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  • Friday, June 02, 2023 4:51 PM
    Message # 13209960
    Ashley VanBemmelen (Administrator)

    Hello, my name is Kayla Kemp. I am a student at the University of Iowa’s Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program. I am inviting you to participate in a research study titled “Advocate Identity and Advocacy Competencies Across the Counseling Career Span.”  

    The purpose of the study is to explore advocate identity and advocacy competencies in counselors and counselors-in-training across the career span. I hope to learn more about how advocacy competencies evolve over time and what educational and professional development experiences impact advocate identity. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at University of Iowa

    You are eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:  

    • hold current, relevant state licensure for counseling (e.g., tLMHC, LMHC, LPCC, licensed school counselor) and are actively engaged in clinical work with clients and/or students 


    • hold status as a counselor-in-training and are enrolled in a CACREP-accredited master's program

    This survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants who complete the survey will be given the option to enter into a drawing for a $20 Visa e-gift card.  If you are interested in participating, please click the link below. If you know of anyone who fits this criterion and is interested in this study, please feel free to forward them this email. 


    Link to survey:  

    For additional information about this study, please contact Kayla Kemp at or Dr. Laura Gallo at 

    Thank you, 

    Kayla KempMA, tLMHC (she, her, hers) 

    PhD Student | Graduate Research Assistant 


    University of Iowa | Counselor Education and Supervision 

  • Friday, March 22, 2024 11:04 AM
    Reply # 13333288 on 13209960
    Ashley VanBemmelen (Administrator)


    My name is Haley Williamson, and I am a counseling psychology doctoral student at Iowa State

    University. My advisor, Nathaniel Wade, and I would like to invite you to participate in a study exploring

    the prevalence and experiences of group therapists in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing clients in

    group therapy. The primary aim of this study is to identify best practices in providing inclusive group

    therapy for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients.

    This study has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval through the Iowa State University (IRB

    Study #23-222-00)

    This study is open to anyone who:

    1. Is currently, or has previously been, a licensed mental health professional.

    2. Has co-led at least one therapy group (currently or in the past).

    3. Is 18 years of age or older.

    This survey will take about 5-15 minutes of your time, and participation is entirely anonymous.

    Participants also have the option to enter a drawing for one of several $50 gift cards (odds of being

    chosen are 1/25).

    Follow this link to the Survey:

    If you have any questions about this study, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Haley Williamson (she/her)

    Doctoral Student


    Nathaniel Wade, PhD, LP, CGP (he/him)

    Associate Chair and Professor of Psychology

    Counseling Psychology

    Department of Psychology

    Iowa State University

  • Saturday, March 23, 2024 12:24 PM
    Reply # 13333719 on 13209960
    Ashley VanBemmelen (Administrator)



    My name is Julia Slocum and I’m a graduate student in Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University working with Dr. Nathaniel Wade. I want to bring your attention to our research study: A Survey of Licensed Psychotherapists’ Use of and Attitudes Toward Walk and Talk Therapy. The purpose of this study is to explore psychotherapists’ perceptions and experiences of Walk and Talk Therapy (WTT). You do not need to have ever used WTT in your practice to participate, as we aim to collect the perspectives of all psychotherapists - not just those who have used this approach. 


    WTT is the integration of movement and talk therapy and has been established as a viable psychotherapy option, but research has not kept pace with its growing popularity. This survey explores respondents’ past use of WTT, how helpful and hindering they perceive or have experienced WTT to be, and whether respondents are considering conducting WTT sessions in the future. The survey also asks about behaviors and attitudes related to therapists’ relationship with exercise and nature, as well as physical access to and sense of safety and belonging in natural outdoor spaces. 


    Survey Link:


    Eligibility & Participation

    You are eligible to participate in this study if you:
    1. Are a currently licensed psychotherapist, and
    2. Practice anywhere in the US, and
    3. Work with individual adult clients in in-person, out-patient treatment


    Participation in this study involves approximately 15-30 minutes to complete an online survey.

    Your participation is entirely voluntary, and you are free to withdraw at any time without any consequences. Respondents may enter a drawing for one of five $50 gift cards.


    The success of this study lies in the participation of licensed psychotherapists of all backgrounds nationwide, so we invite you to share the link above with your professional networks. If sharing via social media, please adjust the post’s settings to not allow for comments, sharing, and/or tagging, if possible. 


    Contact Information 

    For any questions or research-related concerns please contact:


    ·   Julia Slocum:

    ·   Dr. Nathaniel Wade:


    The study has received approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB (#23-322) at Iowa State University, ensuring your rights as a research subject are protected and kept confidential.


    Thank you for considering this opportunity to contribute to meaningful research within the field of mental health.





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