Associate Professor, Clinical M. H. Counseling
Office: PC 2242
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Hi. I'm Ken McCurdy. I am an associate professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Gannon University. Gannon is located in the heart of downtown Erie Pennsylvania, right on the lake (well, about 1/2 mile from it). One of the reasons I love Erie is the variety of activities that can be done in this four season’s climate of northwestern Pennsylvania. Erie is a great place to live and enjoy life!
Currently, I am a faculty member in our nationally accredited counselor education program. We are a small program that does some great things. What makes us stand apart from other counseling programs is our focus on wellness and reflective learning. We prepare clinically competent general counseling practitioners to work with young people, adults, couples, and families in various counseling and mental health settings.
My research interests focus on:
Professional Identity in Counseling
Counselor Education and Supervision
Adlerian / Individual Psychology
Children’s Mental Health & Play Therapy
Family & Couples Counseling
Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
Crisis and Disaster Counseling
My wife, Debbie, works at a large insurance company as a corporate accountant. Who says opposites don’t attract? Together with our two children, two ferrets, friends and relatives, we enjoy everything that Erie has to offer. In my spare time, I love to sail in the bay and on Lake Erie on our sailboat. I can be found most Sundays and Wednesdays during the summer racing sailboats in the Erie Yacht Club Racing Fleet. I am an avid hunter when the boat is out of the water. Oh, and did I mention that I love the Pittsburg STEELERS!
I was born and raised in Erie but I have lived throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio before returning home in 2003. Who knows what the future holds but for now, Erie and Gannon are HOME.
Ph. D. - Counselor Education and Supervision
Ohio University, 2002 (C.A.C.R.E.P. Accredited).
M.S. - Community Counseling
University of Scranton, 1996 (C.A.C.R.E.P. Accredited).
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, May 1993.
Current Academic Position
Associate Professor - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CACREP-2009), Psychology & Counseling Department, Gannon University, August 2007 – present
Current Clinical Work
Office-based Therapist (part-time) - Family Services of Northwest Pennsylvania, Novemebr 2013-Present.
Children Cope with Divorce Group Co-Facilitator – Family Services of Northwest Pennsylvania, February 2011-Present.
Previous Professional Experience
Assistant Professor – Community Counseling Program, Gannon University. Erie, PA
Assistant Professor and Program Director – Counselor Education Program, Malone College, Canton, OH
Adjunct Faculty – Counselor Education Program, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.
Adjunct Faculty – Counselor Education Program, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Adjunct Faculty – Psychology Department, Keystone College, La Plume, PA
Volunteer STEP Parent Education Group Facilitator – Erie United Methodist Alliance – Hope House, Erie, PA. Summer 2009.
LPC Clinical Supervisor – Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, Bradford, PA. 2007- 2008.
Volunteer Group Facilitator – Ophelia Project – St. George Elementary School, Erie, PA. 2004- 2006.
Director of Social Services – St. Michael's School, Tunkhannock, PA (Residential Treatment School for Adjudicated Delinquent and Dependent Youth). 1999-2001.
Group Facilitator – Bipolar Bears (Bipolar Disorder Support Group), Columbus, OH. 1998-1999.
Volunteer Counselor – George E. Hill Center for Counseling and Research (Ohio University).
Group Facilitator – Adlerian Parent Discussion Group, Plains, OH. 1997.
Social Worker – St. Michael's School, Tunkhannock, PA (Residential Treatment Facility for Adjudicated Delinquent and Dependent Youth). 1993-1996.
Mental Health Technician – Level II, Clarion Psychiatric Center, Clarion, PA. 1991-1993.
Dr. McCurdy has presented more than 50 scholarly presentations, workshops and trainings at the local, state, regional and national level. He actively contributes scholarship and training to the counseling profession and the community at large.