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Counseling Diverse Students

Counseling Centers Conference
hosted by
Williamstown, MA
January 29-30, 2009

The fourth meeting of CHAS psychological counselors was held at Williams College campus.  This meeting launched a successful dialogue on multicultural competency, with input from students who gave an accurate assessment of successful student engagement with counseling.

Two presentations on uses of data in gauging the success of clinician relationships with students of color, both from national and CHAS specific perspectives were presented by Craig Piers, Williams College and Chris Brownson, University of Texas, Austin (click on the presenters' name to view the power point presentations) The conference also addressed issues of positive alliances between faculty and administration that will promote success and achievement of our underrepresented students

Previous meetings of CHAS psychological counselors have included both multicultural affairs and student services staff, who can play a role in outreach to students who may benefit from counseling services and a number of other fields were represented at this conference. Those attendees and their emails are available by clicking this attendees link.



Thursday, January 29

  4:30 – 5:00 pm        Registration – Outside Paresky Auditorium


  5:00 – 6:15 pm        Opening Session – Paresky Auditorium
                                     Welcome – Introductions –
                                    Comments re: High Achievement & Success
                                    Stephen Sneed, Associate Dean, Williams College
                                    Maureen Sweeney, Social Work Intern, Smith College
                                    Craig Piers, PhD, Williams College Health Services

6:15- 7:30 pm          Cocktail Hour/ Self-Guided Tour at
                                  The Clark Art Institute

 7:30 pm                    Dinner -- The Clark Art Institute


Friday, January 30

  8:30 – 9:00 am        Continental Breakfast and Welcome – Paresky Auditorium


 9:00 – 10:15 am        Presentation and Discussion on Research Data

                                     Craig Piers, PhD  Williams College PCS
                                     Chris Brownson, PhD  U Texas, Austin (Research Consortium)

 10:15 – 10:30 am      Break

 10:30 – 11:45 am      Panel Discussion with Students; Barriers to College Counseling

  Gail Bouknight-Davis, Director of the Multicultural Center and
  Maureen Sweeney, Psychological Counseling Intern, Williams College

  Noon – 1:15 pm        Lunch – Faculty Club ‘Pit’

  1:30 – 2:45 pm         The Rubber Meets The Road; Information into Action --Paresky

  A Working Group Discussion led by Dottie Morris, PhD  Keene State College

  2:45 – 3:00 pm         Break

  3:00 – 4:00 pm         Closing: CHAS Work Group Discussion

  "Where do we go from here?"

  4:00 pm                       Adjournment




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