Institute on Counselor Wellness

Antioch University New England’s Applied Psychology Department launched a pioneering Institute on Counselor Wellness.  The Institute kicked off with a two-day event on May 21 and 22, 2014 attended by 60 clinicians, superivisors, students, and faculty members from throughout New England.

Institute Overview

There are many intrinsic rewards that result from helping those who have experienced traumatizing events.   But listening to stories of trauma may have negative effects on those serving in helping capacities.  The emotional costs of caring for clients with histories of trauma can be significant, both for clinicians themselves and those around them.

Institute on Counselor WellnessSecondary Traumatic Stress (STS) refers to those physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional reactions experienced by clinicians as a natural byproduct of working with those who have experienced trauma. The Institute on Counselor Wellness will provide participants with the most current information on the neuroscience of secondary traumatic stress, in addition to evidence-based models and practices to increase counselor resiliency to STS.

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An important component of the institute will be a facilitated dialogue bringing together various members of our profession (students, educators, clinicians, supervisors, administrators) to develop standards of practice both individually and collectively for creating a climate conducive to counselor wellness.  These standards will not only increase participants’ own STS resilience, but will also help to maximize your organizations’ trauma resilience and increase your capacity to systematically prevent and respond to the occupational hazard of secondary traumatic stress and its complex effect on clients served, individual service providers, and organizational mission.

Cathy LounsburyDr. Cathy Lounsbury, Director & Faculty — Antioch Institute on Counselor Wellness

Cathy Lounsbury, is the Director of Practica and Internships for the Applied Psychology Department at Antioch University New England. Cathy received her doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Maine, Orono, and has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for over twenty years. Cathy’s dissertation research focused on the Risk and Protective Factors of Secondary Traumatic Stress in Crisis Clinicians and she has continued her focus on counselor wellness throughout her career.  Cathy has extensive clinical experience providing treatment to those whose lives have been affected by trauma.  As the past clinical director of the Maine Psychological Trauma Institute, Cathy has provided training and consultation to schools and agencies throughout New England on effective approaches of working with trauma survivors.  In addition, Cathy has worked on local, national, and international trauma response teams, providing response to individuals affected by traumatic events and national disasters. Cathy has led several federal initiatives to create better systems to support youth and families and is the past president of the Southern Maine Counseling Association.

Eliza DanielsEliza Daniels, Outpatient Therapist, Servicenet and Pathways

Eliza Daniels is a recent graduate of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program in the Applied Psychology Department at Antioch University New England. Eliza currently splits her time working as an Outpatient Therapist at Servicenet, a community mental health agency and at Pathways, an after school therapeutic milieu program serving latency and adolescent age children and families referred through the Department of Mental Health. While at Antioch, Eliza worked to create a curriculum and training on self care and counselor wellness which she presented at her internship site to staff and supervisors. In addition to her work, Eliza is enjoying her research and consultant role, collaborating with Antioch faculty to present the Counselor Wellness Institute, and is currently co-facilitating a peer support group for new and beginning therapists in the Northampton, Massachusetts area. Eliza’s evolving personal self-care routine includes the gym and sauna, soccer, yoga, cooking, learning about herbalism, peer support group, improvisational comedy group, and hiking.

Barbara AndrewsBarb Andrews, Associate Professor and Director of the CMHC Program

Barb Andrews is the Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Antioch University New England. She is returning to AUNE after serving as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Counselor Education at Adams State University in southern Colorado for several years.

Barb holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.S. in Counseling from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire. She has served as the President of the Colorado Counseling Association, trained and supervised counselors as tenured faculty for a number of years in both face to face and online programs. She was chosen to be one of ten individuals within the field to represent the United States as part of a program supported by the National Board of Certified Counselors to be part of a Counseling Institute to help establish and develop the profession of counseling in the developing nation of Bhutan. She has provided direct counseling and administrative services as Dean of Student Development and Director of the Counseling Center at Green Mountain College in Vermont, has a small private practice, and formerly worked with Hospice of Central PA for many years serving as both a practitioner and consultant.


Devona Stalnaker ShofnerDevona Stalnaker-Shofner received her Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy UniversityAtlanta. Her dissertation research focused on wellness in graduate students as they transition to counselors-in-training and during clinical practicum. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).  Devona has been in professional practice as a counselor since 2001, and her experience includes providing individual, group, and marriage and family counseling to clients presenting with treatment concerns such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, as well as substance abuse, chemical dependency, and recovery. Additionally, her professional experience includes work with trauma, grief, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and self-mutilation/injury.

Devona has presented at a number of national conferences speaking on the topic of counselor wellness, as well as facilitating workshops in this area. Though her research interests have primarily been focused on counselor wellness, her other interests are in multiculturalism and family systems, and include the influence of acculturation, intracultural colorism, and factors influencing mate selection.

Devona is a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, as well as Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.  She is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and the American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA).

At the core of my teaching philosophy is that good teachers leave an indelible impression on their students. I view myself as a highly skilled practitioner, and my job as an educator is to make the abstract more accessible, essentially bridging the gap between understanding theory to the practical application of concepts and helping students to integrate the two worlds. Learning is based on synthesis and integration, not on regurgitation of facts. Consistent with my systemic theoretical orientation of practice, it is my belief that learning does not occur within a vacuum. The classroom is a microcosm of the professional world. In the capacity as the facilitator of the education process, it is my job to help the student to determine and find their future role within that community.