Northwestern students present at Oklahoma Counseling Association Conference

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Northwestern students present at Oklahoma Counseling Association Conference

April 4, 2012

 Kristan Bell and Dr. Karen Linstrum
Kristan Bell (right) and Dr. Karen Linstrum recently presented “Hardiness” at the Oklahoma Counseling Association Conference.

Graduate students and one senior from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently assisted with the Oklahoma Counseling Association mid-winter conference and presented two topics titled “Hardiness” and “Drug Education and Recognition.”

Ten students, along with Dr. Karen Linstrum, assistant professor of psychology, traveled to Oklahoma City for the two-day conference. Kristan Bell, Woodward senior, accompanied graduate students Sean Byrne, Enid; Teresa Byrne, Enid; Emily Williams, Mustang; Kyle Leisher, Forgan; Trent Spade, Helena; Kasya Spade, Helena; Kara Smith, Ponca City; Charles Nix, Ponca City; and Brooke Taylor, Seiling, to the conference.

Bell and Linstrum presented “Hardiness.” Linstrum said developing a hardy personality can be viewed as a skill, particularly as a person ages, and one can develop a hardy attitude toward change. She also mentioned that viewing change in one’s life as a challenge, not as a threat, can be considered as being hardy.

Sean and Teresa Byrne and Linstrum presented “Drug Education and Recognition.”

“Northwestern’s graduate program in counseling psychology was well represented at the Oklahoma Counseling Association annual conference,” Linstrum said. “Several students presented, other students worked the registration desk for the conference and even more attended workshops.”

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