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dean's message

Personal-Professional Commitments to Antiracism and Antiviolence

Dear Faculty, Alumni, Students, and Staff: The School of Behavioral Health and its members condemn hate, discrimination, racism, and violence toward all groups of people. This shared pledge transmits from our moral responsibility and genuine commitment to protect, respect, and value all people regardless of individual differences.
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counseling and family sciences

New online option added for MFT MS program

No one can deny it. There is a major need for students to have more and more flexibility in how they attend graduate school. Advanced learners are working while they pursue master's and doctorate degrees. Often they have family and other commitments.
Megan Krantz, Clinical Psychology PhD student

awards, psychology, students

Student wins SPPAC poster competition, earns Gatlinburg Conference symposium presentation slot

Megan Krantz, a fourth-year Clinical Psychology PhD student in the Department of Psychology, has been announced as a winner of the Sleep Special Interest Group student poster competition at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference (SPPAC). Along with student co-authors and faculty mentors, Dr. Cameron Neece and Dr. Tori Van Dyk, Megan examined differences in, and risk factors for, sleep difficulties in preschool youth with autism compared to typically developing youth.
person typing on laptop computer

counseling and family sciences, students

CFS Writing Center supports and empowers students

I have been honored to lead the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences Writing Center for the last two years. My role in this capacity is to provide training, support, and encouragement to enhance students' professional and academic writing skills, and to help them feel more comfortable with writing. Many students have shared that they have received negative messages about their writing performance in their earlier academic careers, which decreased their confidence in their writing ability and affected their view of themselves as successful students.
Child plays with bus and gauze as play therapist observes

child mental health

Understanding the Language of Children: The Play Therapy Certificate

Play Therapy is a theoretical treatment modality that engages children through play in a manner that allows them to resolve psychological distress while also promoting wellness and optimal development. This approach views play as the language of young children and attends to the types of play that children use to express their emotions and behaviors. Treatment modalities include directive and non-directive approaches as well as a number of therapeutic orientations, such as Child-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Gestalt.
woman stretching on ground

health disparities, interdisciplinary studies, research

Factors Associated with Depression Levels among Latinas during the COVID-19 Pandemic

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, Latinos/Hispanics not only experience significant health disparities overall but also have a much higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Among the health disparities that increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, one that is rarely discussed is the fact that Hispanics have been experiencing disproportionately high rates of depression when compared to other populations.
individual makes notes at a desk while in a videoconference

alumni, homecoming

Virtual Homecoming focuses on pandemic-related behavioral health issues

What a challenging year we've all had! At the end of our Homecoming event in 2020, COVID-19 was just beginning to take hold of the world. We were starting to quarantine, and at the time I wondered if it would last more than five weeks. This pandemic has impacted the entire globe and directly changed our professions. From higher education to outpatient psychotherapy, there have been changes. In a few short months we all got a crash course in video conferencing.
a drawing of a person to which a child has affixed bandaids

alumni, child life, counseling and family sciences

March for Child Life

"Certified Child Life Specialists [CCLS] are educated and clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury (ACLP, 2021)." Their role in the hospital helps to improve patient and family care, increase hospital satisfaction, and enhance the overall experience. As a specialized field, child life specialists work in hospitals on pediatric units such as acute care, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the Emergency Department, organ transplant units, and other inpatient and outpatient areas that treat children, youth, adolescents, and families.