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Fairfield University to offer free counseling

Published 6:15 pm, Thursday, December 27, 2012
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In the wake of the recent school shootings in Newtown, Fairfield University's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions will offer two public discussions and several pro bono and drop-in counseling sessions for students, faculty, alumni and the general public.

The events are part of a series of activities the school has offered since the shootings, including counseling staff at that school, where several of its students have interned, according to a release.

Events are scheduled as follows:

The school's educational studies and school psychology programs will hold "Moving Forward After Sandy Hook: A Conversation for Student Teachers" Tuesday, Jan. 8. It will take place at 4 p.m. at the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center, 1073 N. Benson Road. The free session is designed for student teachers, supervisors, seminar instructors and school library media specialists but it is also open to the public, the release states.

The School's Counselor Education and School Psychology programs will host "Community Conversation on Family and Trauma" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The free forum with licensed clinicians for individuals and families in our community to receive support in dealing with profound loss or sorrow will take place at 7 p.m. at a location yet to be announced.

On weekdays from Thursday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 18, the school's Koslow Center for Marriage and Family Therapy will provide pro bono counseling support and consultation to individuals, couples and families dealing with the tragedy. Licensed and experienced clinicians will be available by appointment. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-254-4000, ext. 2306.

The school will also offer three, free drop-in sessions at the Koslow Center. Each has a theme and is geared towards a certain group, but the general public is welcome to attend, as follows:

The first session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. Sponsored by the School Psychology Program, it will be geared to school psychology students, alumni and supervisors, the release states.

The second session is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. It is sponsored by the marriage and family therapy program and will be of interest to marriage and family therapy students, alumni and supervisors.

The last session is from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Sponsored by the counselor education program, it will be geared to counselor education students, alumni and supervisors.

For information, call the school at 203-254-4250.