50 CMHC Students Inducted Into Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society

Fifty Clinical Mental Health Counseling students were inducted into the CMHC New England Chapter (Alpha Nu Epsilon) of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society of the counseling profession. They joined the 40 current student members and many alumni of the program. The Chi Sigma Iota Chapter is instrumental in promoting scholarship and practices related to social justice in the CMHC program. Recently, the Chapter sponsored a workshop on Decolonizing Therapy with Manuel Blasini-Méndez for the CMHC student community.

“We are very proud of the number of students in our program being honored through Chi Sigma Iota for their academic, scholarship, and advocacy accomplishments,” said Dr. Cathy Lounsbury, Chair, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department. “Our student leaders within Chi Sigma Iota have been instrumental in promoting social justice values and actions within our program and beyond.”

Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, Dr. Jamie Bower, Dr. Misty Grant, and Dr. Kalesha Jenkins have served as faculty advisors to the CMHC New England Chapter.

CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. We promote a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.

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LeVan D. Hawkins ’11

LeVan D. Hawkins ’11 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) has been awarded a Pushcart Prize for his essay, “Both Sissies,” which was published in the Chicago Quarterly Review in 2021. “Both Sissies” is selected for reprint in Pushcart Prize XLV11: Best of Small Presses (2023 edition) November 2022.

Chris Tompkins ’22

Chris Tompkins, student in the Los Angeles Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, LGBT-Affirmative Psychology Specialization with an expected graduation date of June of 2022, had their book, Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent’s Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground, published by Rowman & Littlefield on May 14, 2021. The purpose of the book is to prevent queerphobia and bullying before they begin. “After I had been out of the closet for almost 15 years—and dedicated my life to LGBTQ advocacy work—my 6-year-old nephew, David, asked me at a family function if the woman next to me was my

Leatrice Oram ’16 and Martha Miser ’11

Dr. Leatrice Oram ’16 (GSLC, PhD) and Dr. Martha Miser ’11 (GSLC, PhD) co-authored the article “All Ears: The Gift of the Introvert” that appeared in Coaching Perspectives. Read Dr. Oram’s dissertation A Method to My Quietness: A Grounded Theory Study of Living and Leading with Introversion here. Read Dr. Miser’s dissertation The Myth of Endless Accumulation: A Feminist Inquiry Into Globalization, Growth, and Social Change here.  

Greta Creech

Dr. Greta Creech ’21 (GSLC, PhD) published a new article entitled, “Misaligned Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion in the Intelligence Community” in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence. Read Dr. Creech’s dissertation Holding on to Who They Are: Pathways for Variations in Response to Toxic Workplace Behavior Among U.S. Intelligence Officers here.

PhD in Leadership and Change Students and Alum to Present at Conference

PhD in Leadership and Change students LauraLynn Jansen, Cindy Mako Robinson, Kader Gumus, and alumna Dr. Shana Hormann will present at the International Association’s Women in Leadership Conference in Portsmouth, United Kingdom June 15-17, 2022. The conference includes three days of programming including keynotes, reflective conversations, workshops, panels, presentations, and more. The conference will provide space and time for participants to reflect and rejuvenate while inspiring each other and developing research and practice as leaders for today and tomorrow. The schedule and presentations include: Wed, June 15, 8:00 to 8:40am: PhD in Leadership and Change student LauraLynn Jansen will present “Integrated Alchemy: Awakening

Angela M. Franklin ‘20

Angela M. Franklin ‘20 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) conducted Our Soul wRITES: Sexual Trauma Undressed, a two-part healing and writing workshop series, presented through the Anansi Writers Workshop during women’s history month in March 2022. The events were held at The World Stage in Leimert Park, in Los Angeles. “After attending several poetry workshops, I noticed a reoccurring theme of sexual trauma being expressed through poets’ work. As an overcomer of violence, I sensed a calling to conduct an intimate setting where women would be free to express themselves without shame or censorship,” said Franklin. “The participants

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