Cameron University mental health counselor receives statewide award

Cameron University Mental Health Counselor Deanice Shegog, MS, LPC, was honored with the NAMI Krishna Family Anti-Stigma Award on May 22nd during a ceremony in Oklahoma City. The award was presented by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Oklahoma in recognition of Shegog's commitment to eliminating the stigma about mental illness and improving the lives of those affected by it.

"Deanice is one of the hardest working members of the Cameron staff, and she is truly dedicated to improving the lives of Cameron students and others on campus," says Jennifer Holland, Vice President for Student Services. "It is gratifying to see a member of the Cameron family being honored with this award."

Shegog's nomination said, "Deanice does fight the good fight against stigma every day. She works toward developing a stigma-free environment with Cameron students, faculty and staff, and with the surrounding communities, including law enforcement agencies...Deanice is a StigmaBuster in the greatest sense of the word."

The nomination references Shegog's efforts both on and off the Cameron campus. She offers free monthly mental health educational sessions at Cameron and established the Cameron chapter of NAMI. In the community, Deanice was instrumental in a program of daily activities for Mental Illness Awareness Week in October 2009. She coordinated a Wellness Fair at Cameron that included community representation of the health industry. She has also trained the Duncan Police Force in Mental Health First Aid.

Shegog, who joined the Cameron staff in October 2008, provides short-term counseling for CU students.

She earned a Master of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences from Cameron in 2005, then subsequently completed 3,000 clinic hours of supervision to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Her counseling experience includes outpatient counseling services for adults and adolescents, counseling services for a group home, and intensive outpatient counseling services for adults. Prior to her career in counseling, Shegog served in the United States Marine Corps. for six years. Additionally, she has served as an adjunct instruct at CU in Criminal Justice and Psychology.



May 24, 2010