- 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 DSM/Diagnosis Self-Injury Trauma/PTSD Ethical & Legal Issues Code of Conduct for Counselors Workplace Investigations Marriage & Family Adoption Foster Care Parenting PTSD/Trauma Crisis Intervention Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research Design/Methodology Mixed Methods Research Qualitative Inquiry Quantitative Inquiry Statistics Sexuality/Gender Issues Gender Identity Gender Reassignment LGBTQ Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Art Therapy Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Developmental Psychology Jungian Theory Multicultural psychology Violence Sexual Assault Torture
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.