MEC Student and Faculty Present at Conference

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In March of 2014, MEC student Denise Drebes and MEC professor Andrea Fifield presented at the annual American Counseling Association National Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The presentation was entitled, “Rural and Small Community Counseling Practice: Challenges and Suggestions for Enhancement”. The session focused on the unique counseling challenges faced by both practitioners and mental health clients. Also highlighted were the results of the Rural and Small Community Counseling Needs Assessment, a national survey of rural mental health professionals conducted by Dr. Fifield. Survey results were used to identify potential resources that would enhance rural counseling practice. The presentation was one of many sessions sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling academic and professional honor society. Ms. Drebes and Dr. Fifield represented the QU chapter of CSI, Chi Omega. Dr. Fifield is the Chi Omega chapter faculty co-advisor. Ms. Drebes has served as chapter treasurer and newsletter editor, and will be graduating in May.

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