Beta Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota, International

Promoting Excellence in the Profession of Counselling

Established at Ohio University in 1985, the mission of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for professional counselors, counselor educators, and students, is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling. It is also to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. ( Beta Rho Chi Chapter

We promote a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. (

Beta Rho Chi Chapter at Florida Atlantic University

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Beta Rho Chi Chapter was established at Florida Atlantic University in 1996.

Our chapter continues working on re-establishing a vigorous chapter of Chi Sigma Iota by identifying individuals with qualities and commitment levels needed to establish momentum for a full year of activities.

Our chapter of active members includes current students, alumni, and faculty. We focus on promoting excellence in the profession of counseling and hope to get members more involved in professional development, community engagement, wellness and more.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Academic Year!



Message from the President, Taylor Irvine (doctoral student):

I would like to welcome you all to Fall 2019! I am honored to serve as this year's President of our Beta Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. This semester will be filled with great events and training opportunities. Please be sure to checkout our Fall 2019 newsletter!

The theme for this newsletter edition is wellness and gratitude. On that note, practice wellness this Fall by attending our Wellness event (info on p.4) and read more about mental health and self-care in our newsletter. Regarding gratitude, I would like to take a moment and express how grateful I am for our wonderful leadership team, who worked hard to make this upcoming year a great one! I would also like to give a warm welcome to our new CFA, Dr. Kelly Emelianchik-Key (spotlight on p. 5) and Co-CFA, Dr. Ayse Torres. Our chapter is very lucky to have these two new additions! At our Spring induction ceremony, we also honored Dr. Carman Gill for her years of hard work and service to our chapter.

This semester, I want to impress upon you to consider joining Beta Rho Chi, which provides great leadership and networking opportunities! Please feel free to email me at anytime with any questions, concerns, or feedback. I hope to see you at our meetings, which are on the 4th Monday of every month.

  Our Fall 2019 Newsletter is here!


2019-2020 CSI Beta Rho Chi Board & Members:


Name: Taylor Irvine

Position in CSI: President

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research interests: Couples; infidelity; the therapeutic alliance

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI because I wanted to develop my leadership skills, while also collaborating and networking with people in the counseling field.


Name: Adriana Labarta

Position in CSI: President-Elect

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research Interests: Eating disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, and clinical supervision


Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI to develop my leadership and advocacy skills, connect with other passionate counselors, and contribute to the counseling profession in a meaningful way.


Name: Danna Demezier

Position in CSI: Vice President

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research Interests: Multicultural counseling (culturally responsive and evidence-based interventions; mental health seeking behaviors in ethnically diverse groups)

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI to become a stronger leader, a better servant, and greater advocate for counselors in the field. I also want to network with other counselors through seminars, trainings, and service opportunities.


Name: Danielle Panariello

Position in CSI: Secretary

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Research Interests: Therapeutic relationship and CBT-E/RP for OCD

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI for networking opportunities and mentorship, and to expand education outside the classroom through seminars and trainings.


Name: Joshua Katz

Position in CSI: Treasurer

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research Interests: LGBTQ + Affirmative Therapy; bullying and discrimination

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI for professional development and leadership enhancement.


Name: Samantha Pino

Position in CSI: Emerging Leader

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in School Counseling

Research Interests: LGBTQ+ issues and learning disabilities

Why I joined CSI: I joined to gain experience and connect with others in the program, as well as to have the opportunity to network and build connections within the community.