January 30, 2009

CSPP Announcements

Clarification regarding commencement ceremonies:
Students have inquired about this, so I want to let you know that on May 8th the Graduate School commencement ceremony will take place at 1pm at Northrup Auditorium. MA and PhD students who are interested in walking in a ceremony (and whose programs are administered by the Graduate School) typically take part in this ceremony. On May 14th, the College of Education and Human Development (which administers MEd and some other programs) will also hold a commencement ceremony at Northrup Auditorium. Typically I believe CSPP students are invited to take part in the CEHD although it is my understanding that more students choose to take part in the Graduate School ceremony.

For more info about CEHD commencement go to http://cehd.umn.edu/students/Commence.html, for more info regarding Graduate School commencement look below for Commencement Attendance Form info!

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Hello Ed Psych Grad Students,
For those of you who are not working on grant-funded projects or do not have an advisor who is rolling in dough, finding the funds to attend AERA or other spring conferences can sometime be quite difficult. If you are presenting some form of research at a conference in the next several months I strongly encourage you to apply for travel money from any/all of the following funders. Each of these organizations has a pot of money to be given away and it might as well go to students in our department who need it!

TRAVEL GRANTS FOR GRAD STUDENTS
*GradSEHD Travel Grants: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~gradsehd/grants%20description.htm (GradSEHD also has quite a few research grants to give away each semester for which few students apply)
*COGS Travel Grants: http://www.cogs.umn.edu/awards.html
*GAPSA Scholarly Travel Grants: http://gapsa.umn.edu/grants/travel.htm
*Women Student Travel Grants: http://www1.umn.edu/women/awardsStudentTravel.html
*Ed Psych Departmental Funds: see Student News for details:
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/epsy-adm/studentnews/

TIPS FOR APPLYING
Here are a few tips that have helped me get money in the past:
*Be systematic about applying for funds, fill out similar applications together to save time.
*Get applications organized so you only have to ask your advisor once for signatures on a few applications *Provide your advisor with a template letter and/or forms that are already filled out to maximize his or her time and effort (they shouldn't have to worry about the little details on your application) *Determine the deadlines for each application and stay on top of them.
(Most organizations will NOT consider late applications.) *Check and double check the requirements for the application! Make sure you include all the necessary paperwork the first time you submit your application.
*Be honest and true on your budget and listing of other possible funding sources. (Funders know when things look fishy!) *Keep your eyes open--despite these hard economic times there still is a great deal of money available to graduate students, but you have to ASK FOR IT!

Good luck!

Caroline Hilk
Graduate Student
Dept of Educational Psychology

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Looking for student hosts!

Grad Student Research Day (GSRD) is soon approaching—it will be on Friday, February 13th! This year, as in most years, we are inviting newly admitted PhD students to visit the CSPP program for GSRD in order for the prospective students to get a sense of the program and current students’ research, meet students and faculty, and check out their fit in the program. CSPP is looking for current students who would be willing to open their home to host a visiting admitted PhD student for the night of February 12th or 13th or both nights. If you would be able to help out with this, please contact me at cspp@umn.edu as soon as possible.

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CSPP Students - Are you planning to walk in the May commencement ceremony?

Be sure to request a Graduation Packet from the Graduate School (MA students: http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/grad_packet/masters/confirm.html or PhD students: http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/grad_packet/doctoral/confirm.html) and submit the Commencement Attendance Approval Form (found in your Graduation Pack and SIGNED by your adviser) to the CSPP office before February 25, 2009. We will see that the DGS signs the form and then we'll submit the forms to the Graduate School. This form is only necessary if you are interested in walking in the commencement ceremony.

For full commencement memo from Coordinator Michael Goh: Download file

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Have you seen one of the CSPP camcorders recently?

One of the CSPP mini-DV cameras is missing! If you happened to borrow one of the camcorders and then forgot to return it, please let Emily (cspp@umn.edu) or Mary (farqu008@umn.edu) know or just drop it off with any staff person in the CSPP office (250 EdSciB). The camera that is missing is one that we usually kept in its box inside a U of M bookstore bag, if that description helps anyone to locate it in a car trunk or a corner at home. If you borrowed one of the cameras recently, please take a look around to be sure you returned it. Thanks!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! Join us February 9th from 2-3pm in 325 ESB for an informal presentation with two practicing psychologists. Ruth Markowitz and Laura Tripet Dodge will be representing Minnesota Women in Psychology and discussing their professional journeys on "life out in the field" and the importance of self care as therapists.

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Please join us for the Ninth Annual Educational Psychology Graduate Student Research Day on Friday, February 13, 11:00-2:30, in the Mississippi Room, Coffman Union.

(Paper Presentations, 11:00-12:30; Posters & refreshments, 12:30-2:30)

Over 30 graduate students will share their research via posters and paper presentations.
RSVP: 612 624 1698 or kwalter@umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 3:36 PM

Practicum Info

TWIN CITIES INTERNSHIP CONSORTIUM
(Practicum Level)

Background
This practicum opportunity is available through a consortium of organizations. Park Avenue Center will be the primary setting; time permitting, the practicum student will also be involved with PERT Prevention Programs. A minimum of 15 hours weekly is expected.

Organizations
Park Avenue Center (parkavenuecenter.com) in Minneapolis is a chemical dependency facility for adults. The men and women clients at Park Avenue frequently have had several encounters with being in treatment. Their previous struggles with relapse may be due in part to having a co-occurring mental health disorder that has gone untreated. The more traditional, segregated approach to treating co-occurring disorders (i.e., using two separate programs) is no longer the standard of care in the Minnesota community. Instead, the model has shifted clearly towards addressing the needs of these clients in an integrated delivery system.

The mental health team model (two psychologists and interns) was implemented at Park Avenue Center in the summer of 2008. The team’s mission is to help identify clients in which co-occurring disorders may be present, and to intervene in a brief therapy model. Mental health team members are also an integral part of the chemical dependency groups at Park Avenue Center.

Internship Focus

Park Avenue Center
This placement emphasizes experience in working with individuals with co-occurring chemical and mental health issues. Opportunities include:
1. Mental Health Assessments/History
2. Brief psychotherapy
3. Co-facilitation of chemical dependency groups
4. Thorough training in an assessment-and-referral model for individuals who need to be referred to outside resources (e.g., psychiatric consultation).
5. Psychoeducational presentations to groups
6. Program development
7. Mental health in-service training presentations

PERT Prevention Programs
This placement emphasizes one-day workshops with court-referred individuals and provides the following opportunities:
1. Learning the principles of co-facilitation, particularly as the student develops the skills necessary for the workshops.
2. Understanding the motivation that leads to theft and other common offenses
3. Recognizing how to develop rapport quickly within a group setting
4. Developing guidelines for intervening differently with adults versus adolescents.

PERT Prevention Programs (pertpreventionprograms.com) provides one day workshops for individuals referred for various misdemeanor offenses. PERT has been in operation since 1980, and it is under the direction of a licensed psychologist.

As a training opportunity, the PERT Program encourages the student to learn “on your feet? presentation skills and how to intervene with individuals who often might be characterized as resistant or reluctant. There are separate workshops for adults and juveniles.

For the complete announcement for this practicum, please download the full posting: Download file

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The College of St. Catherine
Graduate Practicum Internship Site Announcement (2009-2010 academic year)
Career Development Office

The Career Development Office at The College of St. Catherine is accepting applications for a graduate intern position for the 2009-2010 academic year. The intern will be expected to work in the office 15-20 hours per week from September through May (approximately 600 hours). Availability on weekday evenings and some weekends is expected, but aside from that, the schedule is negotiable.

The College of St. Catherine serves women undergraduate students in the liberal arts and professional degree programs. Students include traditional-age and non-traditional day students, students participating in the Weekend College Program, and students enrolled in one of eight graduate programs offered at the College. The College also includes a two-year campus in Minneapolis that serves both women and men, primarily in healthcare-related fields. Services offered in the Career Development Office include: comprehensive career counseling, assessment, internship supervision, job/internship search strategies, job/internship fairs including on-campus fairs as well as state-wide fairs, an extensive career library and website, workshop presentations, a 2-credit career development course, and on-campus recruiting programs. In addition, the career development staff are integrally involved in college-wide retention programs, providing career focus to co-curricular and curricular programs

The graduate intern will be involved in a wide variety of functions in the office including:
• Providing individual appointments and walk-in hours
• Assisting in program planning and presentations
• Participating as a member of the Student Affairs Staff
• Administering a career shadowing program, focused primarily on sophomores
• Participating in weekly supervision and staff meetings

Ideal candidates will have some knowledge of career development and some previous experience working with students. Candidates should have some knowledge of administering and interpreting assessment instruments (specifically the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). Candidates should be independent workers with a high level of energy. We are looking for someone with a strong interest in the field of career development, and will offer a fine learning environment in return. The required 30 hours of licensed supervision are also available.

Those interested in applying should send a resume, a letter of interest, and the names and contact information for two references to:
Kimberly Betz
Director
Career Development, Mail #F-26
College of St. Catherine
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(phone 651-690-6511)

Posted by lind0449 at 3:17 PM

Special Programs

*ISSS-SPRING 09 DISCUSSION GROUPS! APPLY NOW! * INTERNATIONAL and U.S. STUDENTS are invited to join our spring cross-cultural discussion groups. Group meets weekly to share cross-cultural experiences, personal thoughts, and feelings in a relaxed small group atmosphere. Five discussion groups will be formed-each with a consistent meeting time on Wednesday 2-4 pm & 5-7 pm, Thursday 2-4 pm, Friday: 2.30- 4.30 pm & 3-5 pm (movie group). Each group will have two leaders with group facilitation experience. Pre-group interviews will be conducted for new applicants, and groups will begin in the 2nd week of February through early May. To join a discussion group, please visit http://www.isss.umn.edu/programs/disgroup/default.html.

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Konopka Institute
The Panic Over Girls
"Adolescence is usually described as 'pre' or 'in between' - a stage between childhood and adulthood. It is seen as a turmoil because one moves from a protected state into a state of independence. I prefer to see adolescence as a significant stage in itself, an 'adolescenthood' with new experiences and new strengths, not merely an interim period and a problem."
Dr. Gisela Konopka, D.S.W., Professor Emerita of Social Work, University of Minnesota
Excerpted from "A Renewed Look at Human Development, Human Needs, Human Services" May, 1985
Inspired by the pioneering work of Dr. Gisela Konopka, the Konopka Institute's goal is to get reliable information into the hands of everyone who is in a position to help adolescents.

27th Konopka Lecture
Lecturer: Mike Males
February 11, 2009 – 10:00 AM
Neighborhood House at the Wellstone Center
179 Robie Street East – St Paul, Minnesota
Free and open to the public
A reception will follow the lecture.
No RSVP or registration required for the lecture or reception.
Click to download a flyer (http://www.konopka.umn.edu/img/assets/23812/2009_KLectureNL%5B1%5D.pdf) for this event – feel free to distribute.

Why the panic over American girls?
In the last year headlines have decried pregnancy pacts, extreme bullying and startling STD rates. Best selling book titles document girls who have either hooked up or are becoming unhooked.

These widespread media messages ultimately frame modern American girls and young women as more troubled, mean, violent, narcissistic, materialistic, and otherwise disturbed than ever before.

For the 27th Konopka Lecture, Mike Males will challenge these media myths and show how today's generation of young women and girls are succeeding in their education and careers; are remarkably happy, well connected to others, optimistic; are civically engaged and eager to become leaders.

Mike Males, Ph.D
Mike Males serves as senior researcher for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. He taught sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz for five years, is a columnist for Youth Today and has published articles in The Lancet, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of School Health, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times, among others.

Mr. Males is the author of four books on American youth – Framing Youth: Ten Myths about the Next Generation; The Scapegoat Generation: America’s War on Adolescents; Kids & Guns: How Politicians, Experts, and the Press Fabricate Fear of Youth; and Smoked: Why Joe Camel Is Still Smiling.

Learn more about Mike Males and his work at www.YouthFacts.org

Posted by lind0449 at 3:06 PM

Miscellaneous

The research “Housing issues among immigrant and refugee population?, conducted by School of Social Work, University of Minnesota is looking for 3 bilingual research volunteers to conduct the survey.

Requirements:
- In addition to English, the research volunteers must speak and write fluently either Hmong, Somali, or Karen.
- Have some knowledge about doing survey and questionnaires
Duties:
- Spend 2 or 3 days come to a community center to deliver and interpret the survey to participants
Benefits:
Each volunteer will receive a $100 gift card for their time and effort
Contact: please contact Hoa Nguyen for more information and interviewing arrangement
Phone: 612-624-8725
Email: nguye835@umn.edu

From the MCAE blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mcae/mcae/
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

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Hello everyone,
Please pass the following information along to your students. This is an excellent opportunity for our students.

Community Involvement Fair
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall
http://www.cclc.umn.edu/CIF/

You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Spring semester and summer opportunities will be promoted at this fair.

Please visit http://www.cclc.umn.edu/CIF for more information including a list of organizations that will be in attendance.

This fair is coordinated by the Career and Community Learning Center and sponsored by the Minnesota Student Association and the "Lend a Hand, Hear the Band" event.

Thank you,
Heidi

Heidi Lasley Barajas
Associate Dean for Engagement and Faculty Development
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-4823

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Join Us for...Diversity Dialogues 2009

Our Diversity Dialogues last about an hour (noon-1pm).
Our invited guest presents for 20-30 minutes; the presentation is followed by a lively conversation between the guest and our audience.

Tuesday, February 17, noon, Peik Hall, room 40.

Transgender and The Trouble with "Diversity"

A dialogue with david valentine
assistant professor
department of anthropology + university of minnesota

In his ethnographic fieldwork in NYC's transgender communities, David Valentine discovered quickly that many of the people identified by others as being transgender did not accept, or did not even know about, this category of identification. Moreover, many of those same people took on other names for themselves, most significantly, the term "gay." However, since the early 1990s, a good deal of work has been done -- in activist, social service, and scholarly settings -- to insist on the differences between homosexual and transgender identification. As such, Valentine's data raise a range of questions about the nature of this difference, and how the claims to this distinction is complicated by the complexity of gendered and sexual identity as it is refracted through class, racial, and cultural differences. In this presentation, Valentine will map out the complexities and politics of these identifications, and explore the questions raised by them about the very concept of "diversity" (and its sibling, "inclusion") in contemporary activism and social service provision.

A dialogue with david valentine
See david's web page @ http://www.geocities.com/davidvalentine2002/
His book from Duke University Press is @ http://www.dukeupress.edu/cgibin/forwardsql/search.cgi?template0=nomatch.htm&template2=books/book_detail_page.htm&user_id=7938&Bmain.item_option=1&Bmain.item=10462
Tuesday, February 17, noon, Peik Hall, room 40.

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MACMH Training Services Presents

Anxiety, Depression, and Related Disorders: Intervention Strategies for Home and School - Workshop - $74 Continuing Education Credits Available
Dr. Ellen Teelucksingh
Participants will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related disorders in children and learn to design intervention plans for children with these disorders.

Mounds View, February 5th, 2009, 8:30 to 11:30
Mounds View Community Center
5394 Edgewood Dr
Mounds View, 55112

Part of the MACMH Winter Training Series
Treating Challenging Disorders
Professional Development Opportunities for Every Schedule and Budget

Click here to register (http://macmh.org/workshops_trainings/images/1108RegFormOnly.pdf).
Click here for expanded workshop descriptions (http://www.macmh.org/workshops_trainings/training_services/pro_training/2008winter16.php).
Click here for entire Winter Training Series Brochure (http://macmh.org/workshops_trainings/images/16winter1108.pdf).
MN Association for Children's Mental Health
651-644-7333 • 800-528-4511• info@macmh.org
www.macmh.org

Posted by lind0449 at 2:54 PM

January 23, 2009

CSPP Announcements

CSPP Students - Are you planning to walk in the May commencement ceremony?

Be sure to request a Graduation Packet from the Graduate School (MA students: http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/grad_packet/masters/confirm.html or PhD students: http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/grad_packet/doctoral/confirm.html) and submit the Commencement Attendance Approval Form (found in your Graduation Pack and SIGNED by your adviser) to the CSPP office before February 25, 2009. We will see that the DGS signs the form and then we'll submit the forms to the Graduate School. This form is only necessary if you are interested in walking in the commencement ceremony.

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CSPP STUDENTS MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

Join us February 9th from 2-3pm in 325 ESB for an informal presentation with two practicing psychologists. Ruth Markowitz and Laura Tripet Dodge will be representing Minnesota Women in Psychology and discussing their professional journeys on "life out in the field" and the importance of self care as therapists.

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Looking for student hosts!

Grad Student Research Day (GSRD) is soon approaching—it will be on Friday, February 13th! This year, as in most years, we are inviting newly admitted PhD students to visit the CSPP program for GSRD in order for the prospective students to get a sense of the program and current students’ research, meet students and faculty, and check out their fit in the program. CSPP is looking for current students who would be willing to open their home to host a visiting admitted PhD student for the night of February 12th or 13th or both nights. If you would be able to help out with this, please contact me at cspp@umn.edu as soon as possible.

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Date: January 20, 2009
From: John Romano, roman001@umn.edu
To: CSPP MA (2nd Year) and CSPP Ph.D.Students

Subject: Spring Semester 2009: Group Skills Observers

I am recruiting 2-3 group observers for my CSPP Group Theory and Skills class Spring Semester. The experience is unpaid, but academic credit can be arranged if desired. Students must have completed the group theory/skills course (EPsy 8404) or its equivalent.

Group observers will be asked to: 1. observe a simulated counseling group of graduate students enrolled in EPsy 8404 spring semester, 2. process the group with group members after each session, 3. meet with the other group observers and myself after each class session for a short time, 4. attend a group observer training meeting (1-2 hrs) prior to the first simulated group meeting.

The benefits of this experience include: 1. assist first year graduate students develop group counseling skills; 2. strengthen your own group skills, 3. receive supervision and consultation about your skills as a group observer.

Group observers must be available from about 2:30 to 4:30 PM on eight Tuesday afternoons during spring semester. The Tuesdays are: Feb 10, 17, 24, March 3,10,24,31, and April 7. The 1-2 hour training meeting will be arranged prior to Feb 10th to accommodate group observer schedules.

I would like to hear from Ph.D. or 2nd year MA students. In prior years group observers have valued this experience very much, as they have strengthened their group counseling skills while providing training to graduate students. I look forward to hearing from you either via my email or phone below. If you want to discuss further, let me know. Thanks. John

John L. Romano
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program Department of Educational Psychology University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-1099 (phone)
email: roman001@umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 2:03 PM

Employment Opportunities


Please see below for a psychology teaching position at St. Kates
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Spring 2009 General Psych section at St. Kates -- starts Feb. 2.
Queries due now!

Course: Psychology 1001, General Psychology with Laboratory

Catalogue Description: Orientation to contemporary scientific psychology, including the study of learning and memory, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, biology and behavior, personality, individual differences, abnormal psychology, psychotherapy and developmental and social psychology. As a student in General Psychology in the baccalaureate Day Program you will participate in weekly laboratories (Upper division undergraduates serve as laboratory instructors; they teach the weekly labs).

When: Winter 2009 semester (Feb. 2 - mid-May); Two sections available; Both sections meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, one from 9:55-11:35am and the other from 1:30-3:10pm. You do not need to be able to teach both sections to apply.

Qualifications: MA or MS in psychology or related field; preference for applicants with prior experience teaching general psychology.

Contact Information: Please send an e-mail with your CV indicating your interest to the chair of the College of St. Catherine psychology department, Lynda Szymanski laszymanski@stkate.edu or call her at 651-690-8614.

Posted by lind0449 at 1:57 PM

Volunteer

Hello CSPP students

Please consider volunteering for this great annual event. These are the
key details:

WHAT: "Exploring Interests and Majors" (See end of email for complete
description).
WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall.
WHO CAN COME: Any U of M, Twin Cities student (or staff) searching for a
major or an involvement opportunity.

Want to help? We'd love to have you! From CSPP we're looking for folks
interested in volunteering as interest inventory interpretors. Training
and support will be provided. Most find this brief inventory very
straightforward and easy to interpret. Past CSPP volunteers have
appreciated that this event offers both student contact and the
opportunity to network with other student services professionals.

To volunteer as an inventory interpreter, please contact Chris Buckley
at cbuckley@umn.edu or 612-625-9358 and include what 1-2 hour block of
time you're available to work on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thanks!

Liz Hruska

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WHAT IS "EXPLORING INTERESTS AND MAJORS"?
Here's a brief introduction:

1. Students stop into the Great Hall, take a 5 minute interest
inventory, sit down with an inventory interpretor and discuss the results.
2. Students then head to interest theme (RIASEC) tables in the center of
the Great Hall. At those tables, advising and info staff are available
to discuss U of M majors that fit with the student's interest themes (as
determined by the inventory results).
3. Students visit several "campus resources" tables set up on the
perimeter of the Great Hall. The tables have info on community
engagement, learning and academic skills assistance, wellness, study
abroad, etc.
4. Students report a high level of satisfaction with the event,
specifically due to the interest inventory interpretation, information
they receive on majors and involvement opportunities that fit with their
interests, and the individual interactions they are able to have with
career counseling and academic advising staff.
5. Staff working at the event enjoy the opportunity to work with
students and network with colleagues across collegiate units.


--
Elizabeth Hruska, M.A.
Career Professional

St. Paul Campus Career Center
University of Minnesota
198 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Office: 612-624-2710
Direct: 612-624-2172
Fax: 612-624-9213
E-mail: hrus0010@umn.edu
Web: www.stpaulcareers.umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 1:51 PM

Miscellaneous

T & L Neighborhood Meeting - Research with High School Students

Friends and Colleagues:

Welcome back! Are you interested in research with high schools and high-school aged students? If you are, then please come to a Teaching and Learning Neighborhood event, Friday, February 20th , when we will host a conversation about…

Research with High School Students: Preparing for Success and Keeping them Engaged.?

We will meet in Room 10 of the Education Sciences Building from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. During that time we will hear three 10 minute presentations from CEHD colleagues about research relevant to high school settings:
Jean Ness (ICI)– The Importance of Engagement for All Youth
Judy Hornbacher and Molly Gordon (CAREI)- “Ramp Up to Readiness?
Bev Dretzke (CAREI) - Small Learning Communities
Following the presentations there will be a short panel discussion and then we will break into small groups to explore upcoming grant competitions that are relevant to research in high schools. Come learn more about what your colleagues are doing and to build connections that could foster professional opportunities. There will also be light refreshments. We hope to see you there!

Matt Burns & Kyla Wahlstrom, T&L Neighborhood Leads

Matthew Burns, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
School Psychology Program
University of Minnesota
341 Education Science Building
56 E. River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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New award--Matt Stark Award

I am pleased to announce that Matthew Stark, an alumnus of the college and retired director of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, has established an annual award for both a faculty member and student.

The purpose of this award is to honor individuals who have demonstrated leadership, writing, teaching or civic engagement in the areas of social justice, civil liberties, civil rights, and public education.

Up to three awards of $500 may be presented. The recipient(s) will receive a $500 award and a certificate presented at the CEHD Awards and Recognition event on April 29, 2009.

Faculty nominees should be full-time CEHD faculty members who are pre-tenure or tenured. Student nominees should be full-time undergraduate, graduate or professional students enrolled in a program or major of the College of Education and Human Development.

For more information or to nominate a faculty member or student, go to http://intranet.cehd.umn.edu/awards/ and click on the link for the Matthew Stark Award.

Lynn Slifer
Director of College Relations
College of Education and Human Development
48 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Dr
St. Paul, MN 55108
612-625-5511
fax: 612-626-2469
e-mail: slife001@umn.edu
http://cehd.umn.edu/giving

Sara Beyer, Assistant
612-625-1310
sbeyer@umn.edu

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14th Annual Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute
Social Justice in an Era of Accountability: The Challenge for Evaluation

February 23-27, 2009 Holiday Inn Select Airport, Bloomington - near Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Institute - February 25 - 27
February 25-27 (ends at noon on Friday)
The Robert Beck Endowed Lecture: Privileged Authority and Sacred Trust: Ethical and Excellence Imperatives for Evaluators in a Globalizing World, Hazel Symonette, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
The Mary E. Corcoran Endowed Lecture: The Politics of Accountability, Sandra Mathison, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Concurrent Sessions Presented By:
• Dagfinn Bjørgen and Karl-Johan Johansen, Oslo, Norway
• Jean King, University of Minnesota
• Richard Krueger, University of Minnesota
• Vanessa McKendall-Stephens, FaceValu Consulting
• Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization Focused Evaluation
• Rob Shumer, University of Minnesota
• Karen Stout and Mary McEathron, University of Minnesota
Plus an “Ask the Expert? session on Friday!

Pre-sessions February 23-24 (2 full days each)
Introduction to Program Evaluation: Stacey Stockdill, EnSearch
Focus Group Methods: Richard Krueger, University of Minnesota

Group and student discounts; graduate credit available for additional fee.

Register today at: http://www.education.umn.edu/EdPA/MESI Questions? Contact Ann Mavis at mavis001@umn.edu or 612-624-1489
Sponsored by: The Department of Educational Policy and Administration, The Evaluation Group at the Institute on Community Integration, and The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)

Posted by lind0449 at 1:14 PM

January 13, 2009

CSPP Announcements

Are you an MA student planning to graduate this Spring?

It's time to begin to think about commencement as well as the upcoming MA comp exam. Details will be forthcoming, but in the meantime please mark the following dates/events:

Now: request a Graduation Packet from the Graduate School (http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/grad_packet/masters/confirm.html)
February 25, 2009 (Wednesday): Deadline to submit to CSPP office the Commencement Attendance Approval Form (found in your Graduation Pack), the DGS will then sign the form and CSPP will submit the forms to the Graduate School. This form is only necessary if you are interested in walking in the commencement ceremony.
April 18, 2009 (Saturday): MA Comprehensive Exam, Burton 120 - passing exam is required to complete program
May 8, 2009 (Friday): Graduate School's Spring 2009 commencement ceremony, at 1:00 p.m. in Northrop Auditorium.

Additional details about the comp exam and about graduation requirements are available in your handbook (online at http://cehd.umn.edu/EdPsych/CSPP/Handbooks/).

On the morning of May 8, there will likely also be a reception for all grads and families here in the Education Sciences Building, but that has not yet been confirmed. Details about that potential event will be sent later in the semester as will further details about MA portfolios and other required paperwork.

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Are you a PhD student planning to graduate this Spring?

Similar to the instructions to MA students above, you should also acquire a graduation packet now (http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/grad_packet/doctoral/confirm.html), and submit your commencement attendance approval form to the CSPP office by February 25. This form is only necessary if you are interested in walking in the commencement ceremony. The commencement ceremony for all Graduate School students will take place on Friday, May 8, at 1:00pm, Northrup Auditorium. Please also review all graduation requirements as described in your handbook (online at http://cehd.umn.edu/EdPsych/CSPP/Handbooks/) to be sure you have met all requirements.

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Attention CSPP Ph.D. Students:

The spring written prelim exam will take place on February 23 and 24, 2009. The test will be on the morning of Feb. 23 and in the afternoon on Feb. 24. Sign-up for the exam will be available during the first two weeks of Spring semester, starting on January 20, here in the CSPP office. A prelim memo will be available to you at that time along with stats study questions.

Please note that the exam will be conducted on laptop computers using Microsoft Word 2007/Vista. Please prepare yourself so as to be comfortable using this format for the exam.

Please contact your adviser or refer to your handbook (online at: http://cehd.umn.edu/EdPsych/CSPP/Handbooks/) for more details regarding the exam and your potential eligibility.

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From: John Romano
To: CSPP MA (2nd Year) and CSPP Ph.D.Students
Subject: Spring Semester 2009: Group Skills Observers

I am recruiting 4 group observers for my CSPP Group Theory and Skills class Spring Semester. The experience is unpaid, but academic credit can be arranged if desired. Students must have completed the group theory/skills course (EPsy 8404) or its equivalent.

Group observers will be asked to: 1. observe a simulated counseling group of graduate students enrolled in EPsy 8404 spring semester, 2. process the group with group members after each session, 3. meet with the other group observers and myself after each class session for a short time, 4. attend a group observer training meeting (1-2 hrs) prior to the first simulated group meeting.

The benefits of this experience include: 1. assist graduate students develop group counseling skills; 2. strengthen your own group skills, 3. receive supervision about your skills as a group observer.

Group observers must be available from about 2:30 to 4:30 PM on eight Tuesday afternoons during spring semester. The Tuesdays are: Feb 10, 17, 24, March 3,10,24,31, and April 7. The 1-2 hour training meeting will be arranged prior to Feb 10th to accommodate group observer schedules.

I would like to hear from Ph.D. or 2nd year MA students. In prior years group observers have valued this experience, as they have strengthened their group counseling skills while providing training to others. I look forward to hearing from you via my email below. If you want to discuss further, let me know. Thanks. John

John L. Romano
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology Program Department of Educational Psychology University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-1099 (phone)
email: roman001@umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 4:03 PM

Assistantships

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP AVAILABILITY
Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
University of Minnesota

Position and Appointment:
A 25-50 percent Graduate Research Assistant position is available in the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration to assist in assignments related to higher education administration, academic and multicultural affairs, urban and community partnerships, and public engagement. The position is available for spring semester 2009 with the possibility of reappointment for the summer and/or next academic year. The hourly rate of pay is $16.75; hours are flexible but may occasionally include an evening or weekend activity.

Responsibilities:
Responsibilities will include research and project management; taking notes at meetings and assuring there is follow up for action items; locating, reviewing, and summarizing research relevant to areas of focus; drafting reports and materials; and engaging and working effectively with internal and external groups and individuals. Interested applicants should be able to conduct independent research under broad direction, manage multiple projects effectively, synthesize information from a variety of sources, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. The research assistant will work with and take direction from Senior Vice President Robert Jones and other administrative staff in the office.

Requirements:
• Graduate or professional degree students enrolled at the University of Minnesota during spring semester 2009
• Ability to read critically and synthesize literature from areas including social sciences, education, and public policy
• General background in and understanding of methods of data collection and analysis, and of general research methods
• Ability to work well with diverse groups, including excellent communication skills and group facilitating skills
• Ability to write and communicate clearly, in community-oriented as well as technically proficient ways
• Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, data base management, PowerPoint, and electronic communications
• Must be reliable, organized, and willing to take initiative

Application:
Applications should be made electronically through the University of Minnesota’s Online Employment System at https://employment.umn.edu/. The requisition number is (NUMBER)
Please submit the following documents online by January 15, 2009: a letter of application expressing interest in the position and addressing how your background meets the stated qualifications, and a résumé. Contact person for questions: Kathy Yaeger, 612-624-5841 or Yaeger@umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Posted by lind0449 at 11:33 AM

Employment Opportunities


JOB NOTICE -- PLEASE POST
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM

Posting Date: December 2008
Position: Director of Mental Health Services
Department: Mental Health Services

For full posting: Download file

Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Social work, Psychology, Health and Human Service Administration or Public Health Administration
• Knowledge and experience regarding ARMHS preferred
• Five or more years experience in providing recovery based Mental Health Services
• Understanding of Minnesota Health Care Programs Guidelines
• Familiarity with housing and HUD programs helpful
• 5 or more years experience supervising staff

Responsibilities:
• Support and coordinate Mental Health Services with other divisions within the agency
• Coordinate & supervise ARMHS, ILS, Home Health, and shared/supportive housing services
• Oversee the management of the regional teams and adult foster care homes
• Supervise MHS regional managers and Associate Director
• Engage county and other key stakeholders in assisting CIP’s mission
• Provide training and leadership in evidence based practices and mental health services
• Pursue new programs and opportunities that support Mental Health Services vision
• Oversee reporting requirements to the United Way, HUD, and other government agencies
• Support CIP’s mission and values and to take an active leadership role in the implementation of agency-wide goals and objectives
• Manage the overall financial performance of the division.

Salary: Based on qualifications and experience.

Hours: Full time Monday – Friday; some on call and weekends may be required

Contact: Fax resume and cover letter including salary requirements to: 612-362-4479 or mail to:
1600 Broadway St. NE; Minneapolis, MN 55413,
Attention: John Everett or johne@cipmn.org

Starting Date: Immediately
Respond by: Posted until filled
Number of Openings: 1
EEO/AA

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Positions Open in GLBTA Programs Office
The GLBTA Programs Office at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is currently hiring for the following two positions. Please forward information about these positions widely!

Assistant Director
The position of Assistant Director is central to the success of the GLBTA Programs Office. The Assistant Director works to develop and deliver a wide range of programs and services meeting the diverse needs of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The Assistant Director is responsible for advising the Queer Student Cultural Center and coordinating the GLBTA Mentor Program and Student Leadership Retreat, among other programs, events and duties.

Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2009 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested persons should apply online via the Employment System, Requisition #159572:

http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=78216

Administrative Assistant & Program Associate
The Administrative Assistant/Program Associate is critical to the day-to-day operation and success of the GLBTA Programs Office. This position is responsible for administering the office budget, managing program communications and marketing, hiring and supervising student interns, coordinating events and educational initiatives, developing and maintaining the website and newsletter, and performing a variety of administrative functions.

Review of applications will begin on January 19, 2009 (extended from the original date) and will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested persons should apply online via the Employment System, Requisition #159574:

http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=78219

Questions about either position can be directed to Linda Vang at 612-625-8680 or vang0286@umn.edu.

Posted by lind0449 at 11:27 AM

Practicum Info

ADVANCED PRACTICUM
Carleton College

The Wellness Center at Carleton College invites CSPP doctoral students to apply for our advanced practicum program. CSPP students who have participated in our training program in recent years have included: Jeffrey Walter, Michelle Trotter, Julie Koch-McDonald, Dan Hess, and Juihsien Kao. For 2009-2010, we will be offering three advanced practicum positions at The Wellness Center.

The Wellness Center offers a full range of counseling services including: individual counseling, group counseling, outreach education, and crisis management. Practicum training at The Wellness Center provides an opportunity to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team that includes both psychologists and medical providers. Practicum students attend case conferences and receive 1 ½ hours of weekly individual supervision from a licensed doctoral-level psychologist.

Carleton College is a co-ed residential liberal arts college of approximately 1,800 students located in Northfield, Minnesota (a 35-45 minute drive south of the Twin Cities metro area). An annual stipend of $1,500 is provided to compensate each practicum student for mileage to and from the practicum site.

Along with individual counseling, training opportunities for practicum students include:
- group co-facilitation
- involvement in outreach programming
- working with student peer health educators
- collaboration with other offices within the Division of Student Life

Practicum student responsibilities:
- 16 hours total practicum commitment per week
- 8 – 10 hours of direct client service per week
- maintenance of case notes and client records
- provision of case management services as required

Applicant qualifications:
- current enrollment in a doctoral program in counseling/clinical psychology
- prior completion of at least one year-long counseling/therapy practicum
- demonstrated interest in working with a college student population

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Marit Lysne, Psy.D., LP
The Wellness Center
Carleton College
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Attn: Practicum File

Applications must be received by February 18, 2009.

Posted by lind0449 at 11:25 AM

Volunteer

Dear Students and Faculty:

I'm writing to share a research opportunity offered by John Froelich, an experienced teacher who has developed the Looking at Learning tool (http://lookingatlearning.org) for observing and quantifying classroom activities. He is working with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) to determine which activity profiles predict greater than expected learning over time. He is seeking graduate students to help with classroom observation, research design, and statistical analysis. Faculty seeking grant and publication opportunities may be interested in collaborating with him on design, analysis, and tool validation. If you are willing to volunteer your time, John will train you to use the Looking at Learning tool and involve you in his established collaboration with MPS. See attached for more details. Please contact John directly if you are
interested: john.froelich@me.com.

Regards,
Chris

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Christopher Moore, M.P.P.
Doctoral Student
Quantitative Methods in Education
University of Minnesota
moor0554@umn.edu
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~moor0554/

Posted by lind0449 at 11:20 AM

Special Programs

Participatory Action Research Workshop

January 8, 2009
TO: Deans, Directors, and Department Heads
FROM: Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement
Darlyne Bailey, Assistant to the President
RE: Participatory Action Research (PAR) Workshops
January 21, 2009; March 24, 2009; April 22, 2009

Participatory Action Research (PAR) engages university researchers and community stakeholders in collaborative investigations that rely on mutual expertise to derive solutions and actions steps that can effectively address real life, complex issues in the local community. In recent years, community-based participatory action research has gained prominence in multiple disciplines and areas of study.

The Office for Public Engagement is pleased to sponsor a three-hour introductory workshop designed to engage University faculty, community members, students, and staff in exploring the principles and practice of PAR. The workshop has been organized by Professor Darlyne Bailey, Assistant to the President, and will be facilitated by Kelly McNally Koney, Organization and Community Development Consultant.

The workshop will be offered three times during the spring semester at various locations.
*Wednesday, January 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 303 Coffman Memorial Union*
Monday, March 24 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm President’s Room (3rd floor), Coffman Union
Tuesday, April 22 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm North Minneapolis, location TBD
The workshop will explore the historical basis and theoretical underpinnings of PAR, its core values and research standards, and its potential benefits. Participants will be encouraged to share their questions about PAR with Kelly McNally Koney and will be given the opportunity to participate in “table-top? dialogues with other participants.
There is no cost to attend this workshop; however, in order to make sure we have adequate materials, we are asking individuals to RSVP to Anna Bates at public@umn.edu, at least seven days prior to the respective workshop session.

We appreciate you forwarding this announcement to individuals who might be interested in learning more about this growing approach to community engaged research.

Please contact the Office for Public Engagement at 612-624-1562, if you have any questions or need further information.

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EXTENSION CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WILL HOST THE SYMPOSIUM: "More Than Safe Spaces: Adolescent Development and Relationship Building in After-School Settings," presented by Nancy Deutsch. U faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, Jan. 23, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center. Free, but registration is required. For more information, see youth development (http://www.extension.umn.edu/appliedyouthresearch/inquirytoimpact/deutsch.html)

Posted by lind0449 at 11:18 AM

Miscellaneous

Vietnamese Conversation Group for Future Health Professionals

The purpose of this group is to provide a friendly forum to practice and build professional language skills in Vietnamese as preparation to work with Vietnamese individuals and families in healthcare and educational settings. Graduate and undergraduate students in fields such as speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, social work, psychology, special education, and medicine are welcome.

Meetings will consist of presenting and discussing topics and terminology across health-related disciplines. Our goal is to speak only in Vietnamese during each meeting. The first organizational meeting will be held the last week of January, 2009. If you are interested in participating, please contact Giang Pham at tangx098@umn.edu with a list of times you will be available for spring semester.

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Dear Colleagues,

Nominations for the 2009 President’s Student Leadership and Service Award are now being accepted through Friday, February 6th. I invite you to take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of any outstanding student leaders you work with at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students should be nominated by faculty, students or staff for their exemplary leadership, character and academic accomplishments.

As part of this awards process, students may also be candidates for the 2009 University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) Student Leadership Awards, 2009 Donald R. Zander Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, and the 2009 Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Service and Leadership. A minimum of 14 financial scholarships are given out in association with these three awards. To nominate a student or to learn more about these prestigious awards visit www.sua.umn.edu/leadership/awards/ or contact Laura Knudson in Student Activities at nyrex001@umn.edu.

Nomination Deadline is Friday, February 6, 2009.
The President’s Student Leadership & Service Awards are facilitated in coordination with the Office of the President, Office for Student Affairs, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and Student Unions & Activities.
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Laura Knudson
Student Activities Advisor
Student Unions & Activities
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
300 Washington Ave. SE, Suite 126
Minneapolis, MN 55455
nyrex001@umn.edu
612.624.5582
www.sua.umn.edu

Posted by lind0449 at 11:13 AM