Dr. Bridgett Hollis-Staten to Speak at Lunch and Learn Training Session

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dr. Bridgett Hollis-StatenThe Disability Enhancement Program at SC State University will conduct a “Lunch and Learn” training session at noon on Monday, March 29, 2010. The session will be held in Staley Hall Auditorium located on the campus of SC State University.

The “Lunch and Learn” training session is designed to increase the awareness and support of faculty, staff and administrators to the academic needs of students with disabilities. The program assists with the development, training and technical assistance of students, along with providing valuable and resourceful teaching methods to enhance student achievement.

Dr. Bridget Hollis-Staten, associate professor in the department of Rehabilitation Counseling at SC State University, will speak on the topic “Assisting Students with Learning Disabilities.”

Hollis-Staten currently manages over $2.5 million in federal grants that focus on educating counselors in order for them to work with persons with disabilities in the State and Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service Systems.  She is a contracted consultant for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she reviews various grants for funding.

Hollis-Staten’s primary areas of research include learning disabilities and accommodations, minority issues in counseling, and employment outcomes of persons with disabilities.  She teaches courses in foundations of rehabilitation, social and cultural aspects of counseling, and practicum in rehabilitation.   Hollis-Staten’s dissertation,  “A Comparison of the Career Decision-Making Skills of College Students With and Without Learning Disabilities: Implication for College to Work Transition Services,” provided a platform for her research agenda which resulted in several research presentations, book chapters, and articles that focus on persons with disabilities.

Hollis-Staten is a member the American Counseling Association, American Psychotherapy Association and National Council on Rehabilitation Education. Her mission is to motivate all students to be the best that they can be and to encourage them in their pursuit of a career. She also advocates for students with disabilities on the college campus. She serves on the editorial board for peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Professoriate and the American Psychotherapy Association.

Hollis-Staten is a certified rehabilitation counselor and a board certified professional counselor. She is also currently certified to teach Pre-K through fifth grade. 

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from Albany State University, Master of Arts degree in rehabilitation counseling from SC State University, and a doctorate in rehabilitation and administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

For more information on the “Lunch and Learn” training session, contact Simeon Moultrie, program coordinator, at 803-516-4553, or e-mail smoultr4@scsu.edu.