PsyClub Selling Boo Bags

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The PsyClub is selling Boo Bags: spooky Halloween treats that you can send to friends. Regular bags are $2 and deluxe bags $5 with all proceeds going to the Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center.

To pay online, go to, or contact Cheyenne Slate at ude.uanerb.regit@etalsc to pay with cash.

Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast & Briefing Oct. 1

The 15th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast & Briefing will be held from 7:45-9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Downtown Center Theatre on the Square. This year, the briefing will feature domestic violence survivor Janet Paulsen.

Janet Paulsen was an ordinary suburban mom in November 2015. She was the executive vice president of the Acworth Baseball Association, supporting her athletic and active 13-year-old twin boys. She and her husband of 15 years owned a mortgage servicing business. She was in the best shape of her life, having just trained for and completed a grueling Savage Race with obstacle course. The Volunteer of the Year Award, given by the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association, had just been minted with her name as its recipient. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Paulsen also had an 18-year career in the shopping center industry managing and marketing regional malls and outlet centers on behalf of the developers.

Unfortunately, Paulsen was also living a different life behind closed doors. She was living with an abusive, alcoholic husband — a living nightmare sleeping beside her every night. On Nov. 5, 2015, her then-husband attempted to kill her by shooting her six times, leaving her right leg paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. She survived after multiple surgeries and physical therapy and chooses to live her life to the fullest by taking care of her boys, participating in sports such as scuba diving and water skiing, and being a voice for others living in similar situations. In sharing her story, she empowers other survivors and victims by providing valuable insight into her experience of navigating through an imperfect system. This information helps to shed light on existing gaps and will provide professionals who serve victims with ideas of how to make improvements that could help save lives.

The event is presented each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the Hall County Domestic Violence Task Force and is sponsored by Gateway Domestic Violence Center, Brenau University, Hall County Solicitor’s Office, NGMC Trauma & Acute Care Surgery and McDonald’s. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and the briefing will begin at 8 a.m. Go to for more information.

Play Therapy Room Added to BCCPS at Norcross Campus


ribbon cuttingThe Psychology Department announced the grand opening of its play therapy room at the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS) on the Norcross campus.

On April 18, Gary Bauman, Josh Hall and Lucinda Grapenthin, as well as the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling graduate students, were on hand to formally cut the red ribbon celebrating the new addition. This specially designed room incorporates a center for expressive arts therapy and a space for non-directed play therapy. The room is equipped with therapeutic toys, dolls and activities to help serve the young clients. A two-way mirror allows for clinical supervision and observations while student clinicians are working with children and families. A Play Therapy Specialization is offered to the graduate students while they are pursuing their counseling degree.

Children can be referred to the BCCPS Norcross for play therapy by calling 470-228-8942.

Play Therapy Continuing Education Workshop, Feb. 1

The Psychology Department will present the continuing education workshop “Healing Trauma: Strengthening Resiliency and Attachment Through Play Therapy” on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Downtown Center Room AB from 9 a.m. to noon with check-in at 8:30 a.m.

The speaker will be assistant professor of psychology and Certified Theraplay Practitioner Lucinda Grapenthin,. This program is intended for licensed professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, psychologists, play therapists, pediatric nurses, teachers and others working with children and families impacted by trauma and adverse experiences. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how traumatic events alter the sense of self and the ability to self-regulate thus precluding healthy attachments. Therapeutic activities will be introduced that will assist practitioners in understanding the value of play and its relationship with promoting self-regulation, resiliency and healthy attachments.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of trauma from a neurobiological and physiological perspective
  2. Demonstrate how playful interventions help to restructure psychosocial orientation
  3. List effective playful strategies to help children begin their own healing.

Registration is required and no payments accepted at the door. Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) CE Approval Number 7964-18; Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) Approved; Association for Play Therapy (APT) — APT Approved Provider #18-972. Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Register online at

Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing in Thurmond McRae Oct. 10

The 14th annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing will be held from 7:45-9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Thurmond McRae Auditorium. This year, the briefing will feature domestic violence survivor Christy Sims.

A native of Atlanta, Sims is a public speaker, author, nationally certified clinical mental health counselor and a survivor of and advocate against domestic violence. The mother of two was forever changed on April 28, 2013, when her ex-boyfriend severely disfigured her by dousing her with sulfuric acid. She sustained third and fourth degree burns to over 20 percent of her body, including her entire face, neck, chest and arms. After the incident, she remained in an induced coma for two months and endured numerous life-saving surgeries at the Grady Burn Unit in Atlanta. She emerged from the coma with a resolve to survive, to return to her children and to pursue the prosecution of her abuser. Due to her diligence, her abuser was finally brought to justice on July 17, 2015, after a two-year fight.

Sims was the first reported case of an acid attack in the state of Georgia. To date, she has undergone 13 surgeries to reconstruct her face and body, and her personal struggle has propelled her to advocate and support other survivors of domestic violence. Her story has touched the lives of millions around the world and possibly prevented other cases of domestic violence. The Christy Sims Foundation was founded in 2014 and is focused upon the prevention, education and awareness of domestic violence.

The event is presented each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the Hall County Domestic Violence Task Force. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. The breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and the briefing will being at 8 a.m.

Dr. Perry Daughtry Represents Psychology Club in Humane Society Fundraiser

Dr. Perry Daughtry, Psychology Department undergraduate coordinator, is representing the Psychology Club for the second year in a row in the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia’s Lock up for Life fundraiser. Through Aug. 24 you can help “bail” Perry out by donating dollars for his dog, R.J. Donations can be made in your name or in honor of a beloved pet. Dr. Daughtry’s donation page is

Psychology’s Perry Daughtry Successfully Defends Dissertation

On Thursday, Jan. 25, Perry Daughtry successfully defended his thesis for a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Northcentral University. Daughtry’s dissertation is titled “Using Hierarchical Regression to Determining the Predictability of Job Satisfaction by a Balanced Time Perspective While Controlling for Subjective Well-being.”

Daughtry said of his accomplishment, “I would not have considered doing this before coming to Brenau. The encouragement of Dr. Julie Battle and Dr. Gale Starich got me started, but I was only able to complete this with the support of the Brenau community.”

Congratulations, Professor Daughtry!

13th Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing to feature survivor April Ross

The Psychology Department will partner with Gateway Domestic Violence Center and the Hall County Solicitor’s Office to sponsor the Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast & Briefing, featuring survivor April Ross on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Downtown Center Theater.

The breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. followed by the briefing and the address from Ross from 8-9 a.m. There will be an “after-chat” panel discussion following the program from 9:30-10:30 a.m. that will include Ross; Jessica Butler, Gateway Domestic Violence Center executive director; Stephanie Woodard, Hall County Solicitor General; Julie Battle, chair of Brenau University’s psychology department; and Jennifer Thomas, Georgia Commission on Family Violence executive director.

There will be two additional opportunities for students to interact with Ross. She will have question/answer sessions from 11 a.m. to noon in Sellars Gallery and from 2-3 p.m. in meeting rooms B/C at the Downtown Center.

The event is free, but seating is limited.

‘Miss Representation’ Screening this Saturday, Sept. 23

As part of her Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) project, Jordan Battle, a senior in the IB program at North Hall High School, has partnered with the Psychology Department to organize a screening of “Miss Representation,” a documentary about the misrepresentation of women in the media. The screening is from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in Thurmond McRae Lecture Hall.

This event is a great opportunity for students to extend their learning outside of the classroom. The documentary encourages students to think critically about information and images in the media and may lead to thought-provoking discussions in the classroom.

In addition to the screening, there will be two female community leaders who will briefly speak about their expertise and experience surrounding women’s issues.

Seats are limited Please RSVP at The event is free, but donations to Gateway Domestic Violence Center are suggested and could include laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes and disinfecting wipes.

Warning: This documentary does not have a rating but contains some profanity and sexual content. The trailer is available at

Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology Program Re-Accredited

The Psychology Department announces that the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program has been fully re-accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of February 2017 through February 2027.