Attendees at the CFS celebration
By School of Behavioral Health - May 13, 2024

The Counseling and Family Sciences department held a celebration on campus last month to recognize an impressive 50 years of academic excellence, community building, and cherished memories. The department has played a pivotal role in transforming the field through the academic training of its professionals. This event honored the department's nurturing environment, which has fostered and continues to shape a legacy of exceptional educational experiences for students.

The inspiring program featured guest speaker Dr. Ben Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT, who presented on the theme of "Saving Psychotherapy." Caldwell addressed several critical topics that could potentially enhance the presence of psychotherapy, such as how supervisors can support student trainees and associate therapists to ensure longevity in the field. He also discussed the increasing use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and its potential implications for practicing therapists and other mental health providers 

The anniversary event also featured a panel discussion with alumni and former faculty who have made significant strides in the mental health field. Facilitated by Dr. Lena Lopez Bradley, the panelists were therapists from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Dr. Isa Ribadu, Dr. Alexandra Moreland, Dr. Gary Robbins, and Dr. Douglas Huenergardt shared their insights on topics such as the self-of-the-therapist's work as well as the rise of telehealth services and potential implications for practicing therapists and other mental health providers.