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to Germany
in 2012, master's degree student Jessica Richardson
presented a poster session on treating ADHD in
adolescents with transcendental meditation at the European
branch of the American Counseling Association conference.
"I had a very limited view of counseling," said Richardson. "Now I have a greater understanding of what it
means to be a counselor. The job possibilities are
endless-you aren't limited to the state of Florida." Indeed. Richardson plans to attend two international job
fairs before she graduates in December.
URING A STETSON UNIVERSITY TRIP

Graduate mental health programs in the United States are increasingly finding
value in offering their students just such international experiences, including courses
at partner universities; community and service-learning projects; site visits; and conversations with local practitioners, clients, or patients.
Meghan Walter, an assistant professor of counselor education at Stetson and a former school
counselor overseas, has led student trips to Germany and the United Kingdom. Careful attention
to detail before, after, and during a trip is critical to providing personal and professional growth.
Walter preferred leading a smaller group to Germany (11 students rather than 15) and making
contact with hotels herself so she could insist on a private, designated meeting room for daily
debriefing sessions. Ahead of any trip, Walter gathers students to discuss what excites them, what
makes them nervous, and how they will handle tensions and challenges.
"We are training people to assertively communicate but they lack those skills themselves," says
Walter. "Communicating with each other becomes even more important than simply visiting a
foreign place." This was especially true for a
student with cerebral palsy, who was accustomed to navigating independently
in the United States. "She hadn't
thought of herself as a person
with a disability," recalled Walters, so the group helped her
talk about being honest
with people when they
offered to help.
Jessica Richardson, master's student at Stetson University in
2012, presenting a poster session at the European branch of
the American Counseling Association conference.

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