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LIU Hudson at Rockland Presenting at the New York Mental Health Counselors Association Convention


Jeffrey McDowell,Media Contact
Long Island University

NYMHCALIU Hudson at Rockland will once again be represented at the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA) Convention. The NYMHCA Convention, which is held every two years, will be in Albany, N.Y., from April 11 to 13, 2014. Dr. Thomas J. Nardi, director of the counseling programs at LIU Hudson at Rockland, has organized several presentations at the convention.

Dr. Nardi will be presenting a workshop, titled Spiritual/Religious Beliefs: A Hidden Resource for Counselors. This workshop will present and explore an important, but often neglected, aspect of counseling: the client’s spiritual/religious beliefs. Participants will also examine their own beliefs to better understand those of their clients and how the client's beliefs can be utilized effectively in counseling.

Two recent graduates, Judy Harrington ’13, M.S.Ed. in School Counseling, and Francesca Lopis ’13, M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, will be hosting a poster session, titled Incorporating Service Learning into Counselor Education. Several models for incorporating service learning into counselor education will be presented. The models include service learning as part of a formal course or curriculum as well as an extra curricula activity.

Another workshop, titled Creative Mind-Body Methods in Counseling will be hosted by recent graduate Laura Gorzka ’13, M.S. in Mental Health Counseling; Jackie Rizzo, a current mental health counseling student; and Dr. Nardi. East meets west in this lively interactive hands-on workshop that will blend traditional Asian mind-body methods with Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Participants will experience and learn simple mediation and energy balancing exercises that can be used with their clients as well as for self-care.

Posted 02/21/2014

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