Milligan hosts ‘Lunch & Learn’ for school counselors, principals

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Feb. 17, 2014) — Milligan College will host a “Lunch & Learn” event for school counselors and principals on Wednesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Milligan’s P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library.

The event includes lunch and educational sessions presented by Milligan’s faculty experts who are known regionally and nationally for their work. Pre-registration for this event is required by Feb. 26.

Three specialized sessions ranging from the effects of child abuse to dealing with conflict will be offered to provide guests with information they can use in their educational roles.

Dr. Christine Browning, associate professor of counseling and psychology, will present a session for elementary counselors. She will speak about “Effects of Child Abuse on Socialization and Learning.” Browning has a Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Mississippi. She earned a master’s degree and an educational specialist degree from the University of Memphis, and a bachelor’s degree from Crichton College (Memphis, Tenn.). She is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor and a psychological examiner.

The session for secondary counselors will be led by Dr. John-Paul Abner, associate professor of occupational therapy, psychology and counseling. His session is titled “Guidelines for College Applications.” He has Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida. In addition, he is a licensed clinical psychologist who was named executive director of the board of Parent Child Interaction Therapy International.

Finally, principals will meet with Dr. Lyn C. Howell, chair of Milligan’s education area and associate professor of education. Her session is titled “Tips and Techniques for Interviewing and Dealing with Conflict.” Howell has a Master of Science degree from University of La Verne (California), an M.Ed. from Georgia Southwestern and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. In addition to her work in higher education, Howell has taught high school in seven states from Alaska to Florida.

In addition to the educational sessions, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about Milligan’s graduate programs in education and counseling.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program includes both initial licensure and advanced degree options. The initial licensure degree is typically a 15-month professional educational program that allows students to earn their teaching certificate or license and their degree. The advanced program is for current teachers seeking professional development and their master’s degree. The advanced M.Ed. program is a hybrid of online and on-campus options, allowing students the convenience of online courses and the opportunity to interact face to face with the knowledgeable, caring education faculty.

The Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) is Milligan’s newest graduate program. The counseling program offers concentrations in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling. In addition, Milligan has a cooperative agreement with Emmanuel Christian Seminary to offer a certificate of graduate study in counseling ministry.

To register for the Lunch & Learn, email or call 423.461.8730. To find out more about Milligan, visit

Posted by on February 17, 2014.