The West Virginia University Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling&Counseling Psychology invites WVU students, faculty, staff and the general public toThe Person of the Therapist: A Process of Self-Discovery,a colloquium about how therapists can find balance in their own lives, presented by Mikal Crawford, 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in 510 Allen Hall.

The work of the therapist is demanding on both personal and professional levels,said Dr. Crawford.We have an ethical obligation to remain continuously self-aware and to monitor our actions to ensure high quality service to our clients.

The research suggests that, as professionals, therapists are effective in helping clients handle the pressures in their lives, but we are less effective in taking care of ourselves, she said.

This workshop will engage participants in recognizing and challenging some basic assumptions which can limit personal and professional development, increase stress and render less than quality service to the client. Participants will explore together how these assumptions operate in their own lives.

Crawford earned her Ed.D. in counseling psychology from WVU in 1986. She is currently an associate professor at Frostburg State University. For 13 years she served as a psychologist with the University Counseling Center at FSU , during which time she also worked as an adjunct faculty member and developed an elective course for the masters programs in counseling psychology and school counseling calledThe Counselor as a Person,which centers on self-awareness and the interface of the personal and professional arenas of the therapists life.

A licensed psychologist in Maryland, Crawford became a full-time faculty member in the Education Professions Department at FSU in the fall of 1999, and became program coordinator for the School Counseling Professions Department in the spring of 2000.

The colloquium is free, but reservations are preferred. To attend, contact Karen Smith, 293-3807, ext. 1202 or e-mail KRSmith@mail.wvu.edu .