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Colloquium featuring Dr. Thelma Duffey

Northern Illinois University Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education is pleased to host a colloquium featuring Dr. Thelma Duffey, president of the American Counseling Association. Her topic is creative techniques in grief counseling. Dr. Duffey is the professor and department chair in the Department of Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio and owner of a multidisciplinary private practice. She also has over 60 publications on numerous topics, such as, creative arts therapy, innovations in grief and loss counseling, and addictions.  

This event is free to the public. Below is a link to register for this extraordinary event. Attendees will need to sign-in and -out to receive CE hours. CE hour certificates will be e-mailed to the address indicated on the sign-in sheets following the event. We hope you will join us for this great learning and sharing opportunity. 

Click here to register

Date: Friday, February 19, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Cole Hall Auditorium (Cole Hall 100)

Event Type: Lecture, Creativity in Grief and Loss Counseling

CE Hours: 1.5

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Holmes Student Center, Regency Room

Event Type: Interactive workshop, Creative Interventions in Grief and Loss Counseling

CE Hours: 4.0 

The Northern Illinois University Counseling Program is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Chi Sigma Iota Team Participates in Out of the Darkness Walk

The CSI team participated in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Dekalb as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Oct. 18th at Hopkins Park in Dekalb.  The CSI team was the top fundraising team raising $3,911!  Since they were the top fundraising team, they were able to carry the banner and lead the walk.  Additionally, Brittany Rotelli was the top fundraiser for the entire walk.  Kelsey Ward worked on coordinating the team and working with the AFSP to have CSI play an active role in this walk.  Coming in November - CSI will be having a schizophrenia event and will also be hosting a screening of the movie The Homestretch during Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. 

2015 CSI Out of the Darkness Walk


Pan-African Higher
Education Summit: Promoting Partnership for Quality Higher Education

As an organizer and vice president for global education affairs for People to People Inc., Mastewal Seyeneh (counseling doctoral student) had the chance to meet with the His Excellency Dr. Mulatu Teshome, the President of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. At the Pan-African Higher Education Summit: Promoting Partnership for Quality Higher Education conference on July 17-18 in Addis Ababa, Mastewal persuaded the president for the strengthening of counseling programs in Ethiopia.  Good job, Mastewal!  For more information about the summit click here.

Mastewal Seyeneh

Student Health Insurance Update 8/10/15

From the Student Health Insurance Office:  Effective immediately, all students will be able to waive student health insurance if they show evidence that they are covered by insurance that meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act. 

For some students, an ACA compliant policy will be less costly than student health insurance; for others, such a policy will not be less costly.  Before students purchase any alternative insurance, they should read the information soon to be available on the student health insurance website.

"Toxic Friendships: Knowing the Rules and Dealing with the Friends Who Break Them"

Dr. Suzanne Degges-White, chair of CAHE, has a new book out this week. “Toxic Friendships: Knowing the Rules and Dealing with the Friends Who Break Them” shows how women navigate the ups and downs of friendships, as well as how broken friendships can be mended, and bad friendships ended.   Check it out here.

Diana Mondragon Awarded $5,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates

A huge congratulations goes to Diana Mondragon, a school counseling master's student, for being awarded a counseling fellowship from the NBCC Foundation! The foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors.  Way to go, Diana!  See the full article here.

From Spring Love to Happily Ever After - Listen to Dr. Degges-White on WNIJ News!


Illinois Counseling Association

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

"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

Chi Sigma Iota

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Counseling Information Session

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