Dr. Ann Ellen Luther
- Education, Counseling, Assistant Professor
Years in public education as an elementary classroom teacher, school counselor, and program supervisor. Advanced degrees, including Ed. D. in Educational Administration from University of Nebraska at Omaha.
School Counseling courses utilizing the ASCA school counselor model's positions and ethical guidelines as a foundation. Particular interest in relevant small group models.
School Climate and connection to the ASCA model mindsets
Counseling techniques and micro counseling skills with focus on application in intentional small group counseling.
Strengths-based and skill-building practices in coursework and applied by school counselors with K-12 students.
An ever evolving approach to course instruction to teach and evaluate the CACREP student standards, support the ASCA National Model, and provide excellent student / counselor educator interaction in the development of outstanding professional school counselors for the region.
Small Group Counseling -- The development of, professional development and research conducted on the Intentional Small Group (ISG) Model to increase the effective and relevant implementation of K-12 small group counseling. Research and creative activities include concept paper including counselor self-perception on ways the model elements address identified barriers to small group implementation. Additionally, a guidebook for the ISG model has been field tested and is in final revisions for a 2017 publication. I facilitated a session at ASCA National Conference in 2016 on the ISG model. I applied for an IRB approval and ASCA grant (unfunded) to form a small group collaborative with the Lincoln Public Schools using the ISG model to design and deliver standing small groups for PBIS Tier 2 students. This is an ongoing project for 2017-2018 with research articles to follow.
Additional research interests include the alignment of the ASCA Mindsets with safe and supportive school environments. This includes restorative practices, classroom management systems, and trauma informed strategies for the school counselors. The school counselor / principal relationship and school/mental health counseling issues in rural areas are also research interests of mine.
I have served as chair or co-chair of the COE Diversity Committee (2013-present). I completed service on the AS&P committee in spring, 2016. I am also the UNO representative on the MOEC district student services committee (2014-present). University committees include Graduate Council / Committee B (2016-17) University Athletic Committee (2016017), and EPACS (2016-2019). In addition, I continue to support the department by serving as the school field experience coordinator and liaison to several school districts for consultation for school counseling program and staff development. State-wide service committees include the Nebraska School Counselor Association Executive Committee and the Nebraska School Mental Health Task Force.
My pragmatic research goals related to the development of models and materials which minimize barriers to comprehensive school counseling program implementation resulted in the "next steps" of integrated research and service with the "Intentional Small Group Model". I continue to provide a two hour professional development session for interested schools and districts. These no cost professional development sessions provide school counselors with an alternative process for small group implementation that is specifically designed to address the decades old barriers which inhibit the robust inclusion of small groups within school counseling programs.