Welcome to the Spring 2021 Semester!
Happy New Year, and welcome to the spring semester! This issue is all about connection and support. With another look to our past (Alum Spotlight) our near future (Calendar), we want to highlight opportunities for connection (Tea and Talk) and celebrate our accomplishments (Fall Graduation). As we continue to respond to the to the pandemic as a community, look stay up-to-date to the current JMU safety measures (Responding to Covid Together).
We continue our new feature that shines light on some of our recent alums. Read below to hear what they are up to and advice they have for current students.
Jennifer Semaan, LPC
Since graduating from the CMHC program in 2016, I worked in a variety of settings within community mental health through the Fairfax County Community Services Board. The populations I worked with included individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses and substance abuse living in a 24-hour residential treatment program, hospitalized patients with NGRI status (not guilty by reason of insanity), and incarcerated inmates at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
In 2020 I started my own private practice on a part-time basis, and eventually made the switch to full time in April 2021. I have loved every minute of private practice and highly recommend it as a career route post-licensure.
Reccomendations for current students:
Take in every ounce of wisdom from your JMU professors. They are absolutely invaluable assets in both, your student and your professional life. The CMHC program can sometimes feel like your very own intense therapy journey, and that's okay! Embrace it, as it will make you a much better clinician on the long run. And most importantly, keep self-care in the forefront of your mind.
We Care About You and Our Community
JMU and the Department of Graduate Psychology are committed to the health and well-being of every single member of our learning community. This means that we remain responsive on a daily basis to the ebb and flow of the COVID-19 virus in our community and among its members. If you are feeling at all under the weather or have any concern that you may have been exposed, we cannot stress strongly enough that we prefer you not to attend in-person classes. Accommodations will be made without any consequences for those who prefer to meet synchronously online or via asynchronous methods. We should not be taking any risks with each other.
If you have questions about JMU’s planning and response, please refer to the Stop the Spread page. This page is being continually updated. President Alger’s message regarding protocols and safety measures for the spring semester can be found here.
Return of Tea and Talk!
We are once again offering once a month “Tea and Talk” meetings. Some of you may have not experienced these gatherings. For the time being, we will offer “Tea and Talk” via Zoom, with program directors sending out the link prior. “Tea and Talk” presents the opportunity for:
- Connection. Catch up and check in with students and faculty whom you may not see regularly.
- Reminders. Faculty facilitators will review the calendar and offer recommendations for items to keep on your radar. Occasionally, alums or other members of our community may talk about professional opportunities like conferences, volunteering, and jobs.
- Questions. Everyone will have an opportunity to ask questions in all matters related to the programs and counseling professions that can benefit everyone.
Check out the calendar below for the dates!
We want to recognize the graduation this past December of Mari Peyton Kouchinsky. We wish you well in your future endeavors!
Counseling Programs Calendar
|1/14/2022||CHBS Opening Meeting (virtual)|
|1/20/2022||CACREP and Director's Meeting: 11:00AM-1:00PM|
|1/24/2022||Lennie & Eric's Retirement Celebration at 11:00AM|
|2/1/2022||Tea & Talk with Amanda|
|2/7/2022||Counseling Faculty Meeting: 10:00AM-12:00PM|
|2/8/2022||Last day to withdraw from the university
Assessment day - no classes
|2/10/2022||CACREP and Director's meeting: 11:00AM-1:00PM
|2/11/2022||CMHC & School Program Interviews|
|2/14/2022||CMHC & School Program Interviews
Graduate Psychology Department Meeting: 1:00-2:30PM
|2/21/2022||Counseling Faculty Meeting: 10:00AM-12:00PM|
|2/24/2022||CACREP and Director's meeting: 11:00AM-1:00PM
|3/2/2022||Tea & Talk with Joe|
|3/4/2022||Motivational Interviewing: 9:00AM-12:00PM|
|3/7/2022||Counseling Faculty Meeting: 10:00AM-12:00PM|
|3/10/2022||CACREP and Director's meeting: 11:00AM-1:00PM
(no department faculty meeting this month)
|3/21/2022||Counseling Faculty Meeting: 10:00AM-12:00PM|
|3/24/2022||CACREP and Director's meeting: 11:00AM-1:00PM
|4/4/2022||Counseling Faculty Meeting: 10:00AM-12:00PM|
|4/7/2022||CACREP and Director's meeting: 11:00AM-1:00PM
|4/7-10/2022||ACA Conference, Atlanta, Georgia|
|4/11/2022||Graduate Psychology Department Meeting: 1:00-2:30PM
Summer Registration Begins
|4/13/2022||Last Day to Submit an application for Ed.S.|
|4/14/2022||Tea & Talk with Michele and Renee|
|4/18/2022||Counseling Faculty Meeting: 10:00AM-12:00PM|
|4/21/2022||CACREP and Director's meeting: 11:00AM-1:00PM
|5/5/2022||Last day of classes|
|5/6-12/2022||Final exams week|
|5/12/2022||Deadline for completion of coursework (May graduates)
Need a Graduate Assistantship?
Be sure to check openings regularly on Joblink! Additional openings are likely to be added throughout the semester and into the summer.
Keep an Eye on:
Several offices at JMU offer support for graduate students. Here are a few:
- Center for Multicultural Student Services
- JMU THRIVE
- JMU Libraries
- Office of Disability Services
- The Pantry
Counseling Programs on Social Media
If you’d like to keep abreast of what’s going on in the field this summer, be sure to check out: