LoriAnn Stretch



LoriAnn Stretch

Department Chair

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Prior to joining TCSPP, Dr. Stretch served as the Research Faculty Course Lead for Walden University's CACREP accredited MHC program. Her past positions include leading Capella University's Counselor Education PhD program, serving as a clinical director of a multidisciplinary mental health agency, teaching psychology and counselor education courses at several state and private universities, and counseling in a variety of settings including vocational rehabilitation, domestic violence/sexual assault support, court advocacy, college/university counseling, disability services, foster care group homes, child support services, clinical supervision, and private practice.

Dr. Stretch was awarded the first Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor license in NC in recognition of her advocacy work in NC and has served as the Chair, Treasurer, and Ethics Chair for the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC). In addition, she served on the ACA Ethics Review Panel and is a CACREP Team Lead. She has also served as the Public Policy Chair for her state branch of AMHCA. She is trained as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist and is an advanced practitioner of sandplay and play therapies. Her research interests include distance counseling and supervision, law and ethics, evidence-based practice, and the developmental process of becoming a therapist.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.A. Political Science (Pre-Law) Longwood College (now University), Farmville, VA 1993
M.S. Community and College Counseling Longwood College (now University), Farmville, VA 1997
Ph.D. Counselor Education North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 2005
Diploma in Social Innovation UPEACE, Costa Rica Current
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member - Journal Reviewer, Education Committee Association for Play Therapy
Member - Conference Committee Association for Creativity in Counseling
Reviewer (2011-Present) Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member (1994-Present); Ethics Appeal Panel (2011-2013); Cyber Task Force (2013-2015) American Counseling Association
Member Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES/SACES)
Past Board Member, Public Policy Chair Licensed Professional Counselors Association of NC
Supervisor Credentialing Task Force North Carolina Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES)
Past Conference Registrar NC Association for Play Therapy
Participant in First Sandplay Therapy Institute Sandplay Therapists of America
Member North Carolina Counseling Association
Member Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor, NC
National Certified Counselor
Approved Clinical Supervisor
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Troop Leader; Cookie Mom Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, NC (2013 - 2014); GSUSA member (1976 - Present) - Girl Scouts of the United States of America
Committee Member Town of Clayton Art Council - Downtown Sculpture Selection Committee (2013-14)
Odyssey of the Mind Coach (2011-Present); Science Fair Coordinator (2013 - 2014); Board of Directors (2006 - 2009), Board Chair (2007-2009) Neuse Charter School, Smithfield, NC
Women's Ministry Lead (2011-2013) Greater Heights United Methodist Church, Clayton, NC
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Ethical & Legal Issues Code of Conduct for Counselors
Workplace Investigations
Marriage & Family Adoption
Foster Care
PTSD/Trauma Crisis Intervention
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Research Design/Methodology Mixed Methods Research
Qualitative Inquiry
Quantitative Inquiry
Sexuality/Gender Issues Gender Identity
Gender Reassignment
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Art Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Developmental Psychology
Jungian Theory
Multicultural psychology
Violence Sexual Assault

Goss, S., Anthony, K., Stretch, L.S., & Nagel, D.M. (2014). The use of technology in mental health (2nd ed.). Springfield, IL: CC Thomas.

Moore, R.O., Ordway, A., & Stretch, L. (2014). Play therapy and the tug-of-war child: Part IIPlay therapy, 9(4), 24-27.

Moore, R.O., & Stretch, L. (2014). Play therapy and the tug-of-war child: Part I.Play Therapy, 9(3) 16-19.

Stretch., L.S., Nagel, D., & Anthony, K. (2013). Ethical framework for the use of technology in supervision.Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, 3(2) 37-45. Retrieved from http://issuu.com/onlinetherapyinstitute/docsiltissue13/37

King. J., & Stretch, L.S. (2013). A critical analysis of counseling's professional identity crisis. InVISTAS 2013. Retrieved from http://www.counseling.org/Resources/

Morgen, K., Miller, G., & Stretch, L.S. (2012). Addictions counseling licensure issues for Licensed Professional Counselors.The Professional Counselor, 2(1) 58-65.

Ng, K., Phifer, D., Stretch, L., Murray, T., Glenn, L., Mobley, K., Royal, C., Balog, V., & Shores, A. (2006, May). NCACES/LPCANC collaborative task force report: North Carolina LPC supervisor credentialing project. Presented to the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Garner, NC.

Stretch, L.S., & Osborne, J.W. (2005, July). Extended time test accommodation: Directions for future research and practice.Practical Assessment, Research, & Evaluation, 10,1 - 8.

Stretch, L.S. (2005). Non-cognitive Variables Predicting Academic Success and Persistence for African-American Freshmen Attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities versus African-American Freshmen Attending Predominantly White Institutions. Unpublished dissertation, North Carolina State University.