Huber, Shea, and Corbin Present at Pennsylvania Counseling Association's Conference

Dr. Diane Shea, Dr. James Huber, and Lisa Corbin will present at the 48th Annual Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference on November 12 in State College, Pa.

The Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) is a state branch of the Washington, DC-based American Counseling Association (ACA), the national professional association that represents the 526,000-plus professional counselors who live and practice here in the United States.

Lisa Corbin, Practicum/Internship Coordinator and Dr. Diana Piperata, Clinical Director at Self Help Movement, Inc.
Creative Mindfulness Strategies for Non-Traditional Population

Presenters will engage attendees in hands-on mindfulness activities that have been shown to work with the diverse clients of Self Help Movement, Inc., a multi-level of care substance use disorder treatment facility located in Philadelphia, Pa. Presenters will provide a brief synopsis of Mindfulness meditation as related to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as a portrait of the population being served within SHM. Participants will then engage in three hands-on activities that they can take back to use with their diverse populations. Activities using kinetic sand, bubbles, and markers will exemplify the underpinnings of mindfulness.

“We are establishing a qualitative research project that will investigate outcomes of participating in the mindfulness meditation group,” Corbin said. “Clients will be asked to elaborate on how they were or were not affected by participating in the mindfulness meditation group, which activities appeared most influential, and what strategies they are using after the group has ended. Results from this study will be utilized to create a quantitative research design.”

Dr. Diane Shea, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Dr. James Huber, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology
Class Notes: The Creative Use of Music in MFT and School Counselor Education and Supervision

In this one-hour, interactive workshop, Dr. Huber and Dr. Shea will describe, discuss, and demonstrate creative and effective ways to use music to engage students, enhance learning, and explore diversity in graduate Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling courses and supervision.

"Music has been called ‘the universal language’ so we like to use it to help energize the

learning process and stimulate creative thinking in our counselors in training,” Huber said. “For example, listening to world music in a multicultural counseling class may help students appreciate new aspects of their diverse clients.  Even Bruce Springsteen's classic song Streets of Philadelphia can become the inspiration for a good clinical case study."

Additionally, Huber will be a part of a panel, titled “Creative Strategies for Engaging Students and Enhancing Counseling Training Programs.” He will join representatives from Marywood University, Arcadia University, and Villanova University. The panel will provide participants with specific teaching strategies that engage students in their learning as well as offer ideas for increasing involvement and a sense of community within counselor training programs.

"The HFU Counseling Psychology faculty is a creative team of teachers,” Huber said. “This statewide panel is a great opportunity share some of our success stories in interactive classroom methods, innovative skill building exercises, and inspiring service learning activities.”