RECENT HDE HEADLINERS
In mid-November we received the results of our Counseling Education students' Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). All 18 students who took the exam passed with an overall mean score of 96.94. The overall national mean for the exam was 84.53. In all 8 areas tested, our students scored above the national mean. Over half (10 out of 18) of our students scored one standard deviation above the national mean.
Justin Wageman, Associate Professor, School of Education, received a grant award from North Dakota DPI for $255,216.00. The scope of work includes the North Dakota State Assessment, state accountability reporting, and academic content standards development. The project period is from October 2014 to September 2015.
The North Dakota State University Center for 4-H Youth Development has been awarded a $164,000 grant from the National 4-H Council for the 4-H National Youth Mentoring Program. This is the fourth grant received to implement the 4-H Mentoring: Youth and Families With Promise (4-H YFP) program on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Rachelle Vettern, NDSU Extension leadership/volunteer development specialist and associate professor in the School of Education, is providing leadership for the project, with local Extension staff responsible for its implementation. The local staff include Sue Isbell, Extension agent in Sioux County and several project assistants. The 4-H YFP program is a prevention-based program designed to enhance the developmental assets of at-risk youth ages 8 to 18. As of fall 2014, 187 tribal youth ages 5 to 18 have been reached through the work of 44 mentor volunteers. Schools where mentored youth attend report a 20% increase in attendance and the number of youth passing their classes has more than doubled. The schools credit these increases in participation and attendance to the 4-H Mentoring program. The program has also helped address truancy and drop out issues facing schools where the program is conducted.
Everyday Health recently published a story in which Todd Lewis, Associate Professor in Counselor Education, discussed the dangerous side of bipolar disorder. The story can be found at: http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/dangerous-side-mania/
Tom Stone Carlson, Professor, Human Development and Family Science, recently gave a keynote presentation at the 12th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference in Adelaide, Australia. Amanda Haire, a graduate of the CFT program, was a co-presenter. The presentation was based on a new theory of couples therapy that Tom developed. Discussion and description of the theory will be published in the upcoming issue of the International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work.