Friday, August 18, 2017

FGCU FGCU Bower School of Music Offers Beginning Children’s Piano Class

Bower School of Music
Florida Gulf Coast University 

Beginning Piano Class for Children
Class plus Private or Partner Piano Lesson

Enrollment is under way for students in a Beginning Children’s Piano Class, to be held weekly during the 2017-18 academic year at the Bower School of Music, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Prerequisites for participation:

  • Students, ages 6-8 years old with fluent reading ability and no previous piano instruction.
  • Participation in a Musical Aptitude and Readiness Testing audition with Professor Cathy Albergo in August 2017 to both determine readiness and class placement (audition/interview is with both the child and parent or guardian). Audition dates to be arranged.
  • Access to a piano (full-size, 88 keys, pedals, weighted keys) for daily practice.
  • Commitment to daily practice and regular attendance at class.

The children's class will meet for 50-60 minutes beginning between 3:30 and 4:30 PM weekly (day and exact time to be determined), for a total of 14 sessions each semester in the Bower School of Music.  It is taught by Dr. Cathy Albergo, Director of the Bower School of Music & the Arts, piano and pedagogy faculty member, assisted by college students enrolled in Piano Pedagogy I & II (fall and spring semester).

The beginning piano class includes all fundamental music skills with an emphasis on music making and reading.   Weekly performance in class builds confidence and provides a creative and joyful environment for musical growth.   During the first year of study, all piano instruction takes place in a class plus private or partner lesson setting with the children participating in end-of-semester recitals.

Parents who are interested in making an appointment to determine their child’s readiness for piano study should e-mail Dr. Albergo, and include a phone number to enable individual scheduling.

Cost of the class is normally $500 per semester but is offered to all FGCU faculty and staff families at $300 per semester.   This fee includes all books and materials needed.  An initial payment of $150 is required after readiness for study has been determined. The balance of $150 is due before the fourth week of classes. Full tuition for the spring second semester is due by January 5, 2018. Payable to the Bower School of Music. 

In addition to two weekly pedagogy lecture/seminars, the college students enrolled in Piano Pedagogy I and II attend the weekly children's classes as part of their pedagogical training.  Pedagogy student course work with the children involves full participation in all of the children's learning activities, analysis of age/behavior/responses; sequencing of content; planning and teaching assigned video taped segments; written evaluation and discussion of the teaching of their pedagogy classmates.

The class/private combination of lessons provides the best learning environment for both group and peer motivation and learning and attention to individual learning needs.  The college students’ teaching is supervised by Dr. Albergo in both direct and video-taped observations.  These supervised college students work directly with the children, offering a 30 minute private/partner lesson in addition to the weekly class.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council is hiring F-T paid VISTA person ($990/month plus $5815 education award) to develop integrated assessment of opioid crisis in SW Florida. 

VISTA will interview providers, gather data, create network for shared resources and information, develop regional Task Force and be involved in strategic regional plan to address opioid crisis. One-year commitment. Minimum age 18. 

For information, contact Beth Nightingale,; for information and application for VISTA opportunity, go to:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Public Invited to Learn About FGCU Counseling Programs at Orientation Meeting

August 15, 2017
For information contact:
Dr. Russell Sabella at (239) 590‑7782

Public Invited to Learn About FGCU Counseling Programs at Orientation Meeting

FORT MYERS, FL ‑ Current and prospective students interested in Florida Gulf Coast University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling programs are encouraged to attend the Fall 2017 Orientation meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Monday, September 18, 2017 in Merwin Hall, Room 231.

     The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students for licensure as mental health counselors. Graduates work in a variety of community, social service, and private arenas.

     The Master of Arts program in School Counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. Graduates in school counseling are prepared to work in preK‑12 settings.

     Goals for both programs are reflective of national standards and include the development of professional competence, respect for clients, self‑awareness, individual growth, professional identity, an effective professional philosophy, and research orientation. Goals unique to FGCU include accountability, advocacy, technological literacy, professional leadership, and field‑based learning.

            Both programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs ( In addition, the School Counseling program is approved by the Florida Department of Education.

     For more information, contact Professor Russell Sabella, Department of Counseling, Marieb College of Health Professions & Human Services, by phone at (239) 590‑7782 or via email at You can visit the Counseling Department's website at to learn more.

Applications for the Fall 2018 class are due in February 15 so it isn't too early to start thinking about next year.

No sign‑up is required although you may RSVP online by visiting‑rsvp


Monday, August 14, 2017

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Call for Manuscripts: Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Call for Manuscripts

Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Focus: The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling is the national, peer-refereed journal of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. The Journal publishes manuscripts that report cutting-edge empirical research, best practices, and emerging trends and issues focused on counseling the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual, or other sexual minority communities at all developmental stages of life. Manuscripts should be of interest to clinical mental health and school counselors, counselor educators, and other helping professionals who work in a variety of settings including schools, mental health agencies, family service agencies, colleges and universities, addiction and offender treatment settings, and sexual health centers.

Manuscripts typically represent one of the following categories:
·      Empirical research in the field of counseling
·      New/innovative practices within the counseling profession
·      Theoretical or conceptual pieces including literature reviews that reflect new ideas or new ways of integrating previously held ideas.

Manuscript Preparation: Manuscripts should adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) and should not exceed 25 typed, double-spaced pages in 12-point font including all cited references. The Journal is distributed quarterly by Taylor & Francis.

Past year acceptance rate: 24.5%

Abstracted/Indexed in: Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL Plus, Current Abstracts, Education Research Complete, Education Research Index, Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Family Index Database, IHLIA – Homodok-LAA, Index Copernicus, LGBT Life with Full Text, MasterFile Complete, MasterFile Premier, PsychInfo, Social Work Abstracts, SOCIndex with Full Text, and Violence and Abuse Abstracts.

Editorial Information: For detailed submission guidelines, please visit the Journal website ( or contact:

Editor: Dr. Michael P. Chaney, Oakland University,
Editorial Assistant: Carol Burns-Wortham, Oakland University,