NARACES Graduate Student Page

Hello, we are excited for the 2016-2017 year, as we have many great leaders, students, and events occurring within our region. We are hoping to increase our master's student and doctoral student involvement; bring in different narratives, social locations, and specializations; and to create an impact on our region and those we seek to serve. 

The NARACES GSC had a wonderful opportunity to connect at this year's NARACES Conference in Syracuse, New York. We had many successful and well attended graduate student events and connections made. 

 If you are interested in getting involved, writing a Hot Topic's in Counseling, or sharing any of your thoughts and/or needs, please reach out to the Graduate Student Committee Chairs and Representatives, Harvey Peters and Kevin Duquette.

Thank you for all that you are doing to enrich and enhance our region and profession. 

Upcoming Events & Activities

                                                                                  ACA Conference
                                                                                             March 15 - March 19
                                                                                          San Francisco, California 

                                                                  Humanistic Counseling Conference
June 1 - June 3
Syracuse, New York 

Leadership and Advocacy Work Groups
An important focus on our role as future counselors and counselor educators is leadership and advocacy.  The GSC is dedicated to offering opportunities for it's members to grow in these two areas.  Last month we created two work groups under the umbrella of leadership and advocacy with specific goals for the next year.

The goal of the recruitment work group is to increase enrollment and retention in the GSC by 85% over the next year.  This group will be developing recruitment processes and materials to collaborate with colleges and universities in our region to increase our membership.  The focus will be on both Masters and Doctoral level counseling programs.

Voices of Graduate Students
ACES has recently launched a new website which includes a section specifically for graduate students.  The goal of this group will be to collaborate with the ACES graduate student chair in developing a series of podcasts in a live chat room for graduate students; a virtual place to connect and collaborate on research and experience.

If you are interested in joining one of these work groups please contact Harvey Peters at

Research Interest Network
The GSC is excited to announce that we will be partnering with the NARACES Research Interest Network. We will be collaborating with the ACES association of assessment and research in counseling and opportunities will be provided for conference calls, online research forums, and ACES research awards.

 If you are interested in joining the Research Interest Network please contact Atiya Smith at

NARACES Graduate Student Bulletin 

The NARACES Graduate Student Committee is currently working to finalize and send out their Graduate Student Bulletin, the theme for the issue is Critical Explorations of Multiculturalism and Social Justice in Counseling and Counselor Education. We are looking forward to sharing this with you as well as for future collaboration and involvement. 


Congratulations to all of the NARACES graduate students for your recognition, engagement, and service! 
Know that the NARACES GSC is so proud of you!

NARACES 2016 Emerging Leaders
Congratulations 2016 Emerging Leaders.

Master’s Students

Jennie Mollura

Kellie Forziat


Ph.D. Students

Candice Crawford

Dawn Horton
Eric Perry
Erin Fredman

Harvey Peters
Jessie Darkis

Jocelyn Novella

Michael Ambrosius

Michael Kalkbrenner

Robin Archer

Ryan Bowers 

NARACES 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student
Michele Rivas

 ACES 2016 Grant Recipient 
Harvey Peters

ACES 2015 Emerging Leaders
Jaimie Castillo, PhD Candidate, Syracuse University
Hennessey Lustica, PhD Student, University of Rochester
Michele Rivas, PhD Student, Syracuse University

Hot Topics in Counseling
The NARACES GSC is dedicated to supporting graduate students in building their professional knowledgebase and staying up to date with current topics in the field of counseling. Each month a member of the GSC will post valuable information about their area of interest.

College Access Preparation for School Counselors 

Here in the northeastern part of the Unites States, we are slowly emerging from a long and cold winter. It has continued to snow as spring has officially begun, reminding us that winters in some parts last longer than the calendar dictates.  As the weather continually evolves, so to do the roles and definitions of professional school counseling.  Recently, school counselor educators and other professionals, including several from NARACES, convened with first lady Michelle Obama and representatives from other governmental and professional organizations to discuss the changing face of college access and readiness.  School counselors are poised to take a more prominent role in improving college access through advising, use of data, and policy reform advocacy.  As such, emerging school counselors will need specific preparation to work in these areas as they enter the workforce.

As graduate students, we have opportunities to participate in this change in several meaningful ways.  For those who are pursuing their initial school counseling license, this is a time to focus on college access projects during coursework, practicum, and internship.  Advocacy projects including opportunities to design and implement curriculum materials focused on college access topics provide great learning opportunities for developing school counselors.  Research class projects can have a data collection/dissemination focus for school counseling related projects, giving school counselors an early taste of effective and meaningful ways to work with data.  Further, class projects addressing the leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and systemic efforts of school counselors can use college access as a central focus of these activities.

For doctoral students in counselor education and supervision, there are many opportunities to get involved in the preparation of new school counselors ready to meet the needs of a changing population.  As supervisors of school counseling students, we can familiarize ourselves with recent transformations in school counseling, so that we may supervise school-counselors-in-training (SCIT) in line with their professional roles and responsibilities.  This means developing an understanding of the range of roles expected of the professional school counselor, as well as understanding the complex and dynamic nature of public and private education.  As teaching assistants and instructors, we can support SCIT as they make sense of their professional identity in a rapidly changing school counseling context. 

Counselor educators also have a myriad of opportunities to effect change in the preparation of school counselors.  Instruction can be designed to accentuate experiential learning opportunities focused on college access and readiness, providing practical experience with specific content and research.  Those conducting school counseling research can invite students to assist in the research process, and counselor education programs can provide resources and opportunities for SCIT to collaborate with their peers in other counseling and education related programs, such as teacher education and educational leadership.  Programmatic opportunities such as school counseling focused CSI events, guest speakers, and opportunities to network with other school counselors and college access professionals could prove valuable in SCIT preparation. 

School counseling is a rapidly changing profession and the preparation of school counselors continues to evolve to keep up with this change.  Working to close the college access gap in collaboration with other professionals is central to the professional identity of school counselors, and early preparation of these professionals can go a long way towards meeting the needs of 21st century students.

Thank you to Alan Miller for providing this month's Hot Topics in Counseling!!

"Who We Are"

The NARACES GSC is a hard-working group of graduate students who are dedicated to advancing the experiences of graduate students in counseling programs. The committee aims to support fellow graduate students, advocate for graduate students, promote graduate student membership in both NARACES and ACA, serve as a liaison between graduate students and the NARACES leadership and enrich the experiences of graduate students as they progress through their counselor education programs. Through collaborations and support received from current Counselor Educators, the NARACES GSC aims to build a solid foundation for the next generation of Counselor Educators, researchers, practitioners, teachers and leaders in the field of Counseling.

2016-2017 NARACES Graduate Student Committee Chair 
Representative to the NARACES Executive Council

Harvey Charles Peters

Harvey Charles Peters is a second year doctoral student in Counseling and Counselor Education at Syracuse University. He received his master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. Harvey is involved in various professional counseling associations, and is currently serving as the ACES Graduate Student Representative-Designate and NARACES Graduate Student Representative. Harvey’s leadership, scholarship, supervision, and teaching is focused on humanism, postmodernism, and intersectionality. With that, he believes in developing critical and reflexive practices through a commitment to humanistic engagement and non-privileged identities, which include: developing practices for counselor educators and supervisors; humanism, postmodernism, and multiculturalism in counselor education; and clinical supervision. Harvey’s clinical experience consists of working at a community agency, outpatient facility, and an inpatient facility where he provided services to children, adults, couples, and families, particularly for LGBTQQIAAPD individuals and those with marginalized social locations.


Kevin Duquette

Past NARACES Graduate Student Committee Chairs


Hennessey Lustica

Hennessey is an Ed.D student in Counseling and Human Development at the University of Rochester.  Her research interests include the use of contemplative practices in school-based settings, professional development for classroom teachers on school-based mental health services, and School Counselor intern preparation and readiness. Professionally, Hennessey has worked as a School Counselor for twelve years and most recently also works in private practice as a Mental Health Counselor, where she services children, adolescents and families. Hennessey is a 2014 Emerging Leader Fellow and served as editorial assistant for the Spring 2014 Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.  In her free time, Hennessey enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, practicing yoga, and traveling.  Hennessey looks forward to serving as the GSC Chair and the Graduate Student Representative for the NARACES Executive Council, advocating for graduate students and assisting graduate students with professional development.

Atiya R. Smith
Atiya is a Ph.D student in Counselor Education & Supervision at the University of Rochester. Her research interests focus on the experiences of female African American and Latina graduate students, counseling student development and racial & ethnic identity development. She also has an interest in counseling theory, ethics, assessment & appraisal, counseling underrepresented populations, supporting students with learning disabilities and integrating expressive arts into counseling practice. During her free time, she enjoys reading, playing the violin and watching HGTV for home decorating tips. She also enjoys traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and mentoring youth and college students. Atiya has been inducted into Chi Sigma Iota (the international honor society for counseling), Psi Chi (the international honor society for psychology) and is a 2013 Emerging Leaders Fellow for both ACES and NARACES. She is also a 2013-2014 ACES Presidential Fellow and an assistant editor for NARACES' journal, the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision. Atiya also served as the GSC chair for the 2013-2014 term.

  2016-2017 Graduate Student Committee Members

Anna Flores Locke

Anna is a licensed professional counselor and has been in the field of counseling for about 10 years. She was a mental health counselor and supervisor in community agencies and enjoys working with underserved, at-risk populations.  Currently, Anna is a third year doctoral fellow in the counselor education program at Montclair State University, a mother of twins, and a wife. Anna is the first graduate student representative with voting rights to the American Counseling Association (ACA) governing board, as well as a NARACES emerging leader. She is also an active member of NARACES, NJ ACES, and ACA’s graduate student committee and new initiatives strategic committee.   Anna is committed to advocating for graduate students’ needs within our profession.


Alan Miller

 Alan is a Ph.D student in Counselor Education & Supervision at Syracuse University. Before beginning his program at Syracuse, he was an elementary and middle school counselor in both New York and Oregon. His research interests focus on the use of developmental perspectives in clinical supervision, teaching methods in counselor education and the collaboration between school counselors and teachers. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and equally amazing children. 

Ellery Parker
  Ellery is a Ph.D student in Counselor Education & Supervision at Walden University. His research interests focus on community mental health, counseling program evaluation & consulting, personality disorders and counselor education. During his free time, he enjoys going to the gym and participating in cardio, weightlifting and circuit training. He also enjoys reading, research, animal care and considers himself to be an "avid and lifelong learner". 

Michele Rivas

Michele Rivas, PLMHC, NCC is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Syracuse University. Her scholarly interests include multicultural counseling competencies to work with disability, and disability rhetoric within the counseling discourse. She currently practices as a professional counselor in a community setting serving clients with disabilities. This practice grounds her view of the counseling work, and strongly informs her view of counselor education as a discipline. As an emerging Critical Disability Studies scholar, Michele seeks to re-center and legitimize disability in the mental health discourse, amplifying the experiences of those who have been historically silenced.

Vanessa Beatriz Teixeira 

Vanessa is an Ed.D. student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Argosy University, Washington DC. Her research interests focus on gatekeeping in counselor education and successful remediation strategies utilized by counselor educators with students in counseling programs. During her free time, Vanessa enjoys spending time in the great outdoors biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing and walking her Chihuahua. Vanessa also enjoys photography, singing karaoke, traveling to new places, spending time with family and friends and going to Walt Disney World. Vanessa is currently a member of VCA’s Professional Development Committee, a member of ACA’s Leadership Development Task Force and the Professional Development Committee chair for Chi Sigma Iota at Argosy University, DC. She is also the recipient of Chi Sigma Iota’s Outstanding Doctoral Student award at Argosy University, DC. Currently, Vanessa works at a private practice in Alexandria, Virginia and is working toward her LPC hours.


Lanada Williams
Lanada is a Ph.D student in Counselor Education & Supervision at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her research interests focus on community-based services, trauma and the role of resiliency in African American teenage mothers. During her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, reading and family taco night. Lanada is currently an Emerging Leaders Fellow for NARACES, a graduate assistant within the Department of Education at her university and is the 2013-2014 President-Elect for the Maryland Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

NARACES Conference 2016

The NARACES conference in SYRACUSE, NY was a huge success.  Graduate students from across our region were able to connect and network with each other and current counselor educators in meaningful conversations around the identity of a professional counselor.  Here are some highlights from the conference.

"What We Do"

Purpose and Mission of the NARACES Graduate Student Committee

The North Atlantic Region of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) is a regional branch of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), which is an association within the American Counselor Association (ACA). The North Atlantic Region is composed of members from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The NARACES Graduate Student Committee (NARACES GSC) was developed to serve as the voice for graduate students, both Doctoral and Master's level, currently enrolled in counseling programs within the North Atlantic region. This school year, the NARACES GSC is comprised of doctoral students enrolled in counselor education programs throughout the North Atlantic Region. Committee members are committed to assessing the needs of the graduate study body while also fostering rich opportunities for on-going professional development, such as networking events, webinars, trainings and the dissemination of relevant resource materials. Such topics may include, but are not limited to: social support, diversity, counselor development, school to work transitions, mentoring, internships, legal issues, legislative positions, interviewing, changes in the field and the importance of counselor/student self-care.

Graduate Student Committee Membership

Are you interested in joining the NARACES GSC?

If you are interested in joining the NARACES Graduate Student Committee or finding out more about us, 
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Thank you for visiting our page and we hope to see you at some of our events this year! 
Feel free to email our chair if you have any questions or would like to join the GSC. They can be reached at

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