The theses presented here include those from both current and former students in the Department of Counselor Education.

The Department of Counselor Education has been collecting their theses digitally since 2005. Beginning in 2015, students have the option of completing either a Master’s Thesis or a Capstone Research Project. The Capstone Research Project will entail a program evaluation or action research project in which students collect and analyze data.

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Theses from 2008

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Counselor’s Personal Experience with Counseling, Lisa Robey

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Use and Abuse of the Internet: Parental Knowledge of Cyber Bullying in Middle School, Na‘ Lisa Rowe

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Cyber-Bullying: Bullying in the 21st Century, Mark T. Rumfola

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The Need for Art Therapy in Middle Schools, Jamie Lynn Shemps

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Using Art Therapy to Express Your Self, Sandra S. Vazquez

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Using a Social Skills Group to Develop and Maintain Relationships, Sharee L. Washington

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Increasing Urban Students’ Knowledge of the College Admissions Process, Suzanna W. Wesh

Theses from 2007

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Exploring the Perception of Personal Loss Resulting from Mental Illness, Janelle L. Atwood

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Hidden Aggression: A Study of Group Counseling and Female Relational Aggression., Sarah R. Blencowe

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New Student Transition Program into Elementary School, Kelly L. Budniewski

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Academic Coaching and Study Skills Instruction for 8th Graders, Melinda A. Chamberlin

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Group Counseling for At-Risk Adolescent Girls to Improve Decision Making Skills, Jennifer L. Daka

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Wellness: Preventative care for middle school girls, Kimberly L. Doll

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Alone Among Many:Faculty and Student Perceptions of Harassment and Violence Toward Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Students., David B. Fortuna

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Counselors' Spirituality and Empathy: Are they Compatible?, Erin M. Halligan

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Case Study of Counseling Interventions with a Child with Asperger's Syndrome, Moira G. Hancock

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Police Response to Domestic Violence, Jennifer Hinchey

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Career Development Interventions with Low Socioeconomic Status Students, Megan C. Hoffman

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The Effectiveness of Mandatory Group Counseling in Middle School on Decreasing Incidents of Violence and Increasing Student Academic Performance, Matthew Juda

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Urban Students and Career Options., James M. Kates

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The Effects of Group Counseling on Adolescent Stress, Melissa I. Kurlan

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A Historical Perspective: How a Positive Cultural Identity Can Increase Achievement Motivation and Self-Esteem in Young African American Students, Stefan McDonald

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Today’s College Students and Their Mental Health Needs Are Requiring a Change in the Way College Campuses Address Mental Health Issues , Mackenzie B. Neilans

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Burnout is to Counselors What Weeds Are to Your Flower Garden, Julie A. Pettit

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A Quantitative Study Measuring Urban Youth’s Conception of Work, Margery Poon

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The Emotional Well-being and Spiritual Maturity Connection: A Study on the Relationship between Emotional Health and Spirituality , Jocelyn B D Rebisz

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Underage Drinking: A Learning Experience, Bradley L. Rosenbaum

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Bullying in Schools: Improving Self-Concept Through Group Counseling For Adolescents Who Are Targets of Aggressors, Kelly O. Salomone

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Assessing the Career Development and Needs of Lesbian College Students, Kathleen M. Schreier

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Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment Attendance, Kathleen M. Simpson

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The Experiences of Mental Illness and Addiction among Men and Women with Co-occurring Disorders, Sara H. Storm

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The Need to Belong and Student Grades: Is There a Correlation?, Heidi Thompson

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The Utilization of Counseling by the International Student Population on U.S. College and University Campuses., Damien G. Tilliman

Theses from 2006

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Career Counseling Latinas: Enhancing Career Services for Latinas on Campus, Ana Andujar

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Where do we go from here? A workshop about career and college choices., Jessica M. Briggs

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The Hidden Side of Bullying: A Study and Intervention of Relational Aggression, Anna Martinez Capolino

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The Effects of Empathy on Prosocial Behavior Among Middle School Children, Kelly F. Carlie

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Positive Psychology "Three Good Things in Life" and Measuring Happiness, Positive and Negative Affectivity, Optimism/Hope, and Well-Being, Andrew W. Fleming

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Conceptual Clarification of Spirituality with an Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Substance Dependency Group, Bobbie Jo Gaines

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Mother/Daughter Dyads: The Significance of Communication in School Performance, Annmarie K.J. Gilbert

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Career and College Prepardness and Stress Among High School Seniors, Melissa Gilyardi

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Childhood Anxiety and the Power of Relationship, Samantha E. Golden

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Student-Teacher Relationships: An Exploration of Student Motivation, Cindy Griffing

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Treating Sex Offender Denial: Measuring Client Change and Contributing Therapeutic Factors, Jean P. Hickey

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Whose Responsibility Is It? Assessing the needs of Pregnant and Parenting Teens, Tanishia A. Johnson

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Domestic Violence Court Intervention Project, Wendy R. Jones

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Data Collection is Key in Clarification of School Counselor's Role, Michelle D. Kells

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The Impact of a Career Exploration Group, Sara Jane Munger

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Relational Aggression among Adolescents, Janel Paris

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Building Multicultural Awareness of Self and Others Through A Group Discussion Experience , Paul Randazzese

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Building Self-Esteem in African American Males, Benjamin M. Ruekberg

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Supporting Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Using Group Counseling to Help Increase Understanding and Self-Concept , Tammy I. Stewart

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The Seasonal Pattern of the Natural World and its Affect on Students Mood, Motivation and Academic Performance , Elizabeth A. Valerio

Theses from 2005

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Improving Academic Intrinsic Motivation through Counseling, Tracy W. Altman

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Relational Aggression: A Classroom Guidance Activity with Middle School Students, Tayla Branca

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School Counseling Program, Todd J. Carter

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Child-Centered Play Therapy with Deaf Children: Exploring Linguistic and Cultural Implications, Susan L. Chapel

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Teen Pregnancy, Self-Esteem, and their Relationship in an Urban High School, Robert P. Curran

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School Climate and Rituals, Paula DiGuardi

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The Use of Child Centered Play Therapy in a Primary School Setting, Tracy E. Dupee

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Using Group Counseling to Implement a Career Development Program with High School Students, Lisa Giallombardo

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Understanding Self-Injurious Behaviors: Treatment and Implications for School Counselors, Christen C. Harnden

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Perceived Barriers of Urban African American Students: A Group Study, Meade W. Heilmann

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New Student Adjustment: A Group Experience for High School Students, Colleen Hoy

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Child-Centered Play Therapy in Elementary Schools, Jaime E. Lamanna

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Peer Sexual Harassment in Schools: A Sexual Harassment Program for 8th Grade Students , Elise M. Mauragis

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A Case Study Integrating the Relationship Enhancement Model in Conflict Resolution, Jill A. Mullen

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Enhancing Self-Esteem of Sixth Grade Girls: A Group Counseling Approach, Nicole A. Natasi

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The Need for Schools to Act as Communities, Courtney Breanna O'Connor

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Stand Up Against Bullies: Strategies for Elementary School Children, Aisha Perry

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Learning: The Power of Group Work in Facilitating Student Achievement, Chad E. Scott