Psi Beta students collect items for Arbor Circle

GRCC’s chapter of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for Community Colleges, recently conducted a supply drive for Arbor Circle, a homeless shelter for youth ages 11-17 here in Grand Rapids. The Psi Beta students collected over 880 items of clothing, toiletries, food, and more and delivered them the week prior to Thanksgiving. Thanks to everyone who made the collection a huge success!

Psi Beta members collect items to help homeless families, youth


Amber Bailey, Chris Blik, and Michele Day are getting ready to deliver over 700 items collected by Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology at the Community College, all donated by students in Psychology classes at GRCC. Sponsored by the Psychology Department, these items will be shared by 3:11 Youth Housing, an agency that provides transitional housing for homeless youth helping in their transition to self-sufficiency, and Family Promise of Grand Rapids, which helps homeless families with children find permanent housing with a continuum of supportive programs and mentors helping them achieve sustainable self-sufficiency.

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2014 Psychology Department Student Conference and Advising Days today and tomorrow

Sex, Drugs, and Art
2014 Psychology Department
Student Conference and Advising Days
March 27
Student Conference
First Floor White Hall

All Day (9:00 – 4:30)
Psi Beta will be providing the opportunity to take different psychological assessments related to personality, emotional intelligence, stress, and more!

9:30 – 11:00
Art Therapy as a Coping Technique for Managing Stress
This session will explore art therapy which is a creative use of art to provide for nonverbal expression and communication through which to foster self-awareness and personal growth. Participants will learn more about using art as a coping technique for managing stress and will experience an introductory art therapy activity. Space will be limited to the first 20 people.

11:15 – 12:00
Love Psychology But Don’t Want to Be A Psychologist?
What else might you do with a Psychology Degree? What degrees and careers are available that are similar to psychology, but provide a different educational and career path? In this session, practitioners from related fields will share various career options that provide alternative paths for psychology or related majors.

1:00 – 2:30
Too Much Drugs and Alcohol: The Work of a Substance Abuse Counselor
This session will introduce students to the work of a Substance Abuse Counselor. Participants will hear about how these disorders are present in a person’s life, possible causes, and techniques used as treatment. This particular presentation will have a unique perspective on the use of hypnotherapy as a tool applied to treatment.

2:45 – 4:15
Intimacy and Human Sexuality
This presentation will discuss the role of intimate relationships in young adulthood. Variables such as social networking and social media will be considered in how these relatively new technologies affect the development of intimacy. Other topics include factors related to sexual satisfaction as well as gender issues related to intimacy.

All session are free and open to any student at GRCC. There is no need to register, but sessions will be filled on a first come – first served bases. Arrive early to assure a seat in the session. Refreshments will be served.

March 26 & 27
Third Floor White Hall

The Psychology Department will be holding one-on-one academic advising for students majoring in Psychology, Social Work, Gerontology, or those currently enrolled in PY-097.
During this time you can meet with a professor in the Psychology Department to –

• Develop a schedule for Fall Semester 2014.
• Plan for your future classes.
• Determine what classes you need to graduate.
• Decide which classes are best for your transfer or career goals.
• Ask questions about career options in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Gerontology, or related fields.

Please talk to your professor or see the information in White Hall for specific times during the two days.

Photos: Psi Beta Induction Ceremony

2010 GRCC Psi Beta Induction Ceremony

These photos come from the 2010 Induction Ceremony for Psi Beta, the National Honor Society for Psychology in the Junior and Community College.  Dr. Ender provided the keynote for this year’s 12 honor student inductees.