Elisa Niles, a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision student, has been selected for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program. As a fellow, Niles will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations. Niles is currently the clinical director of Southwest Florida Counseling Center.
April Saint ’12, a Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Paralyzed Veterans’ Educational Scholarship Program.
Lotes Nelson ’11, an MS in Mental Health Counseling graduate and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision student, was recently selected for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program. Nelson will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.