Psychology Events & News

Clinical Counseling Psychology Open House

Be our guest at the Clinical Counseling Psychology Open House. Meet the faculty and learn about the Brenau Clinical Counseling Psychology Program.

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Jamie Cushway

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Play Therapy Room Added to BCCPS at Norcross Campus

The Psychology Department celebrated the grand opening of its play therapy room at the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS) on the Norcross campus on Friday, April 18, 2019.

Gary Bauman, Josh Hall and Lucinda Grapenthin, as well as the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling graduate students, were on hand to formally cut the red ribbon celebrating the new addition. This specially designed room incorporates a center for expressive arts therapy and a space for non-directed play therapy. The room is equipped with therapeutic toys, dolls and activities to help serve the young clients. A two-way mirror allows for clinical supervision and observations while student clinicians are working with children and families. A Play Therapy Specialization is offered to the graduate students while they are pursuing their counseling degree.

Psychology Department’s Fourth Annual Get PsychED! Event a Success

On Friday, February 8, 2019, approximately 230 students from local high schools visited Brenau University for a special screening of Three Identical Strangers.  The documentary examines a set of identical triplets who were separated at birth and how their lives were affected by the undisclosed scientific experiment on “nature vs. nurture” that led to their separation.

After the movie, the students participated in a variety of activities that demonstrate various psychology-related concepts including a drunk goggles obstacle course, virtual dementia tour, simple tasks while wearing inversion goggles, a neuroscience demonstration of brain motor commands, the “rubber hand” illusion, and the hearing voices experience.

The event stems from ideas generated by the Brenau Psychology Club led by Dr. Perry Daughtry. The successful implementation of Get PsychED! can only be done through the efforts of the Brenau Admissions Department, with active involvement from the Psychology faculty, students in the Clinical Counseling Master’s program, and the members of the Psychology Club.

In past years, the department has screened the films The Stanford Prison Experiment and Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story.

Students Inducted into Psi Chi International Honor Society

The Psychology Department inducted twenty-two graduate and undergraduate students into the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Downtown Center. Psi Chi was​ ​founded in 1920 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology​. The society is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their main interests and who meet the qualifications for class standing and academic achievement. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association.

​Dr. Julie Battle, Prof. Margie Gill, CCP grad students Vanessa Senior and Caterina De Fazio, and Prof. Perry Daughtry

​Dr. Julie Battle, Prof. Margie Gill, CCP grad students Vanessa Senior and Caterina De Fazio, and Prof. Perry Daughtry at the Psi Chi Induction

Psychology Department co-hosts 13th Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing featuring survivor April Ross

The Psychology Department partnered with Gateway Domestic Violence Center and the Hall County Solicitor’s Office to sponsor the Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing featuring survivor and attorney with the Fulton County DA’s office, April Ross, on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Downtown Center Theater.

The event began with a breakfast at 7:45 a.m. followed by a briefing and address from Ross. An “after-chat” panel discussion followed the program that included Ross; Jessica Butler, Gateway Domestic Violence Center executive director; Stephanie Woodard, Hall County Solicitor General; Julie Battle, chair of Brenau University’s psychology department; and Jennifer Thomas, Georgia Commission on Family Violence executive director.  Two additional opportunities for Brenau students to interact with Ross were also offered as question/answer sessions in the Sellars Gallery and at the Downtown Center.

Dr. Julie Battle, Stephanie Woodard, Jennifer Thomas, and featured speaker April Ross at the Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing after-chat

Dr. Julie Battle, Stephanie Woodard, Jennifer Thomas, and featured speaker April Ross at the Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing after-chat

Students and faculty listen to the after-chat at the Downtown Center

Students and faculty at the after-chat, Brenau Downtown Center

Clinical Counseling Program Graduate Student Helps Coordinate Women’s Wellness Workshops with Refugee Women’s Network

Masters in Clinical Counseling graduate student Tanya Acosta assisted the Refugee Women’s Network in Decatur with their Women’s Wellness Workshops in summer, 2017, as part of the hours needed to complete her Culture and Diversity specialization under Dr. Maria Zayas’ mentorship. The collective vision behind the workshops was to establish a place of social support and psycho-education for the women. According to Tanya, “In that space, each woman grows in her understanding and awareness of the many facets of acculturation stress. Having individual experiences seen and heard by one another seeks to provide a sense of normalcy and group identity.” Each workshop ended with the participation in an evidence-based practice that was known to mitigate the effects of stress.

The Refugee Women’s Network is a nonprofit organization serving refugees resettled in the state of Georgia. It’s mission is to inspire and equip refugee and immigrant women to become leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities.

Refugee Women's Network planting workshop participants

Refugee Women’s Network workshop participants

Fefugee Women's Network planting workshop participants

CCP grad student, Tanya Acosta (front row, second from right), and Refugee Women’s Network participants and staff

Prof. Perry Daughtry Wins Vulcan Teaching Award at Spring 2017 Women’s College Commencement

Assistant Professor of Psychology Perry Daughtry received the Vulcan Teaching Award at the Women’s College spring commencement on Friday, May 5, 2017.  The award is a $1,000 Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award funded by Vulcan Materials Company through the Georgia Independent Colleges Association.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Nancy Krippel presents Perry Daughtry, assistant professor of psychology, with the Vulcan Teaching Award during the spring commencement ceremony for the Women’s College at Brenau University. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Prof. Margie Gill Receives an Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award at 2017 Spring Commencement and Adviser of the Year at Honors Convocation

Margie Gill, assistant director of the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services in both Gainesville and Norcross, received an Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award at the 2017 Spring Commencement on May 5, 2017. Prof. Gill also received the 2017 Adviser of the Year Award at Honors Convocation on April 11, 2017. She is the adviser for the Black Student Association at Brenau.

Re-Accreditation for the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology Program

The Psychology Department announces that the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program has been fully re-accredited for the period of February, 2017, through February, 2027, by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

Brenau Granted 1st Georgia Chapter of Gerontology Academic Honor Society

Brenau University is the first university in Georgia to be granted a chapter of the National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society of Sigma Phi Omega.

2018-2019 SAO Officers – Gainesville

President: Michael Taylor
Vice President: Hanna Cespedes
Secretary: Alexandra Denault
Treasurer: Caitlin McCallar

2018-2019 SAO Officers – Norcross

President:  Hope Lam
Vice President:  Haylie Yakrus
Secretary:  Ellie Tuck
Treasurer:  Fabby Philip

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