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Milligan College to host ‘Lunch and Learn’

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

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Milligan College will host a “Lunch and Learn” event for school counselors and principals on Tuesday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Milligan’s McMahan Student Center. The event includes lunch and educational sessions presented by Milligan’s faculty experts, who are known regionally and nationally for their work. The lunch is free, but pre-registration is required by April 5.

Three specialized sessions, with topics including mental wellness and test anxiety, will be offered to provide guests with information they can use in their educational roles.

Dr. Rebecca Sapp, an assistant professor of counseling and psychology, will present a session for elementary counselors. She will speak about “Mental Wellness and Early Intervention of Mental Health Problems in Elementary School-Age Children.”

Sapp has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from East Tennessee State University and a doctorate in social work from the University of Tennessee.

She is also a licensed marital and family therapist and has worked at Frontier Health, a local community mental health center.

The session for secondary counselors will be led by Dr. John-Paul Abner, associate professor of occupational therapy, psychology and counseling. His session is “Reducing Test Anxiety and Increasing Performance on College Entrance Exams.” Abner has master of science and doctorate degrees from the University of Florida, and he’s a licensed clinical psychologist who was named executive director of the board of Parent Child Interaction Therapy International. Principals will meet with Dr. Lyn C. Howell, chair of Milligan’s education area, who’ll present a session titled “Mentoring Teachers.” Howell has a master of science degree from University of La Verne in California, a Master of Education from Georgia Southwestern and a doctorate from the University of New Mexico. In addition to her work in higher education, Howell has taught high school in seven states. Along with the educational sessions, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about Milligan’s graduate programs in education and counseling. To register for the event, email or call 423-461-8796. To find out more about Milligan, visit