Kaprea Johnson Wins First-Place Research Award
by Tamara Hinojosa and Jason Gines (March 2009)
Kaprea Johnson, doctoral candidate in Counselor Education, won the first-place award for her entry at Penn State's 2009 Achievement Conference Research Exhibition, held Feb. 20–21 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Johnson’s project was titled “Career Counseling with Ex-offenders through Liberation and Applying Self Determination Theory (SDT) to Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT).” Her work introduces a conceptual model of career counseling that addresses the needs of individuals who have been released from state and federal prisons and have returned to society. Johnson’s research provides details about the proposed model in working with this underserved population and the importance of rehabilitating individuals who are incarcerated. Many of these individuals have limited work experience, social skills, or support.
The theme of this year’s Achievement Conference was Outside the Box, Beyond the Book: Strategies for Learning. The purpose of the conference is to foster relationships among University juniors, seniors, and graduate students of color, along with faculty and administrators. It is designed to give a wide range of research exposure to student participants, who have the opportunity to display their work and receive constructive feedback from their peers and mentors.