!

Meet the Team!

Marcella Rolle, M.Ed., LAPC, NCC
Counselor and Doctoral Student
Walden University, Ashburn, Georgia

Research/Clinical Focus: Trauma-informed care and communities in the rural Southern United States; Microaggressions among Women of Color in Online CES Programs; Trauma-focused counseling; Family Systems Counseling.

Fun Fact: “I played the clarinet from 6th through 12th grade and loved every minute!”

Ashlei Rabess, MA, APC, NCC
Associate Counselor and Doctoral Student
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Research/Clinical Focus: Multiculturalism and Social Justice in Counseling; Intergenerational Trauma in African American Women; Gender and Sexual Minorities; Couple and Family counseling; group work.

Fun Fact: “I jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet in the air. (I’ve gone skydiving!)”

Keshia D. Ross-Williams, LPC, LSATP, CAADC, CCS
Sr. Therapist and Doctoral Student
egent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Research/Clinical Focus: Clinical Supervision: Effective versus Ineffective Supervision; Trauma: “What characteristics or traits aids in someone’s ability to be resilient to trauma, specifically sexual trauma?”

Fun Fact: “I played the violin 6th through 10th grade and artistic abilities run in my family so I can draw a little bit.”

Leo Balseiro, MS, LMHC, NCC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Doctoral Student
Barry University, Miami Shores, FL

Research/Clinical Focus: Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, Family Therapy, Resilience Theory, Leadership, Social Justice and Advocacy.

Fun Fact: “My favorite avenues for self-care involves strength training, playing the guitar, video games, and going for a run while playing Pokemon GO. I also achieved 1st place in a bowling tournament when I was 12 years old (in the 6th division).”

Tameeka Hunter, M.S., LPC, CRC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor and Doctoral Student
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Research/Clinical Focus: Resiliency, Social Justice, Advocacy, and Multicultural Issues, with a focus on persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ populations, people of color, and multiple marginalized populations.

Fun Fact: “I am an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a self-proclaimed foodie”

V. Paige Zeiger, M.S., NCC, LPC, BC-TMH, CCFP, CCTP
icensed Professional Counselor and Doctoral Student
Walden University, Trussville, Alabama

Research/Clinical Focus: Compassion Fatigue, Trauma and Crisis, Trauma-Informed Care, Forward-Facing Therapy, Resiliency, Military Families and Culture, Online/Distance Counselor Education, Counselor Professional Development, Clinical Supervision, Authentic Leadership, Constructivism, and Existentialism.

Fun Fact: “I am a US Navy Veteran with a love for my boxer dog, Shayla (7-years-old), and my 5-year-old daughter named Lilly who is my love and my life and the reason that I push myself to overcome adversity and persevere. I enjoy traveling, going on cruises, playing games, and cooking with my daughter.”

Rebecca Mathews, M.A., LPC-Supervisor, LPA, CBGT
Clinical Therapist and Doctoral Student
Texas A&M University - Commerce, Dallas, Texas

Research/Clinical Focus: Helping counselors to resolve value-based conflicts, the therapeutic relationship, child & adolescent suicidality, strengthening family bonds for LGBTQ+ youth

Fun Fact: “I hope to graduate next year (YAY!) and once auditioned to be an entertainer on a Disney cruise ship. (SPOILER: I didn’t get it.) :)"

Research/Clinical Focus: Experiences of giftedness among Black girls and women; the social, emotional, and academic concerns of high-achieving Black girls and women; learning and achievement within a Ghanaian learning environment; the role of counselors and counselor educators in the Movement for Black Lives; and experiences of Black first-generation doctoral students. Clinically, I identify most as a group counselor and enjoy providing culturally-responsive group services to girls and women of Color.

Fun Fact: “In December 2017, I studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa, and I returned to collect data for my dissertation in Summer 2019!”

We welcome and encourage entries from Counselors, Counseling Students, Counselor Educators, and Supervisors! If you would like to feature your work on the SACES Blogs, please refer to the online form for submissions! All you need is:

● A catchy title!
● 500-800 word blog entry
● Minimum 3 references to support ideas
● Your Name, Credentials, and professional bio (150 words), and
● A professional photo

Here are our upcoming topics to help you get started!

August 2019 “A Day in the Life of…”
1. Counselor Educators
2. Counselors
3. Researchers
4. Supervisors

September 2019 Preparing for Conferences
1. Finding funding options for conferences
2. Crafting a catchy proposal
3. Poster Presentation Development
4. Experiential Ideas for Conferences

October 2019 Where to find licensure information by state

November 2019 Employment

December 2019 Resources for graduate students with the career search

January 2020 “Recently graduated... Now what?”

February 2020 Taking on the role of advocate as counseling student

March 2020 Networking Experiences and Strategies

April 2020 The ‘hidden curriculum’ for graduate students

May 2020 Mental Health Awareness/Suicide Prevention

June 2020 Turning passion into purpose (in research)

Please be sure to submit all blog ideas by the second week of the previous month. For instance, if you want to submit a blog entry for the month of August, you will need to submit proposed entry by the end of the second week of July. Once received, you will get an email from our team letting you know your entry has been received. If your post is accepted or declined, we will contact you within one week of the entry deadline.

Thank you for reading and contributing to our blog. The advancement of graduate students into the field of Counselor Education and Supervision is our utmost priority, and your contribution and time toward our blog is invaluable!

September/October 2019

What Counselors Need to Know about Immigration

For the September blog, Raven and Marcella interviewed Jose “Joey” Tapia-Fuselier, Jr., about the issue of immigration and how it may show up in therapy for clients. Joey is a licensed professional counselor and current ACES Graduate Student Representative.

Question: What are some potential barriers that folks may experience as a result of the country’s current immigration policies and practices?

Joey:In considering the impact and results of our country’s immigration policies and practices, we must consider children and their role in the immigration system. As we have seen, many families have been separated, which results in traumatic experiences for children and the families. Additionally, many children are too young to understand what’s happening and are unaware of when (or if) they will be reunited with their loved ones. For families dealing with the immigration system, we must be mindful of feelings of amplified fear as a result of recent events. Further,  the clinician’s own understanding of immigration policies may present another barrier for clients. As clinicians, it is our duty to do our part and research how our clients may be impacted by their legal status. From a mental health standpoint, symptoms of increased anxiety, depression, and fears of leaving their home, are important to put into context. Without an understanding of the client’s experience, we can create more barriers to treatment when their symptomology may reflect their daily experience of not having a legal status or being in a mixed status family.

Question: What can counselors do to better understand the lived experiences of folks who may be impacted by the country’s immigration policies?

Joey:As mentioned above, we must do our homework! Even if you don’t identify with the cultural identity of the clients you serve, this does not excuse you from doing your research. Many of us hold privileges as folks who were born in this country, which requires further thought and critical reflection. It is imperative that counselors explore the impact of our own privileged identities, especially when in the room with an undocumented client. As clinicians, we must consider exploring these issues within the therapeutic relationship, as we may provide the only space where clients feel safe enough to explore these issues. Broaching conversations about diversity further allows clients to explore themselves and their fears.

Question: What can counselor educators do to better equip counselors-in-training to deal with these important issues?

Joey:Love this question! Educate, educate, and educate! Counselor educators hold the unique privilege of being able to help shape the minds of counselors-in-training, in viewing political issues as a human issue for clients. Counselor educators can create experiences in the classroom to explore students’ beliefs and attitudes towards undocumented people, people of Color, and linguistically diverse clients. Creating these intentional experiences provides students with multiple methods to reflect and explore their own understanding of how policies can impact the clients we will serve. Counselor educators should also be knowledgeable about organizations and other advocacy efforts (e.g., RAICES; Undocumedia; ACLU), to encourage students to challenge the systems that oppress clients. Building these conversations and activities in every classroom further enriches students’ abilities to explore with a felt confidence that they CAN do this work. Lastly, hosting workshops or specific sessions for students with community members to learn about the immigration system and barriers faced by individuals trying to navigate a complex system and what services may benefit the clients they may serve.

We sincerely appreciate Joey sharing his knowledge with us related to this very important issue in our society.

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