South University students present at the 57th Annual South Carolina Counseling Association (SCCA) Conference

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At this year’s South Carolina Counseling Association’s (SCCA) conference two South University, Columbia student research projects were selected for presentations and one South student was named an Emerging Leader.

Lintiya McCleary and Ty Wright presented a poster on the historical trauma of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Their poster was well received and they were able to discuss with professional counselors the suspiciousness that many in communities of color have about seeking help outside of the groups and organizations known to them.

Jessica DeBolt hosted a session presenting on Understanding Bipolar Diagnosis in Children and Adolescents. Her session with approximately 70 in-person and virtual attendees sparked conversations about the diagnostic processes used for children across behavioral and mental health issues.

These presentations, in addition to the conversations they started, also spoke to the importance of research and interest of new professionals. These were not just topics of interest for our students, they were topics of passion and highlighted the reason they want to be counselors.

David Pelley was named as one of this year’s emerging leaders. Recommended by the faculty, David was selected because of is inquisitive nature and leadership in the classroom of thoughtful and thought provoking conversations about helping those in crisis. David has also used his leadership to fill a void in counseling services in our community by starting grief groups and workshops through the Catholic Church and securing supervision for this clinical experience with an experienced clinician in grief work.

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