Dr. Byron Pickens is an assistant professor in Counselor Education at Argosy University, Nashville. He teaches students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision, and the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology programs.
Through his courses, Pickens is interested in bringing his knowledge of grant writing and management to the Argosy community. “My favorite part of my job is being able to help my students see that becoming a counselor is more than just a job,” he said. “I enjoy helping them see that becoming a counselor is a transformative process that will positively impact every facet of their lives if they allow it to do so.”
He is proud of Argosy University, Nashville’s dedication to its students, graduates and faculty. “I perceive of myself as both a practitioner and educator, an identity that I believe is highly valued here,” he stated.
Pickens works extensively with adult and non-traditional students and describes himself as a major proponent of the blended learning model that makes education more accessible. He added that he worked as a professional musician until he began his higher education studies.
“Like many musicians, I have always felt an affinity for the Nashville area,” he added.
Pickens holds a Master of Science in Counseling and a Doctor of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Memphis. His specializations include crisis intervention and addictions treatment—specifically the treatment of co-occurring disorders.
Prior to joining Argosy University, Nashville, Pickens was an assistant professor of the Counselor Education program at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. While there, he applied for and received a large grant to enhance training for students and area counselors. “The grant program spent over $700,000 providing stipends to students during their field placement so they would not have to work unpaid for a full year,” he stated.