Recent News

Recent News

The JU CMHC program was awarded the 2024 Innovation in Counseling: Counselor Education Community Engagement Award from the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), a leading organization for professional development in the field of counseling. The award recognizes our department's community engagement and reciprocity across the curriculum, through direct engagement, and through collaborative scholarship. NBCC will also be highlighting the department’s work as part of an article to be featured in their NBCC Visions newsletter. 

Dr. LaTonya Summers published "Black men's perceptions of mothers as primary support for wellness" in the January 2024 edition of the Journal of Counseling and Development. One of Dr. Summers' co-authors is JU CMHC alumni Michael Robinson. 

Dr. Natalie Indelicato was awarded the 2023 Joan Amery Van Vleck Research Award from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. The award “recognizes an individual in the field of justice, child welfare, education, or a related field who has made noteworthy contributions to the body of knowledge about the experiences of girls and young women impacted by the justice system.”

Dr. Bradley McKibben was elected to the Board of Directors for the Volusia Recovery Alliance, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Volusia County, Florida that coordinates peer driven services providing substance use recovery resources to the community.

Dr. McKibben's latest accepted manuscript has been accepted for publication and is available now online: Borders, L. D., Dianna, J. A., & McKibben, W. B. (in press). Clinical supervisor training: A ten-year scoping review across counseling, psychology, and social work. The Clinical Supervisor.

Dr. McKibben was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Telemental health Provider from the Center for Credentialing and Education. 

Dr. Summers recently published a textbook titled, "Multicultural Counseling: Responding with Cultural Humility, Empathy, and Advocacy". It is the first multicultural counseling book to use a strengths-based perspective and emphasizes culture and diversity as an asset to be nurtured and approached with humility, empathy, and culturally responsive interventions. Drs. Indelicato and George have published chapters in Dr. Summers' textbook. 

Dr. LaTonya Summers received a "Shades of Green" Mental Health Award of Excellence, given by the Step-by-Step 4 Help Foundation, Inc., Summers' Unsung Hero award was given for her research, scholarship, and nationwide service to destigmatize mental illness and improve mental wellness among Black communities. She was honored for her work with the Black Mental Health Symposium, Black Mental Health Today magazine, and the JU CMHC Center for Men's Mental Wellness that will open in August. Congratulations, Dr. Summers! 

Drs. Natalie Indelicato and Whitney George received a grant from the Florida Blue Foundation ($350,000) and a gift from the Mayo Clinic Foundation ($25,000) to support scholarships for 2nd year JU CMHC students. 

Dr. Natalie Indelicato, in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Parker, Director of the JU Center for Gender + Sexuality, received a grant to develop and implement Safe Zone training at JU. 

Dr. Seneka Gainer has been selected to serve on the Governance and Operations committee of the American Counseling Association and in the role of Director of Professional Affairs at NECA (National Employment Counseling Association).