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Poverty Simulation workshop open to campus and community

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This Thursday, the Delta State University Department of Social Work, in partnership with the Department of Social Work at Belhaven College, will offer a Poverty Simulation event at the Jacobs Conference Center from 1-3 p.m.

The free event is geared toward senior social work students and any interested campus and community members. Those interested in participating in the workshop are encouraged to contact Dr. Jana Donahoe, assistant professor of social work, before 5 p.m. Wednesday at 662-846-4795 or jdonahoe@deltastate.edu.

“The purpose of the Poverty Simulation is to use a two-hour controlled, role play, experiential learning environment to give participants a glimpse of what it is like to survive for a month on a very low income by pretending to be poor,” said Donahoe.

Participants will be assigned to a family group and given a family member’s role and identity to play. The family is provided with a scenario involving a crisis, which could plunge them into immediate poverty. The family must figure how to survive under the dire circumstances for one month, which is divided into four 15-minute segments, each representing one week during the simulation.

The crisis forces the family to search for ways to survive poverty by living on a fixed amount of income. Social welfare assistance will be made available using volunteer actors who help the family members at tables representing community resources.

The goal is to improve the participants’ attitudes and empathy toward people living in poverty. Additionally, the project seeks to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of poverty and the work it takes to achieve self-sufficiency.

“It is a very eye-opening experience for participants who are not familiar with the many stressful struggles for survival that people living in poverty face every day,” added Donahoe.

Child Development Center staff (left to right): Brenda Dumas, Lezlie Taylor, Jervetta Bradley, Laura Abraham, Michelle Enriquez and Nikki Allen.

Child Development Center recognized for special needs care

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The Child Development Center in the Delta State University College of Education and Human Sciences has been identified by the Early Years Network (EYN) Special Needs Division as one of only two highly-qualified centers serving special needs in the state of Mississippi.

“The Child Development Center is honored to be considered a special needs endorsed center and looks forward to the partnership with the Early Years Network as we promote and improve inclusion,” said Laura Abraham, director of preschool programs.

The CDC was selected and recognized for this endorsement above others for their exemplary staff knowledge throughout the credential process and for the inclusion practices observed within the classrooms.

“We have been using a lot more visual aids to make sure every child is learning at the same level,” said Lezlie Taylor, an instructor for the CDC, while speaking about implementing specific educational techniques within the classrooms.

“I appreciate the work that the CDC staff put into this training and anticipate an excellent partnership with the Early Years Network as we attend to the special needs of children,” said Cheryl Cummins, director of field experiences and coordinator of child development programming. 

The CDC will now be considered a special needs endorsed center and will receive stipend funding through EYN to purchase materials and resources to promote inclusion. Additionally, EYN will invite other centers from around the state to tour the CDC as a model for special needs inclusion.

“I commend the CDC staff on accomplishing this milestone, which enables them to deliver specialized services to children and their families,” said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the COEHS at Delta State.

Learn more about the center at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/family-and-consumer-sciences/hamilton-white-child-development-center-2.

Brain Based Therapy Workshop with Dr. John Arden

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The Counselor Education Program at Delta State invites faculty and staff to a two-day free workshop on brain-based therapy.

Author and psychologist Dr. John Arden will be leading the conference, set for Aug. 26-27.

Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy.

He has presented seminars in over 20 countries and all but four of the U.S. states. His 14 books, which have been translated into into 20 languages, have addressed an interdisciplinary approach to mental health and consciousness. He is the Director of Training for Mental Health for the Northern California Region in one of the largest HMOs in the country.

Those wishing to participate are urged to register early, since space is limited.

The workshop will take place at the Baioni Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Sign up now at: https://dsucounselored.wufoo.com/forms/r108zaak1yt80vi/

Please contact Dr. George Beals (gbeals@deltastate.edu) or Dr. Bryon Pickens (bpickens@deltastate.edu) with any questions.

Elizabeth Belenchia and Kathleen Lott with the new Double 2 Robots.

MSP acquires new telecommunications technology

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The Math Science Partnership (MSP) has recently acquired new telecommunications technology, Double 2 Robots, to enhance teaching in K-8 math and science classrooms. MSP, a federal program backed by the U.S. Department of Education, strives to improve teacher quality through partnerships between state education agencies, institutions of higher education, and high-need local education agencies and schools in order to increase the academic achievement of students in math and science.

These telecommunication devices will be utilized by participants in the Delta Math Science Partnership program as well as the College of Education and Human Sciences at Delta State University to supplement communication and shared lessons from a variety of outside sources. MSP Director, Kathleen Lott, said of the robots, “The Double Two Robots were purchased to enhance teaching in classrooms by having the technology to access remote locations. We are constantly exploring new ideas for their use.”

Dr. Liza Cope, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, in a demonstration with the 2016 MSP participants

Dr. Liza Cope, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, in a demonstration with the 2016 MSP participants.

Counseling conference July 22 open to campus

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The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology is hosting a conference on July 22 titled “#BlackFamiliesMatter: Historical Trauma and Resilience.”

The visiting presenters are from the counseling program at Xavier University – New Orleans and will bring a presentation about working with African American Families.  Presenting from their experience and research about post-Katrina trauma, the faculty will be teaching insights and techniques that every counselor can use.

Presenters include:
Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji
Dr. Walter Breaux
Dr. Judith Miranti
Dr. Ariel Escalade-Mitchell

The conference is set for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jacob Center on the Delta State campus.

To sign up, visit : https://dsucounselored.wufoo.com/forms/s1nhg8vq1b9g6nj/

For more information, contact Dr. George Beals  at gbeals@deltastate.edu or Dr. Bryon Pickens at bpickens@deltastate.edu.