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APSU to host National School Counseling Week celebration Feb. 10

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Dr. Eva Gibson

In the two years since the COVID-19 pandemic first started, schools across the country have hired more counselors to help students deal with the ensuing stress. This week, the Austin Peay State University Department of Psychological Sciences and Counseling will honor the local individuals who’ve pursued this important field with a special celebration on Thursday, Feb. 10.

“It’s National School Counseling Week (Feb. 7-11), and I have invited the school counselors who want to be part of our celebration, and they’ll come to campus, where we have some professional development planned,” Dr. Eva Gibson, assistant professor of counseling, said. “We have some really good speakers who are Zooming in from other states to talk about the work school counselors do and how we can improve upon that work.”

The event will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, in Austin Peay’s Morgan University Center, and it will feature discussions on how to improve relationships between school counselors and school administrators. Speakers include Fabion Vicks, school counselor from Henry County Schools, and Diana Virgil, a school counselor from Alabama’s Daleville High School.

Representatives from the American School Counseling Association will also offer remarks and some words of encouragement to the attendees. In addition to local school counselors, graduate students in APSU’s Master of Science in Counseling program will attend.

“We have around 20 or so school counseling students, so the hope is that we’ll pair them with working counselors,” Gibson said. “I want them to build connections and to network.”

For information on APSU’s Department of Psychological Sciences and Counseling, visit https://www.apsu.edu/psychology.

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