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Graduate  Student Committee
& Undergraduate Student Committee

Graduate Student Committee:  Encourages graduate students in Counseling to join and participate in IARTC, assisting in the development of student organizations within IARTC branches and regions, and communicates concerns and needs of graduate students to the IARTC Board.   

Ad Hoc Undergraduate Student Committee: Encourages undergraduate students in Counseling and Related Majors to join and participate in IARTC, assisting in the development of student organizations within IARTC branches and regions, and communicates concerns and needs of undergraduate students to the IARTC Board.  

Join Us at Our Next Committee Meetings! Eastern Time Zone:

Fall 2023 Meeting Dates & Times
Friday, 29 September @ 12:30 pm
Friday, 27 October @ 12:30 pm
Friday, 17 November @ 12:30 pm
Friday, 15 December @ 12:30 pm

Here is our meeting link:


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Rachel Morency, BA

Rachel Morency is a graduate student at Lynn University, studying clinical mental health counseling. She is currently completing her practicum working with neurotypical young adults on independent living. Rachel obtained her bachelor of arts in early childhood studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Rachel is the Vice President of another organization at her graduate school, the Lynn Student Counseling Organization. She has lived abroad most of her life, where she picked up her love for traveling and learning about various cultures.

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Nadine Abdelaziz, MA, CCTP

Nadine is a graduate student at Kean University studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This is Nadine's second Master's with her first being in Criminal Justice. She has a particular interest in minimizing recidivism rates through rehabilitation, treating those with substance use disorders, and helping individuals heal their traumas. As a graduate student, Nadine has revolved her studies around the benefits of EMDR therapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE), and how to effectively stimulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System as a means of self-regulation. While working in a Methadone Clinic as a counselor, Nadine has worked closely with clients who were survivors of complex trauma, domestic and sexual abuse, those impacted by the disease of addiction, as well as guided those on their inner journey of healing. Nadine is a CCTP (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional) and has plans of receiving her LPC and LCMHC after graduating her program in 2023. 

Melena Saddler, LMHC, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH

Melena Saddler is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Capella University. Melena is a resident of New York City and holds her LMHC in New York and her LPC in Connecticut. She completed her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2013 at SUNY Plattsburgh. Melena works primarily as a telehealth therapist through her private practice. Her population of choice is women of color in the inner cities with a history of sexual trauma. Melena has been working with this population for the last five years and has aspirations of one day starting a remote retreat for survivors. Melena has been committed to trauma initiatives since 2016, when she decided to involve herself in organizations focused on helping sexual assault survivors. Melena’s dissertation is currently focused on improving the qualifications surrounding trauma-informed supervision by exploring the experiences of clinical supervisors. As a future counselor educator, Melena would like to see a trauma course built into the graduate curriculum and increased initiatives in the CACREP standards. As a member and representative of the IARTC Melena is looking to expand her initiatives and fellowship with like-minded providers.

Stephanie Byrd, MA Candidate

Stefanie is a second-career masters level counseling student at Tennessee Technological University and is currently interning at Grove Healing Collective in Cookeville, Tennessee. She serves as treasurer for the local Chi Sigma Iota chapter, Tau Tau Upsilon and enjoys promoting professional development opportunities within the chapter.  Stefanie is also a graduate research assistant where she is using her previous work experience in Human Resources and Workforce Development to research and advocate for trauma-informed career focused counseling and workforce enhancement. 

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Marcella Raiola, BA

I am so excited to be a part of the IARTC! I graduated from William Paterson University Summa Cum Laude in May 2023. I earned my bachelor's in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology. I am enrolled in Monmouth University's master's program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling in hopes of eventually becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey! I am interested in research surrounding musical interventions in processing and coping with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma Processing! I am excited grow my education within this division of the ACA! 

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