Associate Professor, Clinical M. H. Counseling
Phone: 814-871-7721
Office: PC 2239
willow004@gannon.edu

  • Accreditations
  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Accreditations

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors, License Number PC003100, licensed-April, 2003
  • National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors, certified- November, 2002

 

  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of  Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a Community Counseling program. The program will apply as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program during the next accreditation cycle.

 

 

Biography

I believe that I have the best job in the world: teaching future professional counselors! Counselors are healers--they help people who are in pain, in crisis, in transition, or who want to optimize their full potential. Counselors work with people whose issues range from dealing with severe mental illness to dealing with a family transition. I have the opportunity to provide training to those that have decided to make this their life's work. I am proud to work in a profession that makes such a valuable contribution to the quality of life that people experience.

I am an active member of the counseling profession through my leadership and engagement in personal and professional development. I encourage our students to find a way to participate in the profession and to stay involved throughout their career.

Courses Taught

Current courses taught:

Counseling & Personality Theories

Multicultural Issues in Counseling

Professional Counseling

Supervised Practicum

Supervised Internship

Counseling and Spirituality

Educational History

  • Ed.D., Counselor Education and Supervision  (CACREP accredited),  2003

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Dissertation topic: Propensity to engage in interracial dialogue on race:

A descriptive study of participants and contributing factors.  (GPA: 4.0) 

  •    M.A., Counseling-Secondary School Guidance (CACREP accredited), 1996

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA

   (GPA: 4.0)

  •    M.A., College Student Personnel, 1989 (GPA: 3.75)

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

  •       B.A., Major-English and History, 1986  (GPA: 3.3)

   Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania

  

Professional Experience

Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania
Department of Psychology & Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program
Associate  Professor
Responsible for full time teaching, marketing, orientation, admission and advising of students. August, 2009-present

Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania
Department of Psychology & Counseling, Community Counseling program
Assistant Professor
Responsible for full time teaching, marketing, orientation, admission and advising of students. August, 2005-August 2009

Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania
Department of Psychology, Community Counseling program
Adjunct Instructor
August 2004-August 2005

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Professional Studies Department, Counseling & Human Development program
Adjunct Professor
August, 2004-August 2005

Counselor: Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
The Counseling Center
March, 2003-May, 2003 (Interim position)

School Counselor: Sharpsville Area High School, Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
July, 1997-July, 1999

Director of Residence Life: Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts
August, 1993-August, 1995

Assistant/Associate Director of Residence Life:
Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts
August, 1990-August, 1993

Professional Societies

President of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA), 2012-13.

Memberships:

• American Counseling Association (ACA)
• Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
• North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES)
• Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)
• Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (PACES)
• Pennsylvania Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (PAMCD)
• Pennsylvania Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (PAGLBTIC)
• Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)

Publications

See scholarship/research

Scholarship/Research

Journal articles:
Willow, R.A. (2010). Race obsession-avoidance paradox: A model for multicultural training in counselor education. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 2 (1), 48-60.

Willow, R.A., Tobin, D.J., Ratkowski, E.M., Bastow, E.K. (2010). Construction and Use of the Spiritual Genogram in Counselor Education. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 11(1), 21-28.

Willow, R., Tobin, D.J., & Toner, S. (2009). Assessment of the use of spiritual genograms in counselor education. Counseling and Values (53), 215-223.

Tobin, D.J., Willow, R. & Bastow, E., & Ratkowski, E. (2009). Reflective learning within a counselor education curriculum. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 1 (1), 3-9.

 Willow, R.A. (2008). Lived experience of interracial dialogue on race: Proclivity to participate. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 36 (1),      40-51.

Book Contributions:
Willow, R.A. (2011). Concentric circle dialogues. In M. Pope, J. S. Pangelinan, & A. D. Coker (ed.s) Experiential Activities for Teaching Multicultural Counseling Classes and Infusing Cultural Diversity into Core Classes. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Dr. Willow has presented about 20 professional conference presentations at the state, regional, and national levels.

Service

Professional Service:

I have provided leadership in the counseling field through active participation as a conference presenter, as a key member of a state association board, and as a program reviewer for several conferences. I served three  years as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association annual conference held at Penn State University. I am currently the President of  Pennsylvania Counseling Association which is a three year commitment (President-Elect, President and Past President). I facilitated our program’s successful application for the PCA Outstanding Counselor Education Program of the Year awarded in 2009. I also represented PCA at the American Counseling Association Institute for Leadership Training in July 2011 in Alexandria, VA and will do so again in July 2012.

Community Service:

Invited presenter for Foster Grandparents Volunteer Program. Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC), Erie, PA

Member, (June, 2007-present). American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer grant review committee.

Invited presenter for Staff in-service training. L’Arche of Erie, PA.