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Upcoming Events

Volunteer Day with Central Texas Food Bank

Friday, October 14 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, 6500 Metropolis Dr., Austin, TX 78744

Sign up here http://tscsj.cafb.volunteerhub.com

Central Texas Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas. They work with food donors across the country, financial supporters, and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. CSJ will be volunteering with them in their warehouse to inspect, clean, sort, box, and prepare donated food and non-food items to distribute to partner agencies and the communities they serve.

Featured Past Events

Relational Cultural Theory in Counseling: Examining “We” versus “Me” with Dr. Maria Haiyasoso, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT™, NCC

Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Relational-cultural theory (RCT), departing from traditional ideas of separation and individuation, focuses on the inherent need for connection and the impact of culture and power on people’s lived experience. In this introductory presentation, Dr. Maria Haiyasoso will discuss foundational concepts of RCT and expanding clients’ relational resilience through the counseling relationship.

Dr. Maria Haiyasoso is an Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University where she teaches graduate level clinical mental health courses. Dr. Haiyasoso publishes regularly and provides trainings on topics related to relational-cultural theory (RCT) and applying RCT with survivors of trauma. Further, she owns and operates a private practice where she provides counseling and play therapy for survivors of trauma, primarily survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and/or intimate partner violence.

Group Serve Day with Mobile Loaves & Fishes

April 16, 2022 9301 Hog Eye Road, Austin, TX 78724

MLF is a social outreach ministry that has been empowering communities into a lifestyle of service with the unhoused since 1998. CSJ brought 9 volunteers to assist with their Community First! Village working on outdoor activities like landscaping yards for micro-homes, gardening, and other kinds of property beautification. Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for folks coming out of chronic homelessness.

Counseling our Jewish Clients with Rabbi Blumofe

March 6th, 2022 via Zoom

COVID-19 and Racial Injustice discussion, facilitated by Dr. David Schlosz

November 15, 2020 via Zoom

Counselors for Social Justice at Texas State University hosted a conversation on COVID-19 and racial injustice, facilitated by Dr. David Schlosz, on Sunday, November 15. This was a chance for anyone to share their feelings about COVID-19, racial injustice, and everything else going on in the world. It can be isolating sitting in anger, frustration, shame, guilt, etc. Having a community, even for an hour, can help us clear out some of these emotions so we feel empowered to pursue action.

Anti-Racist Counseling Panel, co-hosted with CSI

October 25, 2020 via Zoom

CSJ and CSI collaborated on a panel about anti-racist counseling, featuring the following four panelists:

  • Jonnie Wilson, MA, LPC Associate, NCC (she/her), Supervised by Kate Robbins, MA, LPC-S, Mental Health Therapist at Ripping Water Resources LLC  
  • Carla Calderas, MA, LPC, NCC Mental Health Therapist at Calderas Counseling
  • JP Cardenas, MA (they/them) – Learning and Development Specialist at Integral Care
  • Maria Spellings, Ph.D., LPC-S (she/her), Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Seminary of the Southwest

Broaching Race in Counseling, a training led by Dr. Shaywanna Harris-Pierre

October 4, 2020 via Zoom (Watch the recording here)

As counselors, every client of ours is different from us in one way or another. Some differences are easier to discuss, yet the taboo nature of race and ethnicity make having conversations about racial differences difficult or uncomfortable. This is why the skill of broaching is important. Dr. Harris-Pierre provided an overview of racial broaching and discuss relevant current literature on the topic. Attendees learned the importance of addressing race and ethnicity in the counseling relationship, and ways they can begin to practice broaching in their clinical work.

The Physiological and Psychological Impact of Race-Based Trauma, a training led by Dr. Shaywanna Harris-Pierre

July 12, 2020 via Zoom

Due to current events, counselors are focusing heavily on multicultural competence and the impact of the social climate on their client’s wellbeing. Of course, the racial climate in this country has long been a concern of BIPOC. The consistent, ongoing nature of racial trauma that occurs for BIPOC in this country creates lasting emotional and physiological impact. As counselors, we tend to focus on the emotional impact of trauma, but it’s also important to consider the connection trauma has to the body when working with clients of color. This webinar provided information about the connection between traumatic experiences and physiological responses in the body, and how race-based trauma may be stored in the body. The webinar also provided implications for counselors. There was also a Q&A with Dr. Shaywanna L Harris-Pierre.

COVID-19 and Racial Injustice: A CSJ @ TXST Conversation facilitated by Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente

June 28, 20202 via Zoom

We wanted this to be a chance for anyone to share their feelings about COVID-19, racial injustice, and everything else going on in the world. It can be isolating sitting in anger, frustration, shame, guilt, and more, and we feel that having a community, even for one hour, can help us clear out some of these emotions so we feel empowered to pursue action.

The Counselor as Advocate, with guest speaker Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente

February 23, 2020

A conversation about advocacy in counseling. We discussed the ACA advocacy competencies and how they apply to the everyday practice of counseling.

Race, Privilege, and Power in Counseling, a conversation facilitated by Dr. Maria Spellings

January 26, 2020

Day of Learning

March 9, 2019

Texas State CSJ’s Day of Learning is a symposium for graduate students in counseling and social work, licensed professionals, and others in the community who are interested in counseling and advancing the welfare of diverse populations.

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