Texas State Doctoral student Iliana Melendez works with Fundacion Iguales to develop Allies Training in Chile @DOSTxState @EmbajadaEEUUcl
School Psych's Dr Scholwinski to screen his documentary examining mental health awareness thru artistic expression. https://t.co/HazKkWuWOK
Dr Melissa Martinez receiving national research award in Washington DC! https://t.co/bV4amYxUgW

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology (CLAS) has a unique mission within the university:  A focus on graduate education, the mission of CLAS is the preparation of professionals who will provide leadership in the schools and public and private agencies of Texas. The multidisciplinary 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.

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"A Deeper Side" Documentary Screening and Q&A - Monday, April 25th

Monday, April 25th
7:00 P.M.
Centennial Hall Teaching Theater (room 157)

“A Deeper Side” is an award-winning documentary, shot in a naturalistic style without script or narration. It tells a very personal story about gifted artist, musician, and rapper, David Francis Drymala. Often speaking directly to the audience through his personal computer or camera, David gives the viewer a unique glimpse into his world of schizophrenia and addiction. His incredible art, music, and poetry also illustrate his inspired but painful journey. Filmed over a five-year period of time, the audience witnesses David’s attempts to establish himself as an artist and rapper while trying to cope with the demands of daily life. He is seen working on his art, performing his music, advocating for mental health awareness, and struggling to manage his own personal demons at the same time. David’s family and friends also share their painful recollections and frank disclosures illustrating the frustration and heartache experienced by those who love and care for individuals with mental illness and addiction.

A Question & Answer session will be held immediately following the screening. In attendance will be producer/director Dr. Ed Scholwinski, who is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at Texas State and his son Shane Scholwinski, who edited the entire project. Shane is a mass communications major, specializing in film and electronic media He will be graduating from Texas State in May 2016.

Also in attendance will be David’s father, Alan Drymala who is an executive producer of the project. He has been an intimate passenger on David’s journey and his chief advocate. Alan is licensed professional counselor and Jungian therapist with a private practice in San Antonio, Texas. He will talk about David’s current status and the national crisis in mental health services.

The screening of “A Deeper Side” at Texas State University is sponsored by:

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology, The Psychology Department, The Association of School Psychology Students, and The Social Awareness Documentary Film Club.

For more information contact Kelsey Theis.

APCE PhD Graduate Dr. Kayon Murray Named Outstanding Doctoral Student for College of Education

Dr. Kayon Murray-Johnson completed her Ph.D. in the Adult Professional and Community Education program in December 2015. She excelled in all of her doctoral courses, as well her work on her dissertation study: “Toward a Construct of Balance: Graduate Education Faculty and the Navigation of Difficult Dialogues on Race.” An external committee member from a tier one university remarked that Kayon’s was one of the best dissertations she has seen. By the time Dr. Murray-Johnson completed the program, she also had published three articles in refereed journals. Despite her busy schedule as a student, doctoral assistant, mother of a toddler, youth mentor and spouse of a pastor, Kayon also consistently offered her assistance with APCE program activities. She looks forward to a career as a faculty member in adult education.

School Psychologist Student Amy Shatila named Outstanding Graduate Student for the College of Education

Amy ShatilaWhen presented with new opportunities to advance her learning beyond the basic requirements, Amy consistently takes advantage of these options. For example, when I told my students that I was interested in presenting some multicultural research at a national conference, Amy volunteered to co-present with some other students. This enthusiasm has resulted in an extraordinary number of presentations and publications for a specialist-level student:


Lasser, J., Dark, L., Beam, K., Morris, M., Shatila, A. (2015). The Multicultural Transformation of a School Psychology Course: Process and Outcomes. Trainer’s Forum.


Kneedler, S., Shatila, A. L., & Jantz, P.B. (February, 2014). Persistent postconcussive symptoms (PPCS): Chicken or egg? Paper presented at the National Association of Schoo Psychologists Annual Conference, Orland, Fl. Refereed

Jantz, P. B., Kneedler, S., & Shatila, A. (March 2015). Traumatic Brain Injury: Transition, Assessment and Intervention. Invited two-day workshop presented at Region 13 Education Service Center, Austin, TX.

NASP proposal accepted:

Shatila, A., Tolle, K., & Plotts, C. Evaluation School Psychologists’ Use of Neuropsychological Evaluations. Submitted to the National Association of School Psychologists for the 2016 Annual Convention.

Manuscript in progress:

Plotts, C., Greenwood, K., Shatila, A., & Tolle, K. Training School Psychologists in Psychopharmacology Consultation. Manuscript proposal submitted Sept. 1, 2015 to Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, Special Issue on School Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care Collaboration.

Before starting internship, Amy came to class very open minded and "eager to learn and uncover areas of personal ignorance” (taken from her final reflection paper). She engaged in critical reflection and difficult conversations on whiteness and privilege and the potential impact it can have on the diverse students and families she works with. Amy has developed a critical consciousness and seeks to be an advocate for all students.

School Psychology Program Receives ISPA Accreditation

CLAS is happy to announce that the School Psychology program has received a new accreditation from the International School Psychology Association (ISPA). This five year accreditation is in addition to the program’s Full Approval-National Recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists. The new accreditation positions the program well internationally. Congratulations to the faculty on this achievement!

Congrats to our CLAS Colleagues for Receiving 2016 Presidential Distinction or College Achievement Awards

Presidential Distinction Awardees: College Achievement Awardees:
Teaching Scholarly/Creative

Associate Professor/Professor: Clarena Larrotta
Assistant Professor: Barry Aidman

Lecturer/Assistant Professor: Paige Haber-Curran
           Desiree Vega


Associate Professor/Professor: Joellen Coryell
Lecturer/Assistant Professor: Melissa Martinez