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COUNSELOR education School Counseling Summit

The Counselor Education program will host its second annual School Counseling Summit on Monday, November 4, 2013, from 12-3 p.m. in Bavaro Hall Rm. 116 (Holloway).

The keynote presenter will be Dr. George McMahon (M.Ed. ’96), assistant professor at George Mason University. He will engage the audience in a conversation on the topic of “Privilege.” All counselors, graduate students, administrators, and other interested persons are invited to join us. Space is limited, so please email with your full name to reserve your seat.

Counselor Education is published by the Curry School of Education and is sponsored by the Curry School of Education Foundation, P.O. Box 400276, Charlottesville, VA 22904

/// Curry Counselor Ed faculty: Amanda Flora, Paul Harris, Antoinette Thomas, and Derick Williams.

Curry Counselor Ed Inspire, Create, Transform


he leadership of the Counselor Education program by Associate Professor Antoinette Thomas over the past year has continued to solidify the program’s focus on school counseling, career counseling, and promoting educational equity. Dr. Thomas directed the program by clearly defining initiatives. She streamlined course offerings, while maintaining the program’s extensive history of national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). She began to revamp the purpose and function of the Personal and Career Development Center. Through the center, the program provides career services both to the university and to our local community. She also spearheaded the development of counselingrelated undergraduate courses, which supports the university’s strategic efforts to engage all students through collaboration across schools and programs. An annual school counseling summit at the Curry School has been established with Dr. Thomas’ support and the creativity and initiative of Dr. Paul Harris. The summit’s purpose is to promote educational equity, access, and social justice in schools. Dr. Thomas turned over the leadership of the program to Dr. Derick Williams in July 2013. As program area director, he works to continue the program’s mission, which is now expressed by our newly adopted motto, “Inspire, Create, Transform.” This mission fuels our efforts toward excellence. The program “inspires” its students by helping them become leaders of systemic change in public schools. —continued on page 2 C O U N S E L O R E D U C AT I O N • FA L L 2 0 1 3


—continued from page 1 Efforts to “create” include developing and implementing culturally informed strategies for counseling school-aged youth. The program seeks to “transform” the lives of youth by implementing student-focused, data-supported approaches for meeting the personal, social, academic, and career needs of students. In speaking of this vision, Dr. Williams said, “It is my hope to build on the rich tradition this program has offered by continuing to promote excellence in counseling and counselor training. “The University of Virginia counseling program is nationally known and has produced many of the national and international leaders in our field. My goals are to connect our current students with those leaders and develop the new leaders needed to advance a growing profession.” The program will host a UVA Counselor Education program alumni gathering at the 2013 ACES national conference in Denver, Colo., on October 18 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Dr. Williams is also a member of the 2016 CACREP Standards Revision Committee, which is charged with writing the next set of training standards for all accredited counseling programs. Curry’s program has four full-time faculty members, three of whom are core faculty: Dr. Harris, Dr. Thomas, and Dr. Williams. Dr. Amanda Flora was hired as a full-time assistant professor on a one-year appointment. The faculty has begun to recruit prospective students throughout the state of Virginia. The program will hold five information sessions during the 2013 fall semester. Recruiting sessions will be held in the Shenandoah Valley, Hampton Roads, northern Virginia, Richmond, and at the University of Virginia. The program is also seeking to hire additional core faculty this year to support the program’s research efforts, teaching, and recruiting.


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1950s & 60s James Harding Siske (M.Ed. ’56, Ph.D. ’56) has just renewed his substitute teaching

certification for 2014 in Greensboro/Guilford County, NC. …He lives in Iredell, Texas, in the winter months and is president of AARP Bosque County.” Helen (Jones) Von Salzen (M.Ed. ’68) “I have long been retired from a 25-year career as a guidance counselor in the Fairfax County Public Schools. … Since my retirement, I have trained and served as a Master Gardener and as a Certified Tea and Etiquette Consultant...” Ryland A. Yeatts (B.S. ’58; M.Ed. ’64)

worked for 25 years in Fairfax County, where he still resides. Since then he has traveled extensively via cruises, mainly. He attended his 40th, 50th, and his 55th reunions at U.Va. 1970s & 80s Anna Askounis (M.Ed. ’72, Ed.D. ’77) is

happily retired and living in Charlottesville, right down the street from the Curry School! Ilene Bergsmann (M.Ed. ’74) “Having spent 25 years working in adult and juvenile corrections...I decided to do something completely different. For the last 15 years, I have owned a promotional products company in Denver.... Elizabeth Lancaster Breeden (M.Ed. ’74)

“...I retired from the management of Biscuit Run Studios. I currently manage ArtInPlace, a public art program in Charlottesville...” Janet (Huber) Kabel (M.Ed. ’77) is retired. ...“I would love to hear from other Counselor Education program folks who were at Curry 1976-77. Contact me:” Debbie Donnelly McChesney (M.Ed. ’77) currently working as a writer and editor in Seaside, Fla., and authored the book Once Upon a Child. She works as an independent college counselor. Sarah (Ackerman) McDonald (Ed.S. ’82)

St. Anne’s-Belfield School... ” ( Frank Wickers (Ed.D. ’74) has been retired for one year now after 46 years with the Commonwealth of Virginia in a variety of positions. ... He is enjoying retirement and staying very active. ... “A lot to be thankful for!” Richard “Mike” Yates (M.Ed. ’75) retired as a guidance counselor in 2009 from Colonial Heights High School after 34 years...

1990s Jeff Doyle (M.Ed. ’94, Ph.D. ’01) is the dean

of student learning and engagement at Baylor University in Waco, Texas... Penny Bach Evins (M.Ed. ’96) is in her first year as head of St Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore, Md. “I just visited with Liza Wallace Becker and Frank Becker, both Curry friends.” Dana Levitt (M.Ed. ’95, Ph.D. ’01) recently published Values and Ethics in Counseling: Real-Life Ethical Decision Making with Holly Hartwig Moorhead (Routledge). She is serving a third year and second term as treasurer on the CACREP board of directors. Lori Ann Willy (M.Ed. ’99) is a human resources generalist for U.Va. College of Arts & Sciences. She just celebrated 26 years of service here. 2000s & 10s Makenzie (Walstrom) Crawford (M.Ed. ’12) married Jacob Crawford on March 2, 2013,

in Batesburg, S.C. ...The couple met in 2010 on Makenzie’s first day of graduate school at Curry and currently reside in Charlottesville, where Makenzie is an elementary school counselor. Petra Jauregui (M.Ed. ’07) works remotely for U.Va. from Boise, Id. She serves as a liaison for UVaClubs and alumni activity on the U.S. West Coast, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Wim Taylor (M.Ed. ’00) works at American University in the Kogod Center for Career Development in an Employer Relations role. He recently opened Elephant in the Room Consulting, a practice focused on serving families and their students who want to truly maximize the college experience...

is in private practice in Pensacola, Fla., as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Beverly Momsen (Ed.D. ’81) works for Chevron Corporation in Global Workforce Development as management development program manager. She lives in northern California and is traveling around the world. Sophie Speidel (B.S. ’85, M.Ed. ’89) “... In Read more. Most entries were abbrevi1994 my husband Rusty and I moved back to ated due to space limitations. See comCharlottesville to raise our family, and in 1997 plete class notes and submitted photos at I was hired to create the counseling program at

Better Than He Found It Deryl F. Bailey (Ed.S. ’95, Ph.D. ’99)


n 1986 Deryl Bailey was a guidance counselor in a western North Carolina high school, and he was fed up with all the negative academic statistics for young black males. He couldn’t seem to work hard enough or long enough to make a dent in those numbers. Then he had an idea. Bailey called a meeting with all the black males in his school, showed them the national and local statistics, and told them, “Nobody can change that but you. What do you need?” It had a slow start, but that was the beginning of Gentlemen on the Move, a program providing academic support for youth that thrives today in the Clarke County, Georgia, region. Now an associate professor of counseling and human development services at The University of Georgia, Bailey has been passionate about the subject of school counseling since his own negative experiences as a youth. “I didn’t get the attention, direction, and guidance I needed in public schools,” Bailey says. “I don’t want that to happen to anyone else.” Bailey loved working with students in schools. “What some kids went through and were able to overcome excited me, inspired me, and encouraged me to want to do more,” he says. When he decided to pursue an advance degree in counseling, he chose the Curry School because Courtland Lee was on the faculty at the time. Bailey had read Lee’s threevolume series Empowering Young Black Males, and he connected with Lee’s ideas. Bailey earned an education specialist degree and then a Ph.D. “Courtland introduced me to so many leaders in the counseling field and really set my task. Those people continue to be mentors, cheerleaders, and even co-authors since my doctoral program,” he says. He also discovered that counselor education was not necessarily about teaching classes so much as it is about professional training. It was a career path that would enable him to influence the profession while maintaining the flexibility to continue his work with youth. When Bailey came to Charlottesville, he started a Gentlemen on the Move group in the Waynesboro school where his wife Mary was a teacher. The program was a major attraction to the University of Georgia when Bailey was recruited in 1999, he says. “They wanted me to start the program there.”

Since then, he has distinguished himself as a scholar and a leader in the field. He has also created a program for girls (Young Women Scholars) and for parents of youth. Empowered Youth Programs (EYP) is the umbrella name for the slate of available programs. He has served a term as president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and has amassed a host of awards. In 2012, he spent the spring semester at Seattle University in Washington as the Allen Boeing Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Education. He was invited primarily to give presentations on EYP and consult on the Seattle Youth Initiative. “I loved talking about my program that I created out of passion for kids,” he says. “If I had done nothing else with my life, I realized that I had created this program that other people want to model. In a sense, I took what Courtland Lee advocated and put it into practice.” This past year, he worked on co-authoring with Don C. Locke the third edition of Increasing Multicultural Understanding, which was released in late September. When he looks back over his career so far, the theme he sees running through it all is a lesson he learned from his grandmother, who raised him from the time he was six: Leave the world better than you found it. “I want my life to matter,” he adds. Read more about Bailey, including the top three things he wishes all school counselors knew:

Thank You!

The Curry School Foundation recognizes the generosity of the following Counselor Ed alumni who made donations over the past year: Katherine M. Alfor

Barbara B. Lacy

Maude E. Anderson

Robert M. Ladd

Katharine Andrew

Karen B. Lanpher

Harold Armstrong

Jason E. Life

Nancy Artis-Caton

Elizabeth H. Link

Dorothy W.Beard

Elizabeth McLeod

Elizabeth W. Becker

Daniel J. Monahan

Cynthia A. Bedell

Sue R. Mullins

Alta Jean Bibb

Edwin J. Nolan

Fred H. Billups

Randy E. Norris

Joseph Bradford III

Virginia E. Owens-Long

Anne P. Brashear

Roseann Parks

Nancy S. Brasher

Susan B. Pearman

Dale L. Brittle

John K. Pegues IV

Elmer N. Carter

Rosalie P. Perry

Anne E. Chapin

James R. Pitman

Karen O. Clifford

Jennifer S. Purcell

Craig R. Colvin

Aldon Purdham Sr.

Lawrence C. Davis

Selena L. Rave

Harriet K. Dawson

George E. Reynolds

Deborah Deichman

Henry G. Rhone

Carol Sue Disque

Pamela D. Rini

Lewis H. Drew

Timothy B. Roberts

Penny B. Evins

Elizabeth Salgado

Martha T. Foster

Heather L. Saskas

Elizabeth B. Fritze

Colleen Schroeder

Roxann D. Garber

Donna G. Shank

Ellis C. Gedney

Meredith K. Sherrill

Joseph H. Gieck

Elizabeth Simpson

Richard C. Glover

Donald S. Stanton

Katherine E. Hagan

Anne T. Steen

Sharon B. Hamner

David P. Steinke

Suzanne Harkness

Mary W. Stout

Robin B. Harvey

Mary Ann Stripling

Richard K. Harwood

Jacqueline Sullivan-

Preston W. Hicks


Dennis R. Howard

Joyce A. Thatcher

Countess Hughes

Cecil Thompson III

Mary G. Hunter

Michelle Thomson

Judith A. Jackson

Joanne L. Toby

Julie A. Jennings

Dane J. Toler

Tracy M. Johnson

Jacquelyn Tulloch

Jennifer H. Jones

Francis S. Turnage

Marilyn C. Kameen

Michael A. Turner

Joanne F. Kee

Maria E. Vierling

Eleanor W. Kinsella

Mary Lee T. Webb

Lena R. Kite

Mary H. Weybright

Deborah J. Kladivko

Frank C. Wickers

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Speaker Bio: George McMahon 2013 School Counseling Summit


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eorge McMahon (M.Ed. ‘96) is an assistant professor in the Counseling and Development Program at George Mason University. Dr. McMahon is beginning his tenth year as a counselor educator, focusing on preparing school counselors and working with doctoral students. His professional interests include school counseling, multiculturalism and privilege, and group work, and he has published several journal articles and book chapters in those areas. Most recently, Dr. McMahon has developed The Ecological Model of School Counseling, which will be published in The Journal of Counseling and Development in 2013-14. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. McMahon presents regularly at state, regional, and national conferences, and collaborates with several school districts in order to promote effective use of school counselors in order to help all students be successful. Dr. McMahon has also led trainings on various topics including multicultural

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competence, privilege, leadership, use of data in schools, developing effective school counseling programs, and teaming and collaboration. Dr. McMahon will speak on the topic of Privilege at the second annual Curry School Counseling Summit on Monday, November 4, 2013, from 12-3 p.m. in Bavaro Hall. Space is limited, so email schoolcounselinguva@gmail. com with your full name to reserve your seat.

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