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2020 Grant Recipients


Melanie E. Rawlins Research Grantee


Dr. Ryan Liberati (Peoria, IL)

Study on the Impact of College Counselor’s Knowledge of Sexuality Development

and Attitude Towards Gay Male Students



Merlin W. Schultz Professional Development Grantees


Jahaan Abdullah (Chicago, IL)

IAMC Presenter: Racial and Implicit Bias, Diagnosis

Disparities in the African Diaspora

Cherie Barnes (Chicago, IL)

ACT Essentials – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Dominique Begnaud (Belleville, IL)

Play Therapy Certification

Illinois College Counseling Association (Wheaton, IL)

Assisting Students Coping with Grief and Loss

Kids Above All (Chicago, IL)

Illinois Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative Training

Presented by Erikson Institute’s Child Trauma Research Program

Michele Kerulis (Chicago, IL)

Presentation on Mental Health and Exercise

Ryan Liberati (Peoria, IL)

ASCA Legal and Ethical Specialist Training

Fallon Millis (Anna, IL)

Youth Mental First Aid Training - Treating Children of Abuse, Abandonment, and Neglect

Spero Family Services (Mt Vernon, IL)

Post Traumatic Play Therapy and Enhancing Bond in Play Therapy Training



Robert J. Nejedlo Social Emphasis Grantees

Adventure Works (DeKalb, IL)

Outdoor Behavioral Intervention and Prevention for Youth Experiencing Poverty

Camp Sheliah Bereavement Program (Chicago, IL)

Therapeutic Counseling Services for Children Dealing With

the Trauma of Homicide and Loss 

DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau (DeKalb, IL)

In-Home Counseling Services for Youth

DePaul University Career Counseling (Chicago, IL)

Career Development Services for Minorities Displaced by the Pandemic

Grounds of Grace (Springfield, IL)

Treatment and Counseling for Victims of Human and Sex Trafficking

Youth Service Bureau of Rock Island County (Moline, IL)

Providing Mental Health and Court Diversion Services to Youth and Families


Toni R. Tollerud School Counseling Grantee

Illinois School Counselor Association (Downers Grove, IL)

Race and Equity Training for School Counselors



Next time you see a flyer for a training or conference, have an idea regarding a social need/problem you think you have a solution to, or identify an area of study you want to research, don’t just push the opportunity away. Instead, apply for a grant from the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling - it could make an impact on your career and the lives of those you touch.  

And, remember, a financial donation of any amount helps to enable the Foundation to continue supporting mental health professionals and counseling graduate students for many years to come.   


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