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Walden University Faculty Present at American Counseling Association Conference & Expo

Dr. Brande Flamez will receive ACA's Kitty Cole Human Rights Award

MINNEAPOLIS, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eleven faculty members from Walden University's School of Counseling will present their research and best practices at the American Counseling Association's (ACA) 2014 Conference & Expo March 27–30 in Honolulu. The annual event brings together professional counselors from various practice settings for networking and career development.

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Walden faculty member Dr. Brande Flamez will be honored at this year's conference for her work in the counseling profession. Dr. Flamez, LPC, NCC, a faculty member in the CACREP-accredited Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program, will receive the Kitty Cole Human Rights Award, which honors an ACA member who has made significant contributions in one or more areas of the broad spectrum of human rights.

"The ACA conference is an opportunity for counseling professionals to gather and discuss the key needs of counselors today and how to address them," said Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, associate dean of the School of Counseling. "It is an honor to have our faculty recognized as award winners and be selected to present to their peers on a wide range of topics that affect members of our community."

The faculty members who will present at this year's conference, and their presentations, are:

  • Dr. Matt Buckley and Dr. Jason King, "Demystifying the DSM-5 Diagnostic Process"
  • Dr. David Capuzzi, "The Sixth Edition of Youth at Risk: A Prevention Resource for Counselors, Teachers, and Parents"
  • Dr. Brande Flamez, "Family Counseling Education in Developing and Emerging Countries" and "Celiac Disease: Psychological, Developmental, and Family Counseling Issues"
  • Dr. Laura Haddock, Dr. David Capuzzi, Dr. Mark Stauffer, and Dr. Colleen Logan, "Youth at Risk"
  • Dr. Ryan Holliman, "Playing for Academic Success: Exploring the Impact of School Based Play Therapy with Academic Achievement"
  • Dr. Colleen Logan, "LGBTQ Parenting and Custody Disputes: What Counselors Need to Know," "Youth at Risk," and an Ignite! session
  • Dr. Ruth Moore, "LGBTQ Parenting and Custody Disputes: What Counselors Need to Know" and "Healing From Separation: A Humanistic Approach"
  • Dr. Michelle Perepiczka, "From Free Play and Self-Empathy to Wellness" and "Show Off What You're Doing, Identify What You Want to Start Doing"
  • Dr. Nina Spadaro, "Yoga and Tai Chi Self-Care for Counselors: Mood Enhancement, Connection and Listening"

Dr. Jason King, faculty member in the CACREP-accredited M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program, also will be honored as the distinguished invited speaker on the CSI Leadership Panel by Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society of professional counseling.

Walden University's School of Counseling in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences enables students to gain scholarly and professional experience to promote positive social change. The school's programs prepare professionals with the skills they need to advance in a broad range of settings that include mental health centers, social service agencies, research institutes and universities. For more information about Walden's counseling programs, visit

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

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