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Mental Health Facilitator Training

Mental Health Facilitator training provides the opportunity for you to be registered with NBCC-I as an official MHF after only 3 weekends of training.  Be equipped to respond to the need for adequate mental health response and support during times of crisis or distress, whether in your own community or globally. Registration with NBCC-I identifies your ability to offer basic mental health assistance, and you will be informed of potential opportunities to use or train this information around the globe.

Mental Health Facilitator Training flyer

Please direct any questions to Lisa at lisadvinson@gmail.com or Nate at nperron@niu.edu.

Counseling, Adult and Higher Education Scholarships

This year, the scholarship process is moving much sooner than in the past!  The College of Education's Scholarship web page is already up and running for you to review and to process your application(s) for the available scholarships that CAHE and the College of Education have to offer.  You will find the list of scholarships available here.

The CAHE Scholarships available are:

Phyllis Cunningham Social Justice Fund

Wesley I. Schmidt Scholarship Fund

The Robert M. Smith Memorial Scholarship in Adult Learning

Scholarship applications are due by no later than December 31, 2014.  However, students should submit their entries as soon as possible.

Apply for a CAHE scholarship today! 

Spring 2015 NIU Ally Training Dates 

CAHE Info Session, Monday, November 17th in Gabel 146, 5:00 - 6:00

Interested in finding out more about our Counseling or Adult and Higher Education master's and doctoral programs? Attend our info session on Monday, November 17th from 5:00 - 6:00 for a chance to meet some of our program faculty, gain insight into program offerings, and discuss the application process. If you are interested in attending the info session please RSVP with your name, phone number, preferred e-mail, and which program you are interested in to CAHE_advisor@niu.edu. Light refreshments will be served.

Illinois Counseling Association

Check out the latest issue of CONTACT Magazine to see articles from 2 of our students: Margaret Binhackova and Stef Standefer! 

Trauma Recovery by Dr. David Bercelli

On Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, the NIU Counseling Program addressed trauma, hosting a two-day colloquium workshop with David Berceli, an international expert in trauma intervention and founder and CEO of Trauma Releasing Exercises.

In the two day workshop held at the DeKalb campus, Berceli taught students the principles of stress/trauma and the mind/body connection. He explained "trauma release exercise" techniques and how to apply them to professional work.

"Day on the Hill"

Students from the CAHC 524 class attended "Day on the Hill" at the state Capitol in Springfield. They advocated for changes in the school counseling laws to clarify the role of the professional school counselor, as well as advocated for legal protection of the licensed professional counselor as a protected title.

This photo is of State Representative Robert Pritchard receiving the Legislator of the year award for his advocacy on many mental health and school issues. Also pictured are CICO/ISCA/IMHCA executive director, Dan Stasi, and part of our group of CMHC students. (Lindsey Blakely, Danielle Geiseman, and Chelsie Ketton). Other students included Daniel Michaels, Patrick O'Connor, Danielle Keys, Ali Altman, Jules Hartsfield.

Pritchard CICO

Pre-Admissions Workshop (P.A.W.) for Summer & Fall 2014 Admission

Master's Program: 

Pre-Admission Workshop date is Friday, February 21st

Doctoral Program: 

Pre-Admission Workshop date is Thursday, February 27th

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Moody

Dr. Steven Moody, Assistant Professor in the department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, was recently appointed a 2013-2014 Presidential Fellow by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). The development of the role, ACES Presidential Fellow, was an initiative developed and sponsored by the ACES President to support the emergent leaders and educators in our profession. North Central ACES Nominated Dr. Moody in recognition of his potential for future leadership in our field and to support his professional endeavors and to develop connections with leaders who are currently shaping the profession of counselor education and supervision.

Film: Race to Nowhere

The College of Education is pleased to partner with the NIU Counseling Association and Alexian Brothers Parish Services to bring an important new documentary to campus and to the DeKalb community. “Race to Nowhere” examines the over-scheduled, high-pressure world in which many of today’s school children live. That world is one where students are driven to succeed at all costs and where, ironically, seemingly high-performing high school seniors arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. The documentary debuted at NIU on Friday, Feb. 22, and will be rescreened at various venues on campus. The film is also available for private screenings in classrooms and small gatherings.

Kudos to Kimberly A. Hart, a master’s degree candidate in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE) and past-president of the NIU Counseling Association, as well as that group’s faculty advisor, Dr. Charles Myers, for proposing that we purchase rights to show “Race to Nowhere” and for organizing and promoting the screenings. If you would like more information about future showings or to reserve the film for a private screening, please contact Kimberly at kimberly.h.niu.alexian@gmail.com

Congratulations to Dr. Toni Tollerud and Dr. Charles Myers

Distinguished Teaching Professor Toni Tollerud and Assistant Professor Charles Myers, both of CAHE, were recently members of a four-person panel on bullying presented by the Juvenile Interest Law Society in the College of Law.

American Bar Association’s (ABA) Regional Student Client Counseling Competition

CAHE was well represented at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Regional Student Client Counseling Competition. NIU College of Law hosted this year’s ABA competition and asked the counseling program to supply a counselor to each of their three-person judging panels. Clinical Director Justin Lauka and graduate students Mi-Hee Jeon, Joel Filmore, Rheon Gibson, Kimberly Hart, Oksoon Lee, and Margo Sutorius provided their expertise in the first round. Assistant Professor Steve Moody, Assistant Professor Charles Myers, and Associate Professor Scott Wickman contributed to the semifinal rounds.

Congratulations to Students

Doctoral candidate Joel Filmore (CAHE) was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association . He also assumed the responsibilities of the president of the Illinois Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling.

Master’s Student Eric Siedelman (CAHE) was elected as a member-at-large for the Illinois Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling.

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Wickman

Dr. Scott Wickman, associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE), is executive director of the recently released DVD Color Me Obsessed: The Potentially True Story of the Replacements, a documentary about the legendary 1980s rock band. He also has a line in the film and interviews the director as one of the bonus features included with the DVD. The film was named one of the seven best music films of 2012 by Rolling Stone and was recognized in a special screening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in December.

Congratulations to Dr. Jane Rheineck

Dr. Jane Rheineck, an associate professor in CAHE, was recently named president-elect for the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association.

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Counseling Information Session

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