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NIU Alumnus to speak on issues in counseling older populations

The Northern Illinois Univerrsity Counseling Association will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, bringing alumnus Dr. Donna Kirkpatrick Pinson to speak on the major issues facing counselors who work with older populations.

In this one hour workshop, Pinson will address the prevalence of depression, substance abuse and suicidality in older people. She will discuss medical co-morbidity and how difficult life transitions affect clients and their families. The workshop will be invaluable to those entering the mental health, allied health, nursing, and education professions. The workshop is free and open to all and will be held in Gabel Hall, Room 146.

Pinson currently serves as the president of the Illinois Association for Adult Development and Aging, a division of the Illinois Counseling Association. She also is assistant professor of Counseling and Human Services at National Louis University. Prior to this appointment, she served as adjunct faculty in the Northern Illinois University Counseling Program and as a professional school counselor at Byron Middle School.

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