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.
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!
Dr. Pompeo-Fargnoli’s article revolves around the Ecofeminist Therapy, an approach which integrates the grounding theories of feminism and ecopsychology. Ecofeminist theory is based on the premise that women and the environment are both degraded by the toxic patriarchal dominant culture. This article helps to frame how professionals can utilize this theory with diverse client populations.
Individuals strive to identify themselves within their environmental context. A defining characteristic of ecopsychology is that our separation from nature/environment manifests in individuals as psychological disorders and human suffering (Pompeo, 2018). This ecopsychology component is the first pillar in the foundation of Ecofeminist Theory. The second pillar is feminism, which explores the internal work for social change, and the various types of oppression that clients face (Pompeo-Fargnoli, 2017).
Dr. Pompeo-Fargnoli article examines a case study in which a young student was able to benefit immensely from an Ecofeminist approach to counseling. The client was able to connect the direct impact society had on her manifestation of invalid feelings surrounding being a women. The client was also able to utilize nature as a tool to create a “better awareness and understanding of her own emotional journey” (Pompeo, 2018). In conclusion, this article serves as a solid foundation of the emergence of Ecofeminist Theory, and provides a clear example of how the theory can be implemented into successful practice.
Masters of Education, School Counseling
Pompeo-Fargnoli, A. (2017). Women and relationships. In Schwarz, J. (Ed.), Counseling women across the lifespan: Empowerment, advocacy, and intervention. New York, NY: Springer Publishing
Pompeo-Fargnoli, Alyson (2018). Ecofeminist Therapy: From Theory to Practice. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 19(6), 1-16.
Congratulations to Alexzandra Earley, student affairs graduate of 2019, on her new position as an Academic Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC!
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Huizing, school counseling graduate of 2019, on her new position as a school counselor at Westfield High school in Chantilly, Virginia!
Congratulations to Kristi Miceli, school counseling graduate of 2019, on her new position as a school counselor at Mill Pond Elementary School in the Lacey Township School District!
Congratulations to Morgan Rhodes, student affairs graduate of 2017, on her new position as a Student Counselor for the Continuing Education Program for Rutgers University!
Please join us in congratulating Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli for her recent publication in the Psychosomatics Journal. For the full publication, see attached. The citation is given below.
Fargnoli, A. & Pompeo-Fargnoli, A. (2019). The heart-brain connection from a mental health perspective: Interdisciplinary research & translational science developments. Psychosomatics Journal, 60 (1).