Julie Bates-Maves 

What's new in your field?

Trauma, as I mentioned, is one of my favorite counseling areas, and what's becoming really publicized is the link between traumatic experiences and what happens in our brain. There has been research for quite a while on the neuroscience behind trauma, and yet lately we've heard much more about it in counseling and popular literature. It's so important to understand how our experience literally changes our brain and how we can also reshape our brain structures. It's exciting because it shows that we can actually change how we function in the world, and our brains will respond.

Why do you love teaching, especially at UW-Stout?

I can nail down four reasons. One, I love counseling and really believe in the power of what I do. I am fascinated by people and love teaching my students how to access parts that people hide from the world. Two, I have worked with enough ineffective counselors that I am unwilling to put subpar counselors into the world. That's the main reason I went back for my Ph.D., actually. My colleague, John, and I work extremely hard to train our students and build their skills so that from day one in the working world they are as competent as possible. We take our jobs very seriously, and yet we have a lot of fun and drink a lot of coffee. Three, my students are great. I have fun teaching because our students care and really want the information being presented. They are invested and so am I. And finally, despite all the recent challenges, UW-Stout supports my program and I am so thankful for that. We are valued and I know it. I can't ask for much more than that at the end of the day.

What’s your favorite teaching memory, moment or student?

I think my favorite moments are when I receive cards or emails from students thanking me for something I said, did or taught. They are always so unexpected and probably more appreciated than my students realize. Those things keep me going when things get hard, and I keep every one of them pinned up on the walls in my office.

What’s interesting about you that your students might not know?

That I'm a perfectionist too, but more than that I sometimes struggle with the same insecurities as an educator as they do as counselors. I frequently tell my students that we all have our "stuff." I often find, however, that many students believe their professors are exempt from that — we're not. No one is.

If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?

I would really like to interview one of my past clients. He was incarcerated, and together we worked on a lot of things, largely that happened in his childhood and that stuck with him. This was a guy most of the world had written off, and yet he had so much to offer. He was released shortly after we ended our work together, and I'd love to know how he's doing.



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About Julie

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Title: Assistant professor, clinical mental health counseling, department of rehabilitation and counseling. Licensed professional counselor.

Teaching focus, expertise: Trauma, addiction work, counseling theory, social and cultural issues.

Research interests: Issues surrounding criminal offenders, as well as working directly with them. Also, serves on the board for Positive Alternatives, a local agency serving youth. Mental health facilitator with Chippewa Valley Emergency Support Services, which works with first responders after a traumatic accident or event.

Background: Began teaching at UW-Stout in 2012. Ph.D., counselor education and supervision, Penn State University, 2012; also, an adjunct instructor at Penn State; master’s degree, Springfield (Mass.) College, 2007; bachelor’s degree, State University of New York, Albany, 2005; Prior to working on her Ph.D., she was a full-time therapist, focusing on addiction, in Massachusetts. She grew up in Connecticut. “Moving here for my job was the first time I'd been to the Midwest. It's been an adjustment to say the least, but I really love my job and have met some amazing people here, including my husband!”

Family, hobbies: Her husband, Korey, is a firefighter/paramedic with the Eau Claire Fire Department. They have one son, Ben, who is 6 months. They also have two 20-pound cats, Stevie and Johnny. They enjoy biking and kayaking as a family. “I love coffee and am often found working at Marion's Legacy (near campus). I also love to shop for just about anything.”

September 2015