Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dr. Nick Young Will Visit Japan with the Fulbright Program for Educators

Montpelier, Vermont--Dr. Nick Young, director of Union Institute & University’s Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling, headquartered in Brattleboro, was recently accepted into the Japan Fulbright Program for Educators.

This prestigious program was designed to bring American educators to Japan for three weeks to interact with, and study, the customs and educational systems in that country (and to foster an exchange of ideas to assist Japanese educators with strengthening their own educational systems). Accepted participants to this program are designated as Fulbright Memorial Program Scholars.

Nick will visit October in October 2008 to study the Japanese educational system, and he says learning about other cultures is an invaluable experience for psychologists and counselors.

“It is very important for us to expand outward and be more mindful of cultural differences and sensibilities,” says Nick, who earned a second doctorate, a Ph.D., from UI&U with a specialization in educational administration.

As the director of UI&U’s Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling, one of his efforts includes continuing to develop ways learners can gain cross-cultural awareness. He also co-edited and contributed to, Counseling in a Complex Society, which explores this subject.

Nick’s visit to Japan won’t be the first time he has set out to learn from other cultures. He has also participated in humanitarian missions in South America.
Read Dr. Nick Young’s Bio

Dr. Young holds a B.S. from Austin Peay State University and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, a M.A. in Human Resources with a focus in Industrial and Organizational psychology, a Masters of Public Administration, a CAGS in School Psychology, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology from American International College. He finished a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology and earned a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at AIC. Dr. Young completed individualized graduate studies in school counseling as well as a CAGS in Educational Administration at Westfield State College before obtaining a MBA from Western New England College.

He has significant experience working in school, clinical and education settings. He is a nationally certified counselor, a nationally certified school psychologist, a licensed educational psychologist, a board certified health services provider, and a licensed psychologist with clinical and educational specialties. He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).

Dr. Young is also an experienced educator and educational administrator, having served in building and district level school leadership positions. In the field of education, he holds certifications as a superintendent of schools, school principal, special education director, pupil services administrator, special education teacher, guidance counselor and school psychologist.

Dr. Young is a regular presenter at state and national conferences, and he has published in various practitioner journals. Prior to joining the graduate and post-graduate faculties at Vermont College in the early 90’s, he taught graduate level education, guidance and psychology courses at American International College. Dr. Young pioneered the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling and has been its Director since its inception in December 2001.

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