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Dr. Joel Núñez has spent years studying the field of psychology, working to understand how the minds of men and women operate. He’s had countless hours with clients behind closed doors to alleviate their fears, anxieties, and struggles, and today, he’s taking what he’s learned to campus. 

A speaker who talks from the heart, Joel is sharing stories and strategies to achieve ultimate health. Joel is the perfect option if you’re looking for a speaker to drop some seriously thoughtful information while helping students feel validated and valued. He’s a nice blend of an exceptionally smart researcher, and a friend who wants to see you feel good. 



Keeping the Flame: Self-Care for Students

College students are pulled in countless directions, with all sorts of commitments and requirements vying for their time.  With schoolwork, sports practices, family obligations, fraternity and sorority involvement, and time with friends, it’s no wonder students are walking away from university life and leaving their degrees unfinished. 

Dr. Joel Núñez has watched the phenomenon of burnout spread throughout Western society, and he feels strongly that it’s time end it. 

A licensed clinical psychologist, Joel is all too familiar with the signs of impending burnout, and its costs range from underperformance to dropout to substance abuse. Burnout can be prevented, and Joel is talking to students today about the simple self-care techniques that can be employed to ward off its ugly effects. He proposes self-care and systemic strategies focusing attention on the prevention and treatment of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and diminished sense of scholastic accomplishment. Basing much of this presentation on the growing field of positive psychology, these techniques increase positive emotion, engagement, nourishing relationships, and enhancing meaning. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
• Students will become aware of the data on burnout among U.S. college students and its related negative effects (substance abuse, depression, drop-out, etc.)
• Students will become familiar with the three major symptom categories of burnout (emotional exhaustion, cynicism/depersonalization, and diminished sense of accomplishment).
• Students will come to value and leverage the potential power of their peer groups, fraternities/sororities, and student organizations as communities of support for the detection, intervention, and prevention of burnout symptoms in individual members.
• Students will learn crucial insights and practical, common-sense, and empirically-supported strategies for the prevention and intervention of burnout among college students.

The Genius Myth: Success is More Than Just an IQ

For years, we have operated on a belief that IQ score and GPA are the greatest predictors of long-term student success. When it comes to scholarships, college acceptances, and post-graduate study, these scores are critically important. But today we’re learning that perhaps they aren’t everything. Traits like grit and resilience are emerging as mutually critical, so a shift is needed in our mindset around success.

Far too many students and educators have bought into the deception that intelligence and talent are fixed- you’ve either “got it” or you don’t, and thus select themselves or their students out of the race to success. In “The Genius Myth”, Dr. Joel Núñez debunks that myth and explains that what sets exceptional people apart from others is not their “inherent talent”, but their hard work, persistence, and positive response to setbacks, in addition to their natural giftedness. Studies show that these skills can be taught and developed, and this means great things for student success overall.

Joel is the perfect option for new student orientation or for an event centered around first generation college students. They will walk away from this talk feeling encouraged and empowered to take their academic and overall achievement into their own hands. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
• Students will become aware of the fixed mindset, discover how most people accept it without being aware, and identify how it secretly hinders our success in school, in relationships, in sports, and life.
• Students will become aware of the insufficient resource myth in which people convince themselves they would do more and be more “if only…” they had more external resources (like support from important people, money, time, energy, etc.).
• Students will be empowered by understanding that powerful predictors of success are completely internal, can be developed, and grow directly proportional to the size of the challenges we face effectively.
• Students will learn practical, principal-based strategies for developing grit, resilience, and self-control.

May I Come In? Latinas/os’ Self-Beliefs & Success in College and Career

We are all becoming familiar with the numbers that can’t be ignored: Latinas/os are surging in the United States. As a nation, we’ve got to harness the power of this growing group for our collective success. And we’ve got to use education as the driver so that Americans of all backgrounds can flourish in the professions, for the good of us all.

At the same time, educating young people who may be one of the first in their family in college/university, as is often the case in Latina/o families, requires them to not only be academically ready, but to be armed with what psychologists call “soft skills”, a set of competencies that are often completely ignored in the classroom. These skills consist of what psychologists call self-efficacy, internal locus of control, emotional stability, and healthy self-esteem. Together, they truly can make the difference between success and failure in school and in life. And the best news is, we can grow them

In this presentation, Dr. Joel Núñez shares the latest research and his own personal story to encourage and empower young people of Latin American ancestry that they can flourish at the highest levels. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
• Students will grow their ability to discuss the ethnic demographic shifts occurring in the United States and the challenges and opportunities created by these numbers that cannot be ignored.
• Students will learn the eye-opening data about Latina/o graduation rates and the larger and individual factors leading to these disturbing outcomes.
• Students will be exposed to psychological competencies (“soft skills”) that must accompany and will help develop the academic competencies (“hard skills”) needed to be successful in college and career.  These consist of self-efficacy, internal locus of control, emotional stability (low neuroticism), and healthy levels of self-esteem.
• Students will leverage their newfound knowledge of psychological competencies by developing personal action plans to take control of their life results.

Joel's Bio

Dr. Joel Núñez is a New Jersey state licensed clinical psychologist. In 1996, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Psychology from Drew University. He earned a full scholarship to study psychology at Penn State University. As a graduate student, he was awarded the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans on the basis of scholarly merit, academic promise, and potential to contribute to public life. Dr. Núñez graduated in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Following internship, he worked as a bilingual clinical psychologist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey, earning his license to practice psychology in 2006. Presently, Dr. Núñez works as a consultant psychologist at a residential facility in Totowa, New Jersey, where he treats adolescents and adults living with developmental disabilities, severe and persistent mental illness, and other life challenges.


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