May 30, 2008

CSPP Announcements

Congratulations to CSPP alumna Tabitha Grier!

2008 Faculty and Staff Research Awards--The following College faculty and staff members were awarded Faculty and Staff Research Awards for 2008: Tabitha Grier, assistant professor (PsTL); Benjamin Jacobs, assistant professor (C&I); Nicole Landi, assistant professor (EdPsy); Sheryl Lazarus, research associate (ICI); and Lauren Martin, research associate (CEED). Congratulations to all of our award winners on this achievement!

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Please note that all complete CSPP student applications must be delivered to Mary Farquhar on or before June 4, 2008.

The Educational Psychology Department is allocating funds for reimbursement of student travel this year. Award amounts will be up to $250 per student per year.

To qualify for these funds:

• You must be an active Educational Psychology graduate student.
• You must travel to and present at a national or international conference or professional meeting
Please note that these funds may not be used for state or regional conferences nor can they be used for training or workshop participation.
Funds will be awarded twice each year.
• For travel between July 1 and December 1, 2007, submit requests and required documentation by December 1, 2007.
• For travel between December 2, 2007 and June 30, 2008, requests and documentation must be submitted by June 4, 2008.
• Your faculty advisor must approve the travel.

Kathleen Walter
Student Personnel Coordinator
Educational Psychology Department
250 Education Science Building
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612 624 1698 (phone)
612 624 8241 (fax)
kwalter@umn.edu

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To: CSPP students or grads who are planning to take the NCE, NCMHCE, or the ECCP exams
Re: Test preparation

Please remember that the CSPP office will be open all summer and that we have study guides available for check-out for all the above counselor-licensure exams. Be sure to take advantage of these free resources as you prepare for these tests.

Contact Emily (250 EdSci Bldg) with any questions, 612-624-6827.

Posted by lind0449 at 11:10 AM

Employment Opportunities

The University of Kansas is hiring an Assistant Director (#1179) in their Academic Achievement and Access Center. See https://jobs.ku.edu for details. (Search by position number.)

Posted by lind0449 at 11:07 AM

Special Programs

Bring your lunch and join us for the FIRST
Social, Psychological and Physical Development (SPPD)
Neighborhood Lunch Forum
June 3rd • Noon – 1:00pm • 240 Burton Hall


Presenters:
Nicole LaVoi, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Lisa Kihl, and Maureen Weiss
Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium http://cehd.umn.edu/mnysrc/ and School of Kinesiology faculty members will discuss multiple interrelated research and civic engagement projects. Some examples of projects include:
• 2007 Tucker Center Report-Developing Physically Active Girls: An Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Approach,
• Parent and coaching education programs PACT and PLAYS as offered to various youth sport organizations,
• The joint Hennepin County-University of Minnesota report to the county commissioners from the Youth Sports and Physical Activities Planning Advisory Team, and
• Youth sport collaborations with the Dayton's Bluff community and others underserved areas and populations.

Discussion and interaction will follow the presentation.
All are welcome!

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Today is grant application deadline:

*International Research Small Grants Program*

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David Johnson, Associate Dean for Outreach and Community Development, and Christopher Johnstone, Director of International Initiatives and Relations for the College of Education and Human Development, are pleased to announce a series of small grants to promote international initiatives in the College of Education and Human Development. Three (3) grants totaling $1,250 each will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for international research activities. Grant money may be, but does not need to be used for international travel relevant to priorities. Faculty and staff interested in travel grants outside of these priorities (such as for international conferences) should consult the Office of International Programs website (www.international.umn.edu/funding) for other opportunities.
Details on application procedures and priorities for CE+HD grants are found below.

*Priority 1: International Research*

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Grant Priority 1 will provide $1,250 to faculty or staff to develop or sustain a program of research on an international topic. To the extent possible, research should have a multidisciplinary focus. There are no restrictions on research methodology for this competition, but proposed activities should be in accordance with university aims of being a world-class research university. Recipient of this award will present research findings at a future “International Connections? luncheon.

Proposals for Priority 1 grants are a 2,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:

- Research questions and methodology
- Plans for dissemination of new knowledge
- Evidence that the program can sustain itself after grant period has terminated
- Collaborators within the College who will contribute to the initiative
- A summary budget

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*Priority 2: Junior Faculty International Research*

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Grant Priority 2 seeks to develop the College’s capacity to do international research through encouraging research from junior faculty and staff. Assistant Professors, Lecturers, and Research Associates with five or less years of university experience are encouraged to apply for this grant. Priority 2 grants will provide $1,250 to junior faculty or staff to develop or sustain a program of research on an international topic. To the extent possible, research should have a multidisciplinary focus. There are no restrictions on research methodology for this competition, but proposed activities should be in accordance with university aims of being a world-class research university. Recipient of this award will present research findings at a future “International Connections? luncheon.

Proposals for Priority 2 grants are a 2,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:

- Research questions and methodology
- Plans for dissemination of new knowledge
- Evidence that the program can sustain itself after grant period has terminated
- Collaborators within the College who will contribute to the initiative
- A summary budget

*Priority 3: Student Initiated International Research*

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Grant Priority 3 seeks to develop the College’s capacity to do international research through encouraging research from graduate and undergraduate students. Priority 3 grants will provide $1,250 to one graduate or one undergraduate student to develop or sustain a program of research on an international topic. To the extent possible, research should have a multidisciplinary focus. There are no restrictions on research methodology for this competition, but proposed activities should be in accordance with university aims to become a world-class research university. Recipients of this award will present research findings at a future “International Connections? luncheon.

Proposals for Priority 3 grants are a 2,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:

- Research questions and methodology
- Plans for dissemination of new knowledge
- Evidence that the program can sustain itself after grant period has terminated
- Evidence of support from faculty advisor(s)
- A summary budget

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Christopher Johnstone, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives, College of Education and Human Development Research Associate, National Center on Educational Outcomes
131 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-626-1936
Fax: 612-626-7496

Posted by lind0449 at 11:03 AM

Miscellaneous

Regarding DSMV Sexuality and Gender/Gender Identity Disorder workgroups controversies:

Review for the Fifth edition of the APA's Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSMV)

The chair for the sexuality and gender workgroup is Dr. Kenneth Zucker, a famous advocate of reparative therapy (also known as conversion therapy) for gender-variant children. Zucker has named Ray Blanchard to the Gender Identity Disorder workgroup. Blanchard coined the term autogynephilia to describe men with an erotic desire to be women and proposed a theory that all trans women could be usefully classified as either autogynephiles or extremely effeminate gay men who needed to become female to express their sexuality. Their positions are contrary to evidence-based science.

As you know, the DSM is not only a worldwide reference for clinicians and researchers, but also for insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and policy makers. Potential consequences of having Zucker and Blanchard involved in the revisions on sexuality and gender are:
• Gender Identity Disorder would revert to include homosexuality as a mental illness
• Gender variations, including transgender, would also be classified as mental illnesses.
• DSMV would recommend reparitive therapy as the optimal treatment.
To participate in an online petition, go to: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/objection-to-dsm-v-committee-members-on-gender-identity-disorders
OR contact the American Psychiatric Association to express your concerns.

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2008-2009 Policy Fellows Program: Applications now being accepted

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute is now accepting applications for the 2008-2009 Policy Fellows program. Now in its 18th year, the Policy Fellows program offers practical training in public affairs leadership for emerging leaders from the government, private and nonprofit sectors across the state. The program equips participants with skills to inspire, organize and work effectively with others to achieve common objectives and work toward the public good. A program description and application materials are available on-line at http://www.politicsandgovernance.org/programs/policyfellows/2008_2009/program.html or through the Politics and Governance website, www.politicsandgovernance.org. Completed applications must be postmarked by June 16, 2008. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Kate Krzesinski at cspg@umn.edu or 612-625-8330.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:37 AM

May 23, 2008

CSPP Announcements

To: CSPP students or grads who are planning to take the NCE, NCMHCE, or the ECCP exams
Re: Test preparation

Please remember that the CSPP office will be open all summer and that we have study guides available for check-out for all the above counselor-licensure exams. Be sure to take advantage of these free resources as you prepare for these tests.

Contact Emily (250 EdSci Bldg) with any questions, 612-624-6827.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:45 AM

Employment Opportunities

Nystrom and Associates, Ltd, a Minnesota faith-based counseling agency, is looking to hire LMFT, LICSW, or LPs to lead teams of home-based mental health workers that are working toward licensure.

For more information, please download the following: Download file
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Hello,

I am looking for some folks who might be interested in assisting with some data scoring and data entry tasks over the summer months.

I am looking for two people who would be hired to do 20 hours of work per week for 4 weeks. Employees will be paid at an hourly rate of $10/ hour and hours will be recorded on time sheets.

The expected project dates are from Monday, June 2nd - Friday, June 27th. However, please know that if this specific time period does not work, there is the possibility of extending the project 2 weeks and reducing the total hours per week accordingly.

Specific tasks include scoring booklets of basic handwriting development activities and entering data into spreadsheets.

If interested, please contact:

Tracy Bradfield
tmorgan@umn.edu
612-625-8656

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Tracy Bradfield
Assessment and Training Center
Project Coordinator
Center for Early Education and Development,
University of Minnesota
40F Education Sciences Building
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Office Phone: (612) 625-8656
tmorgan@umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 10:43 AM

Special Programs

International Research Small Grants Program

David Johnson, Associate Dean for Outreach and Community Development, and Christopher Johnstone, Director of International Initiatives and Relations for the College of Education and Human Development, are pleased to announce a series of small grants to promote international initiatives in the College of Education and Human Development. Three (3) grants totaling $1,250 each will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for international research activities. Grant money may be, but does not need to be used for international travel relevant to priorities. Faculty and staff interested in travel grants outside of these priorities (such as for international conferences) should consult the Office of International Programs website (www.international.umn.edu/funding) for other opportunities. Details on application procedures and priorities for CE+HD grants are found below.

Priority 1: International Research

Grant Priority 1 will provide $1,250 to faculty or staff to develop or sustain a program of research on an international topic. To the extent possible, research should have a multidisciplinary focus. There are no restrictions on research methodology for this competition, but proposed activities should be in accordance with university aims of being a world-class research university. Recipient of this award will present research findings at a future “International Connections? luncheon.

Proposals for Priority 1 grants are a 2,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:
- Applicant name, departmental affiliation and contact information
- Research questions and methodology
- Plans for dissemination of new knowledge
- Evidence that the program can sustain itself after grant period has terminated
- Collaborators within the College who will contribute to the initiative
- A summary budget

Priority 2: New Researchers
Grant Priority 2 seeks to develop the College’s capacity to do international research through encouraging research from junior faculty and staff. Assistant Professors, Lecturers, and Research Associates with five or less years of university experience are encouraged to apply for this grant. Priority 2 grants will provide $1,250 to junior faculty or staff to develop or sustain a program of research on an international topic. To the extent possible, research should have a multidisciplinary focus. There are no restrictions on research methodology for this competition, but proposed activities should be in accordance with university aims of being a world-class research university. Recipient of this award will present research findings at a future “International Connections? luncheon.

Proposals for Priority 2 grants are a 2,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:
- Applicant name, departmental affiliation and contact information
- Research questions and methodology
- Plans for dissemination of new knowledge
- Evidence that the program can sustain itself after grant period has terminated
- Collaborators within the College who will contribute to the initiative
- A summary budget

Priority 3: Student Initiated International Research

Grant Priority 3 seeks to develop the College’s capacity to do international research through encouraging research from graduate and undergraduate students. Priority 4 grants will provide $1,250 to each to one graduate or one undergraduate student to develop or sustain a program of research on an international topic. To the extent possible, research should have a multidisciplinary focus. There are no restrictions on research methodology for this competition, but proposed activities should be in accordance with university aims to become a world-class research university. Recipients of this award will present research findings at a future “International Connections? luncheon.

Proposals for Priority 3 grants are a 2,000 word narrative of proposed activities that should include:
- Applicant name, departmental affiliation and contact information
- Research questions and methodology
- Plans for dissemination of new knowledge
- Evidence that the program can sustain itself after grant period has terminated
- Evidence of support from faculty advisor(s)
- A summary budget


All application materials should be submitted in hard copy to the reception desk in 104 Burton Hall no later than Friday, May 30

Posted by lind0449 at 10:42 AM

May 16, 2008

CSPP Announcements

CSPP End-of-Semester Reminders!

1) If you have not done so already and still have interest in completing the CSPP Anonymous Surveys, please do so by the last day of spring semester, which is tomorrow, Saturday, May 17. Please see today's email from me for the specific link to the survey website.

2) If you have had an assistantship in the Ed Sciences Building for spring semester and your appointment ends on May 25, be sure to return your desk and office keys to Onos in 250 Ed Sci Bldg before the end of the month!

3) If you have done practicum this year all your prac evaluation forms (and other required prac forms) must be submitted before a grade can be awarded for your practicum. It is your responsibility to ensure that these forms have been received and, for student trying to graduate this month, delays in receiving them will likely delay the award of your degree. Contact your prac small group supervisor, your prac class instructor, or Clinical Assistant Fengqin Lian with any questions about these forms.

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Congratulations to CSPP PhD student Chia-Chen Tu for winning a Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle graduate student award! See below for details.
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May 14, 2008

To: The College of Education and Human Development Community

From: Raleigh Kaminsky, Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC) Coordinator

Subject:: 2008 Circle Award Recipients

I am pleased, on behalf of the WPLC, to announce the Circle’s award recipients for 2008. This year the Circle is proud to have granted $14,500 in scholarships and awards. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding students, staff, and faculty on receiving these prestigious awards.

Staff award
Venoreen Browne-Boatswain, Student Services

Graduate student awards
Joletta Falknor, graduate student award –Curriculum and Instruction
Abigail Gadea, graduate student award – Social Work and Humphrey Institute
Jinous Kasravi, graduate student award – Educational Policy & Administration
Nancy O’Brien, graduate student award – Educational Policy & Administration
Chia-Chen Tu, graduate student award – Educational Psychology

Rising Star awards
Tamara Moore, Curriculum and Instruction
Misty Sato, Curriculum and Instruction

On behalf of the Grants Committee, I would like to thank everyone who submitted applications, nominations, and letters of support.

The WPLC’s year-end celebration brunch and presentation of Circle awards will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Eastcliff. We invite you to join us for this event. Watch for your e-mail invitation.

Raleigh Kaminsky
Ms. Raleigh Kaminsky
Director of Alumni Relations and Coordinator
Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle
College of Education and Human Development
48 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-626-1601
Fax: 612-626-2469

Visit us at: cehd.umn.edu/alumni
Join the Alumni Association: alumni.umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 10:42 AM

PhD Student Info

CSPP PhD students are invited to join us for a panel discussion on planning and preparing for a pre-doctoral internship.

Date: Friday May 23, 2008
Time: 10am – noon
Place: Room 330 Education Sciences Building

Panelists:
Salina Renninger, PhD,Training Director, U of M University Counseling and Consulting Services
Michelle Trotter, PhD Candidate, Pre-doctoral internship at Montana State University Counseling and Psychological Services starting Fall 2008
Ling-Hsuan Tung, PhD Candidate, Pre-doctoral internship at Boston University Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology starting Fall 2008

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Attn: CSPP PhD Students
Re: Written Prelim Exam - Fall 2008

Please save the date! The CSPP Written Prelim will be given this fall on Monday and Tuesday, October 6 and 7. The exam will be on the morning of October 6 and continue the afternoon of October 7. Please review your handbook (online at: http://cehd.umn.edu/EdPsych/CSPP/Handbooks/default.html) to review the eligibility requirements and content areas of the exam and/or contact your adviser for more information.

Sign up for the exam will begin in the CSPP office (250 Ed Sci Bldg) on September 2 and continue for two weeks.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:28 AM

Miscellaneous

Dear friend,

I apologize if this email bothers you. You may already know that there was a massive, 7.9-magnitude earthquake in China on 5/12/08, with more than *15, 000 people dead and nearly 40,000 still buried or missing*.
The figure is still continuing to rise:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24609645/.

I have made some donation for supporting the people there. If you want to help, you could make some donation too. Even a small amount of money can contribute to saving lives. People who are still buried need medication. Kids who just lost their parents need food, water, and clothing. Here are some ways to donate:

1. American Red Cross Online Donation for China Earthquake
http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_china_relief_fund_0508&s_subsrc=RCOProfile_China&s_src=F8DWA001

2. Mercy Corps Online Donation for China Earthquake http://www.mercycorps.org/

3. Hong Kong Red Cross Online Donation for China Earthquake https://www.redcross.org.hk/donation/user_donation.asp

Please forward this email to friends who may be willing to help. If you would like more information, please feel free to email me.

Thank you for your kindness and love!

Sincerely

Fengqin

Fengqin Lian, Doctoral Student
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Minnesota

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Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Hosts and Welcomes you
to our annual celebration of May Asian Pacific Heritage Month At the State Capitol

In the year of the MN Sesquicentennial (MN 150):
A pause to reflect on over 130 years of Asian Pacific History in Minnesota

From early accounts of Chinese entrepreneurs in 1875 to the latest refugee newcomers from Tibet, Burma and Bhutan

May 19, 2008
11.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Free and open to the public
Program, exhibits, performances, local authors, release of a new policy report and an opportunity to meet with legislators

11.30 a.m. Registration opens
Tour exhibit and display of Asian History and Asian non profit Agencies in the State Capitol Rotunda and North Corridor

Noon: Formal Program begins
Welcome: Jodi Tanaka, Chair of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans,
Council Board Members and appointed legislators Senator Ellen Anderson, Representative John Berns, Representative Tina Liebling and Senator David Senjem

A walk through time: History of Asian Pacific Minnesotans: Moderator David Zander
Featuring: Kao Kalia Yang & Bryan Thao Worra – local published authors
The Burmese experience - Benjamin Aung – Personal Story of Escaping from Burma
A Tibetan in Exile – performance by TIPA performer Tenzin

Invited speakers include: Chinese Business Development in Minnesota – Fred Hsiao (Shaw Lundquist)
The Korean experience in Minnesota – Yoonju Park (Korean Service Center)
The Korean Adoptees in Minnesota - Ami Nafzger-Spiess (AdopSource)
The Filipino experience in Minnesota – Jocelyn Ancheta
Asian Indians in Minnesota - Mukhtar Thakur (Sangram Radio and Geetmala), Dr. Bruce Corrie (Concordia University)
The Sri Lankans - Sri Lal Ananda Liyanapathiranage
The Karen – Wilfred Tun Baw, Eh Taw
Bhutanese refugees & resettlement from Nepal– Mangala Sharma
Resettlement and Cultural orientation - Tonya Cook, World Relief

Displays & Updates: AdopSource, APCC, AMA, CHI, HAP, IHEA, KSC, Lao Center, Ready 4K Early School Readiness, Sexual Trafficking, VSS.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:22 AM

Conference Information

Beyond the Baby Blues III Conference
June 25, 2008, U of M Continuing Education Center. A full day conference for professionals and families exploring screening, diagnosis, treatment and support when a woman experiences depression and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. FFI: http://www.namimn.org.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:19 AM

Classes

Summer Session 1 credit Social Work class - Register now!

INTRODUCTION TO VITAL INVOLVEMENT PRACTICE (VIP)

Professor Helen Kivnick, Social Work: SW 5810, 1 credit

June 20 & June 27, 2008 • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM • 39 Peters Hall

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Vital involvement practice (VIP) is an emerging strategy for promoting client strengths and assets, while ameliorating problems and treating disorders. The approach is useful with clients of all ages, explicitly focusing both clinician and client on identifying multifaceted client strengths, and on creatively using these strengths to achieve specific client goals.

VIP represents an application or “translation?, in practice, of Erik H. Erikson's bio-psycho-social theory of life-cycle development. As described by Erikson near the end of his life, psychosocial health rests on an individual’s vital involvement with such elements of the environment as people, activities, materials, ideas, relationships, institutions, animals, and more. Vital involvement is the basis for developing individual strengths and for exercising these strengths in the process of living robustly through the life cycle. Underlying VIP, therefore, is the conviction that along with treating client problems and pathologies, practitioners (social service, mental health, and health care providers) must also attend to individuals’ strengths, assets, and abilities to make contributions to the social environment. This construct of vital involvement was developed in a five-year collaboration by Erik Erikson, Joan Erikson, and Helen Kivnick, and was explicitly introduced in their book Vital Involvement in Old Age (1986).

VIP rests on two specific clinical skills – both mediated by newly developed data gathering tools. The first skill is that of promoting vital involvement (PVI). The second skill is the ability to utilize PVI in a 5-step process that, broadly, works to identify client life strengths and then utilize these strengths both to overcome immediate obstacles, and also achieve client goals.

Students will be introduced to VIP, its theoretical foundations (in social work, psychology, and occupational science), and its clinical components. After developing initial facility with PVI, in class, students will work through the complete 5-step process with the professor’s guidance – also in class. Each student will also work through the steps, out of class, with a “friendly volunteer.? Sample protocols and case material from pilot research will be discussed in class, along with the thinking that underlies each protocol.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Students will understand the principles and theoretical foundations of VIP, and with how to utilize these principles to help empower clients in living their everyday lives.
Students will be familiar with the skill of PVI and with the sequential steps of the VIP approach.
Students will have completed two PVI worksheets and two VIP assessment-and-life-planning workbooks.
Students will know enough about elements of the VIP approach to know how it can be incorporated into their own practice, and to identify needs for further instruction

Posted by lind0449 at 10:16 AM

Employment Opportunities

Director of Diversity and Mentoring – UVA Women's Center
FFI: http://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=53804.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:15 AM

Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities - CornerHouse
Looking for a truly meaningful volunteer opportunity this summer? Become a volunteer for CornerHouse, an interagency child abuse evaluation and training center in Minneapolis! At CornerHouse, police, prosecutors and child protection workers come together to investigate allegations of possible child abuse. CornerHouse provides a safe place for children to talk about experiences that are confusing, scary, and which often feel shameful. Children and their needs come first here. The name CornerHouse is recognized as the highest standard in the field. Whether you want to work directly with children or behind the scenes, CornerHouse has a volunteer opportunity for you. We also have short-term and one-time opportunities for volunteers at our summer special events.

Check us out at: http://www.cornerhousemn.org/volunteer.html or contact Megan Alama at megan.alama@childrensmn.org.

Posted by lind0449 at 10:13 AM

Special Programs

Inclusive Science: Articulating Theory, Practice, and Action - Conference
June 16-18, 2008
College of St. Catherine, St. Paul MN
“Inclusive Science: Articulating Theory, Practice, and Action? will focus on three intersections of science and feminism. FFI and to register: http://www.stkate.edu/inclusive_science/.

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NCTQ Research Competition: Call for Proposals (276)
The National Council on Teacher Quality is calling for proposals for our research competition, Help or Hindrance? What is the impact of teacher rules, roles, and rights on teacher quality?. The competition is an opportunity to explore NCTQ's groundbreaking database, TR3, which posts the content of collective bargaining agreements, school board policies, and state laws for 100 schools districts and all 50 states. The deadline for proposals is May 30, 2008--just two and a half weeks away! Apply yourself, or spread the word--but act quickly.
NCTQ is particularly interested in attracting new scholars from all fields to education policy research. A jury of top educational scholars will select 12 authors as semi-finalists that will receive $5,000 to conduct research and write a formal research paper. In December, eight finalists will be selected to present their papers at a national conference to be held in winter '09 in Washington, D.C.. At the conference, prizes of $15,000 and $5,000 will be awarded to the top two papers.
For details, please see the attached flyer or visit our website (http://www.nctq.org/tr3/conference/). For questions, contact Trish Madden at tmadden@nctq.org, 202-393-0020 x32.
NCTQ Research Competition: Call for Proposals (http://www.nctq.org/nctq/research/tr3_research_flier-final.pdf)

Posted by lind0449 at 10:09 AM

May 9, 2008

CSPP Announcements

Congratulations to all CSPP MA and PhD grads! Hope you enjoyed the reception and ceremony today. You have worked so hard to get to this point, the program is proud of you all!

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Congratulations to CSPP MA student Sarah Chambers, the 2008-2009 Melissa Sullivan Endowed Internship/Practicum with Families and Children recipient. Way to go Sarah!

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A newly admitted CSPP MA student is looking for leads regarding a housemate and/or housing starting Fall 2008. If you are interested, please contact Nora directly at dwye0061@umn.edu or ndwyer@wisc.edu. Thanks!

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Ed Psych STUDENT TRAVEL FUNDS

We are pleased to announce that the Educational Psychology Department is allocating funds for reimbursement of student travel this year. Award amounts will be up to $250 per student per year.

To qualify for these funds:

• You must be an active Educational Psychology graduate student.
• You must travel to and present at a national or international conference or professional meeting.
• Your faculty advisor must approve the travel.

Please note that these funds may not be used for state or regional conferences nor can they be used for training or workshop participation.

Funds will be awarded twice each year.

• For travel between July 1 and December 1, 2007, submit requests and required documentation by December 1, 2007.
• For travel between December 2, 2007 and June 30, 2008, requests and documentation must be submitted by June 4, 2008.

No late requests will be considered.

To receive reimbursement, you must submit the following:

• student travel funding request; be sure to have your advisor sign the form.
• proof of conference attendance
• a copy of the conference program showing your presentation
• original receipts for all expenses for which you are requesting reimbursement.
• a completed expense reimbursement form

Submit all of the above to the staff member in your area. (For CSPP students this is Mary Farquhar)

Posted by lind0449 at 4:08 PM

Student Rep Minutes

Here are the minutes from the April meeting. Thanks to the student and faculty reps for all your great work this year!

Complete minutes: Download file

Posted by lind0449 at 4:06 PM

Assistantships

Educational Policy and Administration - College of Education and Human Development

A 50% GRA position is available to assist a faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration with a research partnership with CARE, International. The position is a 12 month position from May, 2008 until May, 2009 (possibility for renewal based on performance). The salary is $16.75 per hour.

DUTIES
Support and provide direction for CARE research partnership. Activities will include:
-Serve as liaison for partners in eight countries by providing information as needed and synthesizing requests for U of M-based research team
-Manage tasks associated with research support of CARE fieldworkers in eight countries (including development of research workshops)
-Keep CARE research partners up to date on trends in girls education
-Write research summaries and/or articles related to field-based research
-Represent Minnesota International Development Consortium (MIDEC) at stakeholder meetings overseas (in collaboration with U of M supervisor)

Provide support for CARE research communications activities:
-Complete final editing and layout tasks for workshops
-Manage the communication abroad
-Develop content for project website as needed
-Assist with financial management and report writing
-Research specific areas of quantitative research as needed
-Assist with other project-related tasks as necessary
-Attend to travel-related details (e.g., visas, booking tickets, etc.) for project staff
-Attend and act as notetaker at weekly project meetings with project staff

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Current University of Minnesota graduate student
• Working knowledge of girls’ education
• Experience working in international settings or with international stakeholders
• Experience or coursework in experimental statistical design, and familiarity with SPSS or other statistical software
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong organizational skills, including experience with Moodle and Excel
• Ability to clearly synthesize, summarize and communicate information

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience working in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa, and language competency in French or Spanish
• Experience in workshop facilitation and planning

TO APPLY
Contact Chris Johnstone at john4810@umn.edu or (612) 626-1936 with questions.
Submit the following materials to Joan DeJaeghere, 330 Wulling Hall, or via email to deja0003@umn.edu:
• Letter of application detailing strengths in relation to the qualifications
• Current resume or vita
• Names, titles, and contact information of three references who can speak to the relevant qualifications of the applicant.

DEADLINE
The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on May 12th.

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Christopher Johnstone, Ph.D.
Director of International Initiatives, College of Education and Human Development
Research Associate, National Center on Educational Outcomes
131 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-626-1936
Fax: 612-626-7496

Posted by lind0449 at 4:01 PM

Classes

The Counseling Psychology Program has space available in two of our most popular courses. Both course are offered in the Fall of 2008. If you are interested in registering for either course or would like additional information, please contact Amy Kranz (kranz007@umn.edu; 612-625-3873).

*COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS*

Psy 8501: Counseling Psychology: History & Theories (call #: 16208) Offered - Mon, Wed, & Fri 1-2:30pm in N595 Elliott Hall
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Frazier
Course Description: The primary purposed of this course is to review the primary theoretical orientations used by practicing psychologists (e.g., cognitive, psychodynamic). Emphasis is placed on the (1) basic principles of each theory, (2) the application of each theory to practice, (3) the empirical support for each theory, and (4) multicultural considerations. In addition to seminar discussions, presentations, and application exercises, we will have guest speakers talk about each theory and watch videotapes of counseling sessions by practitioners of the various theories.

Psy 8503: Interviewing & Interventions (call # 25714) Offered - Tuesdays 1:30-3:00pm (lecture) and Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm (lab) in N595 Elliott Hall
Instructor: TBA
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge and practice in fundamental counseling skills necessary to competently conduct basic assessments, interviews, and interventions with potential clients. The course format involves lecture, discussion, case presentations, counseling role-play exercises, and in-class demonstration of interviewing and assessment techniques. In addition, the course includes an interviewing laboratory, where students will have the opportunity to conduct counseling interviews and basic assessments with research participants who will play the role of "clients." Infused throughout the course is an emphasis on empirically supported treatments and components of therapy, working within a scientist-practitioner framework, ethical considerations, and the cultural contexts in which people seek and receive help.

Posted by lind0449 at 3:59 PM

Special Programs

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP (IFGP) INTERNS NEEDED!

International Student and Scholar Services is looking for undergraduate international student interns to work with our Undergraduate International Friendship Group Program. This program was created to ease the transition, with current undergraduate students helping new international undergraduate students. The IFGP Internship is non-paid but it will give you valuable training and experience you can use in your resume and future professional work! Apply by May 25th! For details and the application, please see http://www.isss.umn.edu/programs/friendshipgroup/default.html.

Posted by lind0449 at 3:57 PM

May 2, 2008

CSPP Announcements

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CSPP International Students Network

Hi,

My name is Ju-Ping Huang, a second-year doctoral student at the CSPP. I am a new immigrant in the US, but have a similar experience with international students since I am very new to the states. After talking with some international students at the CSPP program, we recognize a need for the international students to support and network with one another. So if you self-identify as an international student and are interested in knowing other CSPP international students, please e-mail me at huan0316@umn.edu.

Best wishes,

Ju-Ping Huang

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MN Women in Psychology Seeks Annual Meeting Speakers

I am writing with an invitation to a student or former student of the University of Minnesota CSPP program. Minnesota Women in Psychology (MWP) would like to provide a program about several dissertations at the Annual Meeting on June 1, 2008. We are seeking women with an interest in public speaking who have recently completed a research project. We will provide a small honorarium.

I will be happy to telephone or e-mail interested researchers to gather information about topics. The MWP Annual Meeting Committee will select students based on how the topics will fit together into a program. There will be three thirty minute presentations, with 10 minutes allowed for questions for each presenter. The time of the full meeting is noon to 3 pm on June 1. Lunch and the Annual meeting will be from noon to 1 pm, speakers will present from 1 pm to 3 pm.

I hope that this event provide experience for the presenters and wonderful information for MWP.

Thank you.

Ferris A. Fletcher, Ph.D., L.P.
Chair, Annual Meeting Committee
952-546-7056
getferris@hotmail.com

8085 Wayzata Blvd. Suite 216
Golden Valley, MN 55426

Posted by lind0449 at 12:50 PM

Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director of Advising - College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Services - University of Minnesota

Good evening colleagues,

Please find attached the job announcement for three new leadership opportunities in CLA Student Services.

I will be happy to answer any questions about these positions and welcome your interest in joining our leadership team.

Mark

Full description: Download file

Mark A. Taylor, JD, PhD
Director of Advising
College of Liberal Arts Student Services University of Minnesota
105 Johnston Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-3306

Posted by lind0449 at 11:36 AM

Classes

New Educational Psychology Course—Fall 2008
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program

EPSY 8400-001:
Theory and Application of Prevention Science: Enhancing Well-Being and Mental Health across the Life Cycle
(3 credits)

Fall Semester: Thursdays, 2:30-5:00 PM

Course Summary: This seminar will take an interdisciplinary perspective on issues related to the promotion of mental health and well-being across the lifecycle. Readings and discussions will address theories, research, and applications of prevention as an important area of scholarship across multiple disciplines. Major theoretical models that anchor prevention research and applications, e. g. Theory of Reasoned Action, Health Beliefs Model, Social Justice/Advocacy, and Positive Psychology, will be discussed. Students will become familiar with best practice prevention interventions in various settings such as schools, communities, work places, and health care facilities. In addition, the seminar will include research and evaluation strategies for prevention interventions, prevention ethics, and prevention within multicultural and international contexts. Students will tailor assignments to their areas of interest, discipline, and professional goals.

Prerequisite: Graduate student in the social, educational, and health sciences.
Enrollment Limited

Instructor: John L. Romano, Professor, Educational Psychology
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program
http://cehd.umn.edu/EdPsych/Faculty/Romano.html
(For samples of recent publications)

Questions: Contact Dr. Romano: roman001@umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 11:25 AM