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The Counseling and School Psychology Department believes strongly that its greatest strength lies in its people. Whether students, faculty or alumni staying connected and engaged to each other is paramount to the continued success of each of us. As a result, our mission is clear…stay connected.

We would greatly appreciate you sharing your current information via our Contact Information form, as well as, updates as your career evolves further. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook as we frequently share information happening within the department, the current activity of our wonderful graduate students, training opportunities, and job postings. We also encourage you to follow the University of Nebraska at Kearney on LinkedIn. This is a great way to stay professionally connected. CSP shares job opportunities through this resource. Should you have any suggestions on how to better connect all of us together, we welcome them!

The CSP department has made such a positive impact on our graduates, communities, states, and nation...why stop now?

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Douglas R. Tillman, Ph.D, LPC, NCC
CSP Alumni Coordinator

CSP Newsletter

Fall 2017 Edition

Professional Development Workshops

The UNK Department of Counseling and School Psychology is hosting its 13th annual Professional Development Series beginning Spring 2018 (dates to be announced). “It is designed to meet the continuing education needs of our alumni, current students, and people out in the field,” says Dr. Grace Mims, chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. The Professional Development Series helps to fill the need for continuing education in central Nebraska.

SPRING 2018:

A Day of Play

Date: MAY 18, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm (lunch break on your own)
Presented by: Jennifer Joy, PhD, NCSP

Providing assessment and intervention through play is best practice when working with young children. Play provides an atmosphere for success because it is natural, interactive and fun! First, Jennifer Joy, PhD, NCSP will provide an overview of using play assessment and play intervention in the schools with early childhood populations. However, play is not just for the little ones! The second portion of the program will focus on using play-based techniques in secondary schools. Research has even shown play to have a positive impact on the lives of adults, so hopefully you walk away with strategies to use in the schools and maybe to incorporate into your own life too!

Jennifer Joy, PhD, NCSP is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and School Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Jennifer spent almost a decade working in PreK-12 school in Colorado specializing in behavioral assessment, intervention, and consultation in early childhood education. She is trained in Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment and Intervention, and she has used play based strategies with students of all ages.

UNK Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP) has been approved the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an approved continuing education provider, NBCC ACEP NO. 4069. UNK CSO is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 6.0 ACEP Continuing Education hours have been approved.

Click here to Register for: A Day of Play

UNK-CSP Rural Nebraska Behavioral Health Services

UNK Counseling and School Psychology


Americorps Nebraska

The UNK-CSP Rural NE Behavioral Health Services program increases access to behavioral healthcare services and expands the behavioral healthcare workforce in rural areas of Nebraska. The Rural NE Behavioral Health Services program places graduate level counselors-in-training into rural Nebraska healthcare settings to provide services. These AmeriCorps members provide behavioral health and substance abuse screenings and treatment services in areas that are underserved and have a great need for behavioral healthcare. In addition to providing services, these members also use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) processes to address the growing need for substance abuse awareness including Opioid abuse. At the end of the of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for assisting and providing 2,500 behavioral health and substance use screening, assessment, and treatment sessions for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families increasing access to care where it is needed most, Rural Nebraska.

Lead Agency: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Host Sites:

UNK Student Health and Counseling: Members at this site will provide counseling, screening, assessment and referrals to students and their families on campus. Members will also screen for substance use and provide educational programs on campus addressing mental health and substance use topics. Members will coordinate aftercare to students as they return home to their communities making an impact in all counties across the State.

Richard Young Hospital: Members at this site will provide screening, assessment, referral, counseling, and group counseling services to patients admitted to the hospital. Members will also screen and provide referrals for clients who struggle with mental health and substance use issues as they transition out of the hospital.

Sites continue to be added as members are recruited from communities across Nebraska.

Contact for information or to volunteer
Christine Chasek
University of NE at Kearney
1615 West 24th St
Kearney, NE 68849