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Students present at NCRE
Students present at NCRE

From Arlington, Virginia, to Anaheim, California, Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMHC) students presented their research from coast to coast during the 2017-2018 school year.

In October of 2017, four fully funded students attended the annual conference of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR). Students presented research on a wide variety of topics, including best practices for supporting college students with ADHD, understanding leadership in non-profit organizations, the reality of consensual non-monogamy, and the importance of cultural competency when providing services for the Latinx Community.

In March of 2018, 13 fully funded scholars attended the NCRE conference in Anaheim California, to present on the following topics:

* Mindfulness-based counseling interventions

* Exposure therapy

* Traumatic brain injury and mental health challenges in college athletes

* Improving coping in youth with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder

* Computerized treatments for individuals with anxiety

* Stress in the parents of children with a developmental disability

* The impact of body marginalization on health care, and

* Quality of life and a variety of other evidence-based counseling and rehabilitation practices.

Throughout the years, the division has consistently prioritized the opportunity for students to attend academic and professional conferences, recognizing that these events are an important way for graduates and researchers to stay connected in their field, learn about cutting-edge scholarship, make valuable contacts through networking, and improve their professional skills (Buddie, 2016). According to one recent study, 94 percent of students surveyed about their conference participation rated the experience as “life changing or positive” experience (Mabrouk, 2009, p. 1339).


Buddie, Amy M. “Academic Conferences 101: What They Are, Why Go, How to Present and How to Pay for It All.” Monitor on Psychology, American Psychological Association, Sept. 2016,

Mabrouk, P.A. (2009). Survey study investigating the significance of conference participation to undergraduate research students. Journal of Chemical Education, 86(11), 1335-1340.