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Counseling presents research conference, July 27

Counseling student with professor at research conference

MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY (July 26, 2021) – With topics ranging from social media and adolescent health to the role of social support for veterans with depression, students in Milligan University’s Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) program will present graduate research at the annual summer research conference on Tuesday, July 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the university’s Gregory Center.

“This conference is a great chance for our graduate-level counseling students to showcase their ability to find and evaluate evidence-based research to address a need in the community,” said Dr. Joy Drinnon, professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research. “Our students at Milligan are pursuing interesting and relevant topics, and they are trying to make a real difference in their community.”

The conference will include a wide range of topics, including the effects of parental attachment styles on children, the effects of exercise interventions in children with ADHD, the effects of gluten consumption on mood, and adolescent substance abuse.

Graduate student Valentina Nunez Cartez appreciated the opportunity to research a topic she is passionate about and believes her work as a counselor can improve.

“My research project is about the commonness and different effects of acculturative stress in Latinos,” she shared. “Acculturative stress can be viewed as the culture shock people experience when adjusting to living in a new country. By knowing the possible effects of this stress, we can help make that transition easier for our new neighbors.”

Milligan’s counseling program is a two-year, 60-credit hour program which offers concentrations in addictions, clinical mental health and school counseling.

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Posted by on July 26, 2021.