Dr. Sonya Lorelle Ph.D., Assistant Professor

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-4906 ext. 4906
  Office Location: G326
  Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday 1:00-4:00pm
  College: COE
  Counseling
  

Dr. Sonya Lorelle holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University and received her M.S. in Community Agency Counseling from Missouri State University. She is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and North Carolina. 

Her clinical experience began with students at a university counseling center.  During this time she provided group and individual counseling and developed and presented educational workshops on topics such as stress and time management, long distant relationships, and adult children of divorce.   She also worked as the children’s counselor at an agency that provided services to homeless families. During this time she completed her training in play therapy and earned her registered play therapist credential.    

She uses these experiences in the classroom while teaching the following classes: 

Undergraduate Courses   

·         Human Services Internship

·         Human Services Methods

·         Fundamentals of Human Development

·         Family Guidance

·         Academic Success      

Graduate Courses  

·         Beginning Counseling and Basic Techniques

·         Advanced Techniques

·         Professional Orientation and Ethics

·         Lifespan Developmental Issues         

·         Practicum

·         Internship

Sonya has a passion for social justice and completed her dissertation on the experiences of children who were receiving services from a homeless agency.  She has presented on this topic at the American Counseling Association conference and several state conferences. She has also presented at conferences and published articles on spirituality, school counseling, and  the internationalization of counseling including her work in Bhutan. She received an award in 2013 for her article on globalization and counseling in The Professional Counselor. 

Publications:

 

  • Lorelle, S. & Guth, L. (accepted). Establishing the school counseling profession in Bhutan: Reflections from the field. Journal of International Counselor Education
  •  Shaw, B.,  Bayne, H., & Lorelle, S. (in press).  A constructivist perspective for integrating spirituality into counselor training.  Counselor Education and Supervision.
  •  Lorelle, S., Crockett, S., & Byrd, R. (2012). Counseling and globalization: Professional Issues for Counselors. The Professional Counselor,2,  115-123.
  •  Hays, D. G., Michel, R. E., Cole, R. F., Emelianchik, K., Forman, J., Lorelle, S., McBride, R., & Sikes, A. (2011). A Phenomenological Investigation of Adolescent Dating Relationships and Dating Violence Counseling Interventions. The Professional Counselor, 1, 222-233.
  •  Lorelle, S., Crockett, S., & Hays, D. (2011).  Human services professional and trainee perceptions of conflict in the helping relationship. Journal of Human Services. 30, 30-42.
  •  Grothaus, T.,  Lorelle, S., Anderson, K., & Knight, J. (2011). Answering the call: Facilitating responsive services for students experiencing homelessness. Professional School Counseling, 13, 38-49.

Presentations:

 
  • Lorelle, S. (2013, November) Children's Experiences while Receiving Services from a Homeless Agency: Contextual Factors and Advocation. Illinois Counseling Association Conference, Skokie, IL. 
  • Lorelle, S. & Lainas, H. (2013, October).  A Proposed Method and Teaching Ideas for Advanced Techniques.  Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Denver, CO.
  •  Byrd, R. & Lorelle, S. (2013, October).  How to Plan and Implement a Successful Play Therapy Intensive.  Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Denver, CO.
  •  Lorelle, S. (2012, September).  Counseling in Bhutan: Lessons Learned from One of the Happiest Countries on Earth.  Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Savannah GA.
  •  Lorelle, S., Crockett, S. A., & Byrd, R. (2011, October). Counseling and globalization: Professional Issues for Counselors. Accepted to present at Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Nashville, TN.
  •  Michel, R. E., Prosek, E. A., Crockett, S. A., & Lorelle, S. (2011, March). International Immersion: Connecting the Profession Across Continents. Poster presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Michel, R., Davis, E. S., Walsh, M., & Lorelle, S. (2011, March) Applying, Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School: Practical Tips for Master’s and Doctoral Students. American Counseling Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  •  Emelianchik-Key, K., Crockett, S., Lorelle, S., & Michel, B. (2010, October) Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships: New Research, Implications for Practice, and Training. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Lorelle, S. (2010, October). Homeless Children’s Psychosocial Needs and How Counselors Can Advocate.  Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Emelianchik, K., Byrd, R, Crockett, S, & Lorelle, S. (2010, March). Dating violence among the adolescent population: Etiology, perception and implications for counselors. American Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Lorelle, S. (2010, March). Homeless Families: How Program Services Address Children’s Psychosocial Needs and How Counselors Can Advocate. American Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Lorelle, S. & Byrd, R. (2010, March). Children and Complex Trauma. Virginia School Counselors Association, Richmond Virginia
  • Thompson, S. K., Grothaus, T., Lorelle, S., & Knight, J. (2009, November). Stacking the Deck: A Skill Building Tool for Children and Youth. Virginia Counselors Association, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Lorelle, S., Currie, C., & Todd, S. (2009). A New Look at Trauma:  Clinical Perspectives and Current Treatments.  Accepted to present at Virginia Counselors Association, Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Shaw, B. S., Lorelle, S. & Bayne, H. (2009, October). Spirituality and Counselor Training: Beyond Multicultural Competency. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, San Diego, California
  • Lorelle, S. (2009, October). Complex Trauma: Developmental Effects and How Children’s and Recognize and Respond. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, San Diego, California

Service:

 Dr. Lorelle also has interest in international counseling.  She is a Master Trainer of the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program through NBCC.  She has participated in international counseling Institutes in Italy and Bhutan.  During her two trips to Bhutan she provided counseling services and training at an alternative high school and an elementary school.  She also provided a week-long workshop on MHF to lay helpers in the country.