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MCCC Counselor Dorothy Gasparro Expands Opportunities, Network as President of Statewide Counselors Association


West Windsor, N.J.As the current president of the New Jersey Community College Counselors Association (NJ3C), Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Senior Counselor Dorothy Gasparro, EdS, LPC, NCC, has special duties that go beyond her critical role as a senior counselor at Mercer.

Gasparro is also seeing to it that community college counselors around the state have an opportunity to share their challenges and report their successes in a collaborative setting several times each year. Her term as the organization's leader began in June 2014 and continues through June 2016.

According to Gasparro, the purpose of the organization is to provide professional development, as well as networking opportunities, for counselors from all of the state’s 19 community colleges and related educational institutions.

This year NJ3C held three conferences.  In October, the group met at Middlesex County College and discussed “Executive Functioning and College Success” and “Judicial Affairs and Counseling.”  In December, at their annual conference, held at Brookdale Community College, participants discussed “Mindfulness: Interventions for College Students and Counselor Self-Care.” In April, at Raritan Valley College, the group tackled another important topic: “Legal Pitfalls of Counselor Documentation.”

MCCC Senior Counselor Dorothy Gasparro

“We have been fortunate to get excellent speakers for our conferences and they have all been very well received,” Gasparro said. She added that NJ3C is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Professional Counselors.  “That’s always a plus as you try to get the necessary contact hours for license renewal.”

“My goals as the organization’s leader are twofold.  I want to continue to provide relevant trainings and conferences to college counselors in all specialty areas.  The executive board has a planning meeting every June and we welcome input from our members about the topics that would be most useful for them.”

Gasparro is also eager to increase membership.  “I would like to see more active involvement from all of the colleges and disciplines.  There are great benefits in convening with colleagues who do this work.  We face similar issues and challenges.  This has been a great opportunity for me professionally to find out what works for them and what I can bring to Mercer,” Gasparro said.

She recently started a Facebook Group and a LinkedIn Group for NJ3C in an effort to use social media to expand the group’s network.  “I am encouraging as many counselors as possible to join in the conversation,” she said.

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