Letter from the Dean

ehsirrineIt’s an exciting time for the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (CBSS) at Southeastern University! As I reflect on my first year of service as the dean of the CBSS, I am overwhelmed with enormous gratitude! It has been a true privilege to witness God’s amazing provision and grace in the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Through the unwavering support of the Southeastern University leadership team and board of trustees, the CBSS has been blessed with opportunities for continual expansion and growth. In August, the Department of Psychology launched an online degree program to provide students across the globe with the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology from Southeastern University. In addition, the Department of Counselor Education received the authorization to pursue accreditation with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), further demonstrating SEU’s commitment to high academic and professional standards. The Department of Human Services developed a Master of Arts in International Community Development degree for online students and a human services in the ministries concentration for online and extension site graduate students. Finally, the Department of Social Work became a recipient of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program, aimed at creating and supporting a professional workforce in child welfare for the state of Florida. Eligible undergraduate social work majors desiring to work in child welfare can now apply to receive a $6,000 stipend per year for up to two years.

Dean'sLetter_PhotoIn addition to departmental growth, our students and faculty have made significant contributions to our community and world. In August, Professor Jim Paton and his wife, Professor Terri Paton (College of Education), presented for two evenings on The Five Love Languages to Life Church International members and friends in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. In February, Dr. Pam Criss, Dr. Marleen Milner, Professor Jessica Felix-Jäger and I accompanied 14 social work majors to Compelled by Christ Ministries in Choloma, Honduras, where we served female survivors (11–19 years old) of physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or abandonment. In March, Dr. Kenneth Stephens led a team from his church on a mission trip to Haiti, where they partnered with Missions of Mercy Ministries to provide food, shoes and clothing, as well as medical services, to a local school.

These are only a few of the many highlights from the 2015–2016 academic year. I encourage you to read the chair notes, alumni updates and student spotlights contained in this newsletter for more information on the recent happenings in the CBSS. Our faculty have the extraordinary privilege of equipping students to shine God’s light in even the darkest of human circumstances. My hope is that the stories contained herein serve as a tangible display of God’s gracious outpouring of love for His people. To Him be all the glory!

With gratitude,

Dr. Erica H. Sirrine
Dean, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Chair Note

jepatonMark Twain quipped, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Our aim in the Department of Psychology is to provide students the educational, relational and spiritual means to engage their passions and fulfill their callings.

The psychology degree is diversifying in order to provide students with an exceptional undergraduate degree program in a traditional and, now, an online degree-seeking format. This fall, the few remaining online courses will be fully developed, allowing us to deliver a start-to-finish online degree program. It appears that students are taking notice as enrollment is substantially increasing, providing enthused momentum for the 2016–2017 academic year. Online professor Dr. William Bellican mentioned, “I can honestly say it has been rich and personally rewarding … to experience the professional, academically excellent and Christ-centered teaching environment.” The traditional program in psychology, which is also growing in annual enrollment, continues to prepare students for graduate studies. Psychology graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at a rate higher (35%) than the national norm (25%). This accomplishment directs recognition to the psychology faculty, who each brings his or her unique style, expertise and faith integration to the classroom. For example, Dr. Jeremy Cummings recently received licensure as a psychologist in the state of Florida and was the lead author in an article accepted for publication in The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

The collaborative efforts and expertise of the psychology faculty have aided student acceptance into our own SEU professional counseling program as well as into Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Fuller Theological Seminary: School of Psychology, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Harvard University, to name a few. Other psychology graduates have been gainfully employed as a college admissions counselor, preschool teacher, psychosocial rehabilitation case manager and caseworker for abused children.

The Department of Psychology offers students the opportunity to “get ahead by getting started.” I anticipate an exciting and purposeful 2016–2017 school year, and I welcome new and transfer students to join with senior psychology majors in our second annual All Psychology Majors Gathering in September.

Best Regards,
Professor Jim Paton
Chair, Department of Psychology

Student Spotlight: Jeremiah Gallego


Jeremiah is a senior psychology major who will graduate this May. He is a member of the Southeastern University Honors Program and has maintained excellent academic performance throughout his time at SEU. Jeremiah has also served as a resident assistant (RA) and been integrally involved with student life over the past four years. For completion of his honors thesis project, he conducted a longitudinal study comparing the moral judgment of RAs and non-RA students at SEU over the course of a semester. The study provided evidence to suggest RAs show greater development of moral judgment than non-RAs, which indicates that RA training and experience at SEU may foster moral development. Jeremiah intends to enroll in the graduate program for professional counseling at SEU.

Regarding his experience in the psychology program at Southeastern University, Jeremiah said, “I know that my experiences in the psychology department have currently benefited me as well as prepared me for my future career. Because of what I’ve learned in my psychology courses and from my professors, I am better in intentionally interacting with people and conveying genuine interest in who they are.”

Alumni Spotlight: Joe Hudson-Martin


Joe graduated summa cum laude from Southeastern University in 2009. He went on to obtain a Master of Science in Professional Counseling degree from SEU in 2012. Upon graduation, Joe gained a position facilitating group therapy for adults and adolescents with substance abuse. His passion for working with clients struggling with substance abuse began in 2003, following his own completion of Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge as an adolescent. In 2015, he transitioned from his job doing intensive outpatient counseling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in order to work in private practice full time and return to school. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Walden University, pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a concentration in social change. He was also recently hired as an adjunct professor at Southeastern University. In his private practice, Joe specializes in adolescent and couples counseling along with addictions.

Chair Note

kestephensIt has been an exciting academic year for human services. Over the past year we have added a new specialization, Human Services in the Ministry, as well as our new Master of Arts in International Community Development (MAICD) degree program.

The new ministry specialization and the MAICD provides a valuable resource to churches and other agencies throughout the faith-based world. Students are excited about the new specialization, as they have already begun to apply to the program. Taking the charge from our university president, Dr. Kent Ingle, we have reached across the disciplines to include business and religion courses in creating the new international community development degree. As an outreach to the community, our annual Absent Fathers forum panel of five men and women from the community, including former NFL player Ken Riley and State Judge Robert Doyel, addressed social issues associated with fathers being absent from the family. There were over 80 people in attendance, including Lakeland’s Mayor Howard Wiggs and Commissioner Phillip Walker.

With the addition of the new specialization and new MA degree, we anticipate an increase in our fall 2016–2017 enrollment. Our online delivery format is ideal for working adults. We encourage you to join us on our journey as “World Changers.” We are excited and look forward to sharing your academic journey with you in the upcoming 2016–2017 academic year.

“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Matthew 25:35–36 (NKJV)

Dr. Kenneth Stephens,
Chair, Department of Human Services

Student Spotlight: Gwen Hinkle


Gwen has been attending Southeastern’s blended evening program since 2014. She has an incredible passion for helping others overcome adversity, which inspired her to begin studying human services. For the past few years, Gwen has worked in the Foster Care Licensing Department within Heartland for Children in an administrative support position. Her unique blend of professional experience and commitment to learning has enabled her to fully embrace the profession and increase her knowledge in the field. Gwen is in her junior year, and she is looking forward to graduating so that she may work directly with clients and empower them to overcome any obstacle they may face.

When asked about her experience at SEU, Gwen responded, “Southeastern has such a unique culture of encouraging students to support one another through prayer, studying and learning, which allows students to feel connected and engaged with another … I have gained so much knowledge from the professors in the human services program … It is truly a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful university.”

Alumni Update: Benedetto Mongiovi


First Lieutenant Benedetto Mongiovi graduated in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Human Services degree with a specialization in administration. He currently resides in Florida and works for Lifestream Behavioral Health, the U.S. Army and Indiana Wesleyan University. After completing his degree, Lt. Benedetto was commissioned into the Army Medical Services Corp.

Lt. Benedetto stated, “I really believe having a master’s degree gave me a more competitive profile. I am currently mobilized in hospital administration. When I am not mobilized, I am an administrator at Lake Academy. Lake Academy is an education center with Lifestream Behavioral and Health in Lake County. I find that this environment utilizes the knowledge and development I received from my human services studies at Southeastern. I also sat for the Human Services Board-Certified Practitioner exam, which was advised by Dr. Stephens. I certainly appreciated his mentorship. Dr. Stephens is also a committee member on my dissertation team. I also teach bachelor’s- and master’s-level courses in human services at Indiana Wesleyan University. My hope is to one day teach at Southeastern as well so I can share the mentorship and the importance in faith with future leaders in human services.”

Chair Note

mmilnerEarly in the life of the social work program, our faculty consistently prayed the Jabez Prayer, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand would be with me” (I Chronicle 4:10). While we have consistently seen God respond to that prayer, 2015–2016 has been a banner year! In the fall we admitted 37 students to the social work program, the largest junior class in our history. Our newly admitted class has also enjoyed unprecedented learning opportunities. In 2015 we were among the first private schools to receive Title IV-E funding for students pursuing careers in the field of child welfare. The program, which seeks to foster the professionalization of the child welfare workforce, provided a half-time faculty line for a Title IV-E coordinator and student stipends. Seven students became Southeastern’s first recipients of the Title IV-E stipends in the 2015–2016 academic school year, receiving $6,000 each in exchange for their commitment to take two child welfare courses providing the equivalent of the 10-week pre-service training, a practicum experience in one of the child welfare agencies and a commitment to work for the Department of Children and Families following graduation. Jessica Felix-Jäger, who has an extensive background in child welfare, came on board to coordinate the program in January.

After years of praying and exploring ways in which we might be able to develop international internship placements, this year two senior students were able to travel abroad for life-changing learning and service opportunities during their senior practicums. Emily Johnston completed part of her internship with Orphan’s Heart in Guatemala, and Amy Bergey is completing her 450 hours in Uganda working with children at Compassion International. Additionally, 14 students and four faculty members traveled to Honduras for an unforgettable learning experience working with Compelled for Christ, a ministry serving girls who have been abandoned, abused and rescued from human trafficking.

Finally, in 2015–2016 Dr. Pam Criss and I were awarded a grant in collaboration with Heartland for Children by the Florida Institute for Child Welfare to implement and evaluate the Protecting Teens and Protecting Futures Project. The purpose of the project is to deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of an evidence-based teen pregnancy program among teens in group homes in Circuit 10. The grant has provided an opportunity for Southeastern faculty and interns to have an impact on the widely reported negative outcomes experienced by teens who give birth to children. Our student highlight features two student interns involved in collecting data and developing a practice model to improve the outcomes among this especially vulnerable population.

All in all it has been a year filled with much bounty and blessings, work and rewards! For this we are filled with gratitude and eager expectation of what the year to come will hold.

Looking forward,

Dr. Marleen Milner
Chair, Department of Social Work

Student Spotlight: Elsa Hoglund & Felicia Marcum


Elsa and Felicia are senior social work students who are completing their field placement internship at Heartland for Children. Heartland for Children has been working in partnership with SEU and the Healthy Start Coalition to implement the Protecting Teens … Protecting Futures project. This project aims to prevent pregnancies among teens in foster care by implementing an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention program as well as improving outcomes for pregnant and parenting teens and their children. Throughout their internship at Heartland for Children, Elsa and Felicia have conducted qualitative case reviews of five pregnant or parenting youth currently in care, compiled extensive research on evidence-based models and developed a practice guide that Heartland for Children will distribute to case managers and caregivers to facilitate the provision of needed services and support for expecting or parenting youth. Elsa and Felicia have played a vital role in the creation of a resource that will not only help current expectant youth with their personal well-being but also contribute to the well-being of their unborn children. The social work program wants to recognize Elsa Hoglund and Felicia Marcum for their perseverance and dedication on this project. Their contribution will impact expecting or parenting youth and their children for years to come!

Elsa Hoglund said, “My time at Southeastern has been such an incredible journey. Our professors have given us a strongly diverse, challenging and rewarding education. I am leaving my undergraduate program feeling well-equipped, still eager to learn and ready to make change in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Felicia Marcum said, “It has been an absolutely amazing experience being a part of the social work department here at Southeastern University. Each of the professors has made a lasting and memorable impact on my life, both academically and spiritually. They have cultivated an atmosphere of trust and transparency throughout the social work program, making it a safe place to learn and grow. I have learned the skills necessary to being an effective social worker because of the guidance, mentorship and support our social work professors provided. I am forever grateful to have been a part of such an incredible program.”

Alumni Update: Amelia Sampat


Amelia graduated from Southeastern’s social work program in 2013. During her time at SEU, she consistently pursued numerous opportunities abroad in order to further her dream of becoming an advocate for human rights on an international level. She spent time teaching English in Cambodia and conducting research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Following her graduation, she was accepted into an internship in Peru working with child survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking. Over the past two years, Amelia has worked in child welfare but has continued to pursue her dream of becoming an international policy maker in the field of human rights. Recently, Amelia was admitted to the Master of Public Policy program at Harvard University. The program concentrates on international global affairs and includes courses on human trafficking, international law and human rights. Amelia has also applied for the Dubin Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders, which includes a co-curricular leadership development program offered by the Center for Public Leadership. The Southeastern social work program is exceedingly proud of Amelia and her dedication to becoming an agent of change and social justice.

Chair Note

cjhurndonAs I sit here writing this newsletter, I am reflecting back on the years I have been with the program since its inception in 2007. I cannot help but acknowledge the blessings provided to me and our faculty in what is now the counselor education department. Little did I know when I arrived at SEU in the fall of 2006 where God would direct this program and what my role would be in its development. We, as graduate faculty, are privileged to train wonderful students who are committed to serving others in various areas of need with the highest level of professional and clinical expertise from a fully embraced core of Christ-likeness. They come to us with diverse backgrounds culturally, vocationally, in stages of life and chronological maturity with a clear, God-breathed calling on their lives. They leave as skilled, knowledgeable, confident Christian mental health professionals of whom we are immensely proud. In the following, I share some of the highlights for us who have been privileged to walk alongside as guides, instructors and mentors.

We arrive in the spring of 2016 with a set of three specialty degrees, including master’s degrees in professional counseling, school counseling and, our newest area, marriage and family therapy. Since our first degree was conferred in October of 2010, 76 students have graduated with degrees from our program (12 in school counseling, 62 in professional counseling and two with joint degrees in both areas). Our first marriage and family degrees were conferred with the 2015–2016 graduating class. We have admitted approximately 20 students per annual cohort over the last several years.

Our graduates serve in a variety of counseling settings in various parts of Florida as well as in Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Most practitioners are licensed as mental health counselors (LMHC) or professional counselors (LPC) or as registered interns in these areas. The majority with Master of Science in School Counseling degrees are certified school counselors in their states of residence. They are not only well-respected counselors but also lead therapists, clinical directors, founders of private practices, clinical specialists, adjunct professors, doctoral students (University of Florida and Walden University accredited programs) and even missionaries.

Our core faculty are top-notch with academic credentials from excellent doctoral programs in psychology and counselor education (USF, UF, Ohio State, Union Institute & University) and professional experience and licensure in Florida as psychologists, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists. Perhaps of greater significance, our faculty are living examples of their Christianity in practice. One might say they “preach the Gospel and use words if necessary.” I am honored to serve alongside these wonderful colleagues.

As Dr. Sirrine noted, we are going forward with the pursuit of accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Programs (CACREP). When this is achieved in the upcoming years, we will be in a select group of less than 20 programs accredited in mental health counseling in the state of Florida and one of five based on the Christian faith in our state and even south of central Georgia. This accreditation will provide our graduates with a more universally recognized national credential certifying training that is consistent with the highest standards of excellence in the counseling discipline.

In closing, I humbly reference the words of the writer of Acts 9:31 speaking of the early New Testament church as related to our program and its students and graduates: “And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.” So may we be obedient in this venture to guide those who will serve in places where we will never go.

God Bless,

Dr. Cliff Hurndon
Chair, Department of Counselor Education

Student Spotlight: John W. Powell


John’s path to enrollment in our professional counseling degree program was quite unique. John is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel with a dual master’s in instructional systems design and adult education and was responsible for teaching leadership and problem-solving at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. John decided to seriously investigate counselor training and visited with us here for an interview while on leave from his tour of duty in Afghanistan. In addition to having the obvious diversity of experience and the maturity of his stage of life, John reports that he had “periodically and regularly” found himself in places to counsel with others, both Christian and non-Christian. His strong passion for integrating his personal Christianity with the skills of a professional counselor are obvious to anyone who gets to know him. The compatibility of the life of Christ with sound mental health and psychological knowledge and practice flow naturally from this man. As always, John is waiting expectantly on the Lord’s leading to a place to be used in overt Christian ministry in the future. We are honored to have shared this part of his life and know that he will be used mightily.

Alumni Update: Tiffani Fritzsche


Tiffani received her master’s degree in professional counseling from our program in July of 2013. Prior to enrolling in our program, she had completed her undergraduate degree in missions at SEU. She was recently promoted to the position of assistant supervisor of the Resiliency Team of Peace River Center in Polk County and oversees a team of therapists and case managers. She has served as a TBOS (therapeutic behavioral on-site services) therapist and targeted case manager. In this role, she provided individual and family therapy in school and home settings for children and adolescents who require more intensive treatment than outpatient therapy, while monitoring, assessing and advocating for case management services for the families of these youth. She is a dedicated wife and a mother of a 2-year-old daughter, and she still found the time to take additional evening graduate courses with us in marriage and family therapy to seek additional expertise in these areas. She spoke of a strong desire to forge additional links between our program and Peace River, which would be mutually beneficial. Tiffani is a wonderful example of being dedicated to compassionate service, committed to professional excellence and personally centered on Christ while working in a secular setting.

She shared the following: “The biggest thing I’ve noticed when you see families in the serious struggles of life is that it is often not a lack of desire on their part to get better … but when you are able to walk into a situation not just with knowledge and experience but an ability to bring peace to the situation and link up with them to try to make things work, together you can find a way.”


SEU won the Florida State Championship for the second year in a row, beating rivals University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Central Florida. SEU Debate finished another season as a stronger and more dominant presence in the Florida debate circuit than the last. Winning both styles of debate, breaking FIFA records and winning a total of 13 awards, this performance was a program best.

The Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association (FIFA) State Championship was held in Tallahassee at Florida State University in March 2016. SEU Debate competed in both Lincoln Douglas- and American Parliamentary-style debate. In overall sweeps, SEU Debate won first-place debate sweeps and sixth-place overall sweeps!

This was the last debate tournament for SEU Debate Team President Curran McQuade. He concludes an impressive debate career in Florida. Curran won his semifinal round versus Miami-Dade College, which was the final debate round of his collegiate career, and Michelino Ricci won his semifinal round versus the University of Florida. Tournament rules prevent competitors from facing off against their teammates, and with an SEU victory on both sides of the semifinal bracket, the final round would have been Curran versus Michelino. The final round was declared an SEU closeout, and Curran and Michelino closed out the final round at the FIFA State Championship for the second time in three years. This marked the first time in tournament history that the Parliamentary champions also closed out the Lincoln Douglas finals.

In addition to its dominant victories in both debate styles, SEU Debate won many individual speaker awards. Michelino won third-place speaker in Parliamentary debate and first-place speaker in Lincoln Douglas debate. Curran won fourth-place speaker in Lincoln Douglas, Hayley Spires won third-place speaker in Lincoln Douglas debate and Kurk Pyros won the top novice award.

HondurasThe College of Behavioral & Social Sciences participated in its first mission trip this year! The team of 14 students and four faculty members from the Department of Social Work traveled to Compelled by Christ Ministries in Choloma, Honduras, February 11–16. While there, they stayed with female survivors (11–19 years old) of sexual abuse, physical abuse and/or abandonment. The group raised enough money to pay for the girls’ school registrations, uniforms and school supplies. They also took them on a shopping spree in San Pedro Sula for new school shoes!

In addition, the team spent time with children at a government school in a rural community and a private school in the city, held a “makeover/spa day” with the young women of Compelled by Christ Ministries, enjoyed playing soccer with the girls on a local field, ministered to senior citizens at a government nursing home in San Pedro Sula and attended a beautiful worship service and Bible study.

Linsey Buchanan, a junior social work student, expressed the impact the trip made on her in a recent student blog post for Southeastern University. She stated, “You know those moments when you’re just at a loss for words because of how great our God is? That’s how I felt after my trip to Honduras.”

Dr. Erica Sirrine, dean of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, summarized the trip by stating, “While we were traveling to Honduras to share Christ’s love with those who have experienced darkness, it became quickly evident that the people of Honduras were sharing Christ’s love with us! We were deeply moved by their hospitality and generosity. And, we were forever changed by their choice to focus on faith, joy and love in the midst of such adversity. It was an experience we will cherish forever!”

Social-Work-Community-Night_Brave-EnoughOn April 12, the senior social work majors held a community night event titled “Brave Enough,” which was aimed at breaking the stigma of mental illness and promoting emotional health. Over 400 people from SEU and the surrounding communities were in attendance at this powerful event!

Regarding her experience, Gabriella, who attended the event, said, “Brave Enough was an amazing event that sparked conversation about mental health in our community. It was so valuable to me to hear from professionals in the mental health field who approached this delicate subject with such honesty and grace.”

As part of an experiential course (SOWK 4123), the students applied the skills necessary for making social change within communities and organizations by planning, promoting, fundraising and coordinating the entire event. The students raised over $2,000 for the event and brought in a speaker from the organization To Write Love on Her Arms. The evening also included a performance by SEU’s Speak That, a spoken-word poetry club, and a panel Q&A session with Professors Christina Gard, Matt Huett and Valinda Harlan.

Delaina Peek, a student involved in producing the event, said the event was “beyond what any of us expected. Our motivation originally was to help those we love with their mental illnesses, or even with our own, but it quickly gave us a small look into the hearts of all these students who wanted to know that they were being heard and cared for in their struggles.”

Kara Reinhold, another social work student involved in producing this event, said it “exceeded my greatest expectations and hopes. I am overflowing with gratitude for all of the support and engagement from the audience; it was a night we will always remember.”

Austin Martinez was also involved in orchestrating this event. He said, “I have learned so much more through this assignment than I could have ever expected. I learned that with a great team, hard work and loads of prayer and faith, anything is possible. I am so grateful that I was able to play even the smallest part in providing an environment where people can be brave enough and feel liberated from the stigma that once held them in chains.”

Pam Criss, PhD, has been partnering with Dr. Milner for this academic year on a grant with Heartland for Children, the lead child welfare agency in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. The grant is addressing adolescents who are pregnant or parenting while in foster care. Additionally, it will involve looking at the results of a pregnancy prevention program that has been implemented in approximately eight group homes in these same counties. It is hoped that the program will result in fewer pregnancies of adolescents in foster care.

Jeremy Cummings, PhD, obtained his license as a psychologist in the state of Florida. He also published a paper titled “A Comparison of Christians’ Concepts of Jesus Christ and God” in The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

Jessica Felix-Jäger, MSW, assembled the GAP curriculum for the BSW Title IV-E stipend program. As part of the program, 10 pre-service training modules are required to be integrated into child welfare courses. These modules equip students for the test of certification and for employment as a case manager or child protective investigator upon graduation. She designed the GAP curriculum to cover the modules that could not be incorporated in classes last semester, due to the inception of the program in the fall. The curriculum fills in the gap to ensure Title IV-E recipients receive all the required content.

Christina Gard, MA, led the SEU Debate team to win the Florida State Championship for the second year in a row, beating schools such as the University of Florida and Florida State University. Christina and her husband, Andrew, planted a new church in Lakeland just six months ago called Grace City Church. They have seen exponential growth, recently adding a third Sunday service. They have also celebrated more than 200 salvations that have taken place since the church’s inception.

Rosalind Goodrich, PhD, is currently working on a research project with a counselor education graduate student, Chelsie Coleman. Together, they are surveying volunteers in Christian ministries in order to identify the contribution that God attachment, interpersonal attachment, personality style and volunteer motivation make to the length of their volunteer activity. The primary goal in this endeavor is to better inform Christian organizations and their volunteers about how these factors affect the volunteers. Dr. Goodrich also recently appeared on a live radio talk show to promote SEU’s counselor education graduate program.

Michael Grogan, PhD, gave a presentation titled “Trinitarian Marriage: Reimagining Christian Marriage” at the international conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) in Pasadena, California. This is based on other written work he has been preparing for publication in this topic area.

Valinda Harlan, MS, received training from WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgender Health) in order to ethically address issues of gender dysphoria in her private practice within a Christian perspective. She also began a PhD program in psychology-education from Walden University.

Larry Hazelbaker, PhD, conducted a parents’ seminar for Pastor Jeff Wade and the congregation of First Assembly of God in Ocala, Florida, on April 16, 2016.

Clifford Hurndon, PhD, was a guest speaker in courses in the College of Christian Ministries & Religion (Pastoral Counseling I & 2 [Dr. Crosby]), the College of Natural & Health Sciences (Psychiatric Nursing [Dr. Posey]) and his own college (psychology [Dr. Cummings] and social work [Dr. Criss] courses). In March, he co-presented (with Dr. Stephens) a workshop titled “Preparation for Graduate Study in the Behavioral Sciences” during Career Week at Southeastern University.

Adrian Manley, PhD, hosted a “God, Family and Faith” conference, which featured presentations from counselor education graduate students.

Marleen Milner, PhD, published a chapter in a journal titled Virtue and Character in Social Work Practice. She has also presented at annual conferences on using reflective judgement model to teach ethical decision-making, preparing Christians for social work by forming character and fostering virtue, and learning gratitude in communities of practice. In December of 2015, she received Southeastern University’s Faculty Achievement Award. She also recently became an associate editor for the Journal of Christianity and Social Work.

James Paton, MA, and his wife, Professor Terri Paton (College of Education), presented for two evenings on The Five Love Languages to Life Church International members and friends in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. He is also a registered facilitator for Prepare/Enrich and conducts premarital counseling each semester.

Erica H. Sirrine, PhD, co-authored an article titled “Predictors of Continuing Bonds Among Bereaved Adolescents” that has been accepted for publication in OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying. Dr. Sirrine also provided six-hour continuing education seminars titled “Childhood and Adolescent Grief: Therapeutic Tools and Creative Interventions” to mental health practitioners in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in October and presented a 1.5-hour workshop titled “You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello: Maintaining Bonds After Death” at the annual conference of the National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter, in June.

Kenneth Stephens, PhD, presented diversity training to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home in April. He also led a mission trip to Haiti in March, which provided medical support, food and clothing to over 3,500 people. During the trip, the team held a pastors conference and a pastors’ wives conference.

Marcia Wynn, PhD, has been hired as a grant-writing consultant for five clients within the past year, including nonprofit organizations, a hospital and a university. She also attended a women’s empowerment session in South Carolina this past December.