Counseling Alumni Chapter
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The Counseling Alumni Chapter hosted its annual Spring Picnic in the Park on Sunday, April 14. More than sixty guests consisting of faculty members, current students and alumni enjoyed picnic food while their children played at the park. A brief ceremony, complete with the certificate, was held to honor those who are first in their family to earn a graduate degree – about half the attendees were honored including many faculty members. Several honorees shared their personal stories of resilience, dedication and accomplishment. Networking between Counseling students, alumni and faculty took place at this fun family event!
On Friday 11/9/12, the Counseling Chapter of the Alumni Association and the Graduate Counseling Student Association (GCSA) hosted a Panel Presentation for students and alumni to provide networking opportunities and education about career paths for students and alumni. Whereas most students who graduate from the M.S. in Community Counseling program are interested in working as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT’s) or Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC’s), often the question is asked by students, “What can I do with my degree? Am I limited to working as a counselor or a therapist?” Students and alumni also become overwhelmed by the burdensome process of applying for licensure in the state of California as there are many steps, filings and processes that must be followed in order to gain hours of experience under the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) requirements.
Cal State Fullerton’s professors and curriculum are designed as such to help students navigate this process while they are working towards their degrees. The program is very thorough and supportive to its individual students to such a degree that graduated students often want to “give back to their roots” when they have taken off and begun blooming in their field. That was the sentiment of our speakers, which included past alumni: Jennifer Duvall, LMFT (recently licensed and earned her hours working in private practice), Wendy Curtis, LMFT (Clinical Program Director of Florence Crittendon and advocate for domestic sex trafficking victims and legislation), Charles Chudubala, IMFT (MFT Intern and autism spectrum specialist pursuing dual licensure as a BCBA Supervisor), and Jodi Blackley, LMFT (most recently in private practice, mental health specialist for health insurance, and serving board member of CAMFT; the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).
The speakers shared their stories of graduation, interning, attaining licensure and beyond. Particularly, speakers shared how they chose their individual career paths out of a multitude of opportunities presented to them. The career as an MFT is so flexible, that literally an individual is permitted the opportunity to mold an individual personalized process of working and using their background in the field of human services, community counseling, business and numerous sub-specialties. The response of attendees was overwhelming with students eager to ask questions about how they can achieve their aspirations with the help and expertise of fellow Titans. The event response was overwhelming (almost 40 attending) for a Friday night and little marketing.
In this field, support and guidance is just as important as the required education and experience. We at CAA want to encourage as many alumni, students and non-students to continue to attend our events as we value strengthening support in our community as much as sharing our successes to help and inspire others.
Happy Holidays from all of us at CAA!
Brittney Grisaffi, MS ‘11
On April 22, current students, faculty, alumni and their families gathered for the Counseling Chapter of the Alumni Association’s Spring Picnic at beautiful Tri-City Park. We had a great turn out with more than 50 attendees plus several doggies. Children enjoyed face painting, a festive piñata and, of course, the playground. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect with clear skies, a pleasant breeze and temperatures in the 70’s. Besides tasty food and good company, the picnic provided a great networking opportunity. Several people made the decision to join the Alumni Association because of its many perks (beyond awesome events like this picnic). Be sure to mark your calendars for the Counseling Chapter’s fall event--it promises to be just as fun!
Counseling Chapter & Graduate Counseling Student Association Host Annual Party
The Counseling Alumni Chapter gathered again for their annual dinner party with the Graduate Counseling Student Association on February 26 at the Golleher Alumni House. Faculty, alumni, students, as well as family and friends gathered to enjoy tacos, drinks and socializing. Rebecca Pistilli MS ’05, Secretary of the Counseling Chapter remarked "It's wonderful to be a part of such a caring and supportive group of individuals so dedicated to helping others." View photos
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