Counseling Symposium

More than fifty graduate students, faculty, and area counseling professionals participated in Gardner-Webb University’s 9th annual Counseling Symposium on Friday, November 2, 2018. The symposium was sponsored by GWU’s Graduate Counseling Programs and the Gamma Alpha Omega Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. This year’s event was held at GWU's Charlotte Campus in honor of the students graduating in December as a part of the first cohort to graduate from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in Charlotte.

Mr. Rick Baker, Clinical Director of the Western North Carolina Peer Support Network and founder of Responder Support Services, shared his expertise in serving the behavioral health needs of emergency service agencies and personnel (fire, police, and EMS). Mr. Baker shared his experiences related to this new and growing specialty in the field of professional counseling. He shared the most common behavioral health issues of this population, the evidence-based treatment approaches most often used, and the clinical and ethical challenges of working in this specialty.

The afternoon sessions included workshop and poster sessions on a variety of topics presented by current graduate students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Programs. Members of GWU’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota assisted faculty members in organizing, advertising, and coordinating the symposium. “It was a wonderful day full of opportunities for professional development and collaboration across programs,” said Dr. Laura Carscaddon, Director of the Graduate Counseling Programs.