Student Counseling Association



President: Damien Dupont

Hello future counselors! I'm Damien, a second year student in the MHC program, and I am interning at NYU Langone Hospital's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. I've been in NYC just over 13 years. I came here right after undergrad at Vanderbilt, where I studied Philosophy. I got my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, then worked for a few years in the corporate world. I'm so glad with my choice to move on from that and pursue a career as a psychotherapist. I will be working specifically with persons with disabilities, minorities, and other groups that historically are underserved by mental health services.

I'll be working with the rest of the SCA and the faculty to further the department's ongoing efforts to strengthen both the School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling programs. If you have any ideas, comments, or concerns, please feel free to let me know. I'll be a direct link for you and the department administration, and working together I think we can continue to build a wonderful community here.



Vice President: Abby R. Spilka

I’m Abby and I am a second-year student. I returned to grad school -- after a successful career in Museum marketing and administration -- to pursue my MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. Since 2006, I have been a hospice volunteer with Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care, serving patients and their families at end of life. This work has become a spiritual calling for me and that is what brought me to NYU. My specific interests are palliative care, understanding expressions of PTSD at end of life, and working with a geriatric population. This year I am interning in a nursing home, working with persons with dementia (PWDs) and their families. I love being part of a caring community of mental health and school guidance counselors and I am grateful to be studying at NYU. I live in Brooklyn with my husband, and look forward to meeting the Steinhardt Class of 2017.


Treasurer: Cara McMenamin

My name is Cara and I am a second-year student in the Mental Health and Wellness program. After graduating from Fordham University, I moved to New Orleans where I spent three incredible years working at a nonprofit workforce development program for adolescents. It was in the Crescent City that I realized my passion for working with teenagers and my interest in mental health. This year I will be interning with the Adolescent Skills Center in Queens and maintaining my own mental health by running, cooking, and face painting people with glitter.


Secretary: Sam Silor

Welcome, y'all! My name is Sam and I’m a second year grad student in the Mental Health and Wellness program. Originally hailing from sunshine soaked Alabama (Roll Tide!), I’m a firm believer in smiling at strangers, front porch swings, and all things fried. Prior to moving to NYC, I worked at a high security treatment facility for juvenile female offenders with mental and behavioral health problems. This rewarding experience helped me solidify my desire to evaluate, develop, and implement interventions for incarcerated women using a framework of increased self-efficacy, life-skills training, and trauma sensitivity to decrease recidivism. This year I will be interning at the Institute for Human Identity working with LGBTQ populations, allowing me to explore my secondary research interests in sexuality. When not writing a paper, I can be found desperately trying to peak over the heads of tall people at concerts throughout the city. I’m honored to be serving this year on SCA and can’t wait to meet the movers and shakers from the incoming Class of 2017.


Interested in joining the SCA Board? It's simple. All first and second year students in all the CMHW, School Counseling, and Bi-lingual School Counseling programs should send a paragraph to us at SCA.STEINHARDT@GMAIL.COM letting us know your program, how you would like to help your fellow students, the program, and your own professional development, and any background you feel is relevant. We will find a way to put your talents to good use. 

Please send in your paragraph by Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2015.

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