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Please share research opportunities with vscatechnologychair@gmail.com.  Research opportunities will be posted for 30 days or until closing date of the study.

October 28, 2020 - Virginia Tech University

My name is Tameka Grimes, and I am an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at Virginia Tech. I am collaborating with Jennifer Watkinson, Associate Professor of School Counseling at Loyola University, and Shaun Sowell, Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Western Washington University. We are conducting a study to understand how practicing school counselors describe their professional identity, and how this perception informs their practice with K-12 students. We would love to hear from you!

To participate in this study you must be a K-12 school counselor with 3-5 years of professional experience who is working within a comprehensive public school in the United States and who graduated from a CACREP master’s program. As a participant you will have the opportunity to connect with other school counselors from different parts of the United States to learn how they perceive their role in schools and how that informs the work they do with K-12 students. As part of the focus group you will use metaphors as a tool for self-reflection, a technique you can use with your own students when working with them individually or in classrooms. Your participation is voluntary, and you can discontinue participation at any time. All individually identifiable information will be kept confidential and all data will be stored on a secure server.

In summary, if you decide to participate you would be asked to do the following:

      Complete a short participant survey (app. 15 mins to complete)

      Participate in a 60-minute focus group with other school counselors that will meet virtually using Zoom.

      Review the focus group transcript to offer any changes and/or feedback

      Provide feedback on the preliminary themes developed by the research team

Please complete the participant survey linked here if you are interested in taking part in this study.

This study has been reviewed by the HRPP office at Virginia Tech (IRB# 19-823). If you have any questions, please email Tameka Grimes at togrimes@vt.edu

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

October 22, 2020 - Capella University

Greetings fellow colleagues.  I need only 5 more participants to complete data collection.  If this message does not apply to you, please share this announcement with your network of professional school counselors.


My name is Carmen Pangelinan, a PhD Candidate with Capella University. I am writing to invite you to participate in a study focused on school counselors.  I am conducting a qualitative research study on what learning experiences school counselors attribute to their professional development when working with students who use opioids.   


To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be (a) a licensed or state-certified professional school counselor working in the United States, and (b) experienced in working with student opioid use within the last 3 years. 


A screening interview to determine if you fit the criteria for this study will be required prior to participation. The interview will take approximately 15 mins.  If you meet the criteria and agree to participate in this study, completion of the face-to-face or video interview will take approximately 60-90 mins.   


Please be aware that, even if you are eligible, your participation in this or any research study is completely voluntary.  You will receive an Amazon eGift card for your participation.  


If you are interested and would like to volunteer or refer someone for a personal interview, send an email to carmenconnelley.pangelinan@capella.edu, or call 619-701-5321. 

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