Graduate Counseling Program
Jenene Alexander, Ed.D., NCSP, LPC
Director of Counseling
Marc Fager, Ph.D., LPC-S
Ed Gray, Ed.D., LMFT, LPC-MHSP
His earned his BA at Lipscomb University, his Masters in Theology from Harding School of Theology, and his EdD in Counseling and Psychology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He directed the MA in Counseling at Harding School of Theology in Memphis for 24 years. In April 2005, he received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from Harding University. In 2012, he received the TAMFT Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award for his contributions to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in the state of Tennessee.
He is the author of several “12 Conversations” programs including marriage mentoring, dating, grief and loss, caregiving, and senior living to help individuals utilize the power of stories to support one another in facing various transitions in their lives: www.12Conversations.com and www.12SeniorConversations.com.
|Todd Patten, Ed.D., NCC, LPC|
Associate professor and a licensed professional counselor in multiple states, Todd Patten holds the LBSW and LCCA in Texas. He has 15+ years experience in management, education, child care, and clinical counseling and has served as director of therapeutic group homes. His community experience also includes working closely with the Red Cross in health and safety and disaster response. Dr. Patten serves as the Chair for Mental Health and Wellness.
Kevin Shelby, Ph. D
Dr. Kevin Shelby attended Harding University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Religion. He remained in Searcy after graduation and completed his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Harding as well. Dr. Shelby then went on to the University of Louisiana Monroe where he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Shelby is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation. He is trained in EMDR which he utilizes with clients working through traumatic experiences.
Karl Wendt, Ph. D.
Ervin E. (Gene) Wright II, Ph.D, LPC
His work experience has focused mostly on working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses as well as those who have been identified as criminal offenders. Populations he has worked with include sex offenders, domestic violence batterers, and not guilty by reason of insanity acquittees. In addition, he has worked as an adjunct and assistant professor at Heidelberg University. He has also worked as an assistant professor at Spring Arbor University, a Christian University in Michigan.
Ian Bradshaw, Ed.S., LPC
Experience as a PSR Provider, Case Manager, Program Coordinator, Public Relations for a mental health clinic, Administrator for a mental health clinic, a consultant for building case management programs, and now a Psychotherapist in a residential addiction treatment center. He also contributed to a National Public Radio (NPR) program regarding the gap in mental health care for children in 2006, in addition to being involved in other public venues calling attention and support to mental health issues.
Kristy Brown, M.S.Mrs. Kristy Brown has a master’s degree from Harding University in Professional School Counseling with 18 additional graduate hours above the masters and holds an Arkansas license as a Professional School Counselor. Additionally, she has personal teaching skills and professional attributes which students have recognized and shared in positive feedback; and has received recognition of her abilities as a school leader, trainer, and outstanding counselor in awards presented by the Rogers’ district in which she serves as a school counselor.
|Scott Corner, Ed.S.|
Scott Corner has been with Joplin Schools since 2006 and seeks to inform others about best practices in the field of assessment. As a regular habit, he is an advocate for being circumspect in conducting evaluations to determine eligibility and need for special services. The hope of his work is that it may prepare students, parents and school teams for better outcomes and future success in school and life. Additionally, Scott is involved in many of the church’s ministries. Scott received his bachelors and master's degree from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; and his Educational Specialist degree at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS.
|Beth Robinson, Ed.D., LPC|
Well-known speaker and author of several books, including Helping Church Teens Deal With Challenging Issues: Sex, Dr. Robinson works with traumatized sexualized children and adolescents. She is also licensed as a school counselor and is a certified juvenile sex offender counselor.
Elizabeth Rose, M.S., Ed.S.
Winter Yielding, Ed.S., LPC, Registered Play Therapist
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