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Darden College Profs Lead Study Abroad Institute in Italy on Topic of Play Therapy

Kathleen Levingston and Ted Remley, both faculty members in Old Dominion's Department of Counseling and Human Services, recently led an ODU Office of Study Abroad institute in Tuscany, Italy, for 23 counseling graduate students, counselors and counseling professors.

Institute participants came from ODU, Regis University in Denver, Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, the University of North Texas and a mental health center in Pennsylvania. Teresa Christensen, a counseling faculty member at Regis University, was also an institute faculty member.

While in Italy, institute participants learned about the counseling profession and the practice of play therapy in that country. Italian speakers included a psychiatrist who talked about childhood mental and emotional disorders, two counselors in private practice, a social worker who helps immigrant prostitutes and their children, and a teacher who discussed the Italian school system.

Remley directs several study abroad programs related to counseling each year in Italy, Ireland, Argentina and Africa. Details about the programs can be found at StudyAbroadCounseling.

Levingston and Remley (second row, center) join the institute participants for a photo-op.

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