Amber L. Knaffle, an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling student, was awarded the 2013 NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarship for her commitment to practice in a rural area upon graduation. She plans to open a counseling center and expressive arts studio in Cheboygan, Mich.
Mironda Laws, an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling student, was promoted in March from a therapist to a utilization review specialist at North Philadelphia Health System. In her new role, she will manage five departments.
Sha-Rhonda M. Davis, a Ph.D. in Human Services student, published Inspirational Thoughts on Being a Wife, Mother and a Woman (CreateSpace, 2013), a series of essays that address the emotional health and wellness of women. She runs a private practice, Empowered2Change Counseling Center, in Hiram, Ga.
Ronald Johnson, an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling student, published “Facilitating Transformation in Presence-centered Counselling” in Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology (Vol. 5). As a professional, he advises clients who have addictions at Wise Counsel and Comfort in Portland, Ore.
Luis Lacourt, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision student, was interviewed on News-Talk 1480 WHBC radio on March 25 to promote his work as the founder of Prostate Awareness & Cancer Support, an organization that connects cancer survivors and families to offer support and raises money to offer free health screenings near his Massillon, Ohio, community.
Sharon Webb, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision student, presented in February at the North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association conference. She also presented in October at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference in Savannah, Ga.
Jeff Lubsen, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision student, a 2011 Scholar of Change and 2012 Commitment to Social Change Scholarship recipient, is a monthly columnist for Camp Kansas City magazine and was recently a guest speaker on NPR station KKFI 90.1 FM, presenting “Finding LGBT Affirming Healthcare” and “Finding Trans-Competent Healthcare.” He is an intensive outpatient group counselor at Kansas City Psychiatric and Psychological Services in Independence, Mo., and founder of LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Greater Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo.
Luis Lacourt, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision student, held the event “Tackle Prostate Cancer” in October near his home in Massillon, Ohio, to raise funds and awareness of the disease and honor 30 survivors. The event also featured a hospital health van and doctors on-site to answer attendees’ questions.
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