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Learning disabilities. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder. Anxiety. Trauma.

These are the challenges and circumstances that many of our students are displaying, both at the elementary and secondary levels. Now more than ever, educators need to be trained on how to collaborate and most effectively work to support the needs of students. FIU’s School Counseling Track Coordinator, Dr. Sandra Logan-McKibben, has joined faculty (Drs. Tamar Riley, Annamaria Jerome-Raja, and Denise Callwood-Brathwaite) from Florida Memorial University to address this call for specialized training focused on providing mental health, emotional, and literacy supports.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the United States Department of Education, recently awarded this team a $1.2 million collaborative training grant to train school counselors and interventionists. Through Project SCISSORS (School Counselors and Interventionists Supporting Successful Opportunities for Responsiveness to Students), student “scholars” at these two universities will receive specialized training opportunities and shared coursework, as well as partial tuition, travel funding, and related expenses.

“It is an exciting time to be training professional school counselors, who really serve as the first line of defense in providing and advocating for support students in need,” shares Dr. Logan-McKibben.

Please contact Dr. Sandra Logan-McKibben via email if you or someone you know would like more information about the Master’s degree in Counselor Education: School Counseling track and the SCISSORS Scholars opportunity.

Dr. Sandra Logan-McKibben contributed to this article.