Dr. Phyllis Robertson and WCU Counseling alumni Laura Lindsey and Beth Lindsey published an manuscript titled “Expressive Arts and Mindfulness: Aiding Adolescents in Understanding and Managing Their Stress” in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health describing the outcomes of group work with sixth grade students. The study found that expressive arts and mindfulness practice reduced stress and anxiety an levels after 6 group meetings.
HESA students attended the NCCPA/NCHO Joint Conference in Asheville, North Carolina in November. The conference theme was “changing seasons, changing lives” and focused on racial and social justice. NCCPA has developed a strategic imperative for decolonization and racial justice fellowship as a way to operationalize and actualize the intent of the international imperative and involve faculty, staff, and students in the comprehensive progression towards social justice. WCU/HESA had more representation than any other institution/program.
Parks and Recreation Management faculty, Glenn Middleton and Andrew Bobilya represented WCU at the Association for Experiential Education Annual International Conference in Montreal, Quebec November 8-12. They co-presented on Spirituality and Experiential Education and Bobilya also facilitated a workshop titled, “21st Century Participants: Can We Achieve the Same Outcomes with Different Levels of Risk?” Middleton and Bobilya also presented individual papers at the Symposium on Experiential Education Research. Dr. Bobilya began a three-year term co-chairing the research symposium.
Dr. Andrew Bobilya, Associate Professor and Program Director in Parks and Recreation Management recently published a paper titled “The North Carolina Outward Bound School Course Impression Survey: A Psychometric Investigation” in Research in Outdoor Education volume 14. This publication is part of a multi-year project with the North Carolina Outward Bound School investigating the most effective way to measure change following program participation. Dr. Bobilya is joined by co-authors Dr. Brad Faircloth of Montreat College and Dr. Alan Ewert of Indiana University.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Debby Singleton, Instructor with Parks & Recreation Management, was invited to present two workshops for the CREW (Collaborative Regional Education Workshop). CREW is a day long professional development conference for regional P-12 teachers, administrators, and support staff. Workshop #1 entitled, “What Happened to Biophila?” focused on the importance of nature and outdoor learning environments and featured the use of Cherokee Central School’s trails along the banks of the Raven Fork Creek. Workshop #2 entitled, “Living for Snow Days…” explored life-work balance for educators through interactive discussion and activities.
Counseling faculty members, Drs. Melodie Frick, Heather Thompson and Russ Curtis have published an article in The Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision. The article, Using Films to Increase Cultural Competence in Working with LGBTQ Clients, can be viewed in its entirety here: http://repository.wcsu.edu/jcps/vol9/iss2/8/