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Mind and LIfe Institute Grant
Mind & Life Institute grant explores the impact of meditation on well-being and effectiveness of counselors

Daniel Gutierrez, the Vera W. Barkley Associate Professor of Counselor Education, along with collaborator Stephanie Dorais Ph.D. ’21, assistant professor in counselor education at Kean University, are exploring the role of contemplative practices in promoting prosociality and resilience among mental health counselors. The two-year project is being funded by a $100K PEACE Grant from the Mind & Life Institute, an organization co-founded by the Dalai Lama to bridge science and contemplative wisdom in order to foster human flourishing.

SURN 4:00 Focus
SURN addresses need for school leader collaboration and professional development with new 4:00 Focus program

William & Mary's School-University Resource Network (SURN) responded to a field-based concern of principals missing opportunities to collaborate and learn with one another, so they took action, establishing the 4:00 Focus program. 4:00 Focus targets a timely and actionable topic to bring school leaders together with their community of peers for an interactive webinar.

Janise Parker receives the Early Career Faculty Award
Janise Parker named Early Career Scholar for the 2022 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference

The premier organization for research in school psychology has recognized Parker for her contributions to the field and has named her an Early Career Scholar for the 2022 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC). During this same week, Parker received the Early Career Faculty Scholarship/Award during the Trainers of School Psychology Conference.

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Counseling student Lydia Suitt M.Ed. ’23 wins leadership essay contest

Lydia Suitt, a master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, has won first place in the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) & Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Leadership Essay Contest.

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