Chicago | Associate Chair for Online Curriculum and Teaching,
Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs
Counselors-in-training commit to a rigorous process of academic, personal, and professional development. I regard them as active partners in their training as counselors and advocates throughout their time as students at Adler. Recognizing each student’s strengths, experiences, and interests is central to my approach in building a learning partnership that can support the evaluative process that is essential to fostering competence and growth. I value different ways of knowing, critical thinking, and multiple perspectives and I leverage the diversity of students’ experiences, identities, and locations to build and enrich the learning communities in my classrooms. I also believe that helping students remain connected to their inspiration – their why – is sustaining as they navigate the more challenging or intensive work of the program. I see counselor training as transformative – for each student who devotes the personal resources needed to become a professional counselor – and for the individuals and communities they aspire to serve.
I strive to both challenge and support students as they build the awareness, knowledge, and skills they need to become professional counselors and social justice advocates. I also work to ensure that students demonstrate the professional dispositions required as part of my responsibility to the profession and the public. I believe that preparing students effectively is not only central to their transformation from students to professional counselors, but also to helping to ensure that mental healthcare of the highest quality is accessible to anyone who may be in need.
I’m energized by the opportunity to work online with students from across the country who share my commitment to culturally responsive counseling practice and social justice advocacy. I find it encouraging to be part of an academic community so invested in promoting wellness and equity across the country. As a counselor educator, I am a proponent of infusing multicultural perspectives and social justice advocacy throughout the counseling curriculum and emphasize practice through authentic assessments in the classroom. Training graduate students online for effective counseling and advocacy with diverse populations has been at the heart of my scholarship and practice. I’m thankful to be in a position to equip and empower students to reach their goals and impact their communities in positive ways. It’s a joy to celebrate the work they do and reassuring to be confident in the vision and the work they will carry forward.
Manis, A.A., Martin, N., & Sanger, J. (2021, September). Cultivating Culturally Responsive Practice: School Counselors Working with Alaskan Native. Virtual presentation at the 2021 NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities.
McKenna, L.M, Manis, A.A. (2021, February). Social Justice Considerations in Counselor Education Online Curriculum: Design and Delivery. The Counselor Education Distance Learning
Conference hosted by Palo Alto University.
Manis, A.A. (2019, November). Moving Beyond Compliance to Empowerment: Promoting a Culture of Authentic Assessment in Counselor Education. Virtual presentation at International Council
for Open and Distance Education World Conference on Online Learning, Dublin, Ireland.
Sculthorp, S. L., & Manis, A.A. (2019, October). Promoting Learner Growth and Program Improvement: Using Learner Growth Models in Counselor Education and Supervision. Presentation at Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN.
Manis, A.A. (2018, October). Women, Work and Caregiving: Fostering Wellness and Equity. Presentation at SACES Bi-Annual Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC.
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