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David J. Tobin

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Clinical M. H. Counseling

David Tobin, PhD holds a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in Counselor Education and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Gannon University. Dr. Tobin became Director of the graduate program in counseling in 2000. Prior to this he accumulated extensive clinical mental health experience in employee assistance counseling, private practice, and community mental health counseling. He specialized in the treatment of stress related disorders and traumatic stress. Research and scholarly interest include counselor education, counseling and spirituality, and early recollections and Adlerian Psychology. Dr. Tobin is a percussionist who enjoys hand drumming and frequently facilitates drum circles. He also engages in outdoor pursuits, hiking, fishing, and traveling.

National Certified Counselor-- National Board for Certified counselors, 2010

GCOU 605 Group Dynamics

GCOU 612 Family Systems

GCOU 649 Mental Health Counseling

GCOU 655 Advanced Counseling Theories

GCOU 660 Counseling and Spirituality

GCOU 668 Addictions Counseling

GCOU 650 Supervised Practicum

GCOU 651 Supervised Internship

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

            Ph.D., Counselor Education, 1982

 Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania

            M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling, 1978

Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania

            B.A., Criminal Justice, 1976

PCA Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award, Pennsylvania Counseling
Association, 2009.

PCA Outstanding Administrator Award, Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 2004.

Faculty Scholarship and Research Award, Gannon University, 2002-2012

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, & Religious Values in Counseling
  • North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors
  • North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
  • Pennsylvania Counseling Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Pennsylvania Association for Spiritual, Ethical, & Religious Values in Counseling 

Tobin, D.J., Bordonaro, J.L., & Schmidt, M.M. (2010). Evidence of the Boyer model of scholarship in counselor education. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision 2(1), 2-9. (Electronic).


Willow, R., Tobin, D.J., Ratkowski, E., Bastow, E..(2010). The construction and presentation of  the spiritual genogram. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association 11(1),21-28.


Barlow, P., Tobin, D.J., & Schmidt, M.M. (2009).  Social interest and positive psychology: Positively aligned. The Journal of Individual Psychology 65 (3), 191-202.


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


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., Bastow, E., & Ratkowski, E. (2008).  Early recollections of children and adolescents diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. The Journal for the Professional  Counselor 23(1), 29- 45.


Tobin, D.J. & Bordonaro J.L. (Spring, 2008). Self-help books: An area of ethical responsibility for professional counselors. Professional Issues in Counseling. [Electronic].


Tobin, D.J., Simmons, M., & Bordonaro, J.L  (2008). Ecological validity of school counselor group work proposals. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association 9(1) 55-63.


Tobin, D.J., Wardi-Zonna, K., & Yezzi-Shareef, A.M. (2007). Early recollections of children and adolescents diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 63(1), 86-95.


Tobin, D.J. & McCurdy, K.G.  (2006).  Adlerian focused supervision for countertransference work. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 62(2), 154-67.


Tobin, D.J. & Kramarik, J.  (Fall 2005).  Course-integrated instruction for information literacy in counselor education.  Professional Issues in Counseling. [Electronic].


Tobin, D.J.  (2005).  Spiritual schemas, shattered assumptions, and spiritual coping: Spiritual issues in counseling.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 7(1), 47-56.


Fleming, L.M. & Tobin, D.J.  (2005).  Popular child rearing books: Where’s daddy? Journal of Men and Masculinity, 6(1), 18-24.


Kabura, P., Fleming, L.M. & Tobin, D.J.  (2005).  Microcounseling skills training for informal helpers in Uganda.  International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 51(1),63-70.


Tobin, D.J (2003). Countertransference and the hidden client in counselor training and supervision. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 5(1), 19-29


Tobin, D.J. (1985). Relaxation training: Guidelines for the biofeedback clinician.  Journal of Clinical Biofeedback and Health, 8 (1), 45-51.


Carnahan, R.E., Tobin D.J., & Uncapher, B.W. (1986). An academic approach to stress reduction for college students in a conventional classroom setting.  Pennsylvania Counseling Association, Inc., 1 (2), 28-34.

  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Professional Issues in Counseling (2012- present)
  • Book reviewer (2012) Corey, Corey, Callanan, & Russell, Group Techniques. Brooks Cole/ Cenage Learning
  • Book manuscript reviewer (2011) Corey & Corey, Group: Process and Practice. Brooks Cole
  • Reviewer of manuscripts (2011-present) Review Board of the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.
  • Reviewer, (2011) Book proposal, Groupwork: A Unique Counselor Specialty, SAGE  Publications.
  • Reviewer of Manuscripts, (2004-2011) Review board of  The Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling  Association.



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