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Annual Counselor Workshop and Retreat, February 2017 - Hua Hin

Webster University Thailand is hosting its bi-annual counselor workshop from February 5-7, 2017 in Hua Hin Thailand and this year we are delighted to have with us Melanie Gottlieb, Deputy Director of AACRAO, as the key speaker. Melanie will conduct an interactive session: The US Higher Education Outlook for 2017: Impact and advice for students. The US Presidential election of 2016 generated worldwide attention and resulted in a collective gasp heard across the globe. Within the context of global mobility trends, we will discuss the post-inaugural outlook for US Higher education and share practical thoughts and advice for students planning to study abroad at a U.S. college or university. 

We will also have a session with Professor Chase Conrad, our counselor at WUT, who will present on the topic Interpersonal and Psychological Problems of incoming College Students from Asian and Western Backgrounds. The core theme of this lecture will draw upon Professor Conrad’s personal experiences here at Webster University counseling incoming students of Asian and Western backgrounds and the specific interpersonal and psychological problems that are present in these populations. The goal of this presentation is to have a gathering of the minds to cultivate therapeutic strategies that would benefit incoming freshman and to also present preventive therapies which prepare individuals for likely pitfalls they may face when entering a university setting for the first time.  The lecture format will be interactive involving all participants to share and draw upon their past experiences in hopes of gaining a better grasp on the mental health problems that face this college-bound population. 

In addition to these topics Webster will also have a session dedicated to the information about various campuses of Webster University including the USA, European and African campuses. Samrat Ray Cahudhuri, Director of Global Recruitment will conduct the session. Based on recommendations from counselors attending the previous workshops we will keep an interactive session with our students and an opportunity to visit our housings. 

For information please email Shylah Antone at

Speaker Profiles

Melanie Gottlieb

Melanie Gottlieb Melanie Gottlieb joined the staff as Deputy Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in 2015. She came to the national office with 18 years as an AACRAO member, with experience in Records & Registration, Enrollment Management and International Recruitment and Credential Evaluation in a variety of colleges and universities across the U.S.  She has served the association and her profession in a variety of local and national leadership roles throughout her career, given numerous presentations and workshops in both small and large settings, participated in a variety of publications, and most recently served as Vice President for International Education on the AACRAO Board of Directors.  In her current role at AACRAO, Melanie leads international initiatives and marketing and communications for the association.  She earned an MA in Information Science from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a BA in History /American Studies from Marlboro College in Vermont.  

Chase Conrad

Professor Chase Conrad is our full-time Counselor at the Chaam campus and a faculty in the department of Psychology. Webster University Thailand is committed to supporting the emotional and psychological wellbeing of students for success in their personal and academic lives. The Counseling Center is headed by Chase Conrad, a qualified counselor from the USA who specializes in depression and anxiety, as well as sleep disorders and addiction. He also counsels students to better adjust to student life and integrate with different cultures. Chase has a MS in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlanta University in the USA and is and ABD in Counseling Psychology from Assumption University Thailand. Before joining Webster University, Chase worked at a clinical facility as a therapist in Florida, USA.

Samrat Ray Chaudhuri

Samrat Ray Chaudhuri is the Director of Global Enrollment at Webster University Worldwide. Samrat is currently based in Bangkok and is responsible for the recruitment of international students for the Webster University network and campuses. Samrat has headed the admissions of Webster University Thailand for over eight years and continues to serve in that role for the Thailand campus alongside his global recruitment responsibilities. Samrat holds an MBA in international business from Stamford University and is an alma mater of National University of Singapore.


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