UTC Counselor Education Newsletter November 15, 2017

Congratulations Graduates!


Friday, December 15, 2017

2:00 pm at McKenzie Arena

Pinning Ceremony

Friday, December 15, 2017

12:00pm-1:00pm at First Centenary United Methodist

433 Oak Street Chattanooga, TN 37402

If you would like to come and support the graduates RSVP by December 8th via email to CounselorED@utc.edu

Part of the Family

It has been an amazing semester having Dr. Melchior apart of the Counselor Education Family!

Maybe you had Dr. Melchior for Group Counseling and you learned first hand what it is like to lead, prepare for, and manage a Group under her guidance. Her brilliant idea to add in random disruptive behaviors while students were leading groups was a learning experience to say the least! Her school counseling students received insightful feedback as they completed in class guidance lessons and Disaggregated school data to complete a M.E.A.S.U.R.E Project. Even Practicum students benefited from Dr. Melchior's wealth of practical knowledge from working in both school and clinical settings. Dr. Melchior's research focuses on the social justice identity development of school counselors who advocate for undocumented students. In all of her classes, students learn more about the diverse needs of this often times under served population, what resources are available, and how to better help them in a counseling context.

2018 Academic Dates

Thursday, December 14 (2017): Deadline to pay Spring 2018 fees

Friday, December 22 - Tuesday, January 2: University is closed

Monday, January 8: Classes begin

Wednesday, February 21: CPCE test/payment due day

Monday, March 12 - Sunday, March 18: Spring Break

Friday, May 4: Graduate Commencement

Friday, June 1: Practicum and Internship form due date (School Counselors note that schools end before this date so your forms will need to be turned into the school you are working at before the semester is over!)

Friday, June 15: Fall 2017 Graduation application deadline

  • The Application for Graduation is located in MyMocsNet on the Academics Tab

ACA Conference 2018

April 26-29, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA

Interested? Register below!

Want half off registration? Volunteer to work 10 hours! Hurry the deadline is November 30th.

Are you planning on attending?

The Counselor Education Department is interested in hosting a reception or dinner for attending students.

If you are planning to attend email CounselorED@utc.edu (let us know what days you are attending)

CPCE Study Session

CSI alongside Dr. Ordway will be hosting a CPCE Study Session starting in January!

Tuesdays (8:30 - 9:30pm)

Thursdays (7:30 - 8:30pm)

*Schedule can be adjusted to fit the needs of the students

Spotlight on students

Two of our students celebrated their weddings over the summer!

Caitlin & Grant

Hey! I’m Caitlin, a second year (accelerated) CMHC graduate student. School is stressful, as all of you know, so vacations are highly recommended. This is how I vacationed during my two week summer break in August. Shout out to our favorite GA, Dylan who did the same thing.

Dylan & Hanna

Hey! This is Dylan! Hanna and I got married right down the street at Red Bank Baptist. We're a newly wed couple that enjoys board games, spontaneous adventures, Disney movies, New York style pizza, and anything chocolate!

Also join us in celebrating the newest member of the Counselor Education Family! Jessica Morrow's baby girl!

CSI Food DRive

CSI is sponsoring a food drive to fight Food Insecurity on UTC’s Campus!

Of the UTC students surveyed last year, 43 percent of those who responded said they had experienced food insecurity. Those numbers are just shy of the national average, according to a survey published in 2016 by the College and Food Bank Alliance.

We will be collecting non-perishables and personal care items for Scrappy’s Cupboard (our campus food bank) through the end of the semester. If you would like to participate, bring your donations to Counselor Education Office in Hunter 101.

"Food insecurity” is the term used to describe millions of Americans who do not have access to nutritious meals. Food insecurity can happen just once or it can be a recurring problem.

If you would like more information on Scrappy’s Cupboard follow this link!

CSI Movie Night

December 5th (5:00-7:00PM)

Admission: 2 canned goods/non-perishables

All donations will go to fight food insecurity amongst UTC students

Location: TBD

Come join us as we watch the hit T.V. show "The Good Doctor," practice our conceptualization skills, create a counseling plan, and enjoy food and refreshments!

Welcome to the program!

The Future is bright in the UTC Counselor Education Program with these First Year Students!

Holidays from Around the World


Celebrated all around the world, Christmas falls on December 25th each year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The word “Christmas” literally means “Christ’s Mass,” and is a feast central to the Christian liturgical year. Furthermore, it is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations and an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season. Celebratory decorations typically include “decking the halls” with holm, ivy, and other greens, and nativity scenes are popular in several countries. And of course, a Christmas tree decorated with lights and ornaments is usually a staple to the house, particularly in the United States.


Hanukkah (or Chanukah) has many different transliteration spellings (you’ve already seen two). It consists of an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt (2nd century BCE). The holiday is observed for eight days and nights, and because it starts on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew Calendar, it can fall anywhere from late November to late December. Hanukkah rituals include the lighting of the Menorah, which consists of 9 candles in a holder. One candle is lit on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, and the center candle is used for lighting the others. Other Hanukkah family customs include singing Hanukkah songs, reciting Psalms, and, especially in North America and Israel, exchanging presents.


This is a week-long holiday celebrated in communities in the United States and Canada, as well as in the Western African Diaspora to honor African heritage in African-American culture. Created by Maulana Karenga in 1966, it is observed from December 26-January 1, and ultimately ends with a feast and the exchanging of gifts. There are seven core principles that are celebrated during Kwanzaa, including unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Celebration of Kwanzaa can include colorful household decorations with art and African cloth, readings and reflection of the African Pledge, and a candle-lighting ceremony with a kinara (which holds just two less candles than the Menorah!)

Las Posadas

With its origins in Spain, Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration that is now primarily celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of the Southwestern United States. The roots of this holiday are in Catholicism but several different branches of Christian Latinos follow the tradition. During the celebration, a procession moves from house to house with a candle inside a paper lampshade, stopping at each home to sign and pray. Eventually, the procession ends at a home or church, and the celebration continues with caroling, feasting, and pinata breaking!


Also referred to as the Feast of the Sacrifice, Eid-al-Adha is an important Islamic holiday celebrated worldwide to honor the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born, Ishmael, on God’s command. Eid-al-Adha is a 3-day celebration at the end of Ramadan. Families traditionally dress in their finest clothing to perform prayer in a large congregation or mosque and sacrifice their best halal domestic animals as a symbol of Abraham’s sacrifice. Ultimately, most of the meat is shared with friends, neighbors, and the poor, to ensure that none are without a chance to partake in the holiday feast!


This five-day Hindu festival is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, among others. The festival is also referred to as the “festival of lights” and celebrates both the attainment of nirvana by Mahavira (an Indian Sage), as well as a Death Anniversary of Swami Dayanand (Hindu religious leader). The word “Diwali” is a contraction of a word translating to “row of lamps,” as the holiday involves the lighting of small clay lamps to symbolize the victory of good over evil. During the festival, firecrackers are burst and all those celebrating wear new clothes and share sweets with family and friends.

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It falls on different dates each year, between January 21 and February 20. Visits to friends and family take place during this celebration. The color gold is said to bring wealth, and the color red is considered especially lucky. The New Year's Eve dinner is very large and includes fish, noodles, and dumplings. This year Chinese New Year began on February 8, and it's the year of the monkey!

Information Retrieved From:

Mackie, L. (2013, January 3). From Christmas to Diwali: Winter Holidays around the World. In United Planet Blog. Retrieved from http://www.unitedplanet.org/blog/2013/01/03/from-christmas-to-diwali-winter-holidays-around-the-world

Winter Celebrations. (2016, August 26). In National Geographic Kids. Retrieved from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/winter-celebrations/#WH-Tree-Lights16x9.jpg

Healthy Holidays!

  • Keep the focus on fun, not food
  • Modify your eating times so that they jive with your relatives
  • Wash your hands
  • Drink plenty of water (not just hot chocolate!)
  • Savor your sleep
  • Stick to your budget
  • Do something physically active as a family or with a group of friends (like ice skating!)
  • Volunteer at your local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or animal shelter
  • Take care of you; during the busy holiday season we can forget about ourselves
  • Treat yo' self! Everyone has earned a break! Want to reread your Harry Potter Books? Treat yo' self! Need to book a massage? Treat yo' self! Want to wear your PJ's all day, drinking hot cocoa, and watching Elf? Treat yo' self!

Enjoy animals playing in the snow!

"Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday!!!" - The Counselor Education Family

The primary mission of the UTC Counseling Program is to train knowledgeable, competent, skillful professional counselors to provide services in clinical mental health and school settings. Based on a developmental process of personal and professional wellness, this program emphasizes skill acquisition at early stages, progressing towards a strong theoretical and ethical foundation, and cultural competence in order to work with a variety of individuals.

Counseling Lab Number: (423) 425-4698 - Email: CounselorED@utc.edu

Created By
Dylan Burke


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