Counseling Professor Presents at Two Conferences

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Quincy University Associate Professor and Counseling Program Director Ken Oliver, PhD, recently presented at two separate counseling conferences in November. His first presentation entitled “Psychopathology for the professional school counselor” was presented as a 50-minute workshop at the Missouri School Counseling Association Conference in the Lake of the Ozarks held November 3-5. This workshop identified the need for Missouri school counselors to be trained in psychopathology in order to promote competent recognition of psychological disorders. The conclusion was supported by a research study exploring differences between school counselor expectations and school administrator expectations regarding the counselor’s role. Kelli Oliver, EdS, Guidance Counselor for the Canton R-V school district in Canton, Missouri served as co-presenter.

Dr. Oliver’s second presentation entitled “Exploring school counselor impact in Illinois” was presented as a 50-minute workshop at the Illinois Counseling Association Conference held in Skokie, Illinois on November 8-10. This workshop discussed results of two studies exploring the impact of school counseling in Illinois. The first study, a mixed-methods design, examined counselor perceptions of impact via qualitative and quantitative surveys on a variety of student success variables. Study two reflected a secondary analysis of Illinois school report card data to explore relationships, differences, and predictors as they relate to impact variables and school counselor ratios.

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