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ODU Contingent Attends Counseling Institute in Italy

A group of 29 counseling graduate students, counseling faculty members and practicing counselors from Old Dominion University participated in the seventh annual counseling institute, A Counselor's View of Italy, held in the Tuscany region of Italy from May 13-28. Ted Remley, the chair of ODU's Department of Counseling and Human Services and Batten Endowed Chair in Counseling, served as director of the institute.

One of the institute faculty members was Vivian McCollum, graduate program director of the counseling master's degree program at ODU's New College Institute site in Martinsville, Va. The Office of Continued Learning in the university's Darden College of Education sponsors the New College Institute.

The spring conference in Italy provides counselors from the United States an opportunity to learn from counselors and other mental health professionals about counseling in Italy and the Italian culture. "The institute is held in a villa in Tuscany, not far from Florence, where participants interact with Italians and visit ancient cities throughout the region," Remley said.

During the institute, participants attended workshops presented by Italian mental health and education professionals, including Dr. Andrea Cicogni, a psychiatrist in Florence; Leslie Mechi, a social worker in Florence; Davide Mariotti, a counselor in Pesaro; Lorenzo Barbagli, a counselor in Arezzo; Eugenio Bacchini, a counselor in Florence; Amy Kleine, a counselor with Syracuse University, Florence campus; and Judith Siegel, a teacher in an Italian high school.

In addition, institute faculty and doctoral students presented workshops related to their areas of expertise, including legal and ethical issues in counseling, play therapy, expressive arts and treating children who have been sexually abused.

This year, students and faculty members participated from the following 14 U.S. institutions of higher education: Old Dominion University; Regis University in Denver; Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond; the University of Alabama in Birmingham; Virginia Commonwealth University; Fordham University in New York City; Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches; State University of New York Plattsburgh; the University of Arkansas; Louisiana State University at Shreveport; Eastern Kentucky University; Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.; Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge; and the College of William and Mary.

Detailed information about the institute can be found at: http://education.odu.edu/pcl/counselor/italy_conf.

This article was posted on: July 8, 2010

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