Students at the It Takes a Village mini-conference

Last fall, the Class of 2016 organized the ninth annual counselor advocacy mini-conference held at Curry. All first-year students presented on topics related to the theme “It Takes A Village.”

Counselor Ed Update 2016

Over the last several years, the Counselor Education Program has developed partnerships with many of the area’s elementary and secondary school counseling departments. Many have hosted our practicum and internship students, we have hosted professional development programs for practicing school counselors, and Dr. Paul Harris has spearheaded a School Counseling Summit, designed to advance the knowledge of school counseling and create additional opportunities for counselors to network with each other. Though these efforts have been beneficial for school systems, counselors, and our program faculty and students, we have longed to create partnerships with district-level school counseling leaders. We hope to discover the leadership qualities and competencies that our students should learn and to play a role in creating systemic change in area public schools. We now have the means to accomplish these goals, and our newest full-time program faculty member is capable of leading our charge in taking on this endeavor. Read More »

Alum in the Spotlight: Seth Hayden (Ph.D. ‘11)

Seth Hayden’s early career success is only the most recent example of the quality of graduates coming out of Curry’s Counselor Education program. Since completing his doctoral work, the Military and Government Counseling Association in Government has presented him with both the 2012 Professional of the Year Award and the 2013 Award of Excellence. MGCA is a division of the American Counseling Association that supports professional counselors and educators working at all levels of government. He also served a term as the organization’s president in 2014-15. Read More »

Julia Taylor: New to the Counselor Education Faculty

Long before entering the doctoral program at Virginia Commonwealth University, Julia Taylor was influencing youth, both as a school counselor and as an author of non-fiction books on topics like body image, bullying and aggression. After earning a master of arts in counseling at Marymount University and spending a year as a school counselor in Loudoun County, Va., Taylor moved down to Cary, N.C. There, she worked as a counselor in Wake County Public Schools for six years before becoming the dean of student services at Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy in 2011. Read More »