Mark L. Savickas Scholarship for Outreach and Achievement in Rehabilitation Counseling
Counselor Education with an Emphasis in Rehabilitation Education and Research
University of Arkansas
Julie attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Early Childhood Education, and graduated in 2006. She returned to Fort Collins, CO and worked as a toddler teacher, a special education paraprofessional at a junior high school, a substitute teacher, and was finally able to gain a position in her dream job of being an early childhood special education teacher. She applied to and was accepted to the Counseling and Career Development master’s program at Colorado State University. While there, she completed a thesis on adolescents with chronic health conditions. During this time she fell in love with counseling and career construction theory. During the first two years of graduate school, she served as the Coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Lab on campus, as well as completed two internships, one with the Trio program, and the other in the academic advising office for the Human Development and Family Studies department. During her last semester, she was asked to teach an undergraduate class for the department and advise part time. During this time Julie and a colleague created the Inclusive Career Genogram, an intervention for people of all ages and stages of life, explore career possibilities and broaden their minds to options not previously considered. The intervention combines building a traditional career genogram and then expanding on that genogram by using interview questions from the Career Construction Interview process. While serving in this professional role, she started a student organization called the CSU Spoonies. This group is intended to be a support and advocacy group for students with chronic health conditions and allies. In August of 2015, Julie moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas to pursue a PhD in Rehabilitation Education and Research because she discovered that she enjoyed teaching even if the students weren’t preschoolers and most shocking of all was her new passion: research!