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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-16-Trauma-Conference.jpgWaynesburg University will present a Trauma Competency Conference Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, featuring guest speaker Dr. Gale Kelley. It will take place each day at the Center for Research and Economic Development on the main campus of the University from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.

The two-day conference will focus on the core competencies and treatment strategies for trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss. The target audience will be case managers, counselors, mental health professionals, psychologists, social workers and therapists. To register, visit The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 2.

Kelley is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida, a certified expert trauma professional and a national board certified counselor. She is a qualified supervisor for mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy, in addition to being an approved clinical supervisor and expert witness in several Florida counties.

Her experience encompasses adults, developmentally challenged, geriatrics, family dynamic issues and violence, marital conflict, mentally ill and substance abuse.

Kelley currently teaches and develops trauma-related online continuing education courses with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is the founder of Trauma Treatment & Mental Health Services and the former clinical director of the Child Protection Center in Sarasota, Florida.

Kelley is affiliated with the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors, among others.

She holds a doctor of education degree in counseling psychology.

Tuition to attend is $310 for university students, staff and community professionals. Participation will count toward continuing education credits.

For more information, contact Sarah Bell at 724-852-7790 or

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-26-Tinsley-presents.jpgDr. Taunya Tinsley, director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and associate professor of counseling at Waynesburg University, recently presented at the first annual Faith and Mental Health Conference hosted by Gabriel’s Lyric Therapeutic Services LLC in Brandywine, Maryland.

Tinsley presented “Fostering the Relationship between Clergy and Mental Health Professionals” and served as a panelist for two discussions: “Educating Clergy and Ministry Lay Leaders” and “Mental Health Challenges Affecting Youth and the Elderly.”

“My participation allowed me to see firsthand that clergy and mental health professionals are hungry for learning how to integrate the spiritual and Christian perspective within the clinical mental health counseling process,” said Tinsley.

The conference included more than 50 clergy and mental health professionals from across the nation. Rev. Dr. John Welch, dean of students at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, served as the conference facilitator.

The mission of Gabriel’s Lyric Therapeutic Services LLC is to empower individuals, organizations and families through holistic therapeutic services.

Tinsley earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, having recently defended her doctoral dissertation, “The Church as a Multicultural Sports Team: A Model for Ministry Leadership Development for God’s Coaching Staff.”

Tinsley also holds a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College, a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations or 724-852-7675


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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-12Top-Counseling-Schools-Best-Value-2016.jpgWaynesburg University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling have been ranked a top value in Pennsylvania based on data that was provided in part by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs (CACREP). 

“This recognition represents the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community including our faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said Dr. Taunya Tinsley, director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and associate professor of counseling. “Our team works together to offer curriculums that are rigorous, challenging and rewarding as we seek to inspire students to a life of leadership and purpose.”

Compiled by Top Counseling Schools (TCS), the ranking primarily examined program completion rates, job placement rates and licensing exam pass rates, as well as accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees.

The ranking cited the University’s accredited programs in addiction counseling and mental health counseling, in addition to single-digit class sizes, National Counselor Exam (NCE) pass rates just under 90 percent, and job placement rates of virtually 100 percent shortly after graduation.

The University’s Addictions Counseling Program is the only CACREP-accredited program in Pennsylvania and one of seven in the United States.

Top Counseling Schools’ purpose is to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions by providing pertinent and objective information that counseling students and professionals find relevant to the field of counseling.

For more information on Waynesburg’s Graduate Programs in Counseling, visit For more information on the ranking, visit 

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A Waynesburg University Graduate Counseling Program faculty member, as well as a faculty-and-student team, recently had scholarly papers accepted for presentation at national conferences.

Dr. Devon Manderino, assistant professor of counseling, will present her original research on spirituality in counseling at the North Atlantic Regional Conference of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervision in Providence, R.I., later this month. 

Additionally, Laura Smith, a graduate counseling student; Dr. Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling and assistant professor of counseling; and Dr. Mark Lepore, an adjunct faculty member, will present their clinical poster, “Risk and Resiliency: The Prevention and Aftermath of School Violence,” at the Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association in Orlando, Fla., in April. 

“Waynesburg University students and faculty are committed both to adding to new knowledge about relevant counseling topics and serving the Christian mission of the institution,” Tracy said. “Both of these projects represent those commitments, as well as receiving the approval from peer reviewers.”

Manderino studied how spirituality has been directly linked to positive outcomes in counseling, while spiritual crises contribute to psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and psychosis. Despite this recognized link, counselor training related to spirituality is inconsistent and untested.

She said her project was aimed at developmentally educational activities that may significantly improve counselor trainee competency levels regarding the role of spirituality and religion in counseling.

Smith, Tracy and Lepore’s poster focused on the prevalence of school violence incidents, which have illuminated the need for a better understanding of the factors that predict mental health outcomes for students, teachers, school administrators, first responders and adjacent school communities.

“In almost all instances of school violence, somebody close to the perpetrator knew of the plan before it happened; however, in most cases the warning signs become clear only after the event takes place,” Smith said.

The poster outlines a model for understanding community needs that result from exposure to school violence with treatment strategies that may help affected communities heal and move forward.

“This project proposed the development of a collaborative system for students, teachers, parents and community members to provide children with emotional and social skills training, and when necessary, report concerns about the threat of violence,” Tracy said.

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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.

“The NCE is the national benchmark for knowledge and skills in the counseling profession,” said Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling at Waynesburg. “Waynesburg University’s Program has reached a point in its evolution that makes it comparable to similar programs at large universities.”

The NCE is used for two purposes: national counselor certification and state counselor licensure. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is designed to be general in nature. It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
Satisfactory performance on the NCE is one of the criteria used by the National Board for Certified Counselors to identify professionals who may be eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree and doctoral programs in counseling. To achieve accreditation, programs voluntarily submit a self-study that is reviewed against the CACREP Standards by counselors and counselor educators to ensure that students receive a quality educational experience.

Courses within Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Programs are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one or two nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg.

For more information, contact Tracy at or 724-743-2259.

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