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ACES Graduate Student Scholarship Awardees Spring 2021

The ACES Graduate Student Committee (GSC) funded scholarships totaling in $5,000 for 2020-2021. The goal of the ACES Graduate Student Scholarships are to award ACES student members with financial assistance to support various projects that align with the mission and vision of ACES. The scholarships aim to increase opportunities for graduate students to contribute to the knowledge of Counselor Education and Supervision and develop future scholars, leaders, and supervisors.

Beverly Hines

A highlight of Beverly Hines’ time in the doctoral program at Idaho State University is teaching and supervising new counselors-in-training (CIT). She finds it meaningful and satisfying to journey with students as they engage in counseling skills development while they also navigate the personal growth that inevitably goes with it. Her research interests involve exploring factors that facilitate the creation of a strong supervisory alliance, gatekeeping and remediation, and effective instructional techniques for teaching counseling skills to CIT’s. As a past-president of the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA), Beverly particularly enjoys facilitating the IMHCA-sponsored state-wide virtual peer consultation groups for mental health providers that she helped launch in 2019.

Bianca Augustine

Bianca Augustine, M.A., CCTP, Resident in Counseling (VA) is a doctoral candidate in counselor education and supervision at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Her clinical specialties include the experiences of minoritized ethnic groups and those with affectional and gender-expansive identities, as well as counseling concerns related to sexuality and various forms of trauma. Her research interests include the aforementioned areas, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, play as therapy, creative interventions, and the experiences of minoritized groups in counselor education and supervision programs and the profession. Her professional experiences include teaching and co-teaching at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels and working with clients of various ages in agency and private practice settings, primarily with trauma and identity-related concerns. She also previously provided trauma counseling services at a Level I trauma hospital in Virginia as a member of an interdisciplinary team. She is also very passionate about counseling and teaching through a social justice lens and an intersectionality-oriented perspective. She currently serves as the president of her university’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society and is a co-founder and co-chair of her university’s Counselors for Social Justice Interest Group. Furthermore, she serves as an Emerging Leader for the Virginia Counseling Association and is also a Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader. Currently, Bianca is working on multiple research projects, including her dissertation. Her dissertation research provides a cross-cultural examination of experiences of race-based trauma endured by Black Americans and individuals from Jamaica.

Brian Clarke

Brian is a 2nd year Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Associate in the University of Arizona’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. He serves on the ACES graduate student board and is a graduate student representative on the WACES board. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has experience working in private practice, crisis counseling, and psychiatric hospital settings. His current research is focused primarily on the implications and practice of mindfulness in counselor training, and applied ethics in counseling practice and education.

Elizabeth Brokamp

Elizabeth Brokamp, MA, EDM, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in Burke, Virginia with clinical interests in women's mental health, trauma, and reproductive psychology. A graduate of Teacher's College, Columbia University, Elizabeth has worked in both private practice and in schools as a school counselor. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the CES program at University of the Cumberlands, completing her dissertation, which explores the systemic context surrounding gatekeeping through the experiences and perspectives of administrators.

Kaitlyn Bruns

Kaitlyn Bruns, MA, LPCC practices clinical counseling in a hospital outpatient setting with children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth. Her clinical interests includes working with clients who are experiencing severe mood disorders, anxiety disorders, parent-child relationship issues, and relationship challenges. Kaitlyn has begun her research career with a strong interest in the role professional counselors are currently playing, and can embrace, in the prevention of firearm violence. Kaitlyn aims to expand the counseling literature to support counselors in the training, education, and implementation of reducing and preventing firearm violence. Kaitlyn is currently pursuing her doctorate in counselor education and supervision at the University of Cincinnati.

Nicole Hurless

I will complete my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Missouri St. Louis in the summer of 2021. I am an EMDR-trained counselor and my clinical work has focused on the integrative treatment of traumatic stress in young adults and gender and sexual minorities. My dissertation explores the role of counselor trainee's history of adversity and trauma on their attachment style and relationship with their clinical supervisor. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, caring for my many houseplants, and feeding ducks at the park.

Sarah Agarwal

Sarah Agarwal is a 5th year Doctoral Candidate in the Counseling Program at the University of North Texas. Sarah has extensive training and experience in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) and is currently working with client across the lifespan through virtual telehealth. Sarah has presented at state/local, regional, and national conferences on play therapy and has published in national and international journals on the benefits of using play with children who present with a variety of concerns.

Shelby Gonzales

Shelby Gonzales is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of South Carolina. As a certified K-12 school counselor and a National Certified Counselor, Shelby has worked in both North and South Carolina. Shelby's research interests include school counseling, the school counselor-principal relationship, and anti-racist practices in school counseling. Shelby is currently working on her dissertation which is focused on facilitating role understanding and collaboration between future school counselors and principals. Within SACES, Shelby serves as the Graduate Student Representative-Designee and SACES Graduate Student/New Professionals Interest Network Co-Chair and is a member of the ACES Graduate Student Social/Networking Subcommittee.

Congratulations to our ACES Graduate Student Scholarship Awardees!!