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Walden News // Apr 24, 2012

Walden University Faculty Present at American Counseling Association Conference & Expo

Minneapolis—April 24, 2012—Faculty members from Walden University’s School of Counseling and Social Service presented their research and best practices at the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) 2012 Conference & Exposition, held March 21–25 in San Francisco. The annual event brings together professional counselors from various practice settings to network and learn.

Thirteen faculty members from the School of Counseling and Social Service presented at this year’s conference:

  • Dr. David Capuzzi and Dr. Mark Stauffer, “The Many Facets of Grief”
  • Dr. David Capuzzi and Dr. Colleen Logan, “Perspectives on ACA’s Next 60 Years: A Past Presidents’ Forum”
  • Dr. Brandé Flamez, “An Experimental Investigation of Climate, Learning and Efficiency in Online Instruction” and “Best Practices in Marriage and Family Counseling”
  • Dr. Victoria Kress, “Professional Counseling Excellence Through Leadership and Advocacy” and “A Relational Cultural Approach to Working with Clients Experiencing Eating Disorders”
  • Dr. Colleen Logan, “Bullying in the Workplace: Yes, It’s Real and It Needs to Stop. Now.”
  • Dr. Constance Matthews, “Publishing in ACA Refereed Journals: Suggestions From the Council of Editors”
  • Dr. Rhonda Neswald-Potter, Dr. John Marszalek and Dr. Michelle Perepiczka, “Maori Drawing for Counseling Self-Care”
  • Dr. Ifetayo Ojelade, “Integrating Indigenous African Healing Modalities into Clinical Practice”
  • Dr. Ruth Ouzts Moore, “Counselors in the Courtroom: Ethical and Legal Issues” and “The Tug of War Child: Treating Parental Alienation Syndrome with Creative Counseling Techniques”
  • Dr. Jason Patton and Dr. Stacee Reicherzer, “Bridging the Gender Continuum: Supporting a Newly Transgender Client in Naming and Claiming Her Identity”
  • Dr. Michelle Perepiczka, “Implementing a Pilot Study for Law Enforcement Agencies to Provide Psychoeducation on Vicarious Trauma” and “Decrease Drop Outs and Increase Outcomes in Two Easy Steps: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Systematic Measurement for Counselors”
  • Dr. Stacee Reicherzer, “Counseling Immigrant Clients: Research, Practice and Advocacy” and “The Transgender Liberation Struggle and the DSM-5: Examining Power and Paradox in Our Roles as Counselors”

In addition, several Walden faculty members were honored at this year’s conference for their work in the counseling profession. Dr. Brandé Flamez, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program, received the ACA’s Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person and was recognized for her selfless contributions to the profession. She also was honored by The Association for Humanistic Counseling, one of the original divisions of the ACA, and received the Humanistic Advocacy and Social Justice Award. The Association for Humanistic Counseling also recognized two other Walden faculty members:

  • Dr. Michelle Perepiczka, MS in Mental Health Counseling program, received the Humanistic Educator/Supervisor Award
  • Dr. Donna Sheperis, MS in Mental Health Counseling program, received the Humanistic Clinician Award

Walden also supported a local food drive during the conference. Attendees were encouraged to donate canned food, which was used to construct a replica of the Transamerica Pyramid in partnership with San Francisco Canstruction. Walden and attendees donated 16,000 pounds of food to the San Francisco Food Bank as a result of the food drive.

Walden University’s School of Counseling and Social Service in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences enables students to gain scholarly and professional experience to promote positive social change. The school’s programs prepare professionals with the skills they need to advance in a broad range of settings that include mental health centers, social service agencies, research institutes and universities. For more information about Walden’s counseling programs, visit

For more information about Walden’s ACA faculty member presentations, visit

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 48,500 students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 65 degree programs with more than 330 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,