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Beginning this fall, Waynesburg University will offer a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision through its reputable Graduate and Professional Studies Program.

Employment of mental health counselors and substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 29 percent and 31 percent, respectively, from 2012 to 2022 – much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014).

Growth is expected because more people have addiction and mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.

“Waynesburg University’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program was developed based on a national need for counselor educators,” said Dr. Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling and assistant professor of counseling at the University. “Government agencies and insurance companies have come to grips with the magnitude of mental health in America. There’s a push to have more counselors, and as a result, we need more counselor educators.”

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program will be available September 1 and can be completed in three years.

With an over-arching goal of preparing leaders for the field of counseling, the Program was designed to develop students in the Christian tradition of Waynesburg University and prepare them for leadership roles in the counseling field.

“As a University dedicated to Christian service, the founding goals of the institution closely mimic that of the counseling profession,” Tracy said. “Our Christian identity makes this program distinctive, and we will be able to say the same about future graduates.”

The program is intended to prepare individuals for employment as counselor educators in colleges and universities and as leaders in clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling or school counseling.

“The Waynesburg University Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program provides doctoral students with the information and skills required to carry out scholarly research, lead organizations and create new knowledge,” said Dave Mariner, the University’s director of program development.

In addition to core doctoral classes in research, students will also have experiences in college teaching and counselor supervision.  Some advanced courses in counseling practice are also offered. The program consists of a minimum of 54 semester credits beyond the master's degree, a clinical practicum, a specialty practicum, an internship, a candidacy examination and a dissertation.

With strategic curriculum developed by the fulltime counseling faculty at the University, the Ph.D. is designed to attract experienced professionals who hold master’s degrees and who want to become leaders in the counseling field.

“Specifically, we’re targeting for leadership positions in community mental health counseling, addictions counseling and school counseling,” Tracy said.

Tracy worked with fulltime counseling faculty on the curriculum for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program. The team also received guidance from Mariner.

Waynesburg University master's degree programs in clinical mental health counseling and addiction counseling are accredited by the American Counseling Association's Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling and Ph.D. Counselor Education specializations are in the application phase of the accreditation process.

For more information, contact Tracy at 724-743-2259 or stracy@waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during the most recent National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), collectively scoring above the national average for accredited counseling programs. One Waynesburg University student obtained the top national score, an honor shared with the top 5 percent of examinees nationwide. More than 4,000 graduate counselors sat for the exam. 

Dr. Darryl Husenits, CONSOL Energy’s vice president for material and supply chain management and a facilitator within Waynesburg University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, was awarded the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Educator Energy Leadership Award. The Energy Leadership Awards recognize “the influencers who have helped shape the [energy] industry.”


Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration (MBA) students traveled to Ireland from Friday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, as part of an international business class. Fourteen students and four guests attended the trip with trip leaders Domenic Marian, lecturer in the MBA program, and Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration.

In August of 2013, Dr. Mary Dee Fisher was named Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of the MSN program at Waynesburg University. She received her B.S.N. degree from LaRoche College, the M.S.N. from the University of Pittsburgh and the D.N.P. from Carlow University; Dr. Deborah Lewis was named Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of the RN-BSN Program at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville campus. She received her BSN from Carlow University and her MSN and DNP from Waynesburg University; Teresa Robinetti was named Coordinator of the RN-BSN Program at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville campus. She received her BSN from Waynesburg University; Teddi Thorpe was named Coordinator of the MSN Program at Waynesburg University.  She received her M.S.N. from Waynesburg University and her B.S.N from Duquesne University; and Sherri Stonecipher was named Director of Enrollment and Professional Development for Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs.  She received her M.S.N and her B.S.N. from Waynesburg University and has worked with the program since January of 2013.  

Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration students enrolled in the energy management concentration partnered with regional companies such as Fairmont Supply, Fenner Dunlop, Jennmar Corporation, Pipeco Services and Trumbull Corporation for their project management course. Dr. Darryl Husenits, Dr. George Smith and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, all part-time graduate faculty and experts in the energy field, taught the 27 students enrolled in the course.

The Waynesburg University counseling program partnered with the American Red Cross Thursday, April 25, 2013, to host a disaster mental health training session at the Waynesburg University Southpointe Center. Specialists from the American Red Cross trained 65 first and second year counseling students in Psychological First Aid (PFA) techniques as part of the University’s Counseling Trauma Survivors course.   

 

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Beginning in the fall of 2014, Waynesburg University will offer a new concentration, project management, within its Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program. 

The project management concentration joins six other MBA degree options including applied business, energy management, finance, human resources/leadership, health systems administration and market development. 

According to Janice Crile, assistant professor and director of Graduate Programs in Business Administration at Waynesburg University, the concentration is designed to prepare students to assume and successfully execute leadership and management responsibilities. 

“This overall program is designed to prepare and educate students on the fundamentals of project management,” Crile said. “It will enable them to lead projects and programs in their own fields with a general understanding of the depth managing a project.”

Students pursuing an MBA with a focus in project management will study project management software, practice portfolio management principles, create a risk management plan and prepare to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. 

“Project managers are in high demand and are used in a variety of industries from the energy field to healthcare,” said Crile. “The MBA Program continually strives to develop curriculum that helps our graduates excel in the workplace. It is Waynesburg University’s goal to expand the program to meet the needs of corporate America.” 

The MBA Program at Waynesburg University consists of 36 credits in total. Required courses make up 27 of these, and the remaining nine come from electives to be chosen according to a selected concentration. MBA Courses are offered located at four convenient centers in the Pittsburgh region including Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg.

For more information, contact Janice Crile at 724-743-2269 or jcrile@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_image001.jpgDr. Darryl Husenits, CONSOL Energy’s vice president for material and supply chain management and a facilitator within Waynesburg University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, was recently awarded the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Educator Energy Leadership Award.

The Energy Leadership Awards recognize “the influencers who have helped shape the [energy] industry.” 

Husenits worked with representatives from Waynesburg as well as Dr. George Smith, general manager of value chain at CONSOL Energy and an alumnus of the University’s MBA Program, and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, manager of e-services at CONSOL Energy, to develop strategic curriculum for an Energy Management Concentration for the University’s MBA Program. The Energy Management Concentration was launched in 2012.

“This team was able to help Waynesburg design and implement our concentration in Energy Management,” said David Mariner, dean of graduate and professional studies at Waynesburg University. “We always look for ways to improve and enhance our curriculum. Husenits, Smith and Cooper were instrumental with this process.”

According to Mariner, through communication with students and employers, the University determined that there was a need to implement curriculum into the MBA degree that was geared toward the energy industry.

“We noticed an increase in enrollment from students working in the energy field,” Mariner said. “It was an easy choice to reach out to Dr. Husenits because of his experience and education, not to mention he was an alumnus of our MBA Program. Dr. Husenits then helped us to connect to Dr. Smith and Dr. Cooper.”

According to Husenits, the University’s Energy Management Concentration fills a void in higher education, as “it provides students with a broad view of the energy sector and will help students to make decisions that will add value to their employers.”

“The focus of the program is to deliver value to students by covering strategic industry drivers such as safety, compliance (internal and external), continuous improvement and risk analysis. This concentration also provides practical application processes in Project Management as well as Supply Chain Management,” said Husenits, who has taught courses for the concentration since its inception.

Husenits holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Seton Hill University, an MBA in applied business from Waynesburg University and a Ph.D. in information systems and communication from Robert Morris University. 

Waynesburg University’s 36-credit MBA Program can be completed in two years or less. Students can set their own degree pace with an exclusive “step in – step out” class format. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg. Saturday morning classes are offered at the Southpointe location.

For more information, contact Janice Crile at 724-743-2269 or jcrile@waynesburg.edu.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_whiteman.jpgDr. Kimberly Whiteman, assistant professor and co-director of the Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Nursing Program and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Waynesburg University, recently published an article in Critical Care Nurse, a peer reviewed journal. 

The article, “Choosing the best evidence to guide clinical practice: Application of AACN levels of evidence,” was published in the April 2014 edition. 

The article was a result of the work of the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). As a member of that group, Whiteman shares authorship.

“The group was charged with revising the organization’s level of evidence hierarchy in 2011,” Whiteman said. “During the revisions, the group also decided to include a visual pyramid with the levels. Most of the research was around other organizations and their levels compared to AACN’s and on the current trends in evidence-based practice.”  

The level of evidences and evidence-based care pyramid will be introduced at the organizations National Teaching Institute in Denver, Colo., May 18 through 22.  

AACN is the world’s largest nursing specialty organization with more than 100,000 members. Most of the members are directly related to patient care, either as bedside nurses or supporting bedside nurses. 

“The organization strives to give the membership the tools that are needed to provide care for patients that is based on current evidence,” Whiteman said. “Projects such as this one permit nurses to use a common language to critique and apply evidence.” 

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