Mobile, AL 36688-0002
M.Coun., Student Affairs and College Counseling, Idaho State University, 2003
Ph.D., Counselor Education, Auburn University, 2012
I am both teacher and student. It is thrilling to engage students in efforts to find answers to the tough and worthwhile questions that confront professional counselors. My responsibility is to tap and guide the inherent curiosity and motivation of my students to find answers to the critical questions of how to help clients move from where they are to a better place. I do this by helping students identify the questions, help them navigate scholarly, personal, and environmental resources such that they can apply their answers in courageous ways. My classroom is an active place wherein students move quickly from learning basic concepts to deeper analysis, and mastery of application. I want students to leave my class, and this program, feeling confident in knowing they have learned how to access and process the best sources of critically important information, and how to apply such knowledge in the helping process in such ways that they help their clients change and grow in meaningful ways. "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
I am new to the South but my roots are growing quickly. I first came to Alabama for
my Doctoral studies at Auburn University in 2008 (please don’t hold that against me
Alabama fans). I can clearly remember my surprise as I stood on top of a parking deck
talking to my wife in late February and saying “I could see us here.” Although I still
have the cool crisp air of Idaho winters running through my veins, the beautiful,
pleasant winters of the South have quickly developed within me a new appreciation
for year-round flowers, green lawns and spaces, and beautiful beaches. I may even
be losing some of my accent. You will have to let me know.
I am married with four beautiful and busy children. They bring great purpose and meaning to my life. We enjoy lots of laughs, frequent but low key conflicts, and have built many great memories. My wife and I are very involved in our congregation and have enjoyed the way in which it has helped us get to know and love beautiful people from all walks of life here in the Mobile area. We have developed a new, and deep, appreciation for just how hospitable the people here can be.
I find rejuvenation in creating and building things. I often come up with new inventions only to realize that someone beat me to it. I hate that! However, I also like to re-purpose things when I build, which conveniently fits the budget of a new faculty member in higher education.
CED 590 - Health and Wellness Counseling
CED 574 - Group Counseling & Group Guidance Procedures
CED 567 - Couples Counseling & Human Sexuality
CED 576 - Supervised Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CED 597 - Supervised Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CED 592 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling