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Dec. 1, 2014
By Alexandra Mortallaro, media relations assistant
Two Northwest Missouri State University behavioral sciences students and faculty members attended the Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference Nov. 3 in Jefferson City, Mo., where they successfully presented their research.
Psychology instructor Elizabeth Dimmitt and Emily Bradford, a senior elementary education major and psychology minor from Riverside, Mo., presented about strategies to combat bullies in school settings and provided therapeutic tools to prevent and treat bullying behaviors. The presentation drew more than 160 attendees, making it one of the largest breakout sessions at the conference.
“We received a great deal of positive feedback and have had two requests from school districts to personally bring the information to their school,” Dimmit said. “It is always fun working one-on-one with a student, watching them develop their skills, and receive accolades for the efforts they put forth.”
Additionally, James Geiger, a senior psychology major from Omaha, Neb., gave a presentation about a mobile application he created. Geiger developed the app for an assignment he received in his introduction to school counseling course, led by psychology instructor Michele Veasey. Geiger said he created the app to help bridge communication between school counselor programs, students and parents.
“I reviewed data regarding increased student usage of smartphones and noticed there was a need to engage students in these areas,” Geiger said. “The app I designed as a concept was intended to engage a number of individuals. Students would be able to schedule appointments with their guidance counselor and sign up for college visits.”
Veasey also was elected post-secondary vice president of the Missouri School Counselor Association.
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