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Brian Price joined the Peace Corps to train primary school teachers in health education in the Central African Republic
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Brian Price (U.K. Resident Graduate Professor)
Hello from the United Kingdom branch of CAPS in Europe. I am excited about the diverse opportunities that the U.K. CAPS program can offer our counseling students. The wide range of education and social services at Lakenheath and Mildenhall offer a multitude of training experiences for those wishing to learn more about the different roles of professional counselors. U.K. CAPS also offers students the chance to interact with professional counterparts from other countries - a rare and enviable opportunity to enrich one's personal and professional development.
David and Carole asked that this article include a description about myself. To begin, this is my second year teaching for UMUC's overseas program. Last year, I taught both counseling and undergraduate psychology classes at several bases in Okinawa, Japan. The CAPS courses that I taught there included Principles of Mental Health, Appraisal, Career Theories and Development, Practicum, and Multicultural Counseling. During Term V, I was also acting as the interim-RGP for the CAPS office.
Prior to joining UMUC, I worked as a psychologist at a county mental health center in Johnson County, Kansas. There, I supervised the mental health services that were provided to various criminal justice settings, including the courts, the adult detention centers, and the adult probation and parole services. My other counseling experiences include two V. A. psychology services, two university counseling centers, a student wellness center, and a minority student academic assistance office.
My educational background includes a B.S. in psychology from Central Missouri State University, a M.S.Ed. in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Iowa State University. As an undergraduate, I was equally attracted to psychology and anthropology and maintained both interests by studying cross-cultural issues pertaining to counseling. Both my thesis and dissertation research involved surveying American Indian college students' attitudes to determine what factors influenced their willingness to seek counseling,
I consider another experience as part of my educational background, although it wasn't at the university. After completing my coursework for my masters' from the University of Kansas, I joined the Peace Corps to train primary school teachers in health education in the Central African Republic. I returned from that experience with a greater awareness of how one's cultural orientation and identity affects one's worldview, which has helped my subsequent graduate training.
On a more personal note, I grew up in southern Missouri, where both of my parents' families have lived for generations. As the only member from my extended family who doesn't still live in Ozarks, I consider myself from the region, although I haven't lived in Missouri for over 15 years. As a descendent of Scotch-Irish and Scottish immigrants, I am looking forward to tracing some of my family genealogy on the northern part of this island.
I look forward to this term when I can visit with each student to learn more about the needs of the U.K. program. I also hope to meet many of you from other parts of Europe at the EB-ACA conference this November. In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck with your studies this fall.