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Dept of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology

CLAS has a special mission within the university: a focus on graduate education, the preparation of professionals who will provide leadership in the schools and public and private agencies of Texas. The multi-disciplinary and multicultural nature of our department provides opportunities to model collaboration across disciplines, and to learn from one another as we promote respect for all cultures and individuals.Recent Faculty Publications2013 Faculty Refereed Publications

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CLAS Professor Stewart Named to Fulbright Specialist Program

Trae Stewart, Associate Professor in CLAS, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program roster. 

The program, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affaris (ECA) and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), hosts opportunities for international collaboration to further the development of curriculum and faculty, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. 

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National Play Therapy Week: February 1-7, 2015

Play therapy is a way of being with a child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play.  Licensed mental health professionals therapeutically use play to help their clients, most often children ages three to 12 years, to better express themselves and resolve their problems.

Texas State’s Institute for Play Therapy offers monthly training to mental health professionals to promote play therapy. The Assessment and Counseling Clinic in the College of Education provides play therapy to children needing counseling services.

The Association for Play Therapy is the professional organization that promotes play therapy and the power of play.

To view a video explaining play therapy, please go to our website and meet Andrew!

Ph.D. in Education Program Establishes International Educational Research Partnership with Chilean Universities

Four (4) Chilean scholars from the education doctorate program at Universidad Alberto Hurtado-Universidad Diego Portales in Chile visited Texas State University to inaugurate a new doctoral level partnership. This collaboration focuses on enhancing a mutual Chilean-US research infrastructure to support continuous educational improvement in both countries. The inaugural week-long visit involved researchers and doctoral students from Chile and Texas State University.  Activities included a Research Colloquium, strategic planning, and site visits to Texas public schools in Del Valle ISD. Texas State University Provost Eugene Bourgeois, II met with the Chilean scholars and signed documents establishing this institutional partnership (see attached pic).  Texas State is also partnering with the US Embassy-Santiago de Chile in the development of this initiative.          

This partnership is being led at Texas State by the Ph.D. in Education Program, housed in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology. Strategic priorities established during this visit include: 1) mutual exchange of faculty and doctoral students for research and study, 2) collaborative Chilean-US educational research projects, and 3) joint participation in a proposed Center for Educational Research & Policy Development in Chile.

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Standing, Left to Right: Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon (Faculty Senator, Texas State University), Dr. José Weinstein (Doctoral Director, Universidad Diego Portales), Dr. Sarah Nelson (Doctoral Director, Texas State University), Dr. Michael O’Malley (Department Chair, Texas State University), Dr. Alejandra Falabella (Doctoral Faculty, Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Dr. Stan Carpenter (Dean, College of Education, Texas State University), Dr. Ann Brooks (Doctoral Director, Texas State University), Dr. Soledad Concha (Doctoral Faculty, Universidad Diego Portales)

Seated, Left to Right: Dr. María Teresa Rojas (Doctoral Academic Secretary, Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, II (Provost, Texas State University), Dr. Debbie Thorne (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas State University)
Left to Right: Drs. Sarah Nelson (TxSt), Alejandra Falabella (Chile), Michael O’Malley (TxSt), María Teresa Rojas (Chile), & José Weinstein (Chile).

Dr. Homeyer Honored as Director Emeritus by Association for Play Therapy

Dr. Cynthia Plotts, Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology, is the Principal Investigator (Project Director) for Project SUPERB (Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals), a project recently awarded a five-year $1.05 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Project SUPERB will prepare a total of 24 fully-credentialed, high-quality bilingual school psychologists to improve teaching and learning by ensuring that language differences and assessment of the need for special education services are competently assessed for the purpose of appropriate educational interventions.

Other CLAS faculty involved in Project SUPERB include:

  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Jon Lasser, Professor of School Psychology
  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Desireé Vega, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Scholar Coordination & Supervision – Dr. Laurie Klose, Associate Clinical Professor of School Psychology
  • Practicum Coordinator – Dr. Paul Jantz, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Field Supervision – Dr. Mike Garcia and Dr. Rachel Robillard, Adjunct Professors of School Psychology
  • Consultant – Dr. Robert Reardon, Associate Professor of Adult Education

See our write-up in the University Star.

Congratulations to Dr. Plotts and the entire Project SUPERB team!