UTC Counselor Education Newsletter April 17, 2017

Welcome to the Family Dr. Melchior!!!

Join us in welcoming the new School Counseling Professor: Dr. Melchior

Shekila Melchior is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She earned her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and her Master’s in School Counseling from North Carolina A&T State University. Her research focuses on the social justice identity development of school counselors who advocate for undocumented students. Shekila is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed School Counselor. Shekila has experience in both school and clinical settings. She was a recipient of the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Doctoral Fellowship Program for her commitment to working with diverse populations. She is also a recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student of the Year Award for the College of Liberal Arts. Shekila is also a recipient of the Edward Bouchet Honor Society that recognizes scholars who serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who are traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Shekila is excited about her new start at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Groundbreaking News!

Dr. Ordway Will be back For Another year!!!

It is with great honor and pleasure that we welcome back Dr. Ann Ordway for another year apart of the UTC Counselor Education Department. Dr. Ordway is thrilled to have been invited back and is looking forward to an exciting year!

Important Dates

ACA 2018 Conference Workshop

Friday, April 21, 2017

12:00 - 5:00pm (Open hours for students) in Hunter 101

Counselor Education Commencement Celebration

Friday, May 5, 2017

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

Graduate Student Commencement

Friday, May 5, 2017

2:00pm at McKenzie Arena

Deadline to Pay Summer 2017 fees

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Summer Classes Begin

May 17, 2017 (Semester 1) & June 28, 2017 (Semester 2)

Summer Classes End

June 27, 2017 (Semester 1) & August 8, 2017 (Semester 2)

Deadline for Practicum & Internship Applications

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Deadline to Apply for December 2017

Thursday, June 15th, 2017


When: Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6pm-8pm

Where: Chattanooga Brewing Company (1804 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37405)

Why: Who doesn't love free food and drinks with the best company that Chattanooga has to offer! Come for a night of fellowship with this semester's graduating class, current, and prospective students

Gear 4 The Year

The UTC Counselor Education Program will be placing orders for shirts, fleeces, sweat pants, flash drives, water bottles, key chains, and more for students to grab their Gear 4 The Year!!!

More information will be provided over the summer!

Dr. Renee McLaughlin Recap

The department hosted a lecture by community leader Dr. Renee McLaughlin. She discussed biological and neuro-biological research pertaining to the transgender population and she offered insight regarding what mental health professionals need to know when working with clients facing trans issues.

Please join us for the next lecture series hosted by the Counselor Education Department!

Techniques for Working with Children Through Family Crisis and Trauma

The UTC Counselor Education Program alongside CSI hosted the Techniques for Working with Children Through Family Crisis and Trauma Conference. Dr. Ordway, Misty Lay Harris, and Dr. O'Brien provided students and professionals alike with legal and therapeutic insight into techniques of working with children through trauma. Thanks to all who attended and made this event possible!

Dylan & Hanna's Proposal!

Location: Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Date: February 4th, 2017

Answer: YESSSS!!!

Hanna and I started our night by getting to meet Todd the Fox at the Nature Center. Being her favorite animal this was quite exciting! After we played, petted, and became best friends with the fox I said, "Hey! I heard that they decorate the perch at night would you want to go see it?" She excitingly accepted this offer and we walked towards the perch that you can see below. During the walk from the fox enclosure to the perch I could feel every step! Once we got to the steps of the perch that were lined with lights, Gerber Daisies (Her favorite flower), and pictures from different points in our relationship. I took her picture by picture and told her something I learned about her at that stage in our relationship. When we arrived at the top we stepped inside a heart made of lights and rose pedals and after exchanging a few more words, I asked her to marry me and she said yes!!!! Little did she know that both of our families were on the other side of the back door to the perch and after we had a moment to ourselves we went around back and our families jumped out and screamed, "surprise!!!" After pictures and a reenactment we headed to 1885 where she already knew we were getting dinner. But what she didn't know was that a group of our closest friends were already there waiting to surprise us! It was without a doubt the most incredible day of my life with the most incredible girl I've ever met!

Spotlight on students

Do you have a story you would like to share with your peers? Let us know at CounselorED@utc.edu and we'll feature you in our Spotlight on Students!

Spring Cleaning

Ways to Beat Allergies

  • Eat Less Sugar
  • Drink Alkaline Water
  • Close Your Windows if the Pollen Count is High
  • When You're Outside for an Extended Period of Time Take a Shower and Change Clothes
  • Eat Fresh Fruits, Veggies, & Nuts
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Use Natural Cleaning Products
  • Steam Can Help Temporarily Relieve Sinus Pressure
  • Rinse it Out, Mix 1/2 Teaspoon Salt with a Pinch of Baking Soda in 8 Ounces of Warm Distilled or Sterilized Water.

SpringTime Activities in Chattanooga

  • Go Hiking at Stringer's Ridge or Signal Point
  • Take a Dip at Rainbow Lake
  • Go to the Chattanooga Zoo
  • Rent Mountain Bikes, Stand-Up Paddle Boards, & Camping Gear from the ARC
  • Ride the Carousal Coolidge Park
  • Surf on Cardboard Down Cardboard Hill
  • Enjoy Ice Cream & the Walking Bridge
  • Watch the Sunset at Sunset Rock
  • Go See Rock City
  • Brave the Incline
  • Take a Ride on the Southern Belle (Check Groupon for Cheap Tickets)
  • Root on the Chattanooga Football Club (CFC) at Finley Stadium
  • Take a Short Trip to the Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

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

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