From the Editors
hope you are finding some rest and personal and professional renewal as you
settle into summer. We trust that
you understand the decision we made as a committee to delay the late spring 2007
edition of the CCAPS Newsletter. As
we were working on it, the Virginia Tech tragedy occurred and became an
overwhelming focus for each of us, as well it did for counseling center
professionals around the country. We
continue to send thoughts and support to the Virginia Tech community, and
specifically our professional colleagues who were so profoundly impacted by this
tragedy. It is our hope that we will
have opportunities to provide ongoing support, and also to engage in
conversations about how the college
mental health community can learn from so devastating a loss and how communities
can grow through crises. Sue Stock
has shared some thoughts, and has graciously compiled an article on Responses from University and College Counseling Centers to the Virginia
This edition of the
newsletter will also reflect on some of the
highlights of the past convention as well as look to the coming year.
Check out the CCAPS Awards Committee announcements, which feature the winners of the
Dallum Graduate Student Research Award, the Thomas M. Magoon Innovation Award,
and the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.
This announcement also includes information and links to the 2008 Awards
nomination information. We hope that
you’ll review this early, and consider making a nomination this summer when
you may have time to think about honoring the professionals and outstanding work
in our field.
have an excellent feature article for this edition.
Written by Dr. Linda Young, staff psychologist at
Me, My Avatar and I: Massive
Multiplayer Online Games and College Student Well-Being is an excellent introduction
to understanding the potential impact of gaming in a college student population.
Dr. Young shared an excellent presentation entitled Gaming,
Gawking and Gabbing at the 2007 Joint Meeting in
and those who attended shared feedback that it was an eye-opening and
well-balanced review of some of the potential benefits as well as concerns about
students’ online behavior. She
offers a great list of resources at the conclusion of the article as well as
some recommendations about how counselors can assess risk and leverage benefits
of gaming when online behavior may be impacting students’ wellness.
Thank you to Jonathan
Kandell for his From the Chair column,
which includes a brief review of some of the changes facing ACPA as we implement
the new governance structure, as well as a warm welcome to new commission
directorate members, and recognition and appreciation to outgoing commission
directorate members. Finally, thanks
again to David Gilles-Thomas for formatting and uploading this newsletter.
All the best for a healthy
summer – we encourage you all to be actively considering submitting programs
for review for the 2008 ACPA Conference in Atlanta in March 2008!
We encourage you to look over the brief review of the Call
for Programs – the theme of the 2008 Conference is Professionalism
with Purpose ~ Advancing Inclusion and Expertise, and the deadline for
program proposals is
September 14, 2007