Faculty


L. Shane Blasko

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University, 2007.
  • M.S., Professional Counseling, Georgia State University, 2000.
  • B.A., Sociology, Georgia State University, 1997.

Biography

Dr. Shane Blasko is an Associate Professor in Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a licensed professional counselor, serving as a counselor and supervisor. Dr. Blasko has a private psychotherapy practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Blasko's research and clinical interests include stress management, counselor wellness and self-care, and issues related to LGBTQ individuals and families. Dr. Blasko is a past-president of the Council on the Psychology of Women and Girls, of the Georgia Psychological Association.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Georgia Licensed Professional Counselors Association
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Selected Publications

  • Griffin, D. A, Blasko, L. S., & McLeod, A. L. (in review). The lived experiences of gay Jamaican male immigrants.
  • Fitch, T., Blasko, S., & Bardill, C. (2013). Undergraduate Major and other factors effect on success in counselor-training. Louisiana Journal of Counseling, 20, 27-33.
  • Brasfield, C. D. & Blasko, L. S. (2009). Feminist Identity Development Model. In Erdford, B. (Ed.) The ACA encyclopedia of counseling. American Counseling Association.
  • Brasfield, C. D., Blasko, L. S., & Hill, M. B. (2004). Stress management. In N. E. Commander, M. Valeri-Gold, & N. R. Mansfield (Eds.), Learning to succeed, 2nd Edition. Dubusque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
  • Ashby, J., Blasko, L. S., Bruner, L., & Martin, J. (2003). A stretching story. In H. Kadusen & C. Schaefer (Eds.) 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques, Volume 3, Jason Aronson Publishers.
Recent Presentations
  • Emelianchik-Key, K. & Blasko, L. (2016, March). Using dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT) skills to enhance counseling student's confidence and capabilities. American Counseling Association (ACA), Montreal, Canada.
  • Blasko, L. S., Spargo, A. L., McLeod, A. L., Ritter, K. B., & Watson, T. I. (2015, October). Preparing for practicum and internship success: A proactive approach to gatekeeping. Roundtable presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Emelianchick-Key, K. & Blasko, L. S. (2015, October). Cultivating supervisee confidence and competence through the use of dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT) skills. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Emelianchick-Key, K., Blasko, L. S., & Spargo, A. L. (2014, October). Using Mindfulness to assist practicum students in maintaining self-care. Roundtable presentation at the annual conference of the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, in Birmingham, AL.
  • Marshall, D. & Blasko, S. (2014). Counseling the Traumatic Aftereffects of Suicide. Workshop presentation at the annual conference of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association, in Atlanta, GA.
  • Blasko, L. S., Spargo, A. L., & McLeod, A. L. (2013). Making the Grade but Not the Cut: Managing Non-academic Gatekeeping in Counselor Education. Roundtable presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Denver, CO.
  • Gray, G. & Blasko, S. (2013). Working Beyond the Classroom: Mentoring Distance Learners in Developing a Professional Identity in Counselor Education and Supervision. Roundtable presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Denver, CO.
  • Blasko, S. & Spargo, A. (2013). Navigating Counselor Wellness in Today's Fast Paced World. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association, Savannah, GA.
  • Manyam, S., Johnson, C. & Blasko, S. (2012, June). How to overcome your apprehension and engage in (more) counseling research and program evaluation. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Fitch, T. & Blasko, L. S. (2010, October). The effect of undergraduate major and number of years since undergraduate graduation on counseling students' GPA, retention, and CPCE scores. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of SACES, Williamsburg, VA.
  • Blasko, L. S. & Dean, J. K. (2009, May). Integrating advocacy training into counselor supervision: Ethics and practical application. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the LPCA of Georgia, Calloway Gardens, GA.

Gerry Ken Crete

  • Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Supervision, Trauma, Spirituality, Addictions, and Men & Masculinity
  • Office
  • 257
  • Phone: 770-407-1050
  • Email: gecrete@argosy.edu
Gerry Ken Crete

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counseling and Student Personnel Services, University of Georgia, 2013.
  • M.Ed., School Counseling, Liberty University, 2009.
  • B.Ed., History and English, Queen's University, 1993.
  • B.A., History, Queen's University, 1992.

Biography

Dr. Crete is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Professional School Counselor. Dr. Crete is also a Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor in Georgia and an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor. In addition, he is Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained and holds certifications in the treatment of trauma and sexual addictions. Dr. Crete's research interests include counseling men, trauma treatment, addiction recovery, integration of spirituality and psychotherapy, and couples counseling. Dr. Crete is a member of the board of directors for the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. He is also the listserv moderator and a manuscript reviewer for the American Psychological Association's Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity). In 2012, he was awarded the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Research Award by the University of Georgia and was named an Emerging Leader by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Crete has published and presented nationally on topics related to resilience and male survivors of abuse, trauma informed counseling interventions, and the role of religion/spirituality in the treatment of trauma.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Catholic Psychotherapy Association

Selected Publications

  • Crete, G. K. (2016). Family reconstruction. In Jon Carlson & Shannon Dermer (Eds.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling.
  • Crete, G. K. & Singh, A. (2015). Resilience strategies of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their female partners: A phenomenological inquiry. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 37(4), 341-354.
  • Crete, G. K. & Singh, A. (2014). Counseling men with trauma histories: Developing foundational knowledge. In M. Englar-Carlson, M. Evans & T. Duffey (Eds.), A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men (pp. 285-304). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Recent Presentations
  • Madere, J., & Crete, G. (2016). Clinical discernment: When faith and trauma intersect. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, Austin, TX.
  • Crete, G. K. (2014, Nov.). Healing trauma: A relational approach. Workshop presentation at the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA. Sponsored by the Committee for the Ongoing Formation of Priests and the Office of Child and Youth Protection Victim Assistance Program.
  • McKay, S., Crete, G. K., DiRito, P., & Powers, W. (2013, Nov.). Trauma and the family. Panel presentation at the annual conference of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Crete, G. K. & Singh, A. (2013, Oct.). Resilience strategies of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their female partners. Paper presented at the biennial conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Denver, CO.
  • Crete, G. K. (2013, August). Resilience strategies of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their female partners. In C. Kilmartin (Chair), Men and trauma: Prevention and intervention. Symposium conducted at the APA Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Crete, G. K. (2013, February). Social media: New frontiers in conducting research. Poster session presented at the University of Georgia Annual Diversity Conference, Gwinnett, GA.
  • Crete, G. K. (2012, April). Emotionally focused therapy for male survivors. Paper presented at the American Men’s Studies Association conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Asha Dickerson

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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Auburn University, 2014.
  • M.S., Agency/Community Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009.
  • B.A., History, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004.

Biography

Dr. Asha Dickerson is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor. (LPC). She is very active as a member and in leadership positions in several community and professional organizations including the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Dr. Dickerson is also the current Chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program Doctoral Advisory Council. Her clinical and academic specialties include social and cultural diversity, addictions, and blended family issues. In addition to receiving numerous awards, she has been named as an American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Holmes Scholar, ACES Emerging Leaders Fellow, and National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation Fellow. Dr. Dickerson's goal is to educate, encourage, and enrich the lives of her students, clients, and the community through her research efforts and commitment to education, mental health, and advocacy.

Memberships

  • Alabama Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Alabama Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
  • National Board of Certified Counselors
  • National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation MFP Advisory Council

Selected Publications

  • Dickerson, A. (2015). Human Rights Revisited. Alabama Counseling Association Journal. 40(1).
  • Evans, A. M., Dickerson, A., Carney, J., (2014). Work-Life Balance: Counselor Educators Respond. ACA VISTAS.
  • Dickerson, A. (2013) Examining Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Combating Substance Dependence. Alabama Counseling Association Journal. 39(1).
Recent Presentations
  • Dickerson, A. & Cross, R. (2015). Advocating for Ourselves: Beyond Advocating for Clients and Profession. Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA): Montgomery, AL.
  • Hall, K., & Dickerson, A. (2015) Minority Faculty Retention at CACREP Institutions. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES): Philadelphia, PA.
  • Dickerson, A. & Brooks, M. (2015). The Counselor Educator as an Ambassador: The Role of Minorities in Developing Curricula and Programs in Academia as well as the Community that Supports the Success of Minority Counseling Students. National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC): Orlando, FL.
  • Dickerson, A. & Allen, J. (2015). Smartphone/Tablet App Potential for Increasing Positive Outcomes in Rehabilitation Counseling. American Counseling Association (ACA): Orlando, FL.
  • Dickerson, A. & Allen, J. (2014). Smartphone/Tablet App Potential for Increasing Positive Outcomes in Rehabilitation Counseling. Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA): Huntsville, AL.
  • Dickerson, A. & Huffman, S. (2014). Recruitment, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring (REAM) for female Counselor Educators of Color. Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA): Huntsville, AL.
  • Dickerson, A. & Huffman, S. (2014). Recruitment, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring (REAM) for Female Counselor Educators of Color. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES): Birmingham, AL.
  • Dickerson, A., (2013). Bullying at the College Level. Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Service Day: Honolulu, HI.
  • Evans, A., Carney, J., & Dickerson, A. (2013). Work-Life Balance: Educators Recommendations for Future Faculty. Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA): Sarasota, FL.
  • Dickerson, A. & Lee, R. (2013). From Katherine to Keisha: The Significance of Names. Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA): Birmingham, AL.
  • Dickerson, A. (2013). ''Don't Call Me an 'Angry Black Woman'': Effectively Working with Women of Color. A Counselor's View of Italy: Reggello, Italy.
  • Carney, J., Dickerson, A., Wilkinson, M., Tyler, J., & Dawson, V. (2013) Updating and Defining the Doctoral Comprehensive Exam: Using Doctoral Portfolios for Comprehensive Evaluation American Counseling Association Conference (ACA): Cincinnati, OH.

M. Janelle Disney

  • Professor
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling and Supervision, Couples and Family Counseling, Clinical Supervision
  • Office
  • 221
  • Phone: 770-576-2102
  • Email: mdisney@argosy.edu
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Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Alabama, November, 1979. Minors included Counseling, Educational Research, Higher Education, and Statistics Proficiency. Dissertation title: Attitudes Toward Children and Childrearing: Differences Between Parents With and Without Custody.
  • M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Alabama, 1976.
  • B.A., Geology and a minor in English, University of Alabama, 1968.

Biography

Dr. M. Janelle Disney holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in counseling from the University of Alabama. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Louisiana. Prior to coming to Argosy University in April, 2011, she was a Professor in the Department of Psychology at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She served as Director of Counseling, Scholarships, and Testing; established and was the administrator of the Kay Doré Counseling Clinic which provided services for families with low income on the McNeese campus; and was head of the Department of Psychology. Her publications and presentations have been in the areas of ethical and legal aspects of counseling and clinical supervision. Her most recent presentation was at the 2015 Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA) of Georgia Convention and focused on the 2014 American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics. Her professional leadership activities include chairperson for the Council for Accreditation and Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) team site visits, membership on the ACA Ethics Panel, president of Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA) and Louisiana Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and a member of the Ethics Revision Task Force which created the 2014 version of the ACA Code of Ethics. She has been in clinical practice for 27 years, working in Louisiana and Atlanta. Her most recent clinical work focused on issues of the elderly, and she presently provides supervision for those counselors seeking licensure in Georgia.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia

Selected Publications

  • Disney, M. J. & Turner, D. (2005). Best Practices of the Access and Visitation Program for the 14th Judicial District Family and Juvenile Court. State of Louisiana Department of Social Services, Office of Family Support.
  • Disney, M. J. & Stephens, A. M. (1994). Legal Issues in Clinical Supervision. Alexandria, VA: The American Counseling Association.
  • Burlew, L. D., Emerson, P., Disney, M. J., Folse, E., Roland, C. & Benshoff, J. (1992). Counseling Supervisory Training: A Workbook (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.
  • Disney, M. J. (1992). The Louisiana Counselor and the Law. Louisiana Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Recent Presentations
  • Disney, M. J. (May, 2015). The Ethical Professional Counselor: Practice and Cultural Issues. Three-hour presentation at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia Convention, Augusta, GA.
  • Disney, M. J. & Watts, R. (June, 2014). Professional Responsibilities of the Counselor, ACA Webinar.
  • Disney, M. J. (February, 2013). Contemporary Ethical Issues in Couples and Family Counseling. Presented at the Connections Count Conference, Family and Youth Counseling Services, Lake Charles, LA.
  • Disney, M. J. (March, 2011). Working with Minors: Ethical and Legal Concerns. Presented at the 2011 ACA Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Disney, M. J. (February, 2011). Working with Minors: Ethical and Legal Concerns. Three-hour presentation for licensed counselors (LPCs), psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists at the Connections Count Conference, Family and Youth Counseling Services.

Mary F. Gay, PhD, LPC, CPCS

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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University, 2000
  • M.S., Community Counseling, Georgia State University, 1993
  • B.A., Psychology, Florida State University, 1987

Biography

Dr. Mary F. Gay is an Associate Professor in Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (1995) and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (2013). Dr. Gay's research interests include exploring attachment processes in the supervisory and counselor relationships and person-of therapist dynamics. She maintains a small clinical practice working with children, adolescents, families, and adults with a wide variety of concerns. Dr. Gay is the past-president of the Personality Disorders Awareness Network (2008-2013) and currently retains a position on the advisory board.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia

Selected Publications

  • Gay, M. F. (2000). Family-of-origin characteristics in counselors-in training. (Dissertation Abstracts International)
  • Brack, G., Gay, M. F., & Matheny, K. (1993). Relationships between attachment and coping resources among late adolescents. Journal of College Student Development, 34, 212-215.
  • Kern, R., Riordan, R., & Gay. M. F. (1995). Assessing family-of-origin issues in supervision. The Family Journal: Counseling & Therapy for Couples and Families, 3(4), 350-354.
Selected Presentations
  • Reese, M. K. & Gay, M. F. (2013). Many paths, one journey: Implementing a successful comprehensive assessment plan that meets CACREP 2009 standards. Presentation for Annual ACES Conference, Denver, CO, October, 2013.
  • Gay, M. F. (2013). Private Practice: Everything You Need to Know. Presentation for Licensed Professional Counselors-Student Affiliate Organization.
  • Gay, M. F. (2012). I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. Presentation at annual Licensed Professional Counselors Association Conference of Georgia, Atlanta, GA.
  • Gay, M. F. (2012). Everything but the kitchen sink: An exploration of creative interventions with adult attachment issues. Poster presented for Annual Association of Creativity and Counseling Conference, Memphis, TN, 2012.
  • Gay, M. F. (2008). Effective Interpersonal Skills for Working with Special Needs Children. Presentation for Faculty of Princeton Elementary at Argosy University, Atlanta, GA.

Chandra F. Johnson

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of Arkansas, 2002.
  • M.Ed., Counseling and Guidance, Howard University, 1995.
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, San Jose State University, 1990.

Biography

Dr. Chandra F. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a licensed professional counselor and certified professional counselor supervisor. Dr. Johnson's research interests include issues related to adolescent development, and the psychosocial development of Black males. She has over two decades of counseling experience, working primarily with adjudicated youth and their families in school, court services, and community settings. Dr. Johnson also has more than 10 years of education research and program evaluation experience. Prior to joining Argosy University she served as the Executive Director for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment for a metro Atlanta school system and as a research analyst with the McKenzie Group and the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC. Dr. Johnson has served as a reviewer for the Journal of At-Risk Issues, and is a member of national, regional, and state counseling organizations. She maintains a small private practice in Decatur, GA.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia

Selected Publications

  • Johnson, C. F. (2003). African American males in school and society: Practices and policies for effective education [Book review]. The Journal of Men's Studies, 12(1), 91—92.
Recent Presentations
  • Johnson, C. F., Chopeitia, E., & Cutts, Q. (2016, March). Traumatic experiences of health care interpreters: The implications for counselors. Presentation at the American Counseling Association 2016 Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • Crawley, T., & Johnson, C. F. (2014, May). African Americans and mental health/primary care collaboration. Licensed Professional Counselors’ Association 26th Annual Convention and Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Johnson, C. F., Chopeitia, E., & Cutts, Q. (2014, March). Phenomenologically speaking! Experiences of healthcare interpreters in traumatic encounters. Accepted for presentation at the American Counseling Association 2014 Conference, Honolulu, HI.
  • Williams, C., & Johnson, C. F. (2013, October). Students in crisis: Managing the dual role of counselor educator and counselor. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2013 Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Johnson, C. F., & Chopeitia, E. (2013, March). Healthcare interpreters: The invisible victims of vicarious trauma. American Counseling Association 2013 Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Ramsey-Colbert, K., Johnson, C. F., & Stokes, D. (2012, June). Students, stress, and self-care. Licensed Professional Counselors’ Association 24th Annual Convention and Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Manyam, S., Blasko, L.S., Johnson, C.F. (2012, June). How to overcome your apprehension and engage in counseling research and program evaluation. Licensed Professional Counselors’ Association 24th Annual Convention and Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Johnson, C.F., Beane, S., & Cutts, Q.M. (2008, November). Program evaluation in public k-12 settings. American Evaluation Association Evaluation 2008 Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Miller, E., Arroyo, C., Johnson, C.F., & Ruffin, M. (2004, September). Building evaluation capacity within communities of color in the era of No Child Left Behind. 2004 Patterson Research Conference, Washington, DC.

SaDohl G. Jones

  • Assistant Professor
  • Multiculturalism; Social Justice; Advocacy; Training and Mentorship; Counseling the Gifted; Women and Trauma
  • Office
  • 225
  • Phone: 770-407-1126
  • Email: sadjones@argosy.edu
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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, University of Iowa, 2011.
  • M.Ed., School/Community Counseling, Clark Atlanta University, 2004.
  • B.A., Psychology, Clark Atlanta University, 2002.

Biography

Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Clinical Supervisor with a private proactive in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Jones combines theory and practice through her research in the area of mental health for diverse populations, training of mental health professionals, and women and trauma, as well as counseling gifted and twice exceptional students all from a social justice advocacy framework. Her professional leadership experience include Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD) Awards co-chair; American School Counseling Association (ACA), Professional Standards Committee; Georgia School Counseling Association (ASCA), Editorial Board and Founding Co-chair of the Rural School Counseling Network; National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Newsletter Co-Editor for Guidance & Counseling Division; Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) Newsletter Co-editor). Dr. Jones has presented at national and international conference as well as published many book chapters and articles primarily focused on multicultural/diversity concerns and social justice advocacy.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
    • Member (2006-Presnt)
    • Professional Standards Committee Member (2012-2015)
    • Conference Program Reviewer (2013)
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) (2006-Presnt)
    • Southern Region Member (SACES) (2008-Present)
  • Association of Multicultural Counseling Development (AMCD)
    • Member (2007-Present)
  • Counselors for Social Justice
    • Member (2010-Present)
  • American School Counseling Association (ASCA)
    • Member (2006-Present)
  • Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Rho Upsilon
    • Member (2003-Presebnt)
  • Georgia School Counseling Association (GSCA) (2010-Present)
    • Rural School Counselor Network Founding Co-Chair (2014-Present)
  • Georgia Association for Gifted Children (GAGC)
    • Member (2012-Present)
  • Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA)
    • Member (2012-Present)
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
    • Member (2006-Present)
    • Guidance and Counseling Division
  • License Professional Counselor Association
    • Member (2015-Present)

Selected Publications

  • Havlik, S., Malott, K., Cigrand, D., Jones, S. G. (2015). School Counselors United I Professional Advocacy: A Systems Model Proposed, Journal of School Counseling.
  • Grimes, L. E., Spencer, N. & Jones, S. G. (2014). Rural School Counselors: Using the AC Advocacy Competencies to Meet Student Needs in the Rural Setting. VISTAS Online Journal. American Counseling Association.
  • Owens, D, Goldsmith, S. K. &, Bryant, R.M., Bounds, P. (2013). Underachieving Gifted Blac Female Adolescents: A Case Study, In T. Grantham, M. Frazier Trottman-Scott & D. Harmon (Eds.). Desegregated Schools, Segregated Minds. Prufrock, Press. Waco, TX.
  • Goldsmith, S. K. (2012). School Counselors Clinical and Administrative Supervision with Twice-exceptional learners. Georgia School Counseling Association Journal. 19, 1.
  • Goldsmith S. K. (2008). The forgotten few: Meeting the needs of African-American twice-exceptional learners. National Association for Gifted Children ASPIRE Newsletter, 4, 6.
Recent Presentations
  • Jones, S. G. & Grimes, L. E. (November, 2014). Rural School Counselors Network. Program Presented at the Georgia School Counseling Association Conference. Savannah, GA.
  • Jones, S. G. & Bryant, R. M. (October, 2015). Supervision in the Age of Technology: Ethical Considerations for Counselor Educators. Program Accepted to the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision bi-annual National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Grimes, L. E. & Jones, S. G. (October, 2015). School Counseling Educators Taking the Lead: A Practice Model for Developing a Statewide School Counseling Special Interest Network. Program Submitted to the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision bi-annual National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Jones, S. G. & Grimes, L. E. (October, 2015). Counselor Education and Online Modalities: Strategies for Maintaining Program Integrity While Embracing Technology as a Teaching Pedagogical Tool. Program Submitted to the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision bi-annual National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Jones, S. G., Crosslin, S. & Burnett, T. (October, 2015). Counselor Fieldwork Preparation: How to Prepare for your Clinical Fieldwork Experiences. Program Accepted to the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision bi-annual National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Grimes, L. E. & Jones, S. G. (February, 2015). Voices from the Field: Rural School Counselors. Presented at the Georgia School Counselors Association Region 7 Conference. Macon, GA.
  • Jones, S. G. & Grimes, L. E. (November 2014). Rural School Counselors Network. Program Presented at the Georgia School Counseling Association Conference. Augusta, GA.
  • Robinson, S. A., Jones, S. G., Trottman-Scott, M. F. (November, 2014). Invisible Me: Case Studies of Twice-Exceptional Black Students. Program presented at the National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Havlik, S., Malott, K., Jones, S. G., Cigrand, D. (July, 2014) Standing Strong When Times are Hard: School Counselor Advocacy and Leadership in an Age of Budget and Spending Cuts. Program Accepted at the American School Counseling Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Jones, S. G. (November, 2013). You don’t know me how can you speak for me: School Counselors Knowledge of and Advocacy with Gifted Students. Program presented at the National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Walker, Q.D., Jones, S. G. (November, 2013). Rural School Counseling: Your Role as an Ethically Responsible Advocate. Program presented at the Georgia School counseling Association Annual Conference. Jekyll Island, GA.
  • Jones, S. G., Jungerson, T. Walker, Q. D., Greenleaf, A. T. & Williams, J. M. (March, 2013). Deconstructing Mental Health Disparities and Social Justice in Action: A Nexus of Professional Counseling. Program presented at the American Counseling Association's Annual Convention. Cincinnati, OH.
  • Soli, L., Goldsmith, S. K., Stower, C., Beeler, L., & May, E. C., (March, 2013). Online Counselor Education Programs as a Social Justice Medium: A Panel Discussion of Counselor Educators. Program presented at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Convention. Cincinnati, OH.
  • Cigrand, D., Goldsmith, S. K., Bacon, L. C., Greenleaf, A., Washington, A., Viviani, A., & Williams, J. (October, 2011). Leading Today and Tomorrow: First Year Faculty Development and Indoctrination. Program presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision bi-annual National Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Marrah, A., Goldsmith, S. K., Bacon, L. C., & Hamilton, T. (October, 2011). Help a “Sista” out!: Research mentorship for African American Women Doctoral Students. Program presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision bi-annual National Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Goldsmith, S. K., Bacon, L. C., Bryant, R. M., & Rollins, C. (July, 2010). Counseling Blacks: Addressing the complexities of Cultural Competence. Program accepted at the 11th International Conference on diversity in Organizations, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Bacon, L., Robinson, P., & Goldsmith, S. K. (2010, March). Who are we? Professional Identity through self-efficacy. Program presented at the American Counseling Association annual conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Amy L. McLeod

  • Counseling Department Chair and Associate Professor
  • Multicultural Issues in Counselor Education and Supervison, Women’s Issues, Assessment, and Crisis Intervention
  • Office
  • 223
  • Phone: 770-407-1180
  • Email: almcleod@argosy.edu
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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Practice, Georgia State University, 2008
  • Ed.S., Professional Counseling, Georgia State University, 2004
  • M.S., Professional Counseling, Georgia State University, 2004
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Georgia, 2002

Biography

Dr. McLeod joined the full-time faculty of Argosy University, Atlanta in 2008, and is the current Chair of the Counseling Department. Prior to coming to Argosy, she worked at Ridgeview Institute, a mental health and substance abuse hospital in Smyrna, Georgia. Dr. McLeod received her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University in 2008. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia and her master's and specialist's degrees in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Dr. McLeod is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Georgia, a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES). Dr. McLeod has held several elected national leadership positions in the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling. Dr. McLeod is a past recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota International Leadership in Counselor Education Fellowship and the Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award. Dr. McLeod's research interests include counselor education and supervision, multicultural issues, women's issues, assessment, and crisis intervention.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)
  • Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCA of GA)

Selected Publications

  • McLeod, A. L., & Muldoon, J. (2016). Intimate Partner Violence. In B. T. Erford and L. Jackson Cherry (Eds.), Crisis Intervention (3rd Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.
  • Hays, D.G., & McLeod, A. L. (2016). The culturally sensitive counselor. In D. G. Hays & B. T. Erford (Eds.), Developing multicultural counseling competency: A systems approach (3rd edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.
  • Chang, C. Y., McLeod, A. L. (2016). Settings and counseling career choices. In B. T. Erford (Ed.), Orientation to the counseling profession; Advocacy, ethics, and other essential professional issues (3rd Edition). Columbus, OH: Pearson Education.
  • Williams, C. U., McMahon, H.G., McLeod, A. L., & Rice, R. (2013). An exploration of secondary school counselors’ experiences engaging in group work. Journal for Specialists in Group Work. 38(2), 96-120.
  • McLeod, A. L., Hays, D. G., & Chang, C. Y. (2010). Experiences of female intimate partner violence survivors: Accessing personal and community resources. Journal of Counseling and Development, 88(3), 303-310.
  • Hays, D. G., Prosek, E., & McLeod, A. L. (2010). A mixed methodological analysis of the role of culture in the clinical decision-making process. Journal of Counseling and Development, 88(1), 114-121.
  • Hays, D. G., McLeod, A. L., & Prosek, E. (2009). Diagnostic variance among counselors and counselor trainees. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 42(1), 3-14.
Recent Presentations
  • McLeod, A.L., Spargo, A.L., Ritter, K.B., Blasko, L., Watson, T.I., & Barnes, N. (2015 October). Preparing for Practicum and Internship Success: A Proactive Approach to Gatekeeping. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Philadelphia, PA. [Roundtable session]
  • Elam, T., Williams, C.U., & McLeod, A.L. (2015, October). The Experiences of African American Women Who Have Received Mental Health Counseling from Church Pastors. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Philadelphia, PA. [Poster Session]
  • Blasko, L., Spargo, A.L., & McLeod, A.L. (2013, October). Making the Grade but Not the Cut: Managing Non-academic Gatekeeping in Counselor Education. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Williams, C.U., McLeod, A.L., & Johnson, C.F (2013, October). Affirming Students in Crisis: Managing the Dual Role of Counselor Educator and Counselor. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Ritter, K.B., Marshall, D.S., & McLeod, A.L. (2012, July). Counseling in the Modern Era: Challenges & Opportunities in a Changing World. American Mental Health Counselors Association Conference, Orlando, FL.

Melinda R. Paige, PhD, LPC, NCC, CPCS

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Degrees

  • Ph.D. Georgia State University May 2015
    • Counselor Education and Practice (CACREP Accredited)
    • Cognate: Trauma and Crisis Counseling
  • Ed.S. Georgia State University May 2011
    • Professional Counseling (CACREP Accredited)
  • M.S. Nova Southeastern University December 1998
    • Mental Health Counseling
  • B.A. Florida State University December 1993
    • English with an Emphasis in Business

Biography

Dr. Melinda Paige is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified professional counselor supervisor, and national certified counselor, serving as a trauma counselor for the last 18 years. Dr. Paige's research interests include trauma therapist development and trauma mental health competency. Dr. Paige was the recipient of the 2014 Chi Epsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Outstanding Practitioner Award. Dr. Paige has published and presented on self-injury, trauma, and vicarious traumatization.

Memberships

  • International Association for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA)
  • Chi Sigma Iota International (CSI)

Selected Publications

  • Paige, M., Chang, C., Guvensel, K., & Viehl. C. (In Review). Experiences of Recovery Counselor Development among Trauma Therapists. Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
  • Paige, M., Chang, C., Brack, G., Whisenhunt, J., Guvensel, K., & Viehl. C. (In Review). Competencies in trauma counseling: A qualitative investigation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of trauma-competent counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
  • Whisenhunt, J., Chang, C., Brack, G., Orr, J., Adams, L., Paige, M., McDonald, C., & O'Hara, C. (2015). Self-injury and suicide: Practical information for college counselors. Journal of College Counseling.
  • Whisenhunt, J., Chang, C., Brack, G., Orr, J., Adams, L., Paige, M., McDonald, C., & O'Hara, C. (2014). Professional counselors' conceptualizations of the relationship between suicide and self-injury. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36(3), 263-282.
Recent Presentations
  • Paige, M. (2014, October). Experiences of recovery: Counselor development among trauma therapists. Roundtable presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Birmingham, AL.
  • Whisenhunt, J., Chang, C., Paige, M., McDonald, C., & O'Hara, C. (2013, September). Professional counselors’ conceptualizations of the relationship between suicide and self-injury. Paper presented at the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, Houston, TX.
  • Paige, M., & Viehl, C. (2013, June). Counselor impairment: Recognizing the signs of coping with compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout. Paper presented at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia Annual Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Paige, M., & Viehl, C. (2013, February). Counselor impairment: Recognizing the signs of coping with compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Graduate Student Conference, Columbia, SC.
  • Paige, M., Richie-Melvan, S., & Vines, D. (2011, November). Evaluation of rapid resolution therapy for post-trauma survivors. Poster presented at the Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress, Los Vegas, NV.

Mary Kate Reese

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Degrees

  • PhD, Counseling, Georgia State University, 1996
  • MS, Community Counseling, Georgia State University, 1986
  • B.S., Psychology, Furman University, 1983

Biography

Dr. Mary Kate Reese is a Professor and the Associate Chair in the Counseling Department at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a licensed professional counselor, a certified professional counselor supervisor in Georgia, and a national certified counselor, and she maintains a small private counseling practice. Dr. Reese’s research interests include counselor education, counselor supervision, and professional/ethical issues. Dr. Reese received the Counselor Educator of the Year Award in June 2013 from the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA) and the Outstanding Teaching Award in October 2013 from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). She has previously served as a member of the ACA Ethics Committee and a Board member for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Selected Publications

  • Motley, V., Reese, M. K., & Campos, P. (2014). Evaluating corrective feedback Self-efficacy changes among counselor educators and site supervisors. Counselor Education and Supervision, 53(1), 34-46.
  • Powell, P. W., Gray, G. M., & Reese, M. K. (2013). Connecting with others: A qualitative study of online social networking site usage. The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, 2(1), 52-67.
  • Reese, M. K. (2011). Interpersonal process groups in college and university settings. In T. Fitch and J. Marshall (Eds.), Group work and outreach plans for college counselors. Alexandria, VA: ACA.
Recent Presentations
  • Arnold, S. & Reese, M. K. (2015, May). Professional and ethical implications of burnout and impairment for counselors. Presentation for Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA of GA) Conference, Augusta, GA.
  • Reese, M. K., & Ritter, K. (2013, October). The doctoral internship experience in a Counselor Education and Supervision program, Presentation for Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Reese, M. K., & Gay, M. F. (2013, October). Many paths, one journey: Implementing a successful comprehensive assessment plan that meets CACREP 2009 Standards. Presentation for Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Emelianchik-Key, K., & Reese, M. K. (2013, October). Preparing non-traditional students in a non-traditional program to become “traditional” counselor educators. Poster Presentation for Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Denver, CO.

Lesley D. Riley

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of South Carolina, 2005.
  • M.Ed., Secondary School Guidance, University of South Carolina, 1997.
  • B.A., Psychology, Yale University, 1987.

Biography

Dr. Lesley Riley is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Department at Argosy University, Atlanta. She has a decade of teaching experience in Counselor Education programs. Her current research interests include counseling families with children on the autism spectrum, autism advocacy in schools and community mental health agencies, and wellness interventions for human services students. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, and the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS). Dr. Riley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (CPCS). Her professional counseling experiences include work in community, school, military, and private practice settings. Her clinical areas of focus include anxiety, depression, coping with chronic illness, career development, and counselor supervision.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • National Organization for Human Services
  • Chi Sigma Iota

Selected Publications

  • Riley, L.D, & Rouse, G.G. (2015). Promoting wellness in human services training: Infusing a Wellness model across the undergraduate human services curriculum. Journal of Human Services, 35(1), 86-97.
  • Riley, L.D., & Bowen, C.P. (2005). The sandwich generation: Challenges and coping strategies of multigenerational families, The Family Journal, 13, 52-58.
  • Riley, L. D. (2005), Cognitive behavioral and cognitive therapeutic approaches to treating depression. African American Professors Program Monograph Series, University of South Carolina, 162-178.
Recent Presentations
  • Riley, L.D., & Rouse, G. (2015 October). Advocating for children with autism spectrum Disorders: The role of human services practitioners. National Organization for Human Services, Charlotte, NC.
  • Riley, L.D. & Giddings, C. (2014 November). Promoting healthy emotional regulation in pre-adolescents and adolescents. Georgia School Counseling Association, Annual Conference, Augusta, GA.
  • Riley, L.D. & Rouse, G. (2014 April). Promoting wellness in human services training: Infusing a wellness model across the human services curriculum. Southern Organization for Human Services, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Riley, L.D. & Williams, C.U. (2013, October). Preparing school counselors to bridge the gap: Affirming students on the autism spectrum. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, ACES National Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Ritter, K, & Riley, L.D. (2012, September). Sand tray work in counselor education from play therapy to supervision. Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, SACES Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Rouse, G., Junior, V., & Riley, L.D. (2012, July). The unemployed to work transition of older adults: Implications for mental health counselors. American Mental Health Counselors Association, AMHCA National Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Gray, G., McLeod, A. & Riley, L.D. (2011, October). In-home alone: Ethical issues of in-home counseling. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, ACES National Conference, Nashville, TN.

Kelli B. Ritter

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counseling, Georgia State University, 2003.
  • M.S., Counseling, Georgia State University, 1998.
  • B.S., Psychology, Georgia State University, 1993.

Biography

Dr. Ritter is an Assistant Professor in Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor, serving as a counselor and supervisor over the past two decades. Dr. Ritter earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from Georgia State University with a concentration in Child and Family Counseling. She is the Founder and President of Effective Parenting, LLC. Dr. Ritter has many years of experience working with children and families as well as consulting and counseling services. Her book and DVD set, Come Play with Me!, teaches parents and caregivers how to use play therapy skills with children. Dr. Ritter’s primary research interest involves how to create environments that are more likely to help people become courageous and resilient. Her other areas of research interest include: Health, Wellness and Self-Care, Parenting/parent education, Play Therapy, Multicultural Counseling, Happiness, Courage and Resilience. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Ritter is also a certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and Consultant.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia

Selected Publications

  • Ritter, K. B., & Riley, L. E. (manuscript in progress). The use of sand tray interventions to improve social skills of children on the Autism Spectrum: A review of the literature.
  • Ritter, K.B. (2006). Come play with me! Effective parent-child play: Using structured playtime to interact with young children and practice useful parenting skills. Atlanta, GA: Effective Parenting, LLC.
  • Chang, C. Y., Ritter, K. B. &, Hays, D. G. (2005). Multicultural trends and toys in play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy.
  • Draper, K., Ritter, K. B., & Willingham, E. U. (2003). Sand tray group counseling with adolescents. Journal for Specialists in Group Work.
  • Ritter, K. B., & Chang, C. Y. (2002). Play therapists' self-perceived multicultural competence and adequacy of training. International Journal of Play Therapy.
  • Video Production: Come Play with Me! DVD, 2008, Effective Parenting, LLC
Recent Presentations
  • Professional Conference Presentations:
    McLeod, A. L., Spargo, A., Ritter, K. B., Blasko, L. S., Watson, T. I. & Barnes, N. (2015, October). Preparing for Practicum & Internship: A Proactive Approach to Gatekeeping. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Reese, M. K., & Ritter, K. B. (2013, October). The doctoral internship experience in a Counselor Education and Supervision program, Accepted Presentation for upcoming Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Ritter, K. B., Marshall, D. S., & McLeod, A. L. (2012, July). Suicide Prevention: Challenges & Opportunities in a Changing World. American Mental Health Counselors Association Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Marshall, D. S., McLeod, A. L. & Ritter, K. B. (2012, September). Addressing suicide during the practicum experience: An exploration of best practices. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference. Savannah, GA.
  • Ritter, K. B., & Riley, L. (2012, September). Sandtray work in counselor education from play therapy to supervision. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference. Savannah, GA.
  • McLeod, A.L., Spargo, A.L., & Ritter, K.B. (2011, October). Bridging the gap: Strategies for providing orientation, assistance, consultation, and professional development opportunities for site supervisors. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Professional Workshops and Seminars:
    Ritter, K. B. (2014-present). Daring Way™ workshops and groups.
  • Ritter, K. B. (2013-present). Wholehearted Parenting workshops.
  • Ritter, K. B. (2010-present). Courageous Kids™ workshops for parents and teachers.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Award 2015
  • Association for Play Therapy Student Research Award 2002
  • Chi Sigma Iota, GSU Chi Epsilon Chapter President, 2002-2003

Fellowships

  • Chi Sigma Iota Leader in Counselor Education Fellowship 2002

G. Gail Rouse

  • Associate Professor
  • Career Development, Mental Wellness, Program Evaluation, and Human Services.
  • Office
  • 222
  • Phone: 770-407-1058
  • Email: grouse@argosy.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Clark Atlanta University, 1992.
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Atlanta University, 1987.
  • B.A., Urban Education, Michigan State University, 1978.

Biography

Dr. G. Gail Rouse is an Associate Professor in Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. Previously, she was department chair of Human Services at Argosy University, where she taught several graduate courses. Dr. Rouse previously served as Director of Counseling in a university setting. She has presented at national and regional conferences related to the field of human services, career development, and mental health. Her research focus is in the area of human services, career development, mental wellness, and program evaluation.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • National Career Development Association
  • National Organization of Human Services

Selected Publications

  • Riley, L. D., & Rouse, G. G. (2015). Promoting wellness in human services training: Infusing a wellness model across the undergraduate human services curriculum. Journal of Human Services, 25(1), 86-97.
Recent Presentations
  • Rouse, G. G., Riley, L. D., & Barnes, N. (2016, April) Utilizing a four step model for change in evaluating job readiness programs: A framework for human services professionals. Southern Organization of Human Services (SOHS), Charleston, SC.
  • Rouse, G. G., Riley, L. D., & Barnes, N. (2016, July). Implementing wellness and career theory to effectively work with military women in transition. National Career Development Association (NCDA), Chicago, IL.
  • Riley, L. D., Rouse, G. G., & Barnes, N. (2016, October). Promoting wellness among human services professionals: Recommendations for implementing change at the agency level. National Organization of Human Services (NOHS), Tampa, FL.
  • Riley, L. D. & Rouse, G. G. (2015, October). Advocating for children with autism spectrum disorders: The role of human services practitioners. National Organization of Human Services Annual Conference (NOHS), Charlotte, NC.
  • Riley, L. D. & Rouse, G. G. (2014, April). Promoting wellness in human services training: Infusing a wellness model across the human services curriculum. Southern Organization of Human Services Annual Conference (SOHS), Atlanta, GA.
  • Riley, L. D., Rouse, G. G., & Junior, V. (2013, July). Wellness & career satisfaction among middle aged female mental health counselors. American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Riley, L. D., Rouse, G. G. & Junior, V. (2013, July). Career transition of midlife women: Counseling implications. Association for Adult Development and Aging Annual Conference (AADA), New York, NY.
  • Rouse, G. G., Riley, L. D. & Junior, V. (2012. July). The unemployed-to-work transition for older adults: Implications for mental health counselors. American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Allison L. Spargo

  • Associate Professor
  • Family Counseling, Group Work, Developmental Counseling and Addictions Counseling
  • Office
  • 253
  • Phone: 770-407-1055
  • Email: aspargo@argosy.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Georgia State University, 2009.
  • M.Ed., Community Counseling/Family Counseling Concentration, College of William and Mary, 2005.
  • B.S., Psychology, James Madison University, 2003.

Biography

Dr. Allison Spargo is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor. (LPC). She is very active as a member and in leadership positions in several community and professional organizations including the Association for Specialists in Group Work and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Her clinical background includes experience with couples, family and individual counseling, developmental issues, and substance abuse. Dr. Spargo has experience in private practice, community agency, and academia. Dr. Spargo has research interests in wellness, mindfulness, group work, family systems, and counselor education and supervision.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Specialist in Group Work
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Assessment in Counselor Education
  • International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors

Recent Presentations

  • Spargo, A. L. & Boyd, L (2016, March). Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group Work. Poster presentation at American Counseling Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Spargo, A. L & Boyd, L (2015, March). Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Groups. Poster presentation at American Counseling Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Blasko, L., Spargo, A. L. & McLeod, A. L. (2013, October) Making the Grade but Not the Cut: Managing Non-academic Gatekeeping in Counselor Education, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Denver, CO.
  • Spargo, A. L. & Blasko, L. S. (2013, June). Navigating counselor wellness in today’s fast paced world. Presented at Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia, Savannah, GA.
  • Spargo, A. L., McLeod, A., & Ritter, K. (2011, October). Bridging the Gap: Strategies for providing orientation, assistance, consultation, and professional development opportunities to site supervisors. Presented at Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Nashville, TN.
  • Spargo, A. L. & Orr, J. (2010, March). Group Cohesion, Working Alliance, and Individual Outcomes in Counselor Education Experiential Growth Groups. Poster presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Thomas I. Watson

Degrees

  • Ed.D. Counselor Education & Supervision, Argosy University, Atlanta—2013
  • M. A., Professional Counseling, Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Atlanta—2004
  • B.A., Communications, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia—1994

Biography

Dr. Watson is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department at Argosy University, Atlanta. In addition, he currently serves as Co-Director of Training. Dr. Watson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, a National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, credentialed through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA of GA, American Mental Health Counselor’s Association). Before serving as full-time faculty at Argosy, Dr. Watson worked as a College Counselor at The Art Institute of Atlanta. Additional responsibilities included serving as Outreach Coordinator and Liaison to Student Returning Combat Veterans and Military Personnel. Following his work at The Art Institute, Dr. Watson was worked as a Team Member with the Serco, Inc. contracted Marine Forces Reserve Psychological Health Outreach Program (MFR-PHOP), providing psychological health services to Marine and Navy reservists and their families, primarily in the Atlantic Region (Maryland to Florida). Research interests include the psychological health of civilian husbands and fathers married to or partnered with service member women, multicultural identity within the culture-of-cultures military institution, and resilience factors associated with children growing up in the military environment. Dr. Watson shared the Serco Regional and Global Pulse Awards for Impact with his MFR-PHOP team in 2010, was appointed interim Board Member of the American Counseling Association's Military and Government Counseling Association affiliate organization in 2015, is a past Board Member of LPCA of GA, and a past president of Argosy University, Atlanta Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Military and Government Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Chi Sigma Iota, Alpha Upsilon Alpha Chapter
  • Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association of Georgia
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Recent Presentations

  • McLeod, A., Spargo, A., Blasko, L., Ritter, K., Watson, T. I. (2015, October). Preparing for practicum & internship: A proactive approach to gatekeeping. Roundtable discussion presented at ACES Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2015
  • Watson, T. I. (2015, March). An introduction to counseling work with military service members and their families. Interactive topical presentation focusing on military cultures, etiquette and procedures when working on a military installation or outlying unit, special concerns of military reservists, military dependent issues, and writing a federal resume. Sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota—Argosy University, Atlanta Chapter.
  • Watson, T. I. (2013, February). The emotional cycles of deployment. Personnel Retrieval and Processing/Post Deployment Yellow Ribbon, Joint Base Anacostia—Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC.
  • Watson, T. I. (2012). Deployment and the military family: Strength and resilience. Interactive topical presentation for USMC Reserve service members and their Families at Marine Forces Reserve Centers in Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. Marine Forces Reserve and Bureau of Navy Medicine and Surgery-approved briefing utilized by clinicians in Serco, Inc. psychological health outreach programs on a national level.
  • Dunn, S., Watson, T. I., & White, T. (2009, May). LGBT Issues through the lifespan. Presented at the Annual Convention of LPCA of GA, Callaway Gardens, GA.
  • Watson, T. I., Williams, J., & Dunn, S. (2008, May). The organization family: Implications and issues for mental health practitioners working with U.S. Military dependents. Presented at the Annual Convention of LPCA of GA. Stone Mountain, GA, May 2008.

Chinwé Williams, PhD, LPC, CPCS, NCC

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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Practice, Georgia State University
  • M.ED., Community Counseling, University of Georgia
  • B.A., Psychology, Winthrop University

Biography

Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor in Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. Dr. Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and has worked in the areas of counseling and education/training for over 12 years. She has served as a clinical mental health counselor, school counselor, group facilitator, supervisor, and consultant. Her expertise lies in areas of interpersonal skill development, trauma recovery, and group facilitation. She has presented or co-presented at numerous conferences at the local, state, national, and international levels. She has article publications in the areas of counselor training, academic-self-efficacy, Interpersonal Psychology, and group work. In addition to teaching, Dr. Williams has experience as a Leadership Coaching Consultant and is the former Secretary for Association Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and the current Chair of the Faculty Search Committee. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and maintains a private practice in Roswell, GA where she sees adolescents, adults, and couples with a wide range of presenting concerns.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Southern Region Member (SACES)
  • Association of Specialists in Group Work; National Board for Certified Counselors
  • License Professional Counselor Association

Selected Publications

  • Williams, C. U. (2015) Interpersonal Psychology. In E. Neukrug (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Williams, C. U., McMahon, H. G., McLeod, A. L., Rice, R. (2013). An Exploration of Secondary School Counselors' Experiences Engaging in Group Work. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 38(2), 96-120.
  • Uwah, C. J., McMahon, H. G., & Furlow, C. L. (2008). School belonging, academic self-efficacy, and educational aspirations among African-American male high school students: Implications for school counselors. Professional School Counselor, 11, 296-305.
  • McLeod, A. L., Uwah, C. J., & Mason, E. C. (2008).Teaching group counseling as a graduate student: What worked and what we will never do again! VISTAS: The Best of 2008 on-line Journal.
  • Olivera, R., Paixã o, R., Page, R., Uwah, C., & Carlton, J. (2001). Perceptions of Feelings of Guilt, Love and Anger in Portugal and the United States. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 25(6), 659-670.
Recent Presentations
  • Johnson, C. F, Williams, C. U. & McLeod, A. L. (Mar. 2014). Students in crisis: Managing the dual role of counselor and counselor educator. Presented to the American Counseling Association World Conference (ACA), Honolulu, HI.
  • Williams, C. U., McLeod, A. L., & Johnson, C. J. (2013) Affirming Students in Crisis: Managing the Dual Role of Counselor Educator and Counselor. Program presented to Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) National Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Riley, L., & Williams, C. U. (2013). Preparing School Counselors to Bridge the Gap: Affirming Students on the Autism Spectrum. Program presented to Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) National Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Williams, C. U. & Suprina, J. S. (2011). Using the TABER Technique to Help Counseling Students Develop Confidence and Skills. Program presented to Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) National Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Williams, C. U. & Rice, R. R. (2011). Promoting and Conducting Groups in Middle and High Schools: Assisting Counselor Educators in helping future school counselors establish and promote group interventions. Program presented to Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) National Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Williams, C. U. (2011). A Phenomenological Exploration of Secondary School Counselors Who Conduct Groups. Invited Paper accepted at the American Counseling Association World Conference (ACA), New Orleans, LA.