School Counseling Cultures and Contexts - Verona, Italy
The 2020 International Studies Program to Verona, Italy to be conducted July 11-19, 2020 , will provide approximately 30 graduate candidates a unique opportunity to study an international perspective on school counseling, with an emphasis on awareness of cross cultural and social issues, as well as school counseling techniques. Candidates will be encouraged to develop an understanding of European “intercultural” counseling and an appreciation for how this approach
is being used in Italian schools. The program is also designed to help candidates understand the interactions of culture, educational systems, and school-based counseling models and approaches. The program will focus on these issues while traveling through the host country. Dr. Lesley Casarez and Dr. Audrey Heron from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction will be the faculty leaders for the program.
EDSC 6302 School Counseling Techniques: An overview of counseling and consultation theories and practices; an understanding of systems; preventive and intervening strategies; individual and group dynamics, theories, and techniques.
EDG 6301 Social and Cultural Influences: Designed to present a broad base of knowledge about culture and learning. Approaches, materials, and research will be investigated. Specific skills for identifying learning problems and solving them through classroom instruction will be featured.
Students are extensively briefed prior to departure regarding travel arrangements and schedules with addresses, telephone numbers, and web addresses/email addresses will be given each participant. All travel arrangements to and from Dallas are completed by the program directors and approved by the University. All program participants must have adequate health and accident insurance coverage in case of medical care or emergencies. Students will be required to obtain International Student Identification Cards that provide medical, death, and discount benefits. Participants must provide the directors with a copy of the policy number and company name of their insurance policies.
July 11- Leave Texas
July 12 - July 18- Venice/ Verona
July 19- Leave for Texas
The basic cost of the program is approximately $4,500, which will cover round-trip airfare, materials, tours, group meals, and accommodations, but does not include tuition and fees. Costs will fluctuate depending upon cost of plane ticket, accommodations, and exchange rate of the euro when expenses are paid, as well as final student headcount. Students selected for the program are eligible for the International Studies Scholarship. Local transportation, additional excursions, tuition and fees, and extra meal expenses will be the responsibility of the student.
|Program Fee (airfare, transportation, lodging, excursions, some meals)||$4,500.00|
The program is co-directed by Dr. Lesley Casarez, Program Advisor for the Guidance & Counseling/Professional School Counseling Programs within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) and Dr. Audrey Heron, Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction. Both co-directors are actively involved in expanding and enhancing the experiences of candidates within the C&I Department with new partnerships, technology, and instructional strategies. The proposed study abroad program is the first to be offered through the C&I Department, and Dr. Casarez and Heron will gain valuable experience through this initial experience in international studies that will enable them to provide leadership and mentorship to C&I candidates and faculty. Furthermore, their international experience will better enable them to design and deliver quality educational experiences for C&I candidates, particularly the increasing number of international candidates.