CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Stephen Lenz, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is the lead author of an article that was selected as the recipient of the 2015 CORE Visibility Article of the Year Award. This award was presented to Lenz by the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) Research Committee for his article, “Evaluation of a Partial Hospitalization Program for Adolescents.”
In the study, the researchers were testing the importance of treatment and the client’s perception of the change in their condition while in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for teens with mental health concerns. A PHP is a type of program typically used to treat those with mental illnesses that cause notable impairments in functioning, but do not require inpatient hospitalization. The results of the study showed that a six-week PHP decreased the severity of symptoms in patients and increased their total health.
The CORE Visibility Award is given to the CORE article in the past year that shows the most promise for promoting the visibility of the CORE mission to counseling practitioners, site supervisors, consumers, and the general public. The article must also have the potential to impact the community as a whole through the researchers’ partnerships.
Lenz, along with the co-authors of the article – Chloe Lancaster, Garry Del Conte, Laura Bailey, and Emily Vanderpool – have been invited to attend a business luncheon at the AARC annual conference this September in Memphis, Tenn., where a formal announcement of their achievement will be made. Lancaster is a 2009 graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Counselor Education Doctoral Program.