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Events & Opportunities

Spring 2014

Paid Student Position.  Creative Services is looking for a talented, self-starter to write feature stories, student/faculty profiles, and press releases for use on the college website and on departmental/program websites.  Finished stories will be used online to market the programs of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering. This is a great opportunity for a paid experience that will help to develop your resume and practice skills that are highly valued by most employers and many graduate programs. This experience may be compatible with Internship expectations for the JMU Writing Progam. To apply visit JMU Joblink and look for position number 0405884 (Feature Writer/Journalist).  More information about Creative Services

Summer Internship.  Skanska, the construction management firm that will be building the new CHBS building, seeks to hire interns.  Construction experience is not necessary.  Applicants must be familiar with Microsoft Office and iPad, must be ready to work in a fast-paced environment, and be eager to learn.  Tasks will be customized to take advantage of the Intern’s skills and might include:

  • Community service  and event coordination
  • Project progress documentation and document control management
  • Create project videos, design signs, create PowerPoint presentations
  • Office management, log maintenance, submittal review, and other office tasks.

The internship will be housed near Montpellier Hall on the JMU campus.  The summer position will be 15-20 hours/week and successful interns will be considered for future full time positions. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to tim.brooks@skanska.comMore information

Paid Internship.  College Students are being recruited to work as interns on the Volunteer Farm in Woodstock, Virginia.  They are currently recruiting college interns for any semester in 2014 and 2015.  Interns are needed to serve as assistant farm manager or in any one of several disciplines in the office.  Applicants should send resumes to  wfcchair@shentel.net.

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).
  • 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).

CHOICES. April 11 & 14 More information

Assessment of Student Clinical Competencies in Clinical Settings is the title of a presentation by Dr. Sue McAllister from Flinders University in South Australia, Thursday, April 17, 4-5:30 in ISAT/CS 259 (nTelos Room).  Dr. McAllister has expertise in the domains of health professional competency, and intervention outcome assessment.  Her research has broad implications for many CHBS disciplines. For more information contact Dr. Carol Dudding (duddincc@jmu.edu).

Psychology Symposium.  April 21, 12:30-2:15 PM in Transitions.  Psychology students will share their work by presenting posters at this annual event. 

DC-Maryland-VA Online Speed Networking with Alumni.  Students are invited to an engage in an online networking event with JMU alumni on April 23, 12-1 pm.  This event will allow you to chat, one-on-one with JMU alumni from the DC-Maryland-VA area.  This event will establish virtual rooms to discuss various topics.  More information

Volunteers Needed!  The Ability Olympics is an event that demonstrates that everyone can be an athlete by staging a multi-sport Olympic-style event for individuals ages 8-22 with disabilities. They seek volunteers to help with the event, Friday, April 25, 4-9 pm or Saturday, April 26, 8 am - 6 pm.  Volunteer roles may include leading groups of students in game play, interacting with participants and their families, set up or clean up, and providing directions and information to families throughout the day.  They are also seeking financial donations to support the event.  Contribution Link  For to volunteer or for more information contact Richelle Villa (abilityolympicsjmu@gmail.com) .

Occupational Therapy Research Presentations. April 25, 5 PM, Festival Allegheny Room

Colorblast 5K  & Half Mile Daisy Dash Run.  April 26, 7:30-9 AM sponsored by the Morrison-Bruce Center.  Run or walk the 5K course or join the Daisy Dash for children under 12 years.  More information

Graduate Psychology Spring Symposium. April (TBA).

Graduate School Community Picnic, May 1, 4:30 pm at Grace Street House.

The Spring Exam Schedule has been revised. More information

Occupational Therapy Poster Presentations. May 7, 8-10 am. (Location TBA)

Health Studies Service Learning Posters. May (TBA).

Graduate Commencement. May 9, 10 am, Convocation Center More information

University Commencement. May 9, 3 pm, Bridgeforth Stadium More information

CHBS Undergraduate Commencement. May 10, 9 am, Bridgeforth Stadium More information

Summer 2014

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

Summer Institute in Counseling. June (TBA).

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

The JMU Honors Program website has been updated.  New options for senior projects are described.  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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Events & Opportunities

  • Assessment of Student Clinical Competencies in Clinical Settings is the title of a presentation by Dr. Sue McAllister from Flinders University in South Australia, Thursday, April 17, 4-5:30 in ISAT/CS 259 (nTelos Room). Dr. McAllister has expertise in the domains of health professional competency, and intervention outcome assessment. Her research has broad implications for many CHBS disciplines. For more information contact Dr. Carol Dudding (duddincc@jmu.edu).
  • Fall registration continues.  It is not too late to register for summer school 
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