Dr. Pompeo- Fargnoli new article: “Telemental health and student veterans: A practice perspective through voices from the field”

“Telemental health and student veterans: A practice perspective through voices from the field”

 

Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli, Amanda Lapa & Courtney Pellegrino

 

ABSTRACT: The area of human services is constantly adapting to best meet the needs of a changing client population. One group that is at an increased need of mental health services is the rapidly growing student veteran population. Through the use of telemental health, this population’s unique mental health needs can be addressed while also considering their concerns for stigma and accessibility. With telemental health gaining credibility, there are a number of technologies, such as Avatars, Gamification, videoconferencing, mobile health applications, and short message service (SMS) that are being utilized during counseling sessions to provide quality mental health services. Based upon a practice perspective, the authors interviewed multiple clinicians, or “voices from the field,” who are at the forefront of telemental health, in an effort to share the most novel forms of telemental health and best practices. Recommendations from these experts, as well as ethical considerations are included.

 

 

Pompeo-Fargnoli, A., Lapa, A. & Pellegrino, C. (2019): Telemental Health and Student Veterans: A Practice Perspective through Voices from the Field. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/15228835.2019.1674764

SPOTLIGHT💡⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣: Dr. Vernon Smith, PhD

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Vernon Smith, PhD

 

Lastly, one of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership Faculty Presenting at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ in Seattle, Washington.

Title of Presentation: Parent Involvement Factors from the Perspective of Academically Successful Black Male College Students: Enhancing Counselors’ Competencies

Abstract/Program Description: Despite decades of research on Black males’ academic underachievement, the achievement gap persists. Some researchers have suggested one cause may be lack of parental involvement, while others have highlighted positive statements from Black males regarding parental involvement factors that contributed to their academic success. This presentation will highlight original data from a strength based study that identified the role of parent involvement in the success of Black male students. This interactive session will enhance counselors’ competencies regarding the use of culturally sensitive strategies to engage parents of Black male students. Discussions will also focus on the barriers that impede parent involvement for this population at the school and collegiate level.

SPOTLIGHT 💡: Dr. Tina Paone, PhD

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Tina Paone, PhD

Jordan Shannon, MA

Krista Malott. PhD

Another of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership Faculty Presenting at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference⁣⁣⁣⁣ in Seattle, Washington.

Title of Presentation: From Awareness to Commitment and Action: Longitudinal Impact of a Race-Based Counseling Course

Abstract/Program Description: Antiracist advocacy can be complex, difficult, and dynamic! Addressing antiracist advocacy in Counselor Education programs has become a necessity. This presentation is meant for persons of any race or ethnicity, and provides an overview of a unique advanced level race-based course and its long term impact on students. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how graduates use (or don’t use) antiracist tactics taught in their master’s programs. Audience members will engage in dialogue and exploration around preparing students for social justice work in their future careers.

SPOTLIGHT💡: Dr. Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli, PhD

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Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli, PhD

Another of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership Faculty Presenting at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ in Seattle, Washington. 

Title of Presentation: The Future Scholars Program: A Counselor Education Community Partnership to Create Systemic Social Change

Abstract/Program Description: Counselor education programs should strive not only to prepare socially responsible and ethical future counselors but also to encourage students and the institution to connect with the local community to work for social change. This presentation will highlight a University-Community partnership, which enhances the local community while promoting excellence and access for low-income first-generation college-bound high school students. This Future Scholars program contributes to the university through transformative learning experiences and counselor preparation for counseling student interns. From a global perspective, it encourages an increase in future school counselors to be agents of systemic social change. Information will be shared so other counselor education programs can begin creating similar dynamic partnerships.

SPOT LIGHT 💡⁣⁣: Dr. Stephanie Bobbitt, PhD, LPC

Dr. Stephanie Bobbitt, PhD, LPC
Michael Bobbitt, MA, LPC
Michelle Sholk (M.S.Ed. Student in EDC Program)
 
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Another one of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership Faculty Presenting at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣.
Title of Presentation: Successful Integration of Social Justice Advocacy in Supervision
 
Abstract/Program DescriptionAlthough there is an extensive body of literature on counselor supervision, there is little attention given on infusing social justice advocacy into supervision. Social justice advocacy has received increased attention in the profession of counseling and is considered by some to be the fifth force of the profession. To ensure ethical counseling, it is crucial that counseling supervisors understand social justice advocacy in the context of counseling and how to apply this framework to their supervisees. Therefore, this presentation will engage the audience in a discussion regarding the intentional use of social justice advocacy skills in counselor supervision from the perspective of a counselor educator, doctoral student, and a master’s student.

SPOT LIGHT💡: Dr. Kathleen Grant

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Dr. Kathleen Grant, PhD
One of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership Faculty Presenting at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference⁣ in Seattle, Washington.

 

Abstract/Program Description: School Counselors can play critical roles in K-12 schools to bring about systems’ change. However, school counselors may experience a dissonance between the training they receive in graduate school and the complex real-world challenges of social justice advocacy work in practice. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the social justice challenges in schools, specifically focusing on how oppression, institutional racism, privilege, power, and implicit bias influence educational outcomes in schools. We will discuss concrete strategies for implementing the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies into existing counselor-training programs to bolster and enhance students’ ability to engage in social justice advocacy in schools. Specific methods for increasing advocacy self-efficacy in students will be discussed.

Title of Presentation:⁣ Walking–the–Walk: Preparing Future School Counselors for Social Justice Advocacy In Schools

New Job Positions (Sep 19, 2019)

Congratulations to Carolyn Matassa, student affairs graduate of 2016, on her new position as an Academic Advisor in the Marketing & International Business Department at Monmouth and her continued position as an Advisor at Brookdale!

 

Congratulations to Ally Ongsuco, student affairs graduate of 2017, on her new position as a Career Coach at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) College in NYC!

 

Congratulations to Christine Scalera, school counseling graduate of 2009, on her new position as Lead Counselor and Transition Coordinator at the Gateway School in Orlando, Florida!

 

Congratulations to Kendall Walker, school counseling graduate of 2019, on her new position as a school counselor at Jonas Salk Middle School in Old Bridge!