New from the Department of Counseling and Human Services:
Melissa Luke and Peitao Zhu G’20 appeared on the latest episode of Supervision Time. They spoke about “Cultural Humility in Counselor Education,” including their recent scholarly work interviewing counselor educators on the development of cultural humility. Cultural humility emphasizes both having an accurate view of self, and being open and respectful to others. Luke is a Dean’s Professor in the School of Education and a Syracuse University Provost’s Faculty Fellow. Zhu is a 2020 graduate of the counselor education doctoral program and assistant professor at Northern Illinois University.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services is part of a large cross-campus partnership that received a grant to increase mental health service access in Central New York, including Luke and Derek X. Seward, associate professor and chair of the department. The grant is from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The partnership with the School of Social Work, Department of Psychology, and Upstate University’s Psychiatry Faculty Practice, will create a collaborative training program to serve high-need and high-demand populations in urban and rural areas.
“I think it will be a wonderful opportunity for our clinical mental health counseling students whose training is very focused,” Seward says. “This project will provide more richness and training around working in interdisciplinary teams, which they normally don’t get until they begin their field experiences. Most licensed counselors practice in interdisciplinary settings so this early exposure to other mental health professionals will serve our students well.”