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      Education: Ph.D. - Educational Psychology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with an emphasis on Counselor Education and Supervision

      Certification and Licenses: Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin, Nationally Certified Counselor

      Clinical Areas of Interest: LGBT* issues in counseling, anxiety, depression, group counseling approaches, mental health crisis intervention/counseling, trauma informed care, religion and spirituality

      Research Areas of Interest: Alternative pedagogical methods for learning, group counseling, qualitative research approaches, religious identity/sexual orientation identity conflict, LGBT* issues in counseling, religion and spirituality

      Service Work - University/Community/Profession: Editorial Board for the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor's Task Force on LGBT* Issues, College of Education Committees, Counseling Department Committees

      Teaching Philosophy: I see learning initially from a developmental perspective where students need the opportunity to gain the foundational knowledge needed at their developmental level. However, I believe foundational knowledge is not enough and deeper learning occurs through the process of being critical thinkers, evaluators, and constructing personal meaning of the knowledge students are acquiring. Deeper learning involves taking risks and offering students a safe environment in which they can challenge the material, challenge each other, and challenge myself as their instructor. I strive to create a safe space in the classroom where support and challenge are balanced and the voices of all my students can be heard. I believe that the application of knowledge is the final important step in the learning process as knowledge for its own sake is not enough. Learning is a lifelong process and engaging in the learning of becoming a counselor is just the first step in that process. Finally, learning is not just about academic learning and perhaps even more important learning includes self learning and committing to enhance your own personal growth and development.

      Interests Outside of School: Biking, hiking, running, racquetball, video games, spending time with family and friends, spontaneous road trips, traveling

      Favorite Quotes: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

      "Life presents us with challenges and opportunities for growth when we least expect it or want it. We can rise to the occasion, embrace this growth opportunity, and commit to the journey life has offered or we can choose to remain trapped in the creation of our own stagnation." ~ C.L.A.

 


    • Education:
      Ph.D.- Counselor Education and Supervision, Northern Illinois University

      Certification and Licenses: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, Illinois PEC, Nationally Certified Counselor

      Clinical Areas of Interest: Attachment theory in counseling

      Research Areas of Interest: School counselor professional identity, ASCA model as a framework for working in a multicultural context, and working with children's mental health

      Service Work - University/Community/Profession: All departmental committees, curriculum committee

      Teaching Philosophy: I would describe my teaching philosophy as constructivist through a collaborative approach. From this perspective, I see: 1) teaching and learning as processes, which occur simultaneously for my students and me. Therefore, in the teaching space, I am not the expert merely a professional co-participant learner with students who are active contributors to the learning process. 2) Dialogue and discussion promote a romance for learning, and are essential components to the continual creation of knowledge, development of critical thinking, increased self-awareness, and understanding of others worldview. 3) Experiential learning, though anxiety provoking, supports the translation of theory to practice and promotes students’ ability to, engage in creative/critical thinking and practice, cope with ambiguity, and learn ethical practice.

      Interests Outside of School: Reading non-fiction and fictional works, travel, listening to different genres of music

      Favorite Quotes:  "Those whose palm kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble." Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

      "In diversity there is beauty and there is strength." Maya Angelou

 


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      Education: Ph.D. - Counselor Education and Supervision, Northern Illinois University

      Certification and Licenses: Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, Nationally Certified Counselor

      Clinical Areas of Interest: Individual and family counseling, depression, anxiety, ADHD, anger, family conflict

      Research Areas of Interest: Personal guiding theory development of students and counselors, Integration of faith and counseling, Supervision relationships, and How relationships within the classroom affect learning

      Service Work - University/Community/Profession: Studio 84 Volunteer, College of Education Committees, Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC), North Central Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (NCACES)

      Teaching Philosophy: My teaching philosophy is a combination of constructivist and humanistic approaches that utilizes a variety of techniques such as short lectures, small group discussions and experiential activities. I see myself as a facilitator of learning both inside and outside the classroom. My focus is for students to construct their own meaning of the material, think critically about what they are learning, and discover how to apply what they have learned in real life situations. In counseling, I believe that a positive relationship creates an environment that facilitates change. I also believe this is the case in the classroom where I try to create an environment that facilitates learning.

      Interests Outside of School: Photography, Reading, Walking in nature, Painting and coloring, Spending time with family and friends, playing with my nieces and nephews, exploring Wisconsin

      Favorite Quotes: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." ~ Lao Tzu

      "A constructive view of human experience is one that emphasizes meaningful action by a developing self in relationship." ~ Michael J. Mahoney

 


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      Education: Ph.D. - Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.Ed - Counseling, Boston University

      Certification and Licenses: Licensed School Counselor

      Clinical Areas of Interest: Student risk and resilience, school counselor development, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)

      Research Areas of Interest: Disproportionality in discipline and special education, PBIS, student, family, and school engagement, systemic role delineation in schools, culturally responsive practice, creating effective student support teams

      Service Work - University/Community/Profession: Assessment Committee, PBIS Tier 2 Coach, Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and Editor for Corwin Press

      Teaching Philosophy: My philosophy of teaching is grounded in the facilitation of student engagement in all learning environments. As such, I strive to create open and inviting classroom settings where all students feel they have a voice. Much of my philosophy is grounded in the theory of self-system processes (Connell & Wellborn, 1991), which focuses on the importance of autonomy, involvement and structure on individual connection engagement in different contexts. In essence, this theoretical framework asserts that engagement results from an individual feeling a sense of autonomy, feeling connected to the environment, and feeling a sense of competence in a given environment.

      I truly believe, as much as possible, learning should be interactive. Thus, I vary the format of my teaching to allow students to connect to me, both as an individual and an instructor, the course material, as well as other students in the course. Further, I encourage students to make connections between course material and the diversity contained within the world at large. I enjoy bringing new perspectives and ways of thinking to the courses I teach. I take a constructivist approach by which students learn through their own construction of knowledge. Throughout, I encourage students to make connections between the course material and their own lives and experiences all while ensuring they take an active role in their learning.

      Interests Outside of School: Reading, spending time with family and friends, yoga

      Favorite Quote:

      "Come to the edge.
      We might fall.
      Come to the edge
      It’s too high.

      Come to the edge.
      And they came 
      And he pushed 
      And they flew."

      ~ Christopher Logue

 

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    • Education:
       Ph.D. - Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

      Certification and Licenses: Licensed Psychologist

      Clinical Areas of Interest: Gender issues, anxiety, relationship issues, group counseling approaches, college student development, vitality/stress, positive psychology, eating disorders

      Research Areas of Interest: College student development, Group counseling, Qualitative research approaches, Supervision, Teaching effectiveness, Teaching, Learning, Professional vitality, Gender issues, and Leadership

      Service Work - University/Community: Nursing Home Visitation Program, Intentional Acts of Kindness, Peer Coach for university faculty, College of Education Committees, WACES, Optimists, WCPA Legislative Liaison, Editorial Board, Wisconsin Counseling Journal

      Teaching Philosophy: Because I see learning as a process of constructing personal meaning, teaching is one part of the interaction that facilitates such constructions. Teaching and learning are active and interactive experiences, that allow and encourage students to take risks, to build on present understanding, and to develop new meanings. Teaching and learning happen in safe places, where support and challenge are balanced and available to all learners. In the field of counseling (and perhaps all fields), the application of knowledge is much more important than knowledge for its own sake. Teaching and learning are as much about questions as answers. Learning to ask good questions helps us become lifelong learners. Learning to be effective counselors and therapists is necessarily a lifelong process; this program is one significant part of that lifelong journey.

      Interests Outside of School: Horses, biking, gardening, sewing, swimming, spending time with family and friends, writing, baking

      Favorite Quote: "Perhaps what is most important is to count, to matter, to stand for something, to make some difference that I have lived at all." ~ Leo Rosten

 


    • Education:
       Ph.D. - Counseling and Guidance, University of Wisconsin-Madison

      Certification and Licenses: Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin, Nationally Certified Career Development Facilitator

      Clinical Areas of Interest: Self-esteem, self-efficacy, relationship issues, career counseling, effect of work and leisure on mental health from a lifespan perspective, multicultural issues in counseling and clinical supervision, developmentally-based counseling issues (particularly for students in post-secondary institutions)

      Research Areas of Interest: Career development, effect of work on mental health (especially for culturally diverse populations), multicultural issues in counseling and clinical supervision

      Service Work – University/Community: UW-Whitewater Graduate Council, College of Education and Department Committees, served two three-year terms on the National Career Development Quarterly Editorial Board, Reviewer for the National Career Development Association of Professional Competency Standards, Ad Hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Reviewer for higher education textbooks in career development and multicultural counseling, and volunteered counseling services to couples at a local church

      Teaching Philosophy: My approach to teaching is student-centered. I believe it is important to empower and challenge students to actively take responsibility for their learning. My role is that of a facilitator, providing an inviting and supportive environment that recognizes and respects students’ views while encouraging critical thinking and risk taking to foster growth. I enjoy traveling down the “learning lane” with my students.

      Interests Outside of School: Leisure reading, Listening to music, Dancing, Traveling, and Public/international affairs

      Favorite Quote: “Be yourself and love yourself.” ~ Anonymous

 

Doctoral Teaching Intern


                                                                                            • Education:
                                                                                              M.A. – Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Louisiana at Monroe

                                                                                              Certification and Licenses: Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor, Multi-Systemic Therapy Therapist

                                                                                              Clinical Areas of Interest: Family and Individual Therapy, Religion and Spirituality, Relationship issues, Multicultural and Social Justice Issues in Counseling

                                                                                              Research Areas of Interest: Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice issues in Counseling, Counseling Student Development, Clinical Supervision, Qualitative Research, Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Clinical Development, Personal and Professional Growth in Counseling

                                                                                              Service Work - American Counseling Association (ACA, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapist

                                                                                              Teaching Philosophy: My teaching philosophy is one of collaborative learning. Rather than giving student what I want them to have in terms of knowledge and skills, I believe that I am here to help foster growth in student-identified areas of interest. My focus is to assist students in exploring and developing their own meaning in and out of the classroom. Learning is a continuous, never-ending recursion and I believe one of my roles in that cycle is to help students identify every experience as some form of growth. I believe that in order to grow and truly grasp the desired knowledge, skill, and awareness, we must challenge and push ourselves, others, and presented work within a safe environment; personal growth and exploration is the foundation to enhance every learning experience.

                                                                                              Interests Outside of School: Cooking, listening to music and podcasts, reading, traveling, shopping, spending quality time with friends and family

                                                                                              Favorite Quotes: “Doing the best you can with what you have has a funny way of giving birth to surprising new paths and perspectives. Remember, you can always do something.” - Chrystal Evans-Hurst

                                                                                              “ The disciplines with which you live your life will be the foundation on which you live a life you love.” – Chrystal Evans-Hurst

                                                                                               

                                                                                              Adjunct Faculty

                                                                                               


                                                                                            • Education:
                                                                                               M.S.- Marriage and Family Therapy, Edgewood College

                                                                                              Certification and Licenses: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 

                                                                                              Clinical Areas of Interest: Anxiety & depression, co-dependency issues, sexual dysfunction, trauma, female adolescent/young adult & family education, life transitions, (relational, occupational, spiritual), self esteem/self worth issues, stress managment 

                                                                                              Teaching Philosophy: It is my belief that each course should be a transformational learning experience for all who participate. Course work should be designed to integrate both the art and science of how to do what we do.  This starts with creating a safe (not always comfortable) learning environment, where everone has the opportunity to think, feel and do, that which we may be asking/encouraging those we serve clinically to try.  Clinical research and experience continues to show treatment outcomes are most significantly influenced by the theraputic relationship. As such, is it imperative that we enhance the relationship with self and others in order to create the context for change, expand existing views, and increase the capacity for learning, resilience, and healing. It is my sincerest hope that it in these intentions, we make more room for "being in it together, differently" and that an experiential impact would occur. 

                                                                                              Favorite Quote: "Build the bridge of love...that will hold the weight of truth." -Author Unknown

 


                                                                                                                                                                                      • Education:
                                                                                                                                                                                        M.S. - Guidance and Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

                                                                                                                                                                                        Certification and Licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Nationally Certified Counselor, EMDR Certified Therapist, Brainspotting Certified Therapist

                                                                                                                                                                                        Clinical Areas of Interest: Neurobiology of trauma and healing in the context of clinical attunement and resourcing, ongoing consultation and training

                                                                                                                                                                                        Interests Outside of School: Travel, reading, horses, learning

                                                                                                                                                                                        Favorite Word: Grace

                                                                                                                                                                                        Favorite Quote: "The sun will come up tomorrow." ~ Joe Fouts

 

 

Administrative Staff


                                                                                                                                                                                                • Education: M.S. - Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Interests Outside of School: Family, gardening, community, futbol

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Favorite Quote: "A beautiful woman uses her lips for truth, her voice for kindness, her ears for compassion, her hands for charity and her heart for love. For those who don't like her, she uses prayer." ~ Anonymous

 


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                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Education:Pursuing B.A. - Liberal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interests Outside of School:I love to travel; only have 12 more states to visit in the United States.

 

Graduate Assistants


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Second year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emphasis: Clinical Mental Health Counseling with electives in Trauma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Education: B.A. - Communication with a minor in English Literature, University of Northern Iowa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Career Aspirations: TBD. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interests Outside of School: I love to read, knit, travel, play with my cat, and spend time with my friends and family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Favorite Quote: "Always strive to make everybody feel like somebody." ~ Anonymous

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Year in Program:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Third year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emphasis: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Education: B.S. - Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Career Aspirations: To work at a university health center as a professional counselor. I hope to provide a safe environment for emerging adults to explore their thoughts, feelings, and emotions and support them through crucial transitions in their lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interests Outside of School: Spending time with my wife, two cats, family, and friends, cycling, camping, TED Talks, basketball, fantasy football, immersing myself in new experiences!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Favorite Quote: "One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is to listen to each other's stories." ~ Rebecca Falls

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Year in Program:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Third year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emphasis: Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an elective in Marriage and Family Therapy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Education: B.S. - Psychology, Carroll University

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Career Aspirations: After receiving my license, I am looking to open up a private practice. I intend to work primarily with couples and have a niche working with the LGBTQ community, including both individuals and couples.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interests Outside of School: Beyond the classroom, I spend a great deal of time immersed in music. I have been playing guitar for close to a decade and enjoy writing my own music. I also try to spend as much time as possible in the company of my friends and family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Favorite Quote: "Men are born for the sake of each other. So either teach or tolerate." ~ Marcus Aurelius

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Year in Program: 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              First year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emphasis: School Counseling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Education: Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Education and Educational Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Career Aspirations: I hope to get a position in a high school to help students build social, emotional, and academic skills so that they can be prepared for future life endeavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interests Outside of School: Volunteering, reading, traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with my family and friends!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Favorite Quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."-Maya Angelou

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Year in Program:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Third year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Emphasis: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Education: B.S. - Psychology and Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Career Aspirations: Developing a strong philosophical and theoretical orientation to counseling, deciding which client population I most want to work with, and making a difference in my clients' lives!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Interests Outside of School: Camping, biking, hiking, boating...anything that gets me outside, non-Hollywood films, linguistics, yoga, meditation, TED Talks, learning new ways to view the world

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Favorite Quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

He Who Served The Department Well

33 ½ Years of Service


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Education: Ed.D. - Counselor Education, University of Maine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Certification and Licenses: Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clinical Areas of Interest: Domestic violence/anger management, Chemical dependency, and Trauma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Research Areas of Interest: Process of becoming a counselor, anger management, trauma, chemical dependency, and childhood maltreatment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Service Work - University/Community: UW-Whitewater Graduate Exceptions Committee, President of Wisconsin Association of Counselor Education and Supervision

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Teaching Philosophy:I want students to understand that counselor education is a lifelong process. We help provide a knowledge base, a foundation for what really is an evolutionary process. In counseling there are very few hard facts it is as much art as it is science.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interests Outside of School: Running, soccer, music, swimming, biking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Favorite Quote: "So often times it happens...that we live our lives in chains. And we never even know we have the key." ~ D. Henley

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Location: Winther Hall 6035
Phone: 262-472-5426
Fax: 262-472-2841
Email: counslred@uww.edu

 

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