News and Announcements


American Counseling Association National Conference, San Francisco

Dr. Alan Forrest recently presented a full-day pre-conference workshop on “Mindfulness for Counselors” at the American Counseling Association national conference in San Francisco, CA. The workshop was attended by 40 professional counselors learning how to integrate mindfulness practices into their work and own self-care strategies. 


Southern Association of Institutional Research (SAIR) - Charlotte, North Carolina

Holly Thomas, a second year graduate student in the Counselor Education Department recently attended her first professional conference, where she presented research on using Institutional Research data to promote student success. The conference was the Southern Association of Institutional Research (SAIR) held in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was awarded the Larry Jones Graduate Student travel grant through SAIR to present this research.


International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS) conference

The Mind & Life Institute’s International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS) conference met in November 2016 in San Diego, CA.  The conference was designed to encourage and help shape a cohesive interdisciplinary field in which basic and applied science, scholarship, education, the arts, and contemplative traditions collaboratively develop an integrated way of knowing. Mindfulness teachers Dr. Pat Shoemaker, Angela Cardenas, and Dr. Alan Forrest presented a poster session: Designing and Teaching a Mindfulness Course for Undergraduate Students.


Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning

Dr. Keith Davis and Dr. Samantha Blevins recently presented at the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning conference held in Blacksburg, VA. Drs. Davis and Blevins discussed the use of electronic portfolios (ePortfolio) as a tool in the professional development of counseling students in Radford’s Counselor Education program. Dr. Blevins is Radford University’s chief ePortfolio designer and collaborates with the Department of Counselor Education on several professional development opportunities for students and faculty.  

Dr. Keith Davis

Dr. Keith Davis at the Southern Association for Counselor Education & Supervision in New Orleans

Dr. Keith Davis recently presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education & Supervision held in New Orleans. In his first presentation, Dr. Davis shared his experiences teaching school counseling and other educational classes as a visiting professor in Istanbul, Turkey. The second presentation regarded teaching strategies for counseling research and program evaluation, a course that Dr. Davis has taught several times in the Department of Counselor Education. 

Mindfullness & Counseling

Counseling & Mindfulness

The Department of Counselor Education at Radford University offers a graduate level course, Counseling & Mindfulness, taught by Dr. Alan Forrest. As a part of the course students participate in a daylong retreat at SELU, Radford University’s retreat center located nearby the main campus in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Students learn how to intentionally attend to present moment experiences without judgment and how to apply the concepts of mindfulness in both their professional and personal lives. These are students engaged in mindfulness meditation.


Waffle Wednesday

On the first Wednesday of each month, the Department of Counselor Education hosts Waffle Wednesday in the department suite. Students, staff, and faculty from the counseling program and other departments in the College of Education and Human Development gather to make their own delicious waffles and spend time together in fellowship. YUM!!