Professor joins national discussion on Ferguson

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Quincy University Associate Professor and Counseling Program Director, Dr. Ken Oliver, participated in an interview conducted by the American Counseling Association regarding the recent happenings in Ferguson, Missouri. Oliver, a St. Louis native and Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, discussed a wide variety of topics ranging from the sociopolitical history of Ferguson to potential mental health ramifications resulting from witnessing recent events. The interview is available here as a free podcast. The 45-minute interview was hosted by Dr. Rebecca Daniel-Burke, ACA’s Director of Professional Projects and Career Services. The American Counseling Association stands as the world’s largest professional association representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

Additionally, Oliver was also featured in a USA Today article entitled, “Ferguson schools to double counseling staff,” that discussed the district’s plan to integrate additional counseling personnel in anticipation of students returning to school. The article also identified potential mental health implications for children witnessing community interactions in Ferguson. The full article can be found here.

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