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Rosemont Counseling Students, Faculty, and Staff Present at Annual State Conference

Katie DuBoff - May 26, 2022

Rosemont students, faculty, and staff from the Counseling Program presented at the 10th annual Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) PA State Conference on April 23 at the Inn at Villanova. CSI is the international and professional academic honor society for counseling students, counselor educators, and professional counselors.  

Rosemont students and faculty led a roundtable discussion, presented educational and poster sessions, and participated in a faculty panel geared toward current and future doctoral students.  

Jennifer Kaulius, MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, presented a poster presentation entitled, “The Effects of COVID-19 on Postpartum Depression.” 

“I feel that women's health issues are under-focused, and that there is not enough attention given to how this affects mental health,” said Kaulius. “The addition of the stressors caused by a pandemic just compound a problem that is already causing so many people distress.” 

“The conference was such a positive experience,” she said. “It was a really great opportunity to learn and connect with fellow students, as well as professionals already in the field. I loved how it felt like everyone was there for the same reason - to learn and support each other. The mental health field is so full of people who are compassionate and excited about knowledge, and the atmosphere truly reflected that. I also learned a lot about ways to address the need for focus on diversity in the field, which is something I think we all need to hear more about. Once I graduate, my goal is to work primarily with women who are in need of counseling because of women's health concerns, such as Postpartum Depression, pregnancy loss, fertility concerns, menopause, hormone imbalances, or any of the other numerous health concerns that affect women every day.” 

Dr. Tom DeGeorge, clinical supervisor of the Counseling Center and assistant professor; Rob Pina, staff counselor; Sara Khan, staff counselor; Carly Turner, counseling intern; and Kayla Resh, counseling intern, led a roundtable on “Graduate Counselors-in-Training (CIT) Lived Internship Experience at a College Counseling Center: Impact on theoretical approach, counselor identity, therapeutic relationships, and supervision.” 

Ayanna Gellineau, MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate, presented an educational session, “Trauma Competency Roadmap.” 

Dr. Kathleen Richardson, program director and assistant professor of counseling, served on a panel, “Advice from the Salty and Seasoned: A Panel Event for CES Doctoral Students.” 

Richardson also cofacilitated an educational session with Marisa Palencar, an MA in Clinical Mental Health student on, “The Role of Childhood Sexual Trauma in the Development of Distorted Body Image and/or Disordered Eating.” 

“I always enjoy the opportunity to interact with fellow counselor educators, practicing clinicians, and students to collaborate and network, but this conference was especially fulfilling because we had such a strong student presence,” said Richardson. “I walked around the conference beaming with pride because our students presented with such professionalism and poise. They really did an outstanding job!”