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2006 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Judith St. King

The Alumni Association of Lansing Community College has selected Judith St. King as the 2006 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award. Dr. St. King is a clinical psychologist with both Eastside Therapy and Counseling and Women's Personal Growth and Therapy Center. In addition to achieving distinction in her profession, Dr. St. King was selected for her commitment to community service.

Dr. St. King dropped out of high school and didn't return to the classroom until she was in her 20's. After receiving a GED, she attended LCC and graduated as an RN. Subsequently, she completed a bachelor's degree in health care administration from St. Joseph's College in Maine; a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University; a MSW (master's degree in social work) from Michigan State University; and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Union Institute.

Since 1991, she has served as owner and executive director of a multi-consultant private practice, Women's Personal Growth and Therapy Center, PC, offering individual and group therapy. Since 1993, she has also been co-administrator and therapist at Eastside Therapy and Counseling, LLP, a private practice outpatient mental health center. St. King specializes in issues of eating disorders, women's concerns, anxiety disorders and depression.

She is also a field instructor for MSU counseling/psychology interns and teaches at Davenport University. St. King holds licensure as a limited license psychologist, a certified social worker and a registered nurse and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, the American Psychology Association and Michigan Women Psychologists.

She has served as a member of the board and as board president for EVE, Inc. (End Violent Encounters), a program to house, educate and financially assist abused women and also organized a nonprofit agency to provide group therapy services to low income women and present educational programs on domestic abuse to local organizations.

St. King has established a scholarship for students coming to LCC with a GED who plan to go into healthcare. She wants to help others who, like herself, don't consider college an option. Her message? "Don't assume you can't do what you want. If you have a dream, there are people at LCC and elsewhere who can show you alternatives and reveal opportunities that you may not have realized were there for you. For many, the only limitation is the lack of knowledge about the options available."

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