Highlights from 2006-2007

2006-2007 Academic Year Accomplishments and Events

Congratulations to all our students and faculty!

Counselors from Ohio at the ACA Legislative Institute. Note OSU Doctoral students: Justin Fields, Beth Camp, Demetra Taylor (& Mel Butler, not pictured).

This picture is of all of the counselors from Ohio who participated in the ACA Legislative Institute. In the middle of the group (blue shirt/red tie) is Representative Michael Michaud (Maine) who was one of the recipients of the ACA Federal Legislative Service Award for demonstrating leadership on behalf of the counseling profession. Representative Jerry Moran (Kansas) also received the award but could not be at the presentation. Representatives Michaud and Moran worked to establish explicit recognition of licensed professional counselors as mental health service providers within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In May 2006, Reps. Michaud and Moran introduced H.R. 5396, the Veterans Mental Health Care Access Improvement Act. In December 2006, Congress passed S. 3421, the €œVeterans Benefits, Healthcare, and Information Technology Act,”? which included the provisions of H.R. 5396.

The OSU Counselor Education Reception at the All Ohio Counselors Conference was held on Thursday, November 2nd, from 7:00-9:00pm at the Hilton Hotel, Easton. What a great celebration of alumni, students, and friends. The 2006 Susan Sears Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Dr. William Nemec.

The Annual Picnic was a great success! Thanks to all who planned and organized the event, everyone who brought delicious food to share, and all the friends and significant others who were there to support their students!

The New Student Orientation was Tuesday, September 19. More information about starting the program is available from the “information for incoming students” link on the left side of the page.

Once again, OSU is well-represented at the All Ohio Counseling Conference (AOCC), which will be held November 1-3, in Columbus. Click here for a listing of student, alumni, and faculty presentations at AOCC 2006.

Presenter(s) Topic Date & Time
Darcy Haag Granello – faculty
Paul F. Granello – faculty
Suicide Assessment for Adolescents and Adults Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Barbara Mahaffey – doctoral student
Samuel Wolfe – doctoral student
Developing Therapeutic Alliance with Adolescents through Effective Communication Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 4:10-5:10 p.m.
Matt Durst – alumnus
(with others)
Students as Change Agents: An Alternative Spring Break Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 5:25-6:25 p.m.
Alison Nameth – master’s student
Sara Williams – master’s student
Katie Dennis – master’s student
Snapshot of Girls in the Middle
(poster session)
Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 9:00 p.m.
Rochelle Dunn – alumnae
(with others)
Working Effectively with Asperger’s Syndrome in Schools Friday, Nov. 3rd, 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Susan Boggs – alumnae
(with others)
Free (or Nearly-Free) Data-Gathering Technology Friday, Nov. 3rd, 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Samuel Wolfe – doctoral student Encouraging Words for Supervisors of Post-Masters Counselors Friday, Nov. 3rd, 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Demetra Ezell – doctoral student
(with others)

Retaining African-American Clients in the Counseling Session

Friday, Nov. 3rd, 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Justin Fields – doctoral student
Matt Durst – alumnus
Julie Nelson – doctoral student
Lisa Hinkelman – faculty
Proactively Addressing the Challenges Faced by New School Counselors Friday, Nov. 3rd, 12:25-1:25 p.m.
Brenda Gerhardt – doctoral student
(with others)
Involving Your Community to Enhance School Climate Friday, Nov. 3rd, 1:40-2:40 p.m.
Angel Rhodes – doctoral student Supervising School Counseling Interns: Methods for Bringing Benefits, Not Burdens, to your School Counseling Program (post-conference session) Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2:55-4:55 p.m.
Sue Musheno – alumnae
Mary Talbert – alumnae
Lisa Hinkelman – faculty
Susan Sears – professor emeritas
Elementary School Counselors: Making a Difference in Student Achievement and Behavior
(post-conference session)
Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2:55-4:55 p.m.

Congratulations to Mel Butler, Beth Camp, Sibyl Cato, and Julie Nelson (doctoral students) who received third prize for their essay in the ACA 2007 Ethics Case Competition.

Congratulations to Ann Deffenbaugh, the newest faculty member at Walsh University. Ann accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and will begin at Walsh in the autumn.

Congratulations to Barbara Mahaffey, a doctoral candidate in counselor education. Barbara is the newly elected co-chair of newly-formed Ross County Suicide Prevention Coalition. An article about the work of the group appeared on the front page of Sunday, January 14th Chillicothe Gazette.

Welcome to Dr. Colette Dollarhide, our new visiting assistant professor! Dr. Dollarhide comes to us from the University of South Carolina, where she was as Assistant Professor of Counselor Education. We are thrilled to have Dr. Dollarhide join us – and be sure to check out her new book, “Comprehensive School Counseling Programs” – published by Allyn & Bacon in March, 2007 – http://www.ablongman.com/catalog/academic/product/0,1144,0205404413,00.html

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Granello, who received a $1.2 million grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration to assist with suicide prevention programs throughout Ohio and to provide screenings (with parental consent) for youth ages 11-18 who are at risk for suicide.

Congratulations to Dr. Darcy Haag Granello, who received a $225,000 grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration to develop and implement a comprehensive suicide prevention plan for the OSU campus.

Click here for the press release about these two grants (pdf)

Congratulations to Beth Camp, who wrote a piece on bullying for the on-line newsletter, The Principal’s Office. Click here to go to the article.

Congratulations to Drs. Darcy Haag Granello and Paul Granello, who published a book entitled Suicide: An essential guide for helping professionals and educators (Allyn & Bacon, 2007). http://www.ablongman.com/catalog/academic/product/0,1144,0205386733,00.html

Student Happenings and Upcoming Events

Thank you to the doctoral students who organized the Counselor Education workshop on Saturday, January 27th. It was a great day of workshops with lots of information to share, and the participants were overwhelming in their approval and appreciation.

Thank you to the OSU Counselor Education student volunteers who provided free mental health and depression screenings to 108 members of the community at the NBC4 Health Expo at the Convention Center on a weekend in October. The Mental Health Association of Franklin County, who coordinated the screenings, was really thrilled with our students and the work they did.

Thanks to student volunteers:
Laura Begue
Nikol Bowen
Mel Butler
Jason Durell
Amanda Fox
Cathleen Johnson
Tricia Love
Nicole Smathers