Department News

CACREP Accreditation

  • Our Master's programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Student Affairs Counseling, and School Counseling have been re-accredited through October 2024.
  • Our PhD program in Counseling and Counselor Education is also re-accredited through October 2024.

Scholarships

  • Shana Gelin, PhD student is the recipient of the 2018 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program. In receiving this award, Shana is committed to continuing to work with racially and ethnically diverse individuals through mental health services and/or direct practitioner training. She will commemorate this achievement in Washington D.C during the NBCC 2018 Bridging the Gap Symposium.
  • Alonzo TurnerAlonzo Turner, Ph.D. student was the receipent of the Greensboro Medical Society Foundation Scholarhip award.  Alonzo received this scholarship at the 27th Annual Scholarship Gala in Greensboro, NC.

Recent Faculty and Student Publications

  • Belmontes, K. C.  (2018).  When the family gets in the way of recovery: Motivational Interviewing with families.  The Family Journal.
  • Cavanaugh, K. M. (2018). Balancing care of self with care of others: A masters in marriage. In G. Corey, M. Muratori, J. T. Austin, & J. AAustin (Eds.) Counselor Self-Care. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Gelin, S. (2018). Finding peace in the midst of personal stress. In Corey, G., Muratori, M., Austin, J., & Austin J (Eds.),Counselor self-care. (pp. 198-199). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Gnilka, P., O’Hara, C., & Chang, C. Y. (2018). Social justice counseling. In D. G. Hays & B. T. Erford (Eds.), Developing multicultural counseling competence: A systems approach (3rd ed., pp. 66-91). New York: Pearson.
  • Goodrich, K. M., Farmer, L., Davis, R. J., Watson, J., Griffith, C., Akers, W., Disprenza, F., & Luke, M. (2017). Standards of care for assessment with LGBTQ+ persons. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 11(4), 203-211.
  • Goodrich, K. M., & Luke, M. (2017). Ethical issues in the research of group work. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 42(1), 108-129.
  • Goodrich, K. M., Luke, M., & Scarborough, J. L. (2018). Professional school counselors’ preparation and experiences in working with LGBTQ-identified youth.Romanian Journal of Counseling.
  • Griffith, C., Akers, W., Disprenza, F., Luke, M., Goodrich, K. M., Farmer, L., Davis, R. J., & Watson, J. (2017). Standards of care for research with LGBTQ+ persons. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 11(4), 212-229.
  • Kiweewa, J. M., Knettel, B. A., & Luke, M. (2017). Infusing counselling and guidance models into teacher education in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling.
  • Luke, M., & Goodrich, K. G. (2017). Assessing an LGBTQ responsive training intervention for school counselor trainees. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 3(2).
  • Luke. M., Harper, A., Goodrich, K. M., & Singh, A. (2017). Developmental Issues for the LGBTQI+ Population Part II: LGBTQI+ Youth Development.In M. Ginicola, J. Filmore, & C. Smith (Eds.). Affirmative counseling with the LGBTQI population: Current and emerging issues. (pp.41-48). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Peters, H. C., Rivas, M. (2018). The self-model of humanistic supervision. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. DOI: 10.1007/s10447-018-9323-5
  • Peters, H. C. (2018). The Protective Circle: Queer Fathers and Counselors. The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. DOI: 10.1080/15538605.2018.1421112
  • Rumrill, P., & Bellini, J. (2018). Research in Rehabilitation Counseling: A Guide to design, methodology, and utilization (3rd ed.).Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas, Publisher.Russo, N., Luke, M., Heffernan, K., Columna, L., & Ingram, E. (2017). A community based theatre arts program for adults with disabilities: Finding evidence through research, observation, and individual transformation. In M. Reason, N. Rowe (Eds.), Applied Practice: Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art. Bloomsbury Methuen: London.
  • Singh, A., Goodrich, K. M., Harper, A., & Luke. M. (2017). Developmental Issues for the LGBTQI + Population Part I: Growing Up LGBTQI+: The Importance of Developmental Conceptualizations. In M. Ginicola, J. Filmore, & C. Smith (Eds.). Affirmative counseling with the LGBTQI population: Current and emerging issues. (pp. 31-40). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Smith, J. A., McCullough, R., Critchlow, C., & Luke, M. (2017). Proposing an initiative research methodology for LGBTQ+ youth: Photo-elicitation and thematic analysis. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling,11(4),271-284.
  • Kozak, K. (2017). Writing your own sequel. In S. Degges-White & N. Davis (Eds.), Integrating the expressive arts into counseling practice, second edition: Theory-based interventions. (pp. 183-184). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Yesilada, S.(2017). Therapy timeline. In S. Degges-White & N. Davis (Eds.), Integrating the expressive arts into counseling practice, second edition: Theory-based interventions. (pp. 177-178). New York, NY: Springer.

Recent Faculty and Student Presentations

  • Belmontes, K. C.  (2017).  In Treatment: An Illustration of the Impact of Client Suicide on Counselors.  Presentation at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Chicago, IL.
  • Belmontes, K. C.  (2017).  Client Suicide: An Occupational Hazard for Counselors.  Presentation at the America Mental Health Counselors Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Gelin, S. (February, 2018). “Uncovering Narratives From Minority Students in Group Counseling Courses” Roundtable at Association for Specialist in Group Work Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Gelin, S., Buser, J., Buser, T., Goodrich, K. & Luke, M. (February,2018). “Ethical Considerations for Mindfulness Practice in Group Work”. Poster Session at Association for Specialist in Group Work Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Peters, H. C. (February, 2018). Queer Fatherhood: The vital role of counselors and communityInternational Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. New Orleans, LA.
  • Luke, M. (Feb. 2018). The professionalization of school counseling internationally. Romanian Counseling Conference. Bucharest, Romania.

Grants

  • Cavanaugh, K. M. & Luke, M. (2018). The impact of societally-enforced gender norms on transgender college students: A qualitative study. Make a Difference Grant of $750 from the Association for Humanistic Counseling.

Non-Refereed Publications

Syracuse University at ACES 2017

Shana Gellin and Erin Friedman ACES 2017 - ChicagoJennifer Rogers, Melissa Luke, Andreea Sziglagy and Amaila Stanciu JenselErin Friedman and Jordan Shannon ACES 2017 Chicago

Left: Shana Gellin and Erin Friedman, both PhD students
Center: 
Jennifer Rogers, Ph.D grad; Melissa Luke; Andreea Sziglagy; Amalia Stanciu Jensel, PhD grad
Right: 
Erin Friedman and Jordan Shannon, both PhD students

  • Belmontes, K. (2017, October). In Treatment: An Illustration of the Impact of Client Suicide on Counselors. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Bruner, S. (2017, October). Traditionally Marginalized Doctoral Student Persistence: Lessons Learned. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Barrio Minton, C., Bruner, S., & Wachter Morris, C. (2017, October). Researching Counselor Education: A Systematic, Critical Content Analysis of Methodology. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Friedman, E.& Lugo, M. (2017, October). Qualitative Analysis of Adjunct Teachers Experiences with Gatekeeping in Counseling Programs. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Gelin, S. (2017, October). “Black, but not African American:” Exploration About Counseling Afro-Caribbean College Students. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Lee, A. (2017, October). Clinical Training Experiences of International Counseling Students. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Luke, M., Gilbride, D., Goodrich, K., & Rogers, J. (2017, October). Attachment, Use of Cognitive Distortions, and Experiences in Supervision Among Counseling Students. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Luke, M., Goodrich, K., & Kleist, D. (2017, October). The Big or Small Question: A Model for Conceptualizing Sample Size in Qualitative Research. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Clark, M., & O’Hara, C. (2017, October). Implementing Feminist, Post-Colonial, and Indigenous Methods in Counseling Research. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (ACES INFORM Presentation).
  • Cook, J. & O’Hara, C. (2017, October). Identifying and Dismantling Social Class Microaggressions in Counselor Education. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Peters, H., & Cavanaugh, K. (2017, October). Queering Queer Males Couples Counseling. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (Roundtable session).
  • Peters, H., & Vereen, L. (2017, October). Grounding Leadership in Professional Counseling: A Phenomenological Study. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Rivas, M., Hill, N., Peters, H., & Vereen, L. (2017, October). Multicultural Training for Counselors: A Qualitative Investigation of Students’ Experiences. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Seward, D. (2017, October). Critical Incidents of Multicultural Training Resistance in Students of Color. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Rivas, M., Hill, N., & Seward, D. (2017, October). The Development of Disability Competence: A Grounded Theory. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Paone, T., Pullman, N., & Shannon, J. (2017, October). One of the Only: Experiences of Students of Color in two Multicultural Counseling Courses. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Zhu, P., Craigen, L., & Navalta, C. (2017, October). Infusing Trauma-Informed Pedagogy into Counselor Training. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).
  • Zhu, P., & Luke, M. (2017, October). Teaching Constructivism or Constructivist Teaching? Lesson Learned in Counseling Theories Pedagogy. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Chicago, IL (50 min. session).

Please join us in welcoming our new faculty!

Caroline O'HaraCaroline O’Hara, PhD, LPC (GA), NCC
Assistant Professor

Caroline O’Hara is pleased to join Syracuse University as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. She also serves the Department of Counseling and Human Services as CMHC Program Coordinator. Although she originally hails from Georgia, she spent a few years working in Ohio and is enjoying New York as her new home. In her free time, she appreciates creative pursuits in the kitchen such as cooking and baking; natural activities such as gardening, hiking, and birdwatching; and all things sci-fi/fantasy/horror.

Caroline O’Hara, Ph.D., LPC (GA), NCC is a scholar and advocate working as an Assistant Professor in the Department pf Counseling and Human Services at Syracuse University. She currently serves as Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Although she teaches across the core CACREP curriculum, she particularly enjoys teaching professional identity and ethics, group counseling, assessment, counseling skills, social and cultural foundations, theories, and experiential courses.

Most of Dr. O’Hara’s counseling experience has been in college counseling centers providing campus outreach as well as individual, group, career, and disability counseling. She has also worked in partial hospitalization, hospital, and hospice settings. 

Dr. O’Hara’s scholarly interests include multicultural counseling competence and advocacy. She primarily publishes and presents in the areas of microaggressions, social justice, sexual and gender diversity, multicultural competence, and advocacy (both client and professional). As Chair of the AARC Diversity Committee, she spearheaded the development and publication of the AARC Standards for Multicultural Research (2016).

Dr. O’Hara has also held multiple leadership positions at the local and national levels. She is active with several ACA divisions, including AARC, ACES, and AMCD. She has served AARC as Treasurer and Diversity Committee Chair. She has also served AMCD as Awards Chair. Additionally, Dr. O'Hara is an active member of CSI, having served as a Chapter Faculty Advisor, CSI Leadership Intern, and Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy. She has been honored with several awards including the ACA Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award, the AMCD Emerging Graduate Student Leadership Award, the ACES Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award, and the SACES Emerging Leader Fellow Award. 

Dr. O’Hara received her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.

Sherrie BrunerSharon (Sherrie) Bruner, PhD.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Sherrie is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services. She joined SU in 2017 and currently teaches Career, Counseling Theory, and Internship. Before joining SU, Sherrie was an adjunct instructor at Johnson University and taught as a graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee. Sherrie’s clinical experience includes work within jail, residential, in-home, and school settings. Sherrie’s primarily focuses on issues surrounding persistence and resilience of diverse populations and counselor/educator competence with diverse populations.  Sherrie is specifically interested in systemic and institutional processes that support or hinder the success of diverse students.

George VeraGeorge Davy Vera, Ph.D., NCC, ACS
Visiting Assistant Professor

George Davy Vera is a clinical counseling practitioner and counselor educator, he has been working in the counseling field for over 30 years.  Before coming to Syracuse University, Dr. Vera was a visiting professor at the University of San Diego, CA.  Formerly, he was a professor in the Psychology Department, School of Education, at the University of Zulia, Venezuela.  Besides his teaching commitments, he served in diverse leadership positions, such as Chair of the Psychology Department and Chair of Counseling Master Program and lead researcher for several funded research projects.

Dr. Vera holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (University of New Orleans, 2002), a M.Ed. inCounselor Education (clinical mental health counseling emphasis; University of New Orleans, 1999), an M.S. in Behavioral Counseling (Center for Psychiatry, Psychological, and Sexual Studies, 1996), a B. Ed. In Counseling & Guidance (The University of Zulia, 1993),and an A.A.S in Computer Information Systems (University Institute Jesus E. Lossada, 1983). He is a National Certificate Counselor (NCC, 2000) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (2016).

Philosophically, Dr. Vera follows a humanistic-centered teaching perspective. His pedagogical framework is nurtured by original ideas proposed by constructivist epistemology, Freire’s pedagogy principles, Critical Pedagogy paradigms, and the Socratic approach.  Based on this philosophy, he follows a student-centered and experiential approach to the activate a sense of community of self-directed learners. 

As a result of his pedagogical-oriented research, he had developed diverse learning strategies and techniques suitable for interdisciplinary teaching-learning processes at undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education spaces. Therefore, these educational spaces are characterized by engagement and respectful support among learners,inclusiveness, and participative encouragement. In his view, any education process is first humanistic in nature, then scientific, and finally technologic; accordingly, a pedagogically-oriented education should be able of facilitating multiple levels of experiences: in-classroom, in the field, and online that would highly stimulate students’ learning possibilities and talents development as well as their own power for changing themselves and their World.

As a scholar, he has been publishing and researching on pedagogical-oriented practical applications related to educating and supervising professional counseling practitioners in diverse settings. Counseling interview and techniques, counseling emerging theories, bilingual and multicultural counseling challenges, social, and inclusion issues in human development from counseling perspectives are included in his current research agenda.