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Counseling Center Paraprofessional Newsletter | May 2016 Edition

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Outreach Spotlight: It Happens Here
By: Kelsey Stoecker, Psych 496 CCP

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the campus recently hosted “It Happens Here.” The event empowered individuals to tell their stories of sexual assault anonymously. Survivors could write their stories and submit them for volunteers to read their words. The event was a way to show how much of an issue sexual assault is on the University of Illinois campus. Members of many campus organizations were in attendance supporting the mission of It Happens Here. Representatives from Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services (R.A.C.E.S.) were at the event raising money for their organization, which also provides confidential services to survivors of sexual assault.

It Happens Here was a very emotional and moving event and provided a space for survivors of sexual violence to reclaim their voices in a public way without having to step forward and physically identify as a survivor. Statistics show that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while in college. It Happens Here was a way for University of Illinois students to create a more tangible representation of these numbers, and hopefully empowering their peers to take action. For more information, visit the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network.

CC Spotlight: Kevin Hiner

By: Miguel Herrera, Psych 496 CCP

Dr. Kevin Hiner joined the staff of the Counseling Center in fall of 2014. We recently caught up with him to learn a little bit more about him and his approach to working with students.

Tell us about your role and responsibilities at the Counseling Center.

I am a clinical counselor and the chair of Queers & Allies (Q&A; formerly known as SODA), the LGBTQ student outreach area. In additional to individual counseling, I co-facilitate the Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Men’s Group and the Mindfulness Meditation Group, perform ADHD screenings, mentor CCPs, and am a member of the Trauma and Performance Anxiety teams.

What led you to your current profession? 

I was a CCP when I was an undergraduate here, and it was fairly influential in leading me to into this career. Comparing my experiences as an undergraduate research assistant, CCP highlighted that I was gravitating to clinical work over research. I chose a graduate program that reflected my value on therapeutic work. 

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Funny, genuine, and goofy.

What is your self-care?

The demand for services at the Counseling Center seems to continually increase, so self-care has become increasingly important too. Chatting and laughing with coworkers throughout the day is a huge part of self-care for me. I really like going out for trivia nights with friends, chasing my dachshund around, and going for hikes. I’m super pumped that "Game of Thrones" is back on right now since unwinding with excellent TV is great self-care for me.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

I was asked this question during an interview and the first thing that came to mind was Kevin on Earth. It was the funniest thing that I could think of in the moment. It’s a terrible joke, but I got the job!

CCP Spotlight: Rachel Kossy

By: Kat Brunhaver,  Psych 341 CCP

Rachael Kossy is a junior currently finishing up the CCP course sequence. She will be studying abroad in the fall in England. 

1) Tell me a little about yourself as a student. I'm an English major here, but I'm really interested in becoming a therapist, and possibly using different modalities to eventually help clients. My major allows me to read many stories that help me think about how we as humans navigate the world, which I think is extremely relevant to working in any helping profession. My course load is also light enough that I can fill many elective spots with psychology and art classes! 

2) What have you learned from CCP?  I think CCP teaches a variety of interpersonal communication skills that would be useful in work that involves human interaction. We should all know how to empathize and listen to one another to do effective work. Which is what CCP is all about! 

3) What are your plans for the summer? I'm going to Australia. I'll be in Sydney with my Aunt, who has worked in my three major areas of interest. She's been an English teacher, worked as a counselor, and as an artist. So I'm planning to absorb all her knowledge about life. And hopefully find a side job, too! 

4) How do you like to spend your free time?  I like to draw on my wall, write in my journal, run in Urbana, blare my favorite movie soundtracks, sing along to show tunes, and occasionally stand on my head. 

5) What’s your favorite part of being in the CCP program? I love that I've gotten to work with the same 19 other students these past three semesters. It's been great getting to know and understand the different personalities in our cohort, and I feel like we do a lot of important work together. 


CCP Alumni Spotlight: Jim Guinee, PhD

By: Erik Strebel, Psych 341 CCP

This month, we want to focus on  Jim Guinee, a CCP who was part of the Paraprofessional Program in 1986. Currently he’s a staff member at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Counseling Center.

Tell us a little more about what you’re doing now. How did you arrive at the profession(s) you are in?

I am in my nineteenth year as a staff psychologist at UCA’s Counseling Center. Currently, I serve as the director of training.  I am also an adjunct faculty in the department of Family & Consumer Sciences. This means that I teach part-time in the department, while my primary role is at the Counseling Center.

How did I arrive?  Well, it started with the paraprofessional program, then graduate school at the University of Illinois in counseling psychology, and then a predoctoral internship at Georgia State University before I came to UCA in 1994.  Basically I've never left a college campus or a counseling center.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about being an educator and a healer.  Through counseling, training, and teaching, I have the opportunity to make a positive impact.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I drive a 1999 Saturn that has 105,000 miles, 15 scratches, 2 dents, and one Jesus sticker.

Any words of advice to current CCPs?

This is a great program that will give you knowledge and skills applicable to any future profession, so immerse yourself in the experiences in and out of the classroom and take full advantage of the time you have in the program. It is definitely a unique and valuable investment that can take you lots of places.

Oh, The Places You'll Go
What are the 341 CCPs and Paids doing next year?

Evalina: I will be attending University of Denver in the fall to gain my MSW degree.

Blake: This fall, I will be starting a social work internship with Urbana Middle and High Schools, hopefully working to promote social justice as a strong value in education and to provide students with a safe and supportive environment for their personal growth!

Laurie: I am attending Northern Illinois University's graduate program in school psychology.

Emily: Next year I'll be finishing up my master's and hopefully moving someplace to start a big-kid (full time) job! Real life approaches…

Sarah: Next year I will be attending Roosevelt University in Chicago pursing my doctorate of clinical psychology (PsyD). I'm also getting married this summer, so it will be a big period of change in my life! I'm really looking forward to embarking on these new journeys and mixing up my routine.

Niki: I am super happy to continue to be in the CCP program working as a paid for next year! I am also excited that it will be my senior year and that I will start the process of applying to grad schools and figuring out the next steps of my academic career.

Ari: The million dollar question! I am probably one of the few seniors in our cohort who feels pretty lost about the near future, but that's okay. I am figuring it out one day at a time. I have been going through the application and interview process for a couple of different companies, and have received an offer from two. However, I did apply to a job in Spain to become a Cultural Ambassador, and although this is not 100% related to my degree, I think it will be a great opportunity for me to have and the time and distance will hopefully help me find clarity about what I want to do. Therefore, if I get this job, I will be moving to Spain, but if I don't, I will be up in Chicago working in more of an HR position.

Cassie: Next year I plan on spending October-December in Mozambique, Africa to attend a school for missionaries. After I come home from that, if I don't feel called to go back, I'll debrief and start applying to grad schools. The school I'm looking into the most right now is NIU, for their counseling program.

Danny: I will be pursuing my master's in cocial work from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in social & economic development and a specialization in policy!

Erik: I'm planning on joining New Sector Alliance, which is an organization that's partnered with Americorps and focuses mainly on the social sector with an emphasis on peer learning, developing leadership skills, and one-on-one mentorship. Currently, I'm still waiting on a response that will arrive in May, but I generally want to spend a year doing something Americorps-related, and then hopefully go back to graduate school afterwards.

Alex: I will be interning at the Cunningham Children's Home and applying for graduate school.

Amanda: I am going to be doing an Americorps program called New Sector Alliance and being an adult, I guess.

Lily:  I am doing an iBio internship over the summer offered by School of Integrative Biology. I will apply for graduate school this fall.

Cristian: I will be attending Boston University for a master's degree in counseling, specializing in sport this upcoming fall.

Helena: Next year I'll be an MA at ISR as well as a paid CCP so you'll be seeing a lot of me! I'm hoping to crank out a thesis.

Alisa: I have 3 more courses after this semester ends so I will be taking classes through the summer on campus. As for the coming year, I will be working on private contracts while applying for jobs and preparing for the GMAT.

Nicole: Next year, I will be starting my first semester as a paid CCP. I am a senior graduating in December 2016 and hopefully attending the school of Labor and Employment Relations in the spring for a master's in HR and industrial relations.

Gaby: Next semester, I will be entering my senior year here at Illinois. I will be a paid CCP and work at the Career Center, too. As of right now, the only additional thing I will be doing is going attending school as a full time student and getting ready to graduate. During this time, I will also be applying to graduate school into both Ph.D. and master's programs.