School Department News

Psychology and Counseling

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:20am
Vivian Clark of Perkinston, a senior at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi, was recently awarded a $1,800 scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international philanthropic and educational organization promoting increased educational opportunities for women.
Clark, a psychology major and biology minor, was recommended for the nationally competitive award by the sisterhood’s Chapter M, which is based in Hattiesburg. The sisterhood’s Program for Continuing Education provides need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to support themselves and their families.
The scholarship will help Clark, who also works in the Tradition campus education department, achieve her educational goals and ease the burden of expenses such as tuition, books and lab fees.
“We were inspired to sponsor Vivian for the scholarship due to her tenacity,” said Hanna Knowles, chair of the scholarship committee. “She had applied to several positions and had been turned away due to her level of education. This did not deter her, but rather pushed her to improve her qualifications.”
The sisterhood, founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, has given more than $250 million in financial assistance to more than 95,000 recipients. For more information on the sisterhood, visit
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 3:55pm
William Carey University student-athletes Larson Barkurn of Petal and Hope Biggs of Clinton recently received David M. Halbrook Certificates for Academic Achievement Among Athletes.
Barkurn and Biggs were recognized during Carey’s weekly chapel service on November 11 by Dr. Tommy King, Carey president, and by their coaches, Bobby Halford and Jeff Mixon.
A pitcher and third baseman for the Crusader baseball team, Barkurn is a junior business administration major with a concentration in management and marketing. He is a former pitcher and quarterback for Petal High School and is a two-year starter for the Crusaders. He serves as an officer for Carey’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and as a member of the dean’s advisory council for the School of Business. He has also been recognized as a scholar-athlete by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Biggs, a graduate of Central Hinds Academy in Raymond and an inductee into their Hall of Fame, is a senior golfer at Carey. She is a psychology major with a coaching minor and the president of Carey’s FCA chapter. She is also a member of the Association of Student-Athletes, a governance structure within the NAIA, and an officer on the Student Leadership Council for the Southern States Athletic Conference. Biggs has received numerous awards for competition and academic success, including several event titles, All-Tournament and All-Academic awards and NAIA Scholar-Athlete status.
The Halbrook Awards, which are administered by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board and the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, recognize colleges and universities that maintain and achieve high academic standards for student-athletes. Two student-athletes from each institution of higher learning in the state are selected annually for the certificates based on academic scores, athletic contribution, character, community service and leadership.
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 1:36pm
William Carey University has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation to fund university programs assisting adults with intellectual disabilities.
The grant is divided into two $10,000 gifts. One gift will benefit the “Harnessing Adults’ Full Potential through Music Therapy” program, which provides music therapy services to adults with disabilities at day rehabilitation centers. The goal of the program is to increase acquisition of skill-building and to promote activities for daily living, said Jim Pierce, an assistant professor of music therapy at Carey and the program’s director.
“Music therapy students help individuals with developmental disabilities gain social skills and independence,” said Pierce. “The funding personifies the good local communities can do when they work together.”
The second gift will go to the Quality of Life Project, which pairs intellectually-disabled adults with Carey students for recreational and educational activities. Activities include trips to local concerts and movies and one out-of-town trip per year to sights such as Graceland Mansion in Memphis or the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans. The project is now in its fifth year and allows for new experiences for both client and student, said Dr. Paul Cotten, project director.
“Not only do our students become better prepared to work with individuals with disabilities, but they also become aware of the special nature of their clients,” said Cotten. “An interdependent relationship is developed thanks to the opportunities provided by the funding.”
The gifts are awarded from the foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund, which assists area nonprofit organizations with missions of enriching the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities. The foundation, established in 1997, seeks to strengthen the local community by connecting charitably-minded people to causes that matter most to them.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:51pm

The William Carey University Tradition Campus counseling program has received a National Board for Certified Counselors & Affiliates (NBCC) grant to assist in initial Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation.

The grant, awarded to the program’s clinical mental health and school counseling tracks, was one of 15 given from an applicant pool of 59 institutions nationally.

“We were honored to receive this funding that will pay for each of our remaining phases of accreditation and will include funding for planned site visits sometime in the spring of 2015,” said Dr. Carol Jones, director of psychology and graduate counseling at the Tradition Campus.

The grant application was evaluated on criteria including the general understanding of the CACREP process; the feasibility of the program’s timeline, goals and challenges; and the potential of the program to graduate counselors who will serve underserved populations in need.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 9:04am

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 5, 2014 - The William Carey University Quality of Life (QOL) Project is a program that pairs students with adults with intellectual developmental disabilities to engage in activities designed to enrich their lives. Recently, the group made a trip to Memphis to visit the National Civil Rights Museum and tour Graceland. The program is funded through The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund, which was set up by John Morris to honor the life of John’s late daughter, Ann, who was mentally disabled.
Dr. Paul Cotten, professor of music therapy and psychology, created the QOL Project in 2009, and each trimester his psychology students take their client, out to eat, to the movies, to Carey Dinner Theatre and other various community events. Once a year, the group takes an out-of-town trip, such as to the aquarium in New Orleans, La. The Memphis trip was QOL’s first overnight outing.
“The experience continues to be a wonderful opportunity for the clients, as well as for the Carey students,” Dr. Cotten said. “They are able to apply what has been learned in class by getting to know their client through varied experiences while improving the quality of life for the client.”
The trip was made possible thanks to a recent grant from The Greater Pine Belt Foundation.
“Without the financial support we receive, such opportunities would not be possible,” Dr. Cotten said. “We are good stewards of the funds given to us, and do our best to maximize opportunities for our clients and students. One of the best parts about the program is that it not only provides new experiences and opportunities for the clients, but for many of the students, as well.”