Delta Sigma Mu, the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) chapter of the national counseling honor society Chi Sigma Iota, held its annual induction ceremony on May 8 in Downs Auditorium. Delta Sigma Mu inducted 34 graduate students from the community and trauma counseling (CTC) program.
To be eligible, students must be able to demonstrate the traits, dispositions and characteristics of professional counselors, as well as maintain a 3.5 GPA. Assistant professor Astra Czerny is the faculty advisor for Delta Sigma Mu and conceived the idea to start this chapter on campus.
In addition to the induction of the students, two scholarship awards and a faculty appreciation award were presented: Alyssa Gibson and Eric Shapiro earned the Daniel Gerstein Memorial Award; the Delta Sigma Mu Emerging Professional Award went to Michelle Cost and Victoria Lowers; and adjunct professor Craig Strickland received the Delta Sigma Mu Faculty Appreciation Award.
Arturo Zinny, LPC, MA, served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. He’s the project director for the Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services.