Dr. Claire Dandeneau, the Counseling Department chairperson, said, “Developing the Center not only enables us to continue to provide nationally known experts to professionals in the region, but also gives us the opportunity to offer training and services to professionals in a host of other ways. It’s the only center for counselors of which we know in the area.”
Regional workshops have been organized for professional counselors, school counselors, counselor educators, and students. Featured presenters have included national and international speakers presenting on such topics as play therapy, reality therapy, resistant youth, motivational interviewing, impact therapy, brief therapy, and counseling adolescents, to name but a few. As workshops present in either the Indiana (Pa.) or Pittsburgh area, professionals and students throughout Western Pennsylvania are invited to participate and benefit from the workshops.
The Center for Creativity and Change is to advance and enhance the creative thinking and problem-solving abilities of IUP community members, IUP alumni, and school/mental health professionals throughout the region via professional development, counseling-related workshops, and other innovative measures.
To successfully implement its mission statement, the Center has been established with the following five goals in mind: