Counseling faculty share expertise at national conference

GCU counseling faculty who attended or presented (from left): Dr. Maegan Renee, Reka Farago, Dr. Liesl Hecht, Dr. Anna Edgeston, Dr. Veronica Wade-Hampton, Dr. Christy Land, Dr. Jennifer Young and Dr. Kimberly Grigg.

Several Grand Canyon University counseling faculty members presented at the recent National Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Hailey Martinez: Joined two experts from other universities in presenting “Creative Interventions for Synchronous Online Group Supervision.” They covered strategies to teach synchronous practicum and internship group supervision courses, which require creativity for connecting and engaging with counselors in training.

Dr. Reka Farago: Presented “Implications for Supervisors and Counselor Educators in Human Sexuality.” She shared the findings and implications of supervisors' lived experiences with human sexuality topics in the supervision process. She also detailed a five-step method in how to approach human sexuality topics in supervision.

Dr. Melanie Richburg: Joined two experts from other universities in presenting “The Socialization of Colorism: Deconstructing Impact for Dynamic Action & Advocacy.” The team used the cycle of socialization (Harro, 2018) as a framework to understand how colorism is ingrained into cultural norms, which are taught, learned, perpetuated and maintained over time, and identified the implicit and explicit biases associated with colorism.

Dr. Veronica Wade-Hampton

Dr. Veronica Wade-Hampton: Presented “Intrinsic and Extrinsic Experiences of Professional Identity for Clinical Counseling Supervisors,” using a qualitative study to explore the intrinsic and extrinsic experiences of professional identity development for clinical counseling supervisors.

Dr. Liesl Hecht: Joined an expert and doctoral learner from other universities in presenting “Helping East Asian International Counseling Students (EAICS) Thrive While in Their Graduate Programs.” The presentation detailed unique stressors that EAICS face while completing their graduate programs, implications for counselor educators and strategies to support and advocate for EAICS.

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