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Professional Conferences

Twenty three students and alums with faculty from the Department of Counseling attended the American Counseling Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, March 17-21, 2010.

Chi Sigma Iota spring 2009 President Jordi Izzard and Department Chair Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry teamed up to find grant money to help fund a trip for 23 students to attend the American Counseling Association (ACA) Annual Conference and Exposition held in Charlotte in spring 2009.

Doctoral Student Presentations


Adkins, D. (November, 2012).  Poster Session at the European Branch of the American Counseling Association.  Landstuhl, Germany;

Holmes, V. (2015, April). Sociocultural and relational factors impacting the body image experience in young African American women: A Phenomenological Study: Marymount University Graduate Student Conference: Arlington, VA.

Holmes, V.
 (2015, February). Sociocultural and relational factors impacting the body image experience in young African American women: A Phenomenological Study: Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Harrisonburg, VA (accepted/invited);

Boie, I., Holmes, V., Hudson, S., Adkins, D., Spafford, J., Hostetter, K. (2014, November). Horse Power and Wisdom: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in Counseling: Williamsburg, VA (presentation/accepted).

Holmes, V., Hudson, S., Adkins, D. (2014, October). Healing, Health, and Spirituality in Counseling Multicultural Populations: Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Birmingham, AL (presentation/accepted)

Holmes, V., Hudson, S., Adkins, D., Georgieva, M. (2014, September) Healing, Health,and Spirituality in Counseling Multicultural Populations Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Milan, Italy (presentation/accepted)

Jackson-Cherry, L., Foster, R., Holmes, V., Hudson, S., Adkins, D., Khumar, (2014,March). Spiritual Influences and Awareness of Men and Women in MidlifeA   Phenomenological Approach. Poster presentation (Accepted) at the 2013 American Counseling Association Annual Convention 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii;

Holmes, V. & Adkins, D. (2013, October) Get with the Program! Unifying Counselor Educators and Graduate Counseling Students on Best Practices for Helping Students Through Their Program Healthier Than When They Started. Association Counselor Education and Supervision Conference: Denver, CO (invited presentation/accepted);

Spafford, J., Holmes, V.Atkins, D. (2013, February). Creativity in Counseling Supervision. Paper presented at the Virginia Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate Student Research Conference: Harrisonburg, VA;

Holmes, V. & Adkins, D. (2014, April). Burnout Prevention and the Importance of Self-care. Poster presentation at Marymount University Student Research Conference: Arlington, VA.

Hudson, S., Holmes, V.,  Adkins, D., Zapf., L., & Zappalla, S. (2013, October). Creativity in Counseling Supervision. Poster presented at the Association Counselor Education and Supervision Conference: Denver, CO;

Holmes, V. & Adkins, D. (2012, October). Burnout Prevention and the Importance of Self-care. Poster presented at the European Branch of American Counseling Association, Weisloch, Germany;

Hudson, S., Holmes, V. & Zappalla, S. (2013, May) Let's talk about depression & anxiety. Signs, Symptoms, & Solutions. St. Matthews Baptist Church: Washington, DC (invited presentation);

Khumar, D. & Spafford, J. (2013). Spiritual Awareness and Influences of Men and Women in Midlife: A Phenomenological Exploration.  Accepted for Virginia Counselors Association, November 2013;

Adkins, D., Holmes, V., & Spafford, J. (2013). Creativity in Supervision.  Accepted for Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, February 2013.;

Zapf, L. S. (2015, October). Service women’s assessment of wellness and reintegration (SWAWR). Paper presented at the 2015 Pathways to Hope: Recovering from the Invisible Wounds of War (Moral Injury) Conference, Kansas City, MO;  

Zapf, L. S. (2014, March). Moving into military trauma treatment: A sensorimotor approach. Poster presented at the 2014 Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Virginia Beach, VA;

Zapf, L. S. (2013, October). Returning home to a different kind of leadership: Military veterans’ transition to the counseling profession, promoting acceptance, recognizing diversity. Paper presented at the 2013 Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Conference, Denver, CO.;

Zapf, L. S., Khumar, D., & Zappalla, S. (2013, March); Spiritual, religious, and mental health issues experienced during wartime: First hand reports from our deployed military. Paper presented at the 2013 American Counseling Association Annual Convention, Cincinnati, OH;

Zapf, L. S., & Kacmarski, J. (2011, November). Women service members and their children: An attachment informed perspective. Paper presented at the Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Portsmouth, VA.;

Short, M. F., Brill, J.H., Georgieva, M., & Echeverry, J. (April, 2016) Persistent complex bereavement disorder and suicide risk among suicide survivors: Implications for clinicians. American Association of Suicidology: Chicago, Illinois, (Submitted);

Georgieva, M. (April, 2016) Engaging in altruism: A treatment modality in counseling. American Counseling Association: Montreal, Canada;

Band, M., Chan, C., Georgieva, M., & Walker-Shelton, L. (November, 2015) Addressing privilege, oppression, and counselor pedagogy with counselors in training. Virginia Counselors Association: Hot Springs, Virginia;

Band, M., Chan, C., & Georgieva, M. (November, 2015) Vicarious trauma: Intersections of wellness and supervision.  Maryland Counseling Association: Annapolis, Maryland;

Georgieva, M., Hammer, T., Kosh, L, & Brim, T. (October, 2015) Mentoring graduate students in counseling: A relational-cultural perspective.  Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;

Chan, C., Georgieva, M., & Band, M. (July 2015) Facilitating Spiritual Identification to Promote Resilience. Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling: New York, New York;

Chan, C., Band, M., & Georgieva, M. (July, 2015) Stepping between two worlds: Complexity of culture-bound syndromes in the DSM-5.  American Mental Health Counselors Association: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;

Georgieva, M., Colbert, W., Kosh, L. (April, 2015) The experiences of college students participating in a service program in Jamaica. Marymount Student Research Conference: Arlington, Virginia;

Georgieva, M. (March, 2015) Engagement in prosocial behaviors: Impact on mental health. Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Harrisonburg, Virginia;

Georgieva, M.  (February, 2015)Gestalt therapy groups for students in higher education. Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations. The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development: Washington, District of Columbia;

Chan, C., & Georgieva, M., (November, 2014) Ambiguous loss: Complexity, resilience, and hope. Virginia Counselors Association: Williamsburg, Virginia; Georgieva, M., & Kosh, L.(October, 2014) Counselor professional identity.  Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Birmingham, Alabama;

Georgieva, M. (October,2014)  Practicum and internship experiences: A personal perspective.  Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Birmingham, Alabama;

Holmes, V., Hudson, S.A., Adkins, D., & Georgieva, M. (September, 2014) Healing, health, and spirituality in counseling multicultural populations. European Branch of the American Counseling Association: Milan, Italy;

Georgieva, M, & Chan, C.  (July, 2014)Families and Schizophrenia through the lifespan: A culturally sensitive approach.  Association for Adult Development and Aging: Arlington, Virginia;

Hammer, T., Boie, I., Georgieva, M., & Kosh, L. (March, 2014) An introduction to relational-cultural theory. American Counseling Association Conference: Hawaii;

Georgieva, M. (March, 2014) Practicum and internship experiences: A personal perspective. Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Beach;

Georgieva, M., Kosh, L, Colbert, W. (March 2014) Counselor professional identity. Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Beach;

Georgieva, M. (November, 2012) Personal growth and resilience in the military: A positive psychology approach to mental health. European Branch of the American Counseling Association: Wiesloch, Germany;

Khumar, D, & Georgieva, M. (March 2012) Attachment and mindfulness in psychotherapy. American Counseling Association: San Francisco, California.;

Litam, S., Moore, M., Band, M. (2015, September). Exploring internalized stereotypes and related cultural considerations through a family systems approach with Asian-Americans. Educational session to be presented at the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors conference, New Orleans, LA;

Chan, C., Litam, S., Liu, X., Band, M., & Moore, M. (2015, September). Decolonizing the model minority stereotype: A critical lens on intimate partner violence among Asian-Americans. Educational session to be presented at the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors conference, New Orleans, LA;

Chan, C., Lewis, A., Band, M., Kraur, P. (2015, September) Intergenerational trauma: A primer on counseling immigrant and refugee families. Roundtable discussion to be presented at the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors conference, New Orleans, LA;

Georgieva, M., Chan, C., & Band, M.. Engaging in altruism: A treatment modality in counseling. Presentation to be presented at the annual American Counseling Association conference, Montréal, QC, Canada;

Walker-Shelton, L., & Band, M.. Dialectical behavioral therapy for adults who are diagnosed with PSTD. Poster presentation to be presented at the annual Maryland Counseling Association Conference, Annapolis, MD;

Chan, C., & Band, M., Lewis, A. (2015, November). Intergenerational trauma among immigrants and refugees: Complexity of risk and resilience. Poster presentation to be presented at the annual Maryland Counseling Association Conference, Annapolis, MD;

Band, M., Chan, C., & Georgieva, M.  (2015, November).  Vicarious trauma: Intersections of wellness and supervision. Poster presentation to be presented at the annual Maryland Counseling Association Conference, Annapolis, MD;

Band, M., Chan, C., M., & Walker-Shelton, L. (Accepted, 2015, November). Addressing privilege, oppression, and counselor pedagogy with counselors in training.  Presentation to be presented at the annual Virginia Counseling Association Conference, Hot Springs, VA;

Chan, C., Band, M., Molina, L., & Friday, A. (2015, November). Cultural oppression from practice to policy: Engaging marginalized youth and families through a social justice lens. Presentation to be presented at the annual Virginia Counseling Association Conference, Hot Springs, VA;

Cooper, J., & Band, M. (2015, June). Videoconferencing for distance supervision practices. Presentation to be presented at the annual Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Philadelphia, PA;

Chan, C., & Band, M. (2015, June). Privilege and oppression in counselor education: transformative research and practice through intersectionality. Presentation to be presented at the annual Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Philadelphia, PA;

Jackson-Cherry, L., Sterner, W.R, Band, M.P., Walker-Shelton, L. (2015, June). The influence of spirituality and religion on coping for combat-deployed military personnel. Presentation to be presented at the annual Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Philadelphia, PA;

Band, M., Chan, C., & Friday, A. (2015, May). Family systems approach in the career counseling with Asian Americans. Presentation to be presented at the annual American College Counseling Association Conference, Louisville, KY;

Chan, C., & Band, M., (2015, June). Building bridges in humanistic counseling, multiculturalism, and social justice: Transformative practices in addressing barriers and oppression. Poster presentation to be presented at the annual Association for Humanistic Counseling Conference, Cleveland, OH;

Band, M., & Chan, C. (2015, June). Motivational interviewing approach and professional identity development.  Presentation to be presented at the annual Association for Humanistic Counseling Conference, Cleveland, OH;

Chan, C., & Band, M. (2015, July). Cultural oppression: Factors in treatment barriers and help-seeking behaviors. Presentation to be presented at the annual American Mental Health Counselors Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA;

Chan, C., Band, M., & Georgieva, M. (2015, July). Stepping between two worlds: Complexity of culture-bound syndromes in the DSM-5. Presentation to be presented at the annual American Mental Health Counselors Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA;

Chan, C., Georgieva, M., & Band, M. (2015, July). Facilitating spiritual identification to promote resilience. Poster session to be presented at the annual Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling Conference, Manhattan, NY;

Band, M., & Chan, C. (2015, March).  Integrating motivational interviewing approach in clinical supervision.  Presentation at the annual Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate Student Conference, Harrisonburg, VA;

Chan, C., Band, M., & Friday, A. R. (2015, March).  Developing multicultural counseling competencies through supervision: Systems, modeling, and socialization.  Presentation at the annual Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate Student Conference, Harrisonburg, VA;

Band, M., Walker-Shelton, L., McClellan, P., Aboagye, S., & Adams, M. (2015, March). Developing ethical competence for counselors on the use of technology. Poster session presented at the annual Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Graduate Student Conference, Harrisonburg, VA;

Band, M. (2014, September) Motivational interviewing in clinical supervision: Assessing and encouraging change towards establishing a professional identity. Poster session presented at the annual European Branch of the American Counseling Association conference, Milan, Italy; Chan, C.,

Band, M., & Molina, L. (2014, November).  Multiple minority stress and resilience: An intersectionality framework for counselors.  Presentation session presented at the annual Virginia Counselors Association Convention, Williamsburg, VA; Dinin, A., Cho, C.,

Band, M., & Ayodele, D. (2013, February). Bridge Programs: Graduating first-generation students. Presented at The George Washington University’s Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations.

Master's Level Presentations


Reyes. A. G., & Sanchez, R. (2015). Addressing spirituality in counseling with women who identify as queer. Poster presentation presented at Marymount University’s annual research conference;

Reyes, A. G., & Sanchez, R. (2015). Addressing spirituality in counseling with women who identify as queer. Poster presentation presented at APPC Atlantic Region annual conference;

Reyes, A. G., & Sanchez, R. (2014). Addressing spirituality in counseling with women who identify as lesbian. Poster presentation presented at ACA-European Branch annual conference;

Steele, S., & Davis, T. (2014). Lessons Learned: Tales from a school counseling intern. Richmond, VA:  Presentation at the Virginia School Counselor Association Conference;

Boie, I., Spafford, J., Holmes, V., Hostetter, K., Adkins, D., Hudson, S.  (2014). Horse Power and Wisdom: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in Counseling. Virginia Counselor Association, Williamsburg, VA;

Davis, T.E., Baldwin, E., Bozzard, M.E., & King, K. (2013). Harvesting happiness in students. Philadelphia, PA:  American School Counselor Association Conference;

Jackson-Cherry, L.R., Sterner, W.R., Garofalo, M., Zappalla, S., Silva, D. (2012). Spiritual, religious, and mental health issues experience during war-time deployment: First-hand reports from our deployed military.  American Counseling Association  Conference:  San Francisco, CA.;

EB-ACA (2010) 8 students presented posters; EB-ACA (2012) 10 students presented posters;

EB-ACA (2014) 17 students presented posters in Milan Italy

Student Published Scholarship

Band, M.P. (Under Review).  Diversity.  In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling;

Band, M.P. (Under Review).  Therapeutic alliance.  In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling;

Band, M.P. (Under Review).  Empathy.  In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling;

Chan, C. D., Cor, D. N., & Band, M. P.  (Submitted). Privilege and oppression in counselor education and supervision: An intersectionality framework.  The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development;

Chan, C. D., DeDiego, A., & Band, M. P., Brat, M.  (In progress).  From research to practice to policy: Generating research to promote advocacy in the counseling profession.  The Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy.;

Chan, C. D., & Band, M.P. (2015). Theory to practice: A perspective on intersectionality theory and queer theory in counselor education. The Virginia counselor: The official newsletter of the Virginia counselors association;

Band, M.P. (2015). Blog Project. American Counseling Association.

Student Representative

Smerdzinski, S. ASERVIC Student Representative 2008-2009

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