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.


Megan Mochalak, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in Clinical Mental Health Counseling ProgramMegan Michalak, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Megan is joining Antioch from Idaho where she earned her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University. There, she engaged in numerous scholarly pursuits including her dissertation research on how counselor educators train counselors to become scholars. Other scholarly interests include professional advocacy, creativity, professional identity development, and violence. Megan is an enthusiastic researcher and looks for opportunities to engage in scholarship with colleagues and students. She is a member of several professional organizations and has been involved in leadership roles in her state counseling chapters as well as served in leadership roles nationally.

Megan has had the opportunity to work with a variety of client concerns and has found a great deal of meaning in working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Other clinical interests include creativity as a clinical skill, gestalt theory, family counseling, and humor. She has several years clinical supervision experience and has supervised mental health counselors, school counselors, couple and family counselors, college counselors, and counselors-in-training. Megan is licensed as a counselor in the state of Idaho and is currently pursuing licensure locally.