With its recent workshop in Greensburg, the IUP Center for Counselor Training and Services (CCTS) has now trained over 1,500 individuals. The October 2013 workshop on diagnostics attracted 85 participants, enabling CCTS to break the 1,500-participant level. CCTS was initiated by the Department of Counseling in 2005 after a series of successful workshops dating back to January 2002.
“To reach over 1,500 workshop attendees is a wonderful accomplishment,” said Hilliary Creely, J.D., Ph.D., and assistant dean for Research in the School of Graduate Studies and Research, who coordinates the Centers and Institutes at IUP. “I am delighted to see that so many students and professionals in our region have benefited from the training opportunities provided by CCTS.”
“In doing so, many schools and mental health agencies look to IUP for professional development in counseling and mental health,” she added.
Workshops have been offered in Indiana, Monroeville, and Greensburg since that time. The Center has featured internationally renowned experts in the counseling profession, including premier figures related to solution-focused therapy, reality therapy, and counseling with adolescents.
A significant number of CCTS workshop participants have consisted of Counseling alumni and students. In the seminar last month, about 20 percent of the 85 registrants were graduates of the Counseling program. Altogether, over half of the attendees were alumni and current Counseling students.
CCTS will be offering a first-ever conference on adolescence and mental health at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on Friday, March 7. Two keynote speakers will mark the morning portion of the conference. Mary Margaret Kerr, professor and chair of Administrative and Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss student-school relationships, and John Frain, director of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and an alumnus of the Department of Counseling, will discuss Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice Enhancement Strategy. Afternoon breakout sessions will be offered by an array of IUP faculty and Counseling alumni.
In Fall 2014, one of the seminal figures in play therapy, Garry Landreth, will be the feature presenter. Landreth is director emeritus of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Play Therapy.
More information about these upcoming events can be obtained by calling CCTS at 724-357-3807.
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