JMU Counseling Connection

November 2015

Program News

VCA Presence

The JMU counseling programs received multiple compliments, including one at the awards luncheon, for our representation at the conference. Our current school counseling programs had nearly 100% attendance of students.

CVCA Awarded Large Chapter of the Year

The Central Valley chapter was awarded large chapter of the year for the sixth year in a row. Many of our program faculty, alumni, and current students are members of this great chapter. The chapter has recently had alumni of our program on the leadership team.

Current Student News

VCA Student Presentations

In addition to Anda Weaver's presentation about classroom management, second-year student Pierre Durant co-presented about how to best support multicultural first-generation college students. They not only gave the counselors in attendance helpful information, but also led an in-session activity to help attendees learn how individuals prioritize their career-making decisions.

Inter-Professional Seminar

This fall, our second-year students participated in the Inter-professional Education Seminar alongside students from Occupational Therapy, Nursing, School Psychology, Speech & Language, Exceptional Education, and Social Work. The goal of the seminar was to get the students thinking about how all of these teams could work together to benefit students in a school setting. The day started off with a welcome from Anne Stewart, and then the students parted ways to view presentations from each discipline and get a better understanding of what each discipline does in a school. Following a wonderful catered lunch the students split up again into new groups to work on case studies. The purpose of the case study was to get the students thinking about how their disciplines could work together to help students as well as discuss ethical concerns that may arise. At the end the students presented their case study idea to the larger group and there was time for reflection and discussion. Overall, it was a positive experience and helped all students involved get a better understanding of how teams can benefit students. (Thank you to Brittany Cover for the write-up about the event)

Below, one team, with second-year Anda Weaver, presents their case study.

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Registration for spring classes opened on November 4; please see Renee or Michele if you have any questions about this process.

Alumni News

Congratulations to Jenn Kurbel!

Jenn Kurbel was awarded counselor of the year. Stuarts Draft Elementary School has been blessed to have such a wonderful counselor. She has started initiatives like "Girls on the Run" at her current school and has helped students and faculty cope with deaths in their school community.

Advice to Students

Andrea (Dillon) Zimmon suggests that current students " maximize their practicum and internship experiences. There are so many helpful tips, resources, etc that will be valuable when they are actually in their professional position! "

This will be very helpful for current students to look for the many opportunities they have to maximize their experiences in the spring; second-year students will be in their final internships and first-year students will be beginning their practicums.

Our Alumni Shine!

Lynn Morrow achieved RAMPed status after her first year as a school counselor at an alternative school in northern Virginia. Her school is one of only 2 alternative schools that are RAMPed in the country!

Dates to Remember

November 23-27: No classes, Thanksgiving Break
December 3: Current student social 4:30-6, tentatively at the Ice House

December 14: CSI event at Debbie Sturm's house, 6:30-8:30, more information to come from CSI leadership (For current students and faculty)
December 21: Winter Break begins
January 11: Spring semester begins

Happy Birthday to You...

Maria Knapp (Alumna): November 18

Britney Tapley: December 25

Lynn Morrow (Alumna): January 5

Our next newsletter will be sent out January 15, 2016. As always, please us know if you have any personal or professional news, volunteer opportunities for current students (if you are still in the Harrisonburg area), or advice for students that you would like featured in the next newsletter. You can email that information at