• Counseling Alumni Connection

    Established 2014

    The purpose of the Department of Psychological Counseling's Counseling Alumni Connection (CAC) is to keep post-graduate students connected to their academic community and invested in the field of counseling through the promotion of professional and personal development. Post-graduate students will be encouraged to participate in a number of sponsored workshops and trainings, open roundtable discussions, community outreach events, and networking opportunities held on and off campus. To sign up for the CAC and to subscribe to the department's alumni e-mail list, click here.

    Upcoming Events

    Visiting Writer Presentation


    Andy Behrman, author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania  

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015


    Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University

    Electroboy  will be available for purchase and for signing by the author before and after the speaking engagement from 6-7pm and 8:30-9:30pm. This event is free and open to the public; no continuing education credits are offered for attendance. Refreshments will be served.

    About Electroboy

    Electroboy is Andy's chronicle of his battle with bipolar disorder - the euphoric highs and desperate lows. He was misdiagnosed by more than eight doctors and even when he was finally diagnosed with this chronic illness, he was unsuccessful on any regimen of medication. With no hope of his condition stabilizing, he turned to the last resort: electroshock therapy/electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

    This program is being sponsored by the Department of Psychological Counseling,  the School of Education's Department of Speech Pathology, Educational Counseling and Leadership, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the undergraduate Psychology Club.  

    Sips & Serendipity Painting Workshop

    Saturday, April 11 th  


    The Majestic Hotel

    19 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove

    Please join the CAC for our next get together: Main Avenue Galleria's Sips & Serendipity at The Majestic Hotel in Ocean Grove. This 3 hour workshop involves painting a featured painting on a pre-sketched 16" x 20" canvas. All materials (canvas, paints, paintbrushes, etc.) are provided. It will be a great team building event in a fun atmosphere; consider it part of your wellness! You can bring your own food and beverage to have while enjoying this relaxing evening. CAC will be providing refreshments as well. 

    We have secured a group rate of $35 per person and the workshop has been reserved just for the CAC. RSVPs will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP* to Lisa Harris by Friday, March 27 th at 732-923-4572 or  lharris@monmouth.edu . Once your response is received, you will be given information about how to self-register and pay in advance.

    *Please note that responding to the Facebook event does not register you for this workshop. You MUST contact Lisa in order to do so.

    Past Events

    Wellness Workshop:

    The Counseling Alumni Connection (CAC) hosted a Wellness Workshop on Saturday, December 6, 2014 in Samuel Hays Magill Commons at Monmouth University. Over 20 alumni, presenters, and facilitators attended the event. It was a great success, with some of the highlights being Zumba, yoga, meditation, therapy dogs, a self-care presentation by department faculty member Dr. Laura Schmuldt, and wonderful prizes. Attendees mingled and had refreshments while catching up with each other and enjoying a day of wellness. The CAC hopes to plan another Wellness Workshop in the future. Thank you to all who attended and helped make this event possible!

    CAC Kick-Off Event: 

    The CAC Kick-Off Event was held on Saturday, September 20th at the department's location in the Monmouth Park Corporate Center. Over 40 people attended including alumni and guests, for a great day of reconnecting, networking, and sharing their Monmouth stories. Three department faculty members also attended: Dr. Gary Handler, Dr. Joanne Jodry, and Dr. Laura Schmuldt. The feedback from this event was outstanding. Please take a look at the event photos on our alumni Facebook page and in the photo gallery below. Thank you to everyone who attended the kick-off, including our wonderful faculty, and a BIG thank you to our CAC co-founders Erica Lapid, Matt Tirrell, and Jen Trimarchi who worked incredibly hard on the planning and facilitating.


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