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NU professor from Lewiston, alumna team to publish college and university counseling manual

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Tue, Aug 9th 2016 09:45 am

By Niagara University

Who better to compose a handbook on campus mental health than a tenured clinical mental health professor, a recent doctoral graduate in counseling psychology and a practicing university psychologist?

Dr. Shannon J. Hodges, of Lewiston, a professor of counseling at Niagara University, teamed with one of his former students, Dr. Kimber Shelton, and Dr. Michelle K. Lyn, associate director for clinical services at Georgia Tech University, to publish "The College and University Counseling Manual: Integrating Essential Services Across the Campus."

The manual, designed for campus mental health and student affairs professionals, is written to provide the most current information available regarding critical issues impacting the mental health and educational experiences of today's college students. The text addresses ethical and legal issues, campus outreach, crisis and trauma services, substance abuse, sexual minorities, spiritual and religious issues, bullying and aggression, web-based counseling and pychoeducational services.

"The College and University Counseling Manual: Integrating Essential Services Across the Campus" will be released Aug. 28. It is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and numerous other outlets.

Hodges, professor and coordinator of NU's clinical mental health counseling program, possesses more than 20 years of counseling experience in community agencies, university counseling centers and overseas. He has authored numerous professional publications, including books, book chapters, journal articles and essays. He is also the former director of a university counseling center and clinical director of a community mental health clinic, and is a specialist in treating trauma with a focus on self-talk.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, Shelton graduated from Niagara University in 2005 with a master's in mental health counseling and then added a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Georgia. She presently maintains a private practice in Duncanville, Texas, and has experience working in university counseling centers.

Lyn is a licensed psychologist who received her B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana, her M.A. from the University of Missouri, and her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She oversees the clinical operation of the Counseling Center at Georgia Tech.

Niagara's clinical mental health counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The program qualifies graduates for New York state licensure as a licensed mental health counselor - and license eligibility in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

NU also offers a dual-degree program that allows individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology to take graduate courses in clinical mental health counseling during their senior year, thereby accelerating their progress through the master's program. Graduates of the 4+2 program possess a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in clinical mental health counseling.

For more information on Niagara University's graduate program in clinical mental health counseling, call 716-286-8328 or visit www.niagara.edu/mental-health-counseling.

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