Counseling Club Presents Research

Sul Ross-Rio Grande College Counseling Club members

Pictured here are the graduate students, counseling program alumni and faculty responsible for the presentations and include Gregory Mayer (kneeling); and standing, left to right, Dr. Monica Gutierrez; Roxanne Garcia-Miranda; Dr. Todd Russell; Nikki Aviles; Paul Flores; Rosie Ortiz; Melissa Cabralez; Leslie Muñoz; and Gricelda Torres. Not pictured are Dr. Tiffany Culver; Barbara McFadden; and Drew Russell.—Courtesy photo

By Laura Nelson

Members of the Sul Ross-Rio Grande College Counseling Club continually seek out scholarly activities and over the summer, several graduate students, alumni, and faculty researched four topics and then presented their findings at the Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference held in San Antonio November 20-23.

The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), served as a springboard for two of the presentations. The 2013 version of the manual contains a number of important changes that affect treatment. One of the lectures covered diagnosing and treating certain populations of males with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the other examined how the DSM-5 affects some diagnostic processes and the modification of definitions of mental disorders for children and youth.

The third lecture considered the benefits of professionals providing home-based counseling for special needs children in south Texas. The final presentation looked at how the youth of the Kickapoo Indian Reservation near Eagle Pass live in their native culture and speak its language, but must learn English at school as well as Spanish to engage with the businesses in the community. The presenters discussed tribal customs and strategies for effectively counseling the Kickapoo youth.

RGC professor Dr. Todd Russell, said, “The four presentations from Rio Grande College made the 2013 TCA Conference a remarkable success! I’ve already received requests for additional information from at least half a dozen participants.” Participating in research and presentations enhances the members’ knowledge base and also provides them with skills they can use in their professional lives.

All of the presentation files may be found on the Graduate Counseling Club and Alumni Association website at under the “More” tab.