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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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Announcements

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

Linda Homeyer, a professor in and former chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Adult Education at Texas State University, was conferred the national honor of director emeritus by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Board of Directors during its recent conference in Houston.

The award honored Homeyer, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, for her lifetime achievements, contributions and service to play therapy and the association.

A prolific play therapy author and presenter at state, national and international conferences, Homeyer twice served as president of the association’s chartered Texas branch, editor of its quarterly newsletter, chair of its credentialing program and assisted establishment of the university’s Texas State Play Therapy Institute.

"Homeyer's leadership contributions to the advancement of APT and its mission are absolutely outstanding," said Jennifer Baggerly, chair of the board of directors.

Homeyer is only the sixth past director to receive the designation.

Play therapy is an approach favored by many licensed mental health professionals in the U.S. and 25 other nations to therapeutically use play to help clients better describe and resolve their problems. It is particularly effective with children because, just as adults use words to communicate ideas and feelings, children use play.

APT is a national professional society that provides research, training, and credentialing programs to assist those professionals. Additional information is available at www.a4pt.org.

Linda Homeyer gives her acceptance speech upon being honored as Director Emeritus
Linda Homeyer gives her acceptance speech upon being honored as Director Emeritus

CLAS Faculty Book Authors Recognized at Reception Hosted by President Trauth

The following faculty members from the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology were recognized by President Trauth at a Fall reception for their scholarly work in recently publishing books in their field:

Dr. Ann K. Brooks:

Brooks, A. K., & Edwards, K. (2013). Consulting in uncertainty: The power of inquiry. New York, NY: Routledge.

Drs. Stephen P. Gordon & Jovita M. Ross-Gordon:

Glickman, C. D., Gordon, S. P., & Ross-Gordon, J. M. (2014). SuperVision and instructional leadership: A developmental approach (9th Ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Dr. Paul Jantz:

Jantz, P. B., Davies, S. C., & Bigler, E. D. (2014). Working with traumatic brain injury in schools: Transition, assessment, and intervention. New York, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Dr. Sarah W. Nelson:

Slater, C. L., & Nelson, S. W. (Eds.). (2013). Understanding the principalship: An international guide to principal preparation. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Dr. Michael P. O’Malley:

Burdick, J., Sandlin, J. A., & O’Malley, M. P. (Eds.). (2014). Problematizing public pedagogy. New York, NY: Routledge.

Drs. Cynthia A. Plotts & Jon Lasser:

Plotts, C. A., & Lasser, J. (2013). School psychologist as counselor: A practitioner’s handbook. Bethesda, MD: NASP.

CLAS Faculty Awarded 5-year, $1.05 million grant to train bilingual school psychologists.

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!