Clinical Mental Health Counseling April News
Eighteen students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department, together with Program Director and Chair Dr. Laura Kestemberg, Professors Laura Wood and Tyce Nadrich, and administrative assistant Theresa Kill attended the New York Mental Health Counselors Association Convention (NYMHCA) April 14 in Albany. There are over 70 clinical mental health counseling programs in New York State and Molloy's program had the second highest student representation. Third Year CMHC graduate student Tatiana McLean was named NYMHCA Outstanding Counseling Student Education Award for 2018, making her the top graduate student in the field for the entire state. In addition, Dr. Laura Wood was Keynote Speaker for the convention this year. Dr. Wood's keynote address was, "All the World's a Stage: Infusing Drama and Embodiment into Clinical Practice, Supervision, and Counselor Education." Dr. Wood also presented a workshop entitled "Discovering & Strengthening Parts of Self through Mask Work and Enactment."
Highlights from the NYMHCA Convention include: Third-Year CMHC Students Tatiana McLean and Tiare Martinez along with Professor Tyce Nadrich presented on "Addressing Stigma and Inequity: An Innovative Toolkit for New Counselors" Third-Year Student Lori McAndrew and Dr. Kestemberg presented two educational sessions: the first presentation was on "Fabulous & Fifty: Adult CMHC Graduate Students Balancing It All & Having it All," and the second was entitled "Take a Breath, Take a Break: An Innovative Meditative Toolkit for Beginner Counselors to Use with Clients of All Ages."
April was a busy and exciting month for CMHC, in addition to the conference, CMHC hosted the Fifth Annual Mental Health Conference on Multicultural and Diversity Practices for helping Professionals with 200 people in attendance. Keynote speakers Dr. Jeffrey Kottler and Dr. Anneliese Singh did a wonderful job presenting and sharing knowledge with our attendees. Dr. Kottler presented "Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Advocacy," and Dr. Singh focused on "Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling and Advocacy: What Works in the 'Real' World?"
We also had two workshops presented by our keynote speakers. Both workshops received very positive feedback from attendees, who were grateful to be in the presence of and learn from two internationally recognized individuals in the field of counseling. Dr. Jeffrey Kottler presented his workshop on the "The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors," and Dr. Singh discussed "What if Trans Liberation is for Everybody?: Moving from Affirmative to Liberatory Counseling with All Genders."