Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty Present at Conference

Critical Race Theory as an image of Dr. Ernie Zullo and Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner Ethical Approach to Decentering Whiteness in Counseling Theory and Practice with an image ofDr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, and Dr. Ernie Zullo, Assistant Professor in New England’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program presented at the 7th Annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference held in New Orleans, LA on February 8 – 11, 2022. This annual national refereed professional conference brought together counselor educators, counseling graduate students, and counseling practitioners to review the latest trends and developments in the areas of law and ethics in counseling.

Their presentation was entitled, “Critical Race Theory as an Ethical Approach to Decentering Whiteness in Counseling Theory and Practice.” This presentation discussed Critical Race Theory (CRT) as an approach to address race, racism, power, and privilege in counseling practices and systems that may work to silence the voices of historically marginalized populations. In their presentation, they identified the key tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT), and ways to ethically incorporate CRT into counselor education curricula to effectively teach students about advocacy, activism, and multicultural competence.

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Lem Watson

Lem Watson, EdD, Core Faculty and Professor of Inclusive Leadership and Change in the PhD in Leadership and Change program, has recently published two articles: “How to Make the Most of Intergenerational Diversity” in Higheredjobs.com and “Understanding the Work of DEI in Today’s World” for the Institute for Organizational Mindfulness on Medium. He was also profiled by his alma mater Ball State, where he received his master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education: “Lemuel Watson and His Passion for Positive Change.”

Sarah Harpster ‘08

Sarah Harpster ‘08 (New England, MS) was profiled in The Keene Sentinel. She has accepted a new position as Executive Director at The Community Kitchen where she began 10 years ago as their first gleaning and outreach coordinator gathering surplus crops or food from local farms. Through her work at The Community Kitchen, she began to see how to combine her background in anthropology and theology and degree in Environmental Studies with her enthusiasm for food, “I started to see that, in how we manage our food systems and how we manage agriculture, there’s a social justice aspect of that,

Rick Brackett ‘09

Rick Brackett ‘09 (New England, MS) was featured in a profile story for The Keene Sentinel. The article titled, “For Brackett, environmental stewardship began at home,” highlights his 14 years with the Monadnock Conservancy in Keene, his career shift to becoming a natural resource specialist and ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and how his upbringing influenced his education and eventual career in working in the environment. In his new role, he will be involved in environmental stewardship, recreation and flood risk management. His responsibilities include computer mapping and improving trails and habitat—some of the same skills he

Harmony Kwiker ‘07

Harmony Kwiker ‘07 (Seattle, MA) has released her latest book, Align: Living and Loving from the True Self. In this remarkable exploration of the human condition, she provides a clear and comprehensive map to rediscovering how to live and love from the True Self, including how to come back to wholeness by accessing your subtle energy body, how to embody your alignment in all of your relationships and how to explore sexual intimacy in a sacred way. Kwiker is a psychotherapist, author, and professor at Naropa University, where she teaches transpersonal counseling. She is also the founder of the Institute

CFT Faculty and Students Present at Conference

Three of New England’s MA in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) faculty, as well as seven CFT doctoral students, have been invited to present their workshop, “An Exploration of Deliberate Practice in Online and In-person Graduate Education” at the upcoming International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies which will be held in Malta. Presenters will include Dr. Lucille Byno, Dr. Kristi Harrison, Dr. Markie Twist, Jessica Fountas, Alisha Bachman, Lydia P. Perry, Noemi Correa, Danielle Samuel, and Dawn Wilson. This workshop presentation is based on an innovative deliberate practice model that was used by CFT faculty, as well as doctoral

Carol V. Davis

Carol V. Davis, Poet and Adjunct Faculty in the Los Angeles Undergraduate program’s Creative Writing concentration, has published her fourth poetry collection, Below Zero (Stephen F. Austin University Press).   In Below Zero, Davis explores Siberia, an area in Russia largely unknown to Americans. Flying into Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryatia Republic, where she had never been, she mutters a prayer that her plane will be met. On a trip to Lake Baikal, she and her colleagues drive past trees strung with Tibetan prayer flags and stop to drop rubles in the lap of a Buddha.  In Irkutsk, when her host dips

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