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LSU Graduate Student Honored for Study on Teacher Meditation

07/16/2012 02:41 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU College of Human Sciences & Education graduate student Emeric Csaszar has received the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, or ASERVIC, Research Award for his study, titled “The Effect of Loving Kindness Meditation on Student Teachers’ Stress and Empathy.”

 

Csaszar’s research was inspired by his background in counseling and by his training in higher education administration. As a licensed professional counselor, Csaszar wanted to find a practical element that would assist pre-service teachers to appropriately handle stress during their last semester and beyond.

 

“I believe that theory is very important,” Csaszar said. “However, practical application has even greater value.”

 

Csaszar pointed out that “there is overwhelming empirical evidence of the benefits of meditation,” and stated that many of his clients use meditation, with most of them finding it effective and helpful. Csaszar thought that this approach could benefit the pre-service student teacher population as well.

 

Through Csaszar’s contact with other university researchers, he has confirmed that meditation has proved to be helpful for teachers at other universities in that it decreases stress and increases empathy in educational settings.

 

Csaszar defended his dissertation in June and will receive a Ph.D. in higher education administration on August 3.

 

ASERVIC is an organization of counselors and human development professionals who believe spiritual, ethical, and religious values are essential to the overall development of the person and are committed to integrating these values into the counseling process. For more information about ASERVIC, visit http://www.aservic.org/.

 

For more information about the LSU School of Education, please visit www.lsu.edu/education.

 

For more information about the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, visit www.lsu.edu/chse.

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