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Julie Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor currently working as the Counselor Coordinator for Idaho State University’s Counseling, Testing, and Career Services in Idaho Falls. She received her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy in 1992 from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Counseling in 2007 from Idaho State University. Since graduating she has worked with a variety of clientele in private practice, state agencies and acute hospital inpatient settings.
Since 2008, as the Counseling Coordinator of Counseling, Testing and Career Services in Idaho Falls, she has had the opportunity to work on a college campus providing personal, couple’s and career counseling for both traditional and non-traditional students. She also teaches a variety of classes on the Idaho Falls and Pocatello campuses including Career and Life Planning, First Year Seminar and Mindful Based Stress Reduction. This position has also afforded her the opportunity to create a variety of outreach programs addressing a variety of student needs including suicide prevention, student success and the application of Mindfulness approaches for managing a variety of life challenges in a variety of settings.
She has attended three separate week long retreat trainings on Mindfulness, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and a Mindful Based Self- Compassion with Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD and MSC teacher training most recently in February 2015. She has facilitated multiple groups including Mindful and Compassionate Communities for educators, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion training.
Her professional interests include working with individuals in helping them achieve a self-defined sense of purpose, personal meaning and ultimately finding personal peace of mind. She is actively involved in promoting a wellness based approach to counseling. One of the outcomes of her interest is the annual ISU Counseling and Testing Service Wellness Symposium which provides a series of wellness oriented topics to ISU students and community members free of charge. She believes that shared knowledge is the key to growing healthier families, communities and nations.