Counseling professionals from around NY to meet at Oswego

The SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center will host the annual spring conference of the Counseling Centers of New York from Tuesday through Thursday, June 7 to 9.

About 110 counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and counseling support staff from public and private colleges around the state are expected for the 23rd annual event. They will report on and learn about such issues as suicide prevention, communicating with parents, confidentiality and changing expectations for services, said Dr. Bruce Meyer, director of counseling services at Oswego.

The conference plenary speaker, Dr. Barry Rosenfeld of Fordham University, is a nationally recognized expert on stalking and will speak on “Stalking on Campus: Identifying, Assessing and Managing Stalking and Repetitive Harassment Behaviors.” Rosenfeld is director of the Forensic Specialization Program in Clinical Psychology at Fordham. He has published several articles on assessing and treating obsessional harassment.

A pre-conference workshop on “Legal and Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice” for counselors on Tuesday will feature Dr. Eric A. Harris of the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust, a licensed psychologist and attorney who provides consultations for mental health professionals. The Oswego workshop will emphasize areas that present the highest level of risk to college counseling center directors and staff.

“The conference provides an opportunity for counseling center professionals to learn from each other and become familiar with the latest developments in the field,” said Meyer, who chairs the host committee. “One of the primary benefits of the meeting comes from sharing experiences and programs in order to meet evolving campus needs for counseling and psychological services.”

The conference will take place in Hewitt Union on the Oswego campus. Its sessions and workshops are open to counseling professionals who register.

For more information, call the SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center at 312-4416.

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CONTACT: Dr. Bruce Meyer, 312-4416

(Posted: Jun 01, 2005)