- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. Catherine Stower is an Associate Professor and the Accreditation Lead in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Online program. She has over twenty-five years of diverse experiences in higher education to include teaching at the graduate level (traditional on ground and online) in mental health and school counseling programs. Her professional background includes working as a high school counselor in the public school systems, community mental health agencies, government agencies, private practice, and both public school and higher education administration. Dr. Stower earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech University, a CACREP accredited Counselor Education program. She earned her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. She holds active licenses in school and clinical settings to include: Licensed School Counselor in Indiana, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and Indiana, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Stower has been a guest lecturer for several school and mental health counseling programs throughout the past several years and has presented at many state, regional, and national conferences. She also holds active memberships with several counseling organizations (ACA, ACES, SACES, MGCA). Dr. Stower continues to maintain a small private practice which includes counseling, supervision, and consultation services.
Dr. Stower resides in the state of Alabama with her spouse, mother, and their Maltese. She has two grown children and a granddaughter who are the light of her life. Her research interests include military families, women's issues, nutritional influences on mental health, and supervision in both school and mental health counseling. When Dr. Stower has free time, she loves to walk on the beach, kayak, attend Pilates classes, read a good novel, or just enjoy listening to the sound of nature while relaxing outdoors
- Education History
Degree Institution Year B.A. Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 1989 M.A. Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 1990 Ph.D Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 2003
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member American Counseling Association Member Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Member Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Member American School Counselor Association Member Military and Government Counseling Association
Licensed Professional Counselor, Alabama Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Indiana School Counseling, Indiana Nationally Certified Counselor, NBCC Approved Clinical Supervisor, NBCC
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Volunteer Red Cross Volunteer Military Family Services
Title Location Date Supervision of counselors-in-training while using ACT processes with marginalized military clients. Chicago, IL 2017, October Counseling Service Members: Developing a Competency Based Approach for Ethical Care San Francisco, CA 2017, March Reintegration and the Military Success Model Montreal, Canada 2016, March Crisis fearlessness: Overcoming hesitancies when teaching counselors in training. Denver, CO 2013, October Online Counselor Education Programs as a Social Justice Medium: A Panel Discussion of Counselor Educators Cincinnati, OH 2013, March Critical incidents in military systems: Systemic case analysis San Francisco, CA 2012, March Supervision beyond walls: Enhancing contemporary counselor training with the assistance of technology Nashville, TN 2011, November Professional counseling with military members and their families: Challenges, potential obstacles and successes New Orleans, LA 2011, March Best practices when working with military members and their families Mobile, AL 2010, November Best practices when working with and supervising students serving deployed military families Williamsburg, VA 2010, October Maintaining continuity and cohesiveness within military families between deployment cycles Boston, MA 2010, July Transforming the Education of School Counselors to Meet the Needs of Current and Future Students in a Contemporary Society Pittsburgh, PA 2010, March When Elmo and toy soldiers meet in the sandbox: Techniques for helping children adjust to deployment Birmingham, AL 2009, November Transforming the education of school counselors to meet the needs of current and future students. San Diego, CA 2009, October Postsecondary perceptions of the high school counselor’s role and functions Richmond, VA 2003, April
Erickson, D.A., Soli, L.L., & Stower, C. (2018). Trauma. In In J. Jordan, and C. Cox (Eds.) (Ed.) Clinical interventions for counseling children and adolescents handbook: A toolbox for school-based therapists & school counselors (pp. 113-142). Columbia, SC: CreateSpace Publishing.
Duchac, N.E., Stower, C., & Lunday, S. (2013). The military success model: An introduction. The Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 1 (1), 53-60.
Stower, C. J. (2010). Military families: How to help them maintain continuity and cohesiveness between deployment cycles. The Advocate. 33 (9).
- Question and Answer
What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
Be a sponge and absorb every ounce of knowledge you possibly can. Approach your learning process with the understanding you are developing a unique skill set grounded in the ethical, multicultural, and legal competencies of the profession that will guide you to maintaining a strong professional identity throughout your program and beyond.