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Darden College’s Remley and Wood Lead Career Counseling Study Abroad Institute in Italy

Ted Remley and Chris Wood, faculty members in the Darden College of Education's counseling graduate program, led an eight-day Old Dominion Office of Study Abroad institute Sept. 27 to Oct. 8 in Tuscany, Italy, for counseling graduate students, counselors and counseling professors.

Institute participants came from ODU and five other universities: University of New Mexico, Governors State University in Illinois, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Rider University in New Jersey and Ohio University. ODU counseling graduate program faculty members Danica Hays and Tim Grothaus, along with ODU Career Management Center assistant director Erin Mills, also attended the institute.

While in Italy, institute participants learned about career development and the counseling profession in Italy. Italian speakers included a counselor who provides consulting services for Italian businesses; a private practice counselor in Florence; a counselor who provides services to American students studying abroad; and two schoolteachers who explained the career decision-making process of Italian students and how the Italian school system is structured. American faculty members also presented on the differences and similarities of the Italian culture and a variety of career development topics.

Following the institute, Remley was a featured speaker at two conferences for Italian counselors that were conducted in Italian in Florence and Verona.

Remley directs several ODU study abroad programs related to counseling each year in Italy, Ireland, Argentina and Africa. Details about the programs can be found at http://ww2.odu.edu/ao/oip/studyabroad/announcements/Counseling.shtml.

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