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Aug 2013Present


Duquesne University

The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education and Supervision at Duquesne University is designed for counselors who wish to enhance their professional capabilities in research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, and counseling. The program is appropriate for professional counselors who want to teach in counselor preparation programs and/or obtain supervisory positions in schools and agencies. The program is designed for individuals who are currently working and can be completed while working full time.

The Ph.D. Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which means that the program uses a nationally recognized and rigorous curriculum. Programs that receive CACREP accreditation have demonstrated a commitment to high admissions, academic and fieldwork standards and current best practices in counselor preparation and ongoing program improvement.

Sep 2010May 2013


Slippery Rock University

During my three year course of study with Slippery Rock University's CACREP accredited Counseling program, I have successfully completed the following graduate level coursework with an overall GPA of 3.95: Counselor Supervision Practicum, Counseling Practicum (100 hours), Counseling Internship (600 hours), Assessment / Principles of Appraisal (Research), Introduction to Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Group Therapy, Family Counseling, Foundations of Addiction, Counseling Theory, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Career Counseling, Social and Cultural Diversity, Psychology of Adulthood, and Counseling the Adult. The Department of Counseling and Development trains practitioners to deliver quality services to clients and students and to be reflective, ethical and competent in serving their diverse community. Slippery Rock University offers exemplary programs to a diverse group of students as well as in-service and continuing education to post-Master's students. Students are prepared according to professionally accepted standards and where appropriate, for licensure/certification in their field of study.

Aug 2006Dec 2009


Ashford University

During my time as a student with Ashford University, I pursued two majors and was awarded with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology as well as a Minor in Education, completing the program with an overall GPA of 3.85.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree focuses on the study of human behavior and mental processes. In my current position, this degree has aided me in understanding how human behavior impacts the dynamics of a business or organization.  Completed coursework includes Human Development, Group Dynamics, Research and Statistics, as well as current therapies and theories related to individual treatment.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology provides the ability to demonstrate knowledge of basic sociological concepts, apply major sociological theoretical perspectives and analyze critically major sociological issues. Courses of study included the social lives of humans, groups and societies from the anonymous contact of individuals to the global social process that instill an appreciation for cultural and social diversity. Focuses of the program are on how and why people are organized in society, separately as individuals, as well as together as members of professional organizations, groups, or voluntary associations.

The Education Minor included areas of study in general education, ESL, instructional design, education and public policy as well as childhood development.  This course of study was added to complement both major courses of study, increase my current level of skills in training / classroom settings, as well as prepare for possible teaching roles at a collegiate level in the future.

Teaching Experience

7/2013 - 8/2013:  Co-Instructor and Curriculum Developer

Course:  Counseling Techniques Course (Master's Level)

Institution:  Slippery Rock University, Department of Counseling

8/2010 - 5/2011:  Graduate Assistant - D2L Curriculum Developer and Presenter

Course:  All Department of Nursing Online Courses

Institution:  Slippery Rock University, Department of Nursing

3/9/03 - Present:  Technical and New Employee Training

Course:  New Investigator Training (NIT) and Case Review Manager Training (CRM-T)

Institution:  USIS / Altegrity


Joseph VanHannak

Alysha Brown

Dr. Debra Hyatt-Burkhart

Dr. Donald Strano

Craig Felix

Professional Affiliations

American Counseling Association Member

Pennsylvania Counseling Association Member

National Vocational Technical Honor Society Member

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Member

Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society Member


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Honors and Awards

2002: Graduate Diploma, High School, Honors - Austintown Fitch High School.

2002: Graduate Certificate, Criminal Justice, High Honors in Science, MCCTC.

2002: Staff Scholarship, MCCTC.

2002: Presidental Education Award, Austintown Fitch High School.

2009:  Bachelor of Arts Degree, Magna Cum Laude Graduate, Ashford University.

2013:  Master of Arts Degree, Magna Cum Laude Graduate, Slippery Rock University.

2010: Competitive Graduate Assistantship, Nursing / IT - Slippery Rock University.

2013: Competitive Graduate Assistantship, Research - Duquesne University.

2013: Selected for Co-Teaching - Graduate Level Course, Counseling Techniques and Supervision, Slippery Rock University.

Research Interests

* Cognitive Complexity and Parallel Processing in Early Counselor Development

* Iatragenic Trauma in the Therapeutic Relationship

* Infertility Counseling Effectiveness in Assisting in Positive Outcomes


Throughout my career, I have worked simultaneously to pursue my educational interests in the field of Psychology, Counseling, Sociology and Education while also maintaining employment as a Senior Reviewer / Trainer for USIS, a background investigations company.  To date, I have completed a Master of Arts in Community Counseling at Slippery Rock University and will begin with the Omnicron cohort of the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program at Duquesne University beginning in August of 2013. I am currently seeking a position that will allow me to utilize my education, career experience, and leadership skills as well as provide a positive atmosphere for growth and development.  This virtual CV provides detailed information on my background as well as additional resources that further describe my employment experience and education.  Please explore and feel free to contact me with any questions or to request a formal interview.

Presentations and Professional Activities

10/2010, Slippery Rock University 6th Annual Best Practices in Assessment Competition, Presenter/Author “Leading Students to Success through Assessment: Redesigning an Orientation Program for Distant Education Nursing Students Using Assessment.”

10/2010—11/2010, Slippery Rock University, “Are You Tough Enough? Is There a Masculinity Crisis in America?” Masculinity workshop presented by Dr. Patrick Harvey

10/2010, Slippery Rock University, Autism Spectrum Disorder - Awareness Presentation, Activities, and Intervention Strategies presentation in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

3/2011, Slippery Rock University Panel Discussion Participant (2011/2012 Panel Member) on Cyber Bullying / Cyber Crimes presented by the Slippery Rock Women’s Center

04/2013, Slippery Rock University Stress Less Student Outreach Program Organizer / Presenter.

05/2013, Slippery Rock University, Cash Cart Activity, Organizer / Driver, Mental Health Awareness and Fundraising.

05/2013, Slippery Rock University, Stress Less Student Outreach Program Organizer / Presenter.

Work experience

Mar 2003Present

Senior Reviewer / Trainer

US Investigation Services / Altegrity

As a Case Review Manager, I am currently responsible for the oversight and completion of federal background investigations conducted in all 50 US states and territories.  In a remote setting and through the utilization of both private as well as government resources, I am tasked with ensuring that each case is completed with all requirements met in a timely manner.

As a senior staff member, part of my responsiblities also includes collaboration with upper level management, participation in special projects / assignments, providing training and oversight to new employees, as well as leading teams focused on process improvement, budgeting, and metrics.

Aug 2013Present

Graduate Assistant - Research

Duquesne University

Graduate assistant duties involve assisting faculty with their scholarship/research, which may include conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, etc., and may also involve supervising masters' counseling students. Graduate assistants may have the opportunity to begin conducting their own research interests as part of their graduate assistantship with the approval and support of their assigned faculty member. Second and third year graduate assistants also provide supervision to master's students. Graduate assistants are evaluated by the assigned supervising faculty member(s), and continuance in the position is contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding for the position.

Jan 2013May 2013

Counseling Intern

Slippery Rock University Student Counseling Center

As a Counseling Intern at the Slippery Rock University Counseling Center, I was responsible for providing individual and couples therapy as needed for clients within the student population.  I have also been tasked with conducting individual assessments and clinical consultations as needed.  I also regularly participated in and organized outreach activities within the student population aimed at increasing awareness of mental health issues, promote wellness, and prevention of drug and alcohol use.

Jun 2012Dec 2012

Counseling - Intern

Valley Counseling Services

As a  Counseling Intern at Valley Counseling Services, I was responsible for providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy as needed for clients who meet the level of care required for services.  I was also been tasked with conducting individual assessments and aid in the coordination of triage services. 

As part of my experience, I was afforded the opportunity to participate in regular consultation with senior staff and clinicians, weekly supervision, special training and workshops, as well as collaboration with other interns in a group setting.

Aug 2010May 2011

Graduate Assistant - Nursing / IT

Slippery Rock University

As a Graduate Assistant for the Nursing and Information Technology (IT) departments at Slippery Rock University, I was responsible for several facets of the online Nursing program.  These responsibilities included: D2L (Desire to Learn) upkeep and maintenance, website maintenance and design, administrative tasks, search committee / vetting, and coordination of assigned research.  I also had the opportunity to participate and aid in the organization of outreach activities that focused on preventative healthcare, wellness, and stress management.

Jan 2007May 2009

Tutor / Classroom Aide

Children's Opportunity For Outside Learning Program

As a Tutor and Classroom Aide, I was responsible for providing support and guidance to children grades three through six.  The Children's Opportunity for Outside Learning program, or C.O.O.L, is designed to provided needed support to children in a low SES urban area.  Programming supplied to the students included resiliency, anti-bullying, and other psycho-educational presentations/activities geared toward increasing the student's ability to learn, self-advocate, and cope effectively.


Jul 2012Jul 2014

CPR, First Aid, IED

American Red Cross
Aug 2012Aug 2013

Act 33 - Child Abuse

Department of Public Welfare
Aug 2012Aug 2013

Act 34 - PA State Police Check

Pennsylvania State Police
Aug 2012Aug 2013

Act 151 - Child Abuse

State of Pennsylvania
Jun 2012May 2013

Counselor Trainee Status - OH

Ohio Board of Marriage and Family Therapy


Office of Personnel Management (OPM)