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Counseling & Human Services professor reaches broader community

Community Engagement Feb 13, 2024

Dr. Yvonne Murray-Larrier Dr. Yvonne Murray-LarrierTo say Dr. Yvonne Murray-Larrier has a passion for people might be an understatement. Larrier is a professor of counseling and human services at IU South Bend’s School of Education who is spending time out in the community, reaching people beyond the confines of the campus.

In January, she gave a public talk at LangLab in South Bend, titled “Culturally Conscious, Inclusive, and Responsive Mental Health Education and Practice.” It was part of IU South Bend’s Pop-Up University series.

Larrier is no stranger to such activities. In 2013, she established the Global Center for Systemic Change Outcome Research, Evaluation, and Development, Inc., nicknamed GCSCORED. Last fall, the nonprofit company opened a new office space at the Commerce Center in Downtown South Bend, complete with an open house event and a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Mayor James Mueller.

“I have a passion for people who are marginalized, invisible, voiceless,” Larrier said. “Too often, they are the people who are not able to access treatment that is culturally conscious, inclusive, and responsive.”

From her earliest days, Larrier learned the importance of helping others.

“My father was a pastor, a religious clergy person, so in my home, service was humongous. Your life is not about accumulating things for yourself – it’s about giving back. That has been my passion. It’s part of my DNA,” Larrier said.

In her counseling, Larrier emphasizes personal empowerment.

“One of my core beliefs is that every person needs to be in charge of their own story, and that story should be told boldly,” she said.

Larrier cautions against what she calls “unauthorized story snatchers,” and she created a technique called RUMERTIME Process® (Recognizing, Understanding, Managing, Expressing and Reflecting our Thoughts, Interactions, Mindsets and Emotions.)

“’Rumerizing’ empowers you to recognize that your emotions are indicators, not disorders,” Larrier said.

To help operationalize the RUMERTIME Process,® a five-step Neurocycle system to help individuals of all ages problem-solve, Larrier has a podcast that is in its third season, called “Access RUMERTIME Conversations” (or ARC for short). GCSCORED also offers workshops, webinars, counseling, coaching, and summer camps. She has taken the project on the road as well, providing workshops and coaching sessions in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Broward County, Florida, as well as an international component in which she partnered with UNICEF to train about 22 individuals from across the island of Grenada in 2019 to utilize the RUMERTIME Process® in diverse communities.

“People should know that emotions are messengers. It’s similar to a smoke alarm. It goes off, but we should not be upset with it,” Larrier said. “Let us see where the smoke is, and let’s deal with that. We need to find out what triggered it.”

Counseling is more than a career to Larrier.

“It’s a labor of love,” she said. “I strongly believe that’s why I was put on this earth in this time, in this space. I’m going to be doing this for the rest of my life.”

To find out more about GCSCORED, visit www.everypiecematters.com.

 

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