Counseling Psychology News
UW-Madison’s Mindi Thompson is receiving the 2014 Early Career Professional Award from the Society for Vocational Psychology. She is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology. This prestigious award goes to a person who demonstrates a substantial commitment and contribution to the field of career and vocational psychology within seven years of receiving a doctoral degree.
In her first blog post for Ed Prep Matters, UW-Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood explains how teaching and teacher training are difficult tasks these days. Ed Prep Matters is the official blog of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and Underwood this year is chairing AACTE’s Board of Directors.
Alberta Gloria, chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology, was recently appointed to UW-Madison’s Kemper Knapp Bequest Committee. She will begin serving during the 2014-15 academic year, and serve a four-year term. Knapp grants are usually in the range of $500 to $5,000. According to the terms of the original bequest, the committee favors projects that cross departmental lines and have an impact on the educational and cultural life of the university community, particularly projects that benefit undergraduate students.
This past weekend UW-Madison’s School of Education recognized its Spring 2014 graduates by hosting a pair of celebrations at the Gordon Dining and Events center on campus. To view more than 400 photos from the Ph.D. and MFA Hooding Ceremony and Reception, and the Commencement Breakfast Celebration, visit the School's Facebook Page.
The work of Kathy Cramer, a professor with the Department of Political Science, is steeped in providing service learning experiences for students and examining ways that UW-Madison can build stronger relationships with those outside of campus. The Morgridge Center advances the Wisconsin Idea by developing and promoting civic engagement and learning through service within local, national and global communities.
The highly regarded national reputation of UW-Madison’s School of Education is due, in large part, to the dedication and talent of its faculty and staff. Each year, the School recognizes some of its most outstanding contributors with School of Education Faculty & Staff Achievement Awards. And on Wednesday night, the most recent class of award winners was honored during a reception and ceremony at the Education Building.
As an academic, Carmen Valdez appreciates the importance of conducting quality research and the value of producing fresh knowledge that can advance a field. Yet it’s the work that directly touches the lives of others that drives her. “Part of my job is to conduct research and publish and get my work out to other professionals,” says the associate professor of counseling psychology. “But it’s when I get out and am able to work with people and different communities that I really become motivated. That is what drives me.”
After graduating from law school in 1992, Larry Peterson embarked on his professional career as a public defender. He has spent more than two decades with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. In an effort to transform his practice and to better help his clients and society-at-large, Peterson is furthering his education by pursuing a master’s degree with UW-Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology.
In 2003, Dana Barre earned a master’s degree from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, specializing in community counseling. Barre in 2009 founded Heartland Farm Sanctuary, a local non-profit animal rescue that provides therapeutic animal-assisted programs for individuals with disabilities and children who are either at risk or have a history of trauma.
Francisco Sánchez arrived on the UW-Madison campus in the fall of 2012 after spending eight years with the Department of Human Genetics and the Center for Gender-Based Biology at the UCLA School of Medicine. Moving forward, he plans on helping interpret biological studies and relaying information so it can be more easily understood. Sánchez was given the unique opportunity to do just that as his expertise was highlighted in the documentary, “Survival of the Fabulous.”