FVSU professor selected for national workshop to write certification test

October 30, 2013 – Congratulations to Dr. James Newton, an FVSU assistant professor of behavioral sciences. He was recently selected by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification to attend the 2013 Item Writing Workshop for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor’s Exam. Only 15 people were selected from a national pool of applicants. The assistant professor will fly to Schaumburg, Ill. to attend the four-day workshop this month.

“I believe that I am the only person who will be attending from a historically black university campus,” says Newton. “I am both honored and humbled to be selected, not only because I am a junior faculty member, but I am also a graduate of FVSU’sRehabilitation Counseling Program.”

The CRCC is an independent, not for profit organization whose mission is to help improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. The program is dedicated to promoting quality rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with disabilities through proper certification of counselors, and providing leadership and advocacy for the profession.

Newton says that his pedagogical philosophy has always been one of engaging students. “I want to bridge theory with practice by challenging students to think analytically and globally,” said Newton, in a statement.

“Certainly this opportunity will allow me to share with students in our various counseling programs, the psychology and methodology behind writing band developing national exam questions. This will give our students the ability to cognitively analyze complex questions in a manner that will ensure their success.”

For more information, contact FVSU’s behavioral counseling program at (478) 825-6232.



Christina D. Milton, writer

Fort Valley State University
Office of Marketing and Communications

(478) 825-6319, miltonc@fvsu.edu