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Events & Opportunities

Consider Summer School at JMU! We will offer many courses during Summer 2014, on campus and online. Register for summer school now! The following course may be of interest to students in all majors:

  • NSG 393.  The Health Impact of Violence.  This course introduces students to many aspects of violence in society and the political, cultural, social, and economic structures that perpetuate violence.  Students will think critically about the local and global impact of family violence.  Topics include domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and abuse of the disabled as well as cultural issues such as honor killings and female genital mutilation.  This course is completely online and counts towards the chronic illness minor.  For more information contact Dr. Sandra Annan (annansl@jmu.edu).
  • NSG 490, Section 4102.  Emergency Response Training for Health Care Providers.  This course will help students learn how to respond to disaster from a healthcare provider perspective.  Students who complete this course will earn 10 certifications from FEMA.  All books provided free of charge.  For more information contact Dr. Raab (raabrw@jmu.edu; 568-2729).  More information
  • SOWK/FAM/GERN 487. Substance Abuse Intervention. This blended course, Substance Abuse Intervention,will teach types of substances; prevalence; physiological, psychological and social impact of substance abuse on abusers; impact on families, communities and society in general; different interventions and treatment modalities; self-help groups and functions; and basic skills to work with substance abusers. The class will be taught through in-class and on-line instruction; field visits to a residential facility for substance abusers, a drug court, and AA/NA group meetings; guest speakers who work with substance abusers; and watching and critiquing films and audio/video materials. For more information contact Dr. Hyong Yeom (yeomhs@jmu.edu). Open to all undergraduate students.
  • SOWK/FAM/GERN 487.  Sexuality in Contemporary Society.  This course will explore psychosocial issues of sexuality, sexual health and sexual behavior.  Focus will be defining and discussing responses by health and human service providers in the context of contemporary society.  Sample of topics:  Adolescent sexuality, aging and sexuality; cancer, illness and sexual health; adolescent and adult offenders; paraphilias; pornography as impacted by technology; hip hop culture; sexual identity variations; gender roles and sexuality.  Course is designed for students able to maturely discuss topics.  For more information contact Dr. BJ Bryson (brysonbj@jmu.edu). Open to all undergraduate students.
  • PSYC 180.  Introduction to Behavior Analysis.  Students will learn the fundamental principles, procedures, and concepts of behavior analysis, how they can be used to explain behavior, and how interventions based on these principles can be used to improve their own lives and the lives of others.  For more information contact Dr. Daniel Holt (holtdd@jmu.edu).
  • PSYC 308.  Health Psychology.  This course deals with personality and its relation to health and illness behaviors. Topics include psychological factors involved in control and helplessness, conflict management, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, pain, substance abuse and other psychophysiologically related factors. This course is especially recommended for pre-professional health students.   Taught online.  For more information contact Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan (reisbemj@jmu.edu).
  • PSYC 410.  Psychology of the Workplace.  This course is a survey of the applications of psychological principles in The workplace. Emphasis is on topics such as research and methods, personnel decisions, training, attitudes, motivation, leadership, teams, and sociocultural issues in the workplace. Other topics will also be covered. This course has prerequisites; appropriate alternate experiences will be considered.  For more information contact Dr. Tracy Zinn (zinnte@jmu.edu).
  • PSYC 601.  Eco-Psychology: Counselors and the Connection to Nature.  This three-day class (June 19, 20 and July 14) explores the benefits of time spent in nature to mental health and the negative healthy and emotional effects of being disconnected to the natural world. We will examine Nature Deficit Disorder and the impact of our growing relationship with technology. Participants will be equipped with a toolbox of ideas to practically engage in prescribing “Vitamin N” to their clients. This is beneficial for those in a variety of helping professions including schools, social services and human services positions, health care, parks and recreation, counseling, and psychology.  For more information contact Dr. Debbie Sturm (sturmdc@jmu.edu).  Open all graduate students.
  • PSYC 749.  Multicultural Perspectives & Intervention in Counseling.  This course is intended to introduce basic concepts and procedures related to cross-cultural counseling. It is designed to attend to relevant issues which constitute the core of counseling effectively from a cultural perspective. It is incumbent upon the counselor educator to develop specific learning strategies with which counselor trainees can acquire fundamental skills in cross-cultural counseling. In order for emerging counselors to effect change in a cross-cultural helping relationship, it is imperative that they attain mastery-level skills in theory and application pertinent to counseling individuals from ethnic and racial underrepresented groups. For more information contact Dr. Michele Kielty (kieltyml@jmu.edu). Open to all graduate students.
  • PSYC 630.  Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  This 3-credit hour course, which involves both online and on-campus experiences, fulfills professional identity curriculum requirements for the LPC license.  The training begins with a two-day workshop (June 16 & 17) and ends with a one-day seminar (July 11). Participants will also complete online assignments and engage in online discussions.  At the completion of this course, participants will be able to understand the professional identity of the mental health counselor, apply intentional interventions in mental health counseling practice, and address ethical and legal issues relevant for mental health counselors.  For more information contact Dr. Debbie Sturm (sturmdc@jmu.edu).  Open all graduate students.
  • PSYC 710.  Gender Issues in Counseling.  This two-day training (June 16 & 17), one-unit graduate course, offers participants the opportunity to explore the multiple ways that gender influences the helping processes in both school and clinical settings. Gender can be a critical variable in helping relationships, for the counselor as well as the client, affecting narratives, presentation, and the therapeutic alliance. This interactive training experience will help participants clarify how gender influences their own perspectives; identify justifications for considering gender in counseling; and explore gender-sensitive approaches to counseling. . For more information contact Dr. Renee Staton (statonar@jmu.edu). Open to all graduate students.

Fall Registration Continues. The following course may be of interest to students in all majors:

  • NSG 326. Care and Consideration for Children with Special Needs.  This course combines in class speakers/discussion with hands-on service learning.  By providing respite care in the home to families with special needs children, students will gain insight into a variety of topics related to working with these families and how the disability affects the family.  The majority of this class is spent with a child who has a disability, and students will gain great insight into providing care and working with the family.  Open to all undergraduate students.  For more information contact Darcy Bacon (baconde@jmu.edu).

Richmond Alumni Networking Event.  Students are invited to a professional networking event to be held at the Richmond Country Club on May, 20, 6-8 pm.  More information

Nondiscriminatory Assessments of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students will be the subject of a 2-day workshop sponsored by the JMU School Psychology Program, May 29-30 in the Montpelier Room, East Campus Dining Hall.  The primary presenter will be Dr. Sam Ortiz, Advanced registration is required. For more information contact Andee Henriquez (henriqas@jmu.edu; 568-5352)  Registration Link

Building Sandcastles in the Sky: Integrative Sand Tray Therapy with Children & Families.  The Virginia Association for Play Therapy and the Institute for Continuing Education is pleased to offer a two-day workshop filled with opportunities to learn through case conceptualizations, experiential activities, and video case illustrations with Dr. Eric Green. This event will be held Friday, June 13 through Saturday, June 14 in the JMU Festival Conference Center.  More information

Promoting Resilience & Competence will be the focus of the 18th Annual Institute in Counseling, June 16-July 18. This year's Summer Institute will include thirteen different sessions ranging from Exploring the DSM-5 and Nature-Based Play Therapy to courses for graduate credit, such as Human Sexuality and Development and Gender Issues in Counseling More information

Fall 2014

School Psychology Professional Development Workshop.  September (TBA)

Leadership Academy sponsored by Graduate Psychology and IIHHS.  December (TBA)

Ongoing Events & Opportunities

Connect with the local community.  The Reading Road Show-Gus Bus program and the Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education program are recruiting volunteers for tutoring programs.  Volunteers visit the child’s home for 1 – 2 hours per week.  More information

The JMU Undergraduate Research Journal welcomes submissions from students enrolled in all JMU undergraduate programs.  More information

CSDC Workshops. Free workshops are available through the Counseling and Student Development Center regarding problems such as dealing with depression, long-distance relationships, conflict and difficult people, assertiveness, anger management, etc. More information

Career & Academic Planning offers resume writing workshops, career coaching, mock interviews, employer-networking, and other opportunities to prepare for post-graduation opportunities.  More information

JMU Learning Centers provide assistance with writing, communication, math, science and selected other courses.  More information

Graduate Students are invited to join the JMU Graduate Student Association  GSA Blog   GSA Facebook   GSA Twitter   jmugsa@gmail.com

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Announcements & Important Dates

  • November 11
    HBS Building Grand Opening
    3:00 p.m. - Remarks to follow at 3:30
  • November 19-27
    Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • December 10-16
    Final Examinations
  • December 16
    Graduate School Commencement
    7:00 p.m.
  • December 17
    Undergraduate Commencement
    10:00 a.m.