Counseling Students Present at North Atlantic Region for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference

Over 20 doctoral students, faculty, and alumni from the PhD in Counseling Program attended and presented at the recent North Atlantic Region for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) convention in Burlington, Vermont. The presentation titled: "Merging the Art and Science of Counseling: Portraiture as a Qualitative Method of Inquiry" by recent alumni Kathleen Grant, Stacy Pinto, and faculty member Dana Levitt was recognized with a Teaching Excellence award.

Their presentation covered portraiture as an innovative, qualitative research method that enriches the counseling profession by cultivating an in-depth, accessible understanding of populations that are often reduced to assumptions and abstractions. Combining the aesthetic and empirical, portraiture promotes an intellectual understanding of a phenomenon, while provoking an emotional response in the reader to amplify a connection with and comprehension of the findings and implications. The persistent need for a deep and nuanced understanding of people and their intersections locates portraiture as a novel technique toward insight and awareness. Informed by the presenters' experience with the methodology, portraiture was introduced as an approach to counseling inquiry, highlighting its defining features, application to research design, and providing context for understanding its place in counseling research.

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