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 2018-2019 Academic Year!



Message from the President, Alison B. Bourdeau (Ph.D. Candidate):

It is an honor to serve as the President of Chi Sigma Iota at Florida Atlantic University. I am currently in Ph.D. program for Counselor Education and work full time as a Clinical Support Specialist for FAU’s Center for Autism & Related Disabilities. This is my second year as an active board member and there are some exciting events planned this upcoming year. I hope you will consider joining us as we continue to elevate our chapter and support its members by offering educational experiences, networking opportunities, and the promotion of counselor self-care.

Please feel free to email me at with any ideas, comments, or questions.

 Our Spring 2019 Newsletter is here!


2018-2019 CSI Beta Rho Chi Board & Members:


Name: Alison Bourdeau

Position in CSI: President

CSI Member since: 2017

Originally from: Warwick, Rhode Island

Currently reside: Jupiter, Florida

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

Research interests: Adults with autism spectrum disorder, co-morbid mental health conditions, social skills and connectedness

Why I joined CSI: A desire to participate in leadership opportunities to elevate the profession, to collaborate with peers in counseling, to advocate to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health


Name: Anna K. Owens 

Position in CSI: Past President 

CSI member since: December 2015

Originally from: Virginia Beach, VA

Currently reside: Boca Raton, FL

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

Research Interests: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Interventions for adolescents related to positive student outcomes in academic achievement and college and career readiness.

Why I joined CSI: To engage in leadership opportunities and gain experience as an executive board member


Name: Joshua Katz

Position in CSI: Past-Past President

CSI member since: 2014

Originally from: New York

Currently reside: Broward County

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

Research Interests: LGBTQ + Affirmative Therapy/bullying and discrimination

Why I joined CSI: Professional Development and Leadership enhancement


Name: Taylor Irvine

Position in CSI: President-Elect

CSI member since: 2016

Originally from: Boca Raton, Florida

Currently reside: Parkland, Florida

Degree program/track: M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Research Interests: attachment; couples; trauma

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI for several reasons. First and foremost, I wanted to make a contribution to my CSI chapter and become exposed to leadership roles. I also was interested in collaborating and networking with people in the field. Overall, my experience with the Beta-Rho chapter has been incredibly positive and afforded more opportunities to connect, learn, and grow as a future clinician.


Name: Alexzandria May

Position in CSI: Vice President

CSI member since: I began attending meetings in 2015 when Karrol-Jo Foster was President, and I was inducted last year as an officer.

Originally from: Born in Margate, Florida, and I grew up in Boca Raton, Florida

Currently reside: Boca Raton, Florida

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Research Interests: attachment; adolescent and young adults’ friendship and relationship formation; friendship similarity; mentoring; and the impact of autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI as I have always been involved in clubs and leadership opportunities since high school. I felt that it was a great way to get connected with like-minded peers and increase my knowledge base. 


Name: Guy Beauduy, Jr.

Position in CSI: Secretary

CSI member since: 2017

Originally from: Coral Springs, Fl

Currently reside: Wilton Manors, Fl

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in Counselor Education (Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling) and Ed.S. (Mental Health)

Research Interests: substance abuse, LGBTQ, PTSD, rural and urban populations, rehabilitation

Why I joined CSI: to make a difference, to expand networking opportunities, to represent my university


Name: Ghari Shirley

Position in CSI Beta Rho Chi: Treasurer

CSI Member since: 2015

Originally from: Hackensack, New Jersey

Currently reside: Greenacres, Florida

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in in Counselor Education (Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling)

Research interests: Employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. 

Why I joined CSI: A fellow student in the program spoke of the benefits of joining CSI, so I attended an interest meeting. Once I saw the networking opportunities and the kind members, I knew I was in the right place. 


Name: Scott L. Lipp

CSI Position: Executive Board Member

Member since: 2016

Originally from: New Jersey

Currently reside: Boca Raton

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

Research interests: case conceptualization; deliberate practice; substance-related and addictive disorders prevention

Why I joined: academic and professional development


Name: Danielle Panariello

Position in CSI: Emerging Leader

CSI member since: 2018

Originally from: Boca Raton, Florida

Currently reside: Boca Raton, Florida

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Research Interest: Therapeutic relationship, CBT-E/RP for OCD

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