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[August 29, 2014]

Southeastern Counseling Program Awarded Training Grant

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) HAMMOND, La., Aug. 28 -- Southeastern Louisiana University issued the following news release: Thanks to a Louisiana Board of Regents grant totaling $71,340, Southeastern Louisiana University's graduate counseling program will be the first and only program in the state to use specialized technology in its research and student training.


The play analyzer software program now in use in the Department of Counseling and Human Development will allow faculty supervisors to monitor and record live video sessions of students in practice, said Reshelle Marino, assistant professor of counseling and principal grant investigator.

Master's level students enrolled in the practicum and internship courses for school counseling, clinical mental health, or marriage and family tracks will participate in research. Each student will receive their own laptop, software program, camcorder, tripod, and SD card reader.

"The system will assist our research process by providing more accurate and efficient access to clinical data and video examples, allowing supervisors to provide faster corrective measures for treatment and student training," Marino said. "There are only 12 accredited counseling programs in Louisiana, and we are the first and only program to utilize this technology." Marino explained that as a requirement for graduation, counseling graduate students must perform 700 hours of supervised field experience in their respective graduate tracks.

"In addition to faculty using the technology to develop training material, utilizing the technology for the required 700 field experience hours will enhance the experience for graduate students and allow them to be highly competitive in today's workforce," she said.

For more information about the grant, contact Marino at 985-549-5928.

TNS 30TagarumaMar-140829-4842570 30TagarumaMar (c) 2014 Targeted News Service

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