Special Interest Groups

Christians as Helpers

Christians as Helpers (CAH) provides a forum for students and faculty from the areas of Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing to share their common desire to integrate their faith with their clinical practice. CAH meets bi-weekly for discussion and books studies on such topics as spiritual formation, honoring and navigating differences, and exploring ways to restore and sustain wholeness and balance. CAH does not promote one Christian denomination/tradition over another: each member is encouraged to express their faith in his/her own way.

For more information about CAH, please contact Dr. W. Bryce Hagedorn.

Counseling Skills Club

The focus of the Counseling Skills Club is to provide a friendly, non-evaluative, and supportive environment for students who are interested in developing and/or enhancing their core counseling techniques. Typical attendees include students currently enrolled in Techniques, Practicum, and Internship, but all students are welcome. The club meets twice a semester, is facilitated by a faculty member and several doctoral students, and typically begins with a faculty member conducting a mock session followed by an extensive process time. Additionally, students have the opportunity to practice their skills with one another and receive direct feedback from a doctoral student. Ultimately, the aim of the Counseling Skills Club is to help students to feel more comfortable wearing their "counselor hat."

For more information about the Counseling Skills Club, keep your eyes open for emailed announcements.

Counselors Advocating for Military Personnel (CAMP)

Counselors Advocating for Military Personnel (CAMP) is for students who are (a) looking to improve their cultural competence with military members and their families, (b) investigating sound research for the best practices in counseling this population, and (c) building connections with community agencies who serve military members and their families. CAMP meets monthly and engages in trainings (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, TF-CBT, and Understanding Military Culture) and explores service opportunities.

For more information about CAMP, please contact Dr. W. Bryce Hagedorn.

Cultural Encounters

Cultural Encounters is a platform created to promote culturally sensitive conversations and community, with an emphasis on building respect and trust among all students, staff, and faculty at the University of Central Florida. Encounter conversations promote participants' self-exploration as cultural beings, including an examination of oneself based on personal experiences with bias, privilege, and discrimination. Encounters are held monthly and covers an array of topics including race relations, sexual minority concerns, culture and education, and many others.

For more information about Cultural Encounters, please contact Dr. Ann Shillingford.

H.E.A.R.T. (HIV Education, Awareness, and Research Team)

The HIV Education, Awareness, and Research Team (HEART) is a collaboration of faculty and students at the University of Central Florida who are dedicated to addressing the multiple and complex effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, both locally and nationally. HEART exists to serve the community by (a) partnering with community organizations and stakeholders to address HIV/AIDS locally; (b) providing educational opportunities focused on HIV and AIDS and their medical, mental health, and social effects on individuals and families; (c) raising awareness about HIV prevention and treatment within the UCF community and in Central Florida; and (c) seeking and acquiring external funding and conducting high-quality research that informs prevention methods and mental health interventions for individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

For more information about H.E.A.R.T please contact Dr. Richelle Joe.

M-POWER

M-POWER, the Multicultural Partnership of Organizers Working for Equity and Resilience, is an organization dedicated to increasing cultural competence within its membership and in the field of counseling through the creation of a safe space for discussion and skill development. Equally important is M-POWER's service, which champions social justice through such things as competency workshops, semester service projects, mentoring, and community building. M-POWER meets bi-monthly and food is provided.

For more information about M-POWER, please contact Nevin J. Heard, nevin.heard@knights.ucf.edu.

Spanish-Speaking Counseling Club

The purpose of the Spanish-Speaking Counseling Club purpose of this club is to provide education and support to bilingual Spanish-speaking students in order to prepare them to work with the diverse Hispanic/Latinx population in Central Florida. The club provides a space for students to practice their counseling skills in Spanish, to grow in awareness of the similarities and differences among this heterogeneous population, and to find support as they develop their counseling competencies in two languages. Additionally, bilingual Spanish-speaking licensed mental health professionals are frequently invited to share their experiences and for networking purposes. This group meets bi-weekly.

For more information about the Spanish-Speaking Counseling Club please contact Laura Rendon Finnell at lrendonfinnell@knights.ucf.edu.