Counseling Workshops Top 2,000 Registrants

Posted on 3/27/2019 2:42:17 PM

Workshops offered through the Department of Counseling have topped the 2,000-registrant level after the latest seminar in early March 2019.

Professional development workshops have been offered since spring 2002 and have featured nationally and internationally known experts in the counseling profession. The Center for Counselor Training and Services was created in 2005 and was renamed as the Center for Creativity and Change in 2015.

“This 2,000-registrant landmark is significant in scope,” said Claire Dandeneau, chair of the Department of Counseling. “It speaks to the importance of professional development emphasized in our department and to the Center’s service to our counseling alumni and clinical mental health and school counseling professionals throughout the region.”

The workshop that enabled the 2,000-registrant figure was a March 1 seminar on mindfulness and youth that was presented by Diane Gehart, PhD, a professor in the Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy programs at California State University, Northridge. She spoke about how to teach mindfulness to youth, and introduced techniques to facilitate mindfulness practice.

Since 2002, 35 workshops have been offered on a variety of counseling topics, including group counseling, counseling adolescents, and career counseling. The Center has attracted leading figures in counseling from across the country. It was also the 2017 recipient of the Professional Service Award given by the Association for Creativity in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association.

John McCarthy, professor in the Department of Counseling, has directed the Center since its inception.

More information can be found at the Center for Creativity and Change website.