Four University of Georgia graduate students were honored for their scholarship at the 28th Annual Marriage and Family Therapy Institute recently held at the Georgia Hotel and Conference Center.
Hosted by the UGA Marriage and Family Pre-Professional Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, the institute features a nationally recognized leader in the field and is attended by clinical professionals including: psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, clergy, youth workers, substance abuse counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
The UGA Marriage and Family Pre-Professional Graduate Certificate Program is a 15-hour program available to students who are pursuing a graduate clinical degree in the College of Education, the School of Social Work or the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
As a part of the day-long institute, awards are given to graduate students of the program for scholarly work, focusing on either couple or family relationships. The honors include a monetary award, ranging from $150 to $395, and registration to the institute. This year the program honored four graduate students for their research: two at the doctoral level and two at the master’s level.
Daniel Goldstein, of Miami, Fla., a first-year graduate student in the COE’s counseling psychology program, received the 2012 Doctoral Research Award for his study titled: Husbands Caught in Crossfire: Does Boundary-Setting Moderate Marital Interference from His Mother?
Gerry Crete, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, a second-year graduate student in the COE’s counseling and personnel services program at UGA-Gwinnett was the runner-up recipient for the 2012 Doctoral Research Award for his study titled: Emotionally Focused Therapy for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and their Partners.
Meredith Huot de Saint-Albin, of Atlanta, a second-year graduate student in the SSW’s program at UGA-Gwinnett, received the 2012 Masters’ Research Award for her proposal titled, A Family-Based Therapeutic Intervention for Relieving Symptoms of Depression in Clients with Parkinson’s disease. The research was a collaboration between Meredith and her research partner, Anne McMicken, of Marietta.
Heather Branham, of Atlanta, a second-year graduate student in the SSW, was the runner-up recipient of the 2012 Master’s Research Award.
In addition, Jasmin Jones, of Syracuse, N.Y., a doctoral student in the COE’s counseling psychology program, was honored for her three years of service as a graduate assistant for the certificate program, which will conclude at the end of the academic year.
The institute was conducted by Adam Blatner, M.D. The coordinator of the certificate program is Brian A. Glaser, a professor in the COE’s department of counseling and human development services department.