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Counseling Center Paraprofessional Newsletter | April 2016 Edition

Jump to: CC Staff, CCP Alumni, CCP Spotlight, MIA Tour, and April Events

 
 
Outreach Spotlight: INNER VOICES
 
 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

By: Miguel Herrera, Psych 496 CCP

The Counseling Center’s very own INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre debuted two new pieces in March.  Tell It! and Side Eye focus on difficult social issues. The shows were performed throughout campus at the Armory Free Theatre, Undergraduate Library (UGL), and residence halls. The performance in the UGL, which was held during busy hours, was a great way to reach students who didn’t know about INNER VOICES and draw them in by focusing on important issues.

Side Eye, written by ensemble director Lisa Fay, shows that everyone can be guilty of making racist, sexist, and/or discriminatory comments, whether intentional or not. In one scene, an actress explains how change needs to start with everyone. In her role, she played a young woman in an engineering lecture filled with men. She expresses her concern with the underrepresentation of women in the STEM field and how women are most likely to be overshadowed by their male counterparts in an academic setting. She has been told being in the field builds character, to which she comments “I guess I’m going to need that ‘character’ when I’m making 70 cents to their dollar.” She goes on to say that this situation, although completely different, represents the same idea men entering the medical as male nurses. She explains that women tend to become fanatic of male nurses, and because of the underrepresentation, they are also susceptible to microaggressive comments such as getting asked about their sexual orientation.

Tell It! was written by Durell Callier, who recently finished his Ph.D. in Educational Policy at the University, and assists with the ensemble. Tell It! powerfully focuses on the people who are left behind to understand the violent acts that lead to the deaths of young African Americans—particularly those who identify as LGBT. This show illustrates the impact of all black lives and wonders how we as communities can put an end to violence.

INNER VOICES Performances are followed by a short discussion in which the audience members have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the actors and other facilitators from the ensemble, and the purpose is to have an honest discussion around important issues that may not always be easy to talk about. INNER VOICES will be performing another show, Break the Silence—Scenes of Sexual Assault, Survivor, Support, and Speaking Out throughout campus as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

 
 
CC Spotlight: Carina Bauer
 
 

By Kat Brunhaver, Psych 341 CCP

Carina Bauer joined the Counseling Center as a clinical counselor in Fall, 2014. She’s one of the co-chairs the Eating Disorders Treatment Team and co-facilitates the Mindfulness Meditation group. We recently interviewed her to get to know a little more about her.

Tell us about your journey. What led you to Illinois and the Counseling Center?

I am from Chicago and attended both undergraduate and graduate school there. Then, I moved to Idaho and Washington. I came back here to be close to Chicago again and my family that lives there. I ended up at the University of Illinois through exploration during my graduate school practicums. I originally wanted to work in forensics or with children, but both areas can be very emotionally tough. Then I did one of my practicums in graduate school at Roosevelt University's Counseling Center and loved helping college students work through issues of emerging adulthood. 

What is something you find important that you would like other people to know about you?

Finding a balance between work and family is most important to me, which is also shown in my desire to move back to Illinois! Making time to relax with my family, as well as visit family in Chicago, are important to my well-being.

What message would you like to share with our student body/campus community?

I would like to share my personal value of finding balance. Students often get the message that school comes before anything else, but I believe that college is also a time for learning about your identity. Self-care and balance are what help me to be an effective therapist and are what I recommend to students to be successful students.

What are three things you love about yourself?

I love to travel and I also love to laugh, which are both parts of myself that I value significantly. In addition, I love that I am a therapist and that people can trust me to help them. 

What is your self-care? 

I enjoy eating and cooking with my partner, seeing movies, and reading. I recently joined a book group, and our current selection is  Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg.

What have you been doing this semester as a part of Eating Disorders and Other Disturbances Treatment Team?

We just wrapped up Eating Disorders Awareness Week and had a wonderful speaker, Rhonda Khan. I think the week was successful in increasing awareness on campus. Now we are looking forward to the Body Project, which I take charge of, and the NEDA walk. We enjoy working with the sororities. I have found them to be very invested and committed to the mission. I work along with Steve Andrews and Connie Langellier.

Other information!

I love pizza and sushi but I am a little bit of a Chicago restaurant food “snob.” I’m also vegetarian! My favorite restaurants in Chicago are Bite Café and Pequods Pizza. In Urbana-Champaign, my favorite restaurant is The Dancing Dog.   

 

 
 
CCP Spotlight: Jaridd Albert
 
 

By: Kelsey Stoecker,  Psych 496 CCP

Jaridd Albert is a member of the CCP 496, 2016-'17 cohort.

How did you hear about the CCP Program?

I heard about it from the weekly LAS newsletter. At the end of it there’s always a little blurb about internships and other things.

What are you most excited about for your future as a CCP?

I’m really excited to learn more about being an effective counselor, putting on workshops, and working with different organizations on campus. I really like the idea behind being a CCP. I’m hoping to stay here for grad school and continue on to be a paid CCP. I just want to do whatever I need to do as fast as I can so I can get my PhD and start the work I really want to do.

What are your future plans?

My plan is to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I'd like to join a psychology firm and do research for depression adolescence as well as teach at a University. I’m working towards this as a stepping-stone toward my dream job. My dream job is to start a psychology company that doubles as a firm/research headquarters for depression as a whole. I hope this is a possibility. I joke around with my friends and say “Hey, if you want a job, I’ll hire you for my company.”

What year in school are you?

I have junior standing but this is my first year at the University. I just turned 19. For my high school, there was a program called The Running Start Progam. It’s starting to branch out all over Illinois now, but my high school was the second school to be a part of the program for the area. For your junior and senior year, you go to one of the Southwestern Illinois colleges. For me it was Southwestern Illinois College. It was located about 10 minutes away from my house. You fulfill your requirements for your Associate's degree there, and it was just college work. I didn’t think it was a lot of work. I was used to a lot of schoolwork to begin with because I was in the honors classes freshman and sophomore year. I thought it was very relaxing, having a little bit more freedom and a little bit more of that college lifestyle in high school. It was really fun. I really loved it.

Where are you from?

I am from Mascoutah, Illinois. No one ever really knows where it is. It is in Southwestern Illinois. It’s about 45 minutes from St. Louis and also about 45 minutes from Edwardsville.

How is your first year of college going as a Junior?

I love it. I love everything about college. Right when I came here, I went on a bunch of night walks all around campus, just for fun, by myself. They lasted about 2-3 hours each. Both this semester and last semester I had Fridays off. I’m loving that. Overall, I love everything about college. I have nothing to complain about.

Are you liking your Psychology classes so far?

Yes! Before when I was still in high school/in college, I was a Biochem major. I would have been fine with that, but it would have leaned more heavily toward research and nothing as far as me helping people one on one, and I kind of wanted that. And I hated calculus. So, those two things made me switch to my backup, which was always Psychology.

Would you like to take a Biochem focus on Psychology in your research?

I guess I could apply it to my research. The main reason why I switch is that all of my work in the future would have been research based, versus my work as a Psychologist would be research/actually one on one helping people.

How does it feel to be the baby of the CCP class?

I have been feeling this way for three years. Whenever I went to my local community college, I would say “Oh, by the way, I’m 16” and they would be like “What? I feel so old!” and they were only like 20. I have been feeling this way for quite some time so I am pretty used to it by now.

What do you like to do with your free time?

I like to write stories and poems in my free time, along with sleeping. I mainly do them for myself. I have been doing it since 8th grade, so I just do it for me and for my friends who like to read them. Hopefully I’ll get them published sometime in the future. The only organizations I’m involved with on campus as of now are Big Brother Big Sister and my fraternity. The main purpose of the Big Brother Big Sister RSO is fundraising for the actual organization and to spread word about it. Being a part of the RSO gets you that hookup if you want to become a part of the organization just while being in college. The other parts of the RSO are for the students on campus; get to know each other, do some fun activities, and plan activities for the Bigs and Littles to do together. I am a part of the social committee, which mainly plans events for the RSO as a whole to get together and get to know each other more. We also fundraise for the actual organization. Through the RSO, I applied and have become a Big and I’m waiting to be matched with my Little.

What is your self-care?

I use my poetry to express my emotions, because I’m not always good at vocalizing my emotions. Whenever I want to get something out of my head, I just write poetry. There was a solid week that I wrote poetry every day because I wanted to get everything out of my head. As of now, for stressful situations, mainly sleep. Sleep and writing are my two outlets.

 
 
CCP Alumni Spotlight: Susan Duback
 
 

By: Erik Strebel, Psych 341 CCP

We recently caught up with Susan Duback, who was a CCP during the 2010-11 academic year and a paid CCP the following year.

 

 

What are you doing now? How did you arrive at the profession you are in?

After graduation, I targeted jobs in human resources and ended up as a recruiter for a tech company. Now I work for Allstate as a corporate recruiter. I never thought I'd end up in the corporate world. I've learned a lot so far and feel this experience will aid me wherever I go. My day can consist of anything from reviewing resumes to conducting phone interviews and consulting with hiring managers to facilitating resume workshops for employees. While I decided not to go the counseling route, I’m definitely using my CCP and psychology skills every day and am proud of the work Allstate is doing around inclusive diversity. In general, corporations have a long way to go in that aspect and I’m glad to be surrounded by others who make it a priority.

What are you passionate about?

I love to travel. It inspires so much in me--awe, curiosity, growth. When I was young, my dad gave me National Geographic movies for my birthday (on VHS of course) and from then on, I was hooked. My senior year I studied abroad in Granada, Spain and had the opportunity to go back this past September. It was incredible and a very centering experience to have two weeks in a row off after being in the 9-5 world for awhile! I especially love trying new food, learning the history of wherever I am, and finding spots off the beaten path.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

My best friend from high school applied for the CCP cohort after mine and was accepted. During application time I interviewed someone for that cohort who was also accepted and is now her fiancé! Just call me matchmaker :-)

Any words of advice to current CCPs?

You will never have as many resources, friends, and opportunities within walking distance as you do now. Take advantage of this. Be intentional about your priorities. Everyone is “busy,” but what is it that you are making time for? Does it align with what’s important to you?

 
 
Mental Illness Awareness Tour
 
 

By: Jaridd Albert, Psych 496 CCP

Three University of Illinois students have one goal this summer: to spread awareness about mental illness, diminish the stigma surrounding it, and provide people with the resources to further their awareness. Alexander Vassiliadis, Nate Perez, Patrick Taylor plan on venturing to the 48 continental states to tell their stories and interview people along the way about their stories of how mental illness has affected their lives. The tour kicks off mid-May with the team hosting events in each state. They plan on gathering attention to the tour while on the road by the uniqueness and rarity of the chicken car they’ll be driving. The trip itself will be documented on the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of the chicken car . Additionally, there will be regularly scheduled vlog updates covering the tour, and at the end of the tour, a mini web series will be posted showcasing the interviews conducted of the people who the team have met on tour. All of these will be posted to YouTube on Alex Vassiliadis’s channel.  

Nate wishes to help people around the United States with the tour who may not be getting the mental health care they need.  He wants to share what he has been through and has overcome to motivate others to educate themselves about mental illness and reduce  stigma surrounding mental illness. He says, “The tour won’t work if people don’t get involved. We’re just three guys, you know?” And Alex believes that people live their lives at a level in which they think that everything is ok, when that may not be the case. What they perceive to be “ok” is actually much worse than that. They have merely reached a place in their life in which their version of ok has lead to some type of mental or physical break down. Many times, because they did not receive the help they need due to stigma. Alex wants to take the stigma out of talking about one’s mental well-being and focus on what any given person can do to help themselves or to help others.

The tour is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) and other sponsors and small fundraising events. The goal is to raise $15,000 to fund the expenses and merchandise for the tour. Some of the merchandise being sold will be t-Shirts, stickers, bandanas, and sweatshirts, as well as advertisement space on the “Egg Trailer” that will be attached to the chicken car during the tour. Any extra money raised will be donated to NAMI at the end of the tour. If you have any questions for the team or want to find out more about the tour visit their website or email them.

 
 
April Events

April 5

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre: Break the Silence--Scenes of Sexual Assault, Survival, Support, and Speaking Out

T@7: The Brilliance of Resilience: Adapting to Stress and Adversity

April 6

InterConnect Dinner and Dialogue Series: Intercultural Horizons Interns

April 11

National Alcohol Screening Day

Wellness Week

April 12

T@7: What Is Love? Fostering Healthy Relationships

April 16

National Eating Disorders Association Walk

April 19

T@7: Visualizing Invisible Disability: Managing & Coping with What’s Not Seen

April 21

Test Anxiety Drop-In Workshop

April 26

T@7: Brave the Stress & Become Your Best

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre: Break the Silence--Scenes of Sexual Assault, Survival, Support, and Speaking Out

April 27

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre: Break the Silence--Scenes of Sexual Assault, Survival, Support, and Speaking Out

April 28

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre: Break the Silence--Scenes of Sexual Assault, Survival, Support, and Speaking Out