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South University, Austin Hosts Seminar for Counseling Professionals

by South University
July 25, 2018
Michelle Hawn, of Labyrinth Counseling, delivering a seminar about the Gottman Institute.

As part of our commitment to the professional development of the counseling community, South University and our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program hosted a Gottman 101 Seminar at our Austin campus on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Led by therapist Michelle Hawn, MA, LPC-S, of Labyrinth Counseling, the all-day event was attended by a mix of students from local universities and clinicians from Austin and the surrounding areas. Attendees learned about the Gottman Institute and their famous concepts, the Four Horsemen and The Sound Relationship House, developed as tools to help clients build happy, long-lasting relationships.

Based on over 40 years of longitudinal research, the Gottman Institute offers an approach that allows counselors to:

  • Help couples in crisis triage their relationship and work on healing solutions.
  • Assist couples with the “blahs” and enrich and strengthen their relationship.
  • Facilitate a firm foundation in pre-marital or pre-commitment counseling.
  • Work with individuals to understand why past relationships did not work and how to prepare themselves for relationships that will thrive.

Attendees also participated in lively debate and experiential exercises related to the training.

For information about Gottman certification or official training, please visit For inquiries about partnering with South University, Austin for mental health seminars or training, please contact Sarah Wilson at

About Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

The South University Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program can prepare you with the training, knowledge, and experience to assess and treat patients facing a wide range of complex issues. Our curriculum is designed to equip you to achieve the eligibility criteria to become licensed in your state and certified as a National Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors.* Learn more about our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program today.

*South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

by South University
July 25, 2018
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Columbia BSN Students and Faculty Publish Article Offering Advice on Nurse Bullying

by South University
July 9, 2018
A photo of two South University nursing students

While bullying in any workplace is a concern, bullying in healthcare settings can be a serious issue with the potential to impact patient care and inhibit teamwork and communication among nurses. Earlier this year, a group of South University, Columbia instructors and Bachelor of Science in Nursing students published an article in the April 2018 Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services focusing on the bullying of student nurses in clinicals.

The authors of the article include:

  • Sandra Renee Henley, PhD,MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, South University, Columbia
  • Carlos Paxtor, BSN student
  • Rodriques Perry, BSN student
  • Hillary Wren, BSN student
  • Kimberly Samuel-White, BSN student
  • Brittany Roseborough, BSN student
  • Nautika Wills-Smith, BSN Program Graduate, RN
  • Carolyn Horner, Ed.D, Assistant Program Director, General Studies

Entitled "An Opinion on Mistreatment Faced by Student Nurses During Clinical," the piece explains how bullying imposed on new nurses as an initiation to the profession—an act described in the phrase "nurses eat their young"—can lower the ability and desire of student nurses to learn as well as compromise the care received by patients. The article also offers advice for those involved and affected by nurse bullying.

Advice for Student Nurses

If bullying occurs during clinicals, student nurses should directly confront staff nurses, the authors assert. While this can be a difficult conversation to have, it is important to remain calm and base the discussion in logic and in a shared desire to provide quality care for patients. Addressing and resolving the issue, can allow you, as a student nurse, to better focus on your patients and increase your learning throughout your clinical rotations.

The authors also suggest that students notify their clinical instructors of any bullying or mistreatment, so that the clinical instructor can offer guidance and help to resolve the situation.

Advice for Staff Nurses & Clinical Instructors

Look to be part of the solution by being a good example and role model in the workplace. The responsibility of preventing bullying and improving patient care and student learning is a shared one. Identify and assess your own patterns of behavior as well as those of your colleagues, and be sure that you are helping to create an environment that encourages learning, teamwork, and communication among everyone. Ultimately, this will result in better prepared nurses and better treatment of the patients in your facility.

Moving Forward Together

Clinical rotations are a time for student nurses to discover their potential to improve patients' lives and for them to build a foundation of knowledge and experience upon which their careers will grow. It is because of the critical importance of the clinical experience that student nurses must address and overcome any obstacles—bullying and otherwise—to patient care, learning, and teamwork, while the rest of the nursing and healthcare field should work to support student nurses and prevent them from encountering unnecessary roadblocks as they begin their journey in healthcare.

View the full text of the article to learn more and educate yourself on the topic of nursing bullying.

by South University
July 9, 2018
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