Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Final days in Italy

It has been a wonderful 2 weeks; sometimes colder than we would like, sometimes I was sicker than I let on - my cold never left for the last 7 days, more rain than we would like, but what an educational experience for me and our students.  My last post indicated we were off to Florence for the last day before our 3:00 am wake up to get to Leonardo Da Vinci airport in Rome.  Here are pics which sum up our last days in at Casa Cares and in Florence:

What a great lunch!

Dr. Tyson, Sierra and Julia atop of the Duomo overlooking Florence

Dr Chiconi at the mental health center

Dr. Michele presenting her session on "What I've Learned as a Professional From This Experience" On a side note, Dr. Michele, Asha and I are writing an article to be submitted to the CSI journal!

Indoor market in Florence - literally everything you need for any meal

Last minute shopping in the outdoor market

Taking the UAB group out to dinner on our last night in Florence

The UAB group on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Are you kidding me? A discovery in Florence

Kristen, Pres-elect of Zeta Chapter, leading a discussion of officers/members of other CSI chapters

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Today in Florence

Today we go back to Florence.  It is my day to spend with the UAB group.  Two of today's highlights include going to the Academia to see "The David" and visiting a mental health center. The rest of the time I'm going to be their tour guide. I want them to see some of what Florence is, behind the scenes.  We are going to stay late tonite so I'm also taking them to dinner, my treat. There should be lots of pics from today's adventure.  I am very proud of this group (not that I haven't been proud of past groups).  Many people have said what nice students they are, how intelligent they seem, and how enthusiastic they act.  Asha has sort of taken the "mother role" of them - each has been very fun to be around. I couldn't be more proud.  They have represented our group very well.  Well its' 8:30 am in Italy, we're off to Florence and will return around 11:00 pm.  Buckle up and see you later!
Dr Tyson

Dr Remley and Rachael

This morning, Dr. Remley spoke of his experiences with helping with the counseling movement in Bhutan and in Oman.  Additionally, one of our students, Rachel lives in Beijing, China and shared her experiences. She has lived there for 5 years!

Dr. Krieg and UAB students

Paul surprised us today by wearing his UAB shirt.  Paul has shirts from all the different schools from people who have stayed at Casa Cares.  It is always nice to see UAB promoted in Italy!

Asha and Dr. Remley's presentation

Today, Asha gave her presentation - very well received by the group. This group has talked a lot about race and cultural identity; and Asha's presentation produced a lot of discussion!  She did very well - very proud of her.

Scenes from Casa Cares

The following is a list of pics from and around Casa Cares.

Casa Cares' electricity runs off of solar energy. Some of the energy stored is sold back to the Italian government

The professors at lunch in Florence

The view of Casa Cares from part of the villa's garden

This time of year, there are poppies everywhere

Bre giving me some of her hair - it's a new look!

While here, I did have to work - here I am presenting my session

This was a rainbow we caught from our room           Here Asha is during one of our sessions
Kristin and Kristen during a break

Julia and Bre relaxing during a break
The view of the Arno valley from our balcony

Monday, May 27, 2013

Dr. Becky Michel from Governor's State

Dr. Michel was a student at Old Dominion (now graduated) and was one of Dr. Hall's classmates while there.  In fact, I think Dr. Hall and Dr. Michel have collaborated on an article which will appear in JCD!  Now Becky is a counselor educator at Governor's State University, which is located outside of Chicago. She has brought with her about 4/5 students from her school.  The other day, she have a wonderful session on "Developing Multicultural Awareness and Identifying Personal Strengths."
For me, the interesting part was her discussion about Positive Psychology - similar to strength-based counseling. It would be interesting to see how effective this approach is compared to those clients who didn't receive this approach. Dr. Michel is on my favorite people list!