The Delta Sigma Upsilon chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) honor society provides members with professional growth and networking opportunities. Members participate in counseling and social justice related activities within the university and community outreach. Notable events include veteran appreciation activities, a college-wide blanket drive, and annual trips to the Mississippi State Counseling Association (MCA) conference and Day at the State Capitol to advocate for the counseling profession.
A recent activity of the Delta Sigma Upsilon chapter enabled DSU counseling students to join with a local school counselor (a Delta State Alumni) to provide a memorable experience for elementary school students – kindergarten through 2nd grade. These students came to Delta State for a schedule of activities that included touring the Art Department, playing organized games and activities, enjoying a Chick-fil-A lunch, and participating in a mock graduation ceremony. A highlight of the day was spending time with Delta State’s famous mascot, the Fighting Okra.
Honor society members are also actively engaged and volunteer their time and efforts in the annual Mississippi Counseling Association conference, as well as Delta State University’s Annual F.E. Woodall Conference for the Helping Professions. Members have the opportunity to network and gain invaluable experiences that help them launch successful professional counseling careers.
F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions
A rare feature among counselor education programs is the F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions. The history of this conference spans almost 40 years and continues to grow. The Woodall Conference is co-sponsored with the DSU-CSI Chapter and the Counselor Education faculty of Delta State University. The conference hosts approximately 300 attendees annually. Attendees include professional counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, animal-assisted therapists, and all levels of students.
Keynote speakers have included seven American Counseling Association Presidents, an international innovator/inventor, and other nationally recognized leaders in the field of counseling. Students and professionals spend the day selecting from over 30 peer-reviewed, continuing education content sessions. Presenters are often faculty and students from Delta State and other universities as well as leading professionals in the field. Advanced students have the opportunity to present with their faculty members.