CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 23, 2014 – Torie Grogan of Thebes, Ill., has been named the new director of Counseling and Disability Services at Southeast Missouri State University.
Grogan began her new duties June 1. She replaces Bob LeFebvre who recently retired. LeFebvre will return to campus in the fall to assist two days a week with student counseling and crisis response.
Grogan is a licensed professional counselor and currently is employed as a Counselor III within the department.
“Through the interview process, Torie exhibited a vision for the department and discussed opportunities to expand on the quality program that is already in place, including collaborative efforts with several departments across campus,” said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students.
The director of Counseling and Disability Services supervises the counseling staff, disability services, the crisis response team, the substance abuse and prevention education program, and the Missouri Partners in Prevention grant.
In the coming year, Grogan will oversee a new Campus Violence Prevention Program recently established by the department. The program seeks to reduce the incidence of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking within the campus community.
“We are very pleased that Ms. Grogan sought this opportunity. She is a highly skilled professional with clinical experience in all areas of mental health that can be areas of concern for college students,” Below said. “In addition, Ms. Grogan is a certified QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Suicide Prevention Coordinator and she currently coordinates an Eating Disorders Screening Program for the University.”
Grogan has been employed in Southeast’s Counseling and Disability Services since January 2011 when she joined the department as a counselor I. In April 2013, Grogan assumed the role of counselor III. In this position, she conducted individual, group and couples counseling sessions; provided crisis on-call services and walk-in emergency services; presented psycho-education outreach presentations and consultation services for the campus community; served on the University’s Crisis Response Team; was the crisis coordinator on call; supervised graduate counseling practicum and internship students; and was the clinical trainer and supervised the implementation of interpersonal therapy techniques to tread eating disorders and depression.
She previously was employed by Tender Hearts Child Therapy, served as a graduate assistant for Educational Leadership and Counseling, interned with the Community Counseling Center and was a direct care aid with Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center.
She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Suicide Prevention Committee, Eating Disorders Awareness Committee, LGBT Student Advocacy Committee, Opening Week Committee, Students of Sobriety Advisory Board, Wellness Advisory Board and Counseling Advisory Board.
She holds a Master of Arts in mental health counseling from Southeast Missouri State University, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and an Associate of Arts from Shawnee Community College.