UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - CP650 Team

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CP650 Teaching Team

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Spring 2016 Instructors

Elaina Meier is currently a ‚Äčthird-year doctoral student in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Meier comes to the CP 650 team with a dynamic education and teaching background and currently serves as the Lecturer for the class. Meier is a licensed master educator in the state of Wisconsin, having spent a decade teaching secondary students in the areas of psychology, history, political science, economics and journalism. Meier holds an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, having also studied history and secondary education at Wartburg College. Meier holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with certifications in trauma and addictions counseling from Mount Mary University. Meier also earned a Master of Art in English with a writing concentration from Mount Mary University. Meier currently holds both Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor in Training license and a Substance Abuse Counselor In Training license. Meier's clinical work focused on trauma informed counseling and assessment. Meier, a former collegiate athlete, seeks to provide and an energetic classroom experience. Meier brings this dynamic convergence of experiences together to provide an engaging learning environment for students. Meier's favorite concept in CP 650 is how essential it is for us to have insight and awareness around the role of culture in communications, especially interviews, so that we can be more fully present and engaged in those communications.

Elaina Meier

Dustin Brockberg is a third-year counseling psychology doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. This is Dustin’s fourth semester teaching a lab in the CP650 course. Along with the comprehensive, culturally centered course material, he is most excited about the practical applications within the lab sections. His favorite interview question is, “As we end today, how can you apply what you learned into your day-to-day interactions?” This question allows an individual to apply theoretical concepts into real-life applications or situations.


Austen Chase Matsui is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously earned her Master’s in Counseling from the same department in 2015, giving her a lengthy stay as a Badger. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, she moved to the Midwest to pursue her college education. She is excited to return to the CP 650 team to act as a lab instructor for the second time. Austen enjoys teaching 650 because it provides a space for students to examine their interpersonal interactions and expand their curiosity for understanding the genuine experiences of other individuals, especially those with identities and backgrounds distinct from their own. Additionally, the basic attending skills and enhanced self-awareness that are core the CP 650 curriculum often serve students in any career path they choose for themselves. Outside of her professional roles, Austen enjoys sharing an unnecessary number of photos of her cat via social media, being outdoors and playing sports, and continuing to learn Japanese.

AChase Fall 2016

Alayna Oby is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alayna is a Wisconsinite who enjoys traveling abroad for the purpose of study and service; Alayna's favorite destinations include Brasil, Costa Rica, and Haiti. Alayna's research interests include the psychological impacts of interpersonal trauma and the evaluation of the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client in psychotherapy. Prior to commencing her studies at the University of Wisconsin, Alayna worked as a social worker with a focus on AODA. Currently, Alayna serves as a TA in the CP 650 course. Her  favorite interview question is a secondary question, silence, as it allows space for the client to share information that might've been hidden previously. Beyond the classroom, Alayna enjoys observing nature and visiting museums.

Alayna Oby

Kathryn Thomas is a first-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program. She completed her M.Ed. at Loyola University Chicago in community counseling, and her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University in psychology and studio art. She is a Chicago native and enjoys biking and painting in her free time.

Tiffany Jones
Kathryn Thomas Fall 2016
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