See how students of the School of Counseling are making a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

December 2014

Ahmed Mostafa Kamal, an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, was awarded the NBCC Foundation’s Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) scholarship. The NBCC Foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors Inc., and the GCDF scholarship program was created to increase the number of available counselors providing quality career guidance and facilitation. Mostafa received $5,000 to support his counseling education and recognize his commitment to providing career counseling and guidance. He is the founder of the Ahmed Mostafa Foundation for Career Development in Egypt.

November 2014

Luis E. Lacourt, a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision student, published “Tackle Prostate Cancer: A Doctoral Student’s Response” in the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology (Vol. 6, No. 1). Lacourt also recently held his second Tackle Prostate Cancer event at a high school.

June 2013

Xiomara A. Sosa, an MS in Mental Health Counseling student and founder of The Get-Right! Organization, which educates families, children, and communities about mental and physical health, announced a partnership with My Voice Ty in May. The collaboration will allow Sosa to integrate a social network platform to enhance her company’s existing communities.

May 2013

Amber L. Knaffle, an MS in Mental Health Counseling student, was awarded the 2013 NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarship for her commitment to practice in a rural area upon graduation. She plans to open a counseling center and expressive arts studio in Cheboygan, Mich.

Mironda Laws, an MS in Mental Health Counseling student, was promoted in March from a therapist to a utilization review specialist at North Philadelphia Health System. In her new role, she will manage five departments.

April 2013

Ronald Johnson, an MS in Mental Health Counseling student, published “Facilitating Transformation in Presence-centered Counselling” in Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology (Vol. 5). As a professional, he advises clients who have addictions at Wise Counsel and Comfort in Portland, Ore.

Luis Lacourt, a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision student, was interviewed on News-Talk 1480 WHBC radio on March 25 to promote his work as the founder of Prostate Awareness & Cancer Support, an organization that connects cancer survivors and families to offer support and raises money to offer free health screenings near his Massillon, Ohio, community.

March 2013

Sharon Webb, a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision student, presented in February at the North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association conference. She also presented in October at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference in Savannah, Ga.

February 2013

Jeff Lubsen, a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision student, a 2011 Scholar of Change, and a 2012 Commitment to Social Change Scholarship recipient, is a monthly columnist for Camp Kansas City magazine and was recently a guest speaker on NPR station KKFI 90.1 FM, presenting “Finding LGBT Affirming Healthcare” and “Finding Trans-Competent Healthcare.” He is an intensive outpatient group counselor at Kansas City Psychiatric and Psychological Services in Independence, Mo., and founder of LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Greater Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo.

January 2013

Luis Lacourt, a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision student, held the event “Tackle Prostate Cancer” in October near his home in Massillon, Ohio, to raise funds and awareness of the disease and honor 30 survivors. The event also featured a hospital health van and doctors on-site to answer attendees’ questions.

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