Lauren Benoist, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

" I take responsibility for fostering action in  
learners to become empowered in their education." 
- Lauren Benoist, Ph.D.

" I take responsibility for fostering action in
learners to become empowered in their education."
- Lauren Benoist, Ph.D.

Lauren Benoist, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

I teach counseling for the same reasons I counsel: to create and leverage agency. I take responsibility for fostering action in learners to become empowered in their education. I teach to facilitate an evolving community where learners become helpers and work to reduce the stigma associated with asking for help. I also teach because I am dedicated to a life of continued learning- and education can be inspired with every new generation of learners. I strive to engage learners in activities that link counseling theory to applied practice such as role-play and counseling demonstrations. Experiential learning is vitally important to concretizing learning materials and facilitating growth as future counselors.

By creating environments where the exchanges of ideas are mutual, students will feel safe in taking risks and feeling vulnerable in reflection, modeling the therapeutic environments students will experience in their professional lives. Encouraging students to engage in experiential learning (i.e. community engagement, transformational and service learning experiences) will help the development of civic engagement and dedication to social justice. Allowing learners to safely explore cultural differences and become comfortable having difficult conversations surrounding systems of power, privilege, and oppression is foundational to my educational style, scholarship, and personhood.

My allegiance to teaching is life-long, so there is no end to my learning how to be the best counselor educator I can be for my students. I am dedicating myself as an educator, and in doing so, devote success to my students and to the clients and communities they serve in their perspective futures

Please email me if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Roosevelt University
  • B.S., Psychology, Appalachian State University

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (since 2010)
  • Illinois Counseling Association (since 2012)
  • International Association for Counselling (since 2013)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (since 2013)
  • Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues in Counseling (since 2013)
  • Chi Sigma Iota (since 2009)

Select Publications

Manuscripts in process:
 

  • Benoist, L. N. & Hunt, B. H. Intersectionality in Counselor Education: A response to MSJCC
  • Kumble, S., Benoist, L. N., Perez, J., & Seo, Y. Teen Suicide in the News- A Content Analysis of Reponsible Reporting and Framing in United State Newspapers

Select Presentations

  • Benoist, L. N., Calandriello, F., Kostohryz, K., Casado, J. F. (2015). Creating a Collaborative Counselor EducationTraining Clinic: The Real World Model. Breakout session submitted to: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference (ACES).
  • Benoist, L. N., Hunt, B. H. (2015). A Primer on the Use of Intersectionality In Multicultural Counselor Education. Breakout session submitted to: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference (ACES).
  • Benoist, L. N. (2014). Postmodern Identity Development and Implications for Practice and Curriculum Roundtable Discussion-Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling National (ALGBTIC) Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Benoist, L. N., Chang, H. (2014). Intersections in Identity: Counseling practices that address the postmodern shift in identity development, Canadian Counselling Association Research Conference, Moncton, New Brunswick.
  • Benoist, L.N. (2014). Intersectionality, Identity, and Culturally-Critical Counseling Breakout Session-Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Conference, University Park, PA
  • Benoist, L. N., Mack, C. (2012). Counseling LGBTQ People of Color: New Models in Identity FormationPoster Presentation-Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Springfield, IL

Awards

  • Graham Endowed Fellowship, Penn State University, 2013