Today, those in the counseling profession, are called upon to meet a diverse and ever changing society composed of growing pressures and constant challenges. More complex liability issues, legal issues, licensure laws and ethical concerns increase expectations for the counseling professional.
Since 2007, close to $300,000.00 has been awarded to counseling graduate students and practicing mental health professionals - individuals, organizations, and agencies.
It is with your support and generous gifts that the Foundation stands ready to help give vision to the future of our profession in Illinois by supporting counseling and mental health
professionals and counseling graduate students in their research, professional development, and care for identified social needs in their communities, though our annual grant awards.
Autism Spectrum of Understanding
Thank you to everyone who made this event so incredibly special! We are thankful for the outpouring of support.
If you would like to learn more about Autism, or partner with the Schultz Foundation in the Rockford area, please reach out to Roseanne Oppmann at (815) 519-3106 or Jenica Hopkins at (309) 306-1193.
Merlin W. Schultz Professional Development Grant Up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $1,500 for groups
Melanie E. Rawlins Research Grant
Up to $1,000 for individuals
Toni R. Tollerud School Counselor Grant
Up to $1,000 for individuals
Robert J. Nejedlo Social Emphasis Grant
Provides funding for larger projects, see application for details
Michael Villarreal, LCPC, NCC
Here’s how the Merlin W. Schultz Professional Development Grant has benefited my work with my clients. I'd like the share with you the story of "Carlos".
Carlos a Latino old male in his 30's, with a history of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, exhibiting PTSD, depression and anxiety sx's, was increasingly isolated, struggling with low self-esteem, insecurities and lack of confidence. I had been working with him intermittently over the last two years, however once I introduced EMDR interventions he has begun to attend sessions regularly and I have observed a significant shift in his presentation. Carlos has become more social and open with his family, taking risks in being vulnerable within these relationships and reports an overall increase in satisfaction within the quality of his relationships. Carlos reports decrease in the frequency of flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and increase in self-esteem and confidence. Weeks after our initial EMDR session, when I asked what he noticed different over the last several weeks, he expressed, "I've been walking around with my head down for so long, and I feel like I can look up as I walk around". Our work has dramatically shifted, as I believe EMDR has supported his healing process and ability to work toward Carlos being more present and self-actualizing. It's been an absolute pleasure to see his progress.
Through this grant, I continue to offer no-cost counseling for clients who may benefit from this modality.
Invest in the future of counseling. Thank a counselor who has made a difference in your own or a loved ones life, Professionals; honor your peers, or celebrate your clients by making a gift to the Foundation.