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Kenneth G. McCurdy

  • Associate Professor
    Clinical M. H. Counseling

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!

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. 

I am a Professional Counselor.  This is what I went to school for, the degrees I earned, and the license that I have.  I am not a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Therapist, etc.

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

I have two kids who attend classes at Gannon.  My family, friends, relatives, and I enjoy everything that Erie has to offer. In my spare time, I love to sail in the bay and on Lake Erie. I can be found most Sundays and Wednesdays during the summer racing sailboats in the Erie Yacht Club Racing Fleet. I also love long distance racing in the Chigago Yacht Club to Mackinac Island and the Bayview to Mackinac Island races. For the past 4 years I have served as the assistant coach for the Gannon University Sailing Team (GUST).  

Oh, and did I mention that I love the Pittsburg STEELERS!!!!!! 

Outside of Gannon, I do some part-time counseling with a few clients at Family Services of Nothwestern Pennsylvania and have been a Disaster Mental Health Counselor with the American Red Cross for almost 20 years. I also conduct trainings for the Red Cross in Psych First Aid and Disaster Mental Health.... So I keep pretty busy. 

I was born and raised in Erie but I have lived throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio before returning home, again in 2003. Who knows what the future holds but for 16 years, Erie and Gannon have been HOME.



Certificate of Study in Adlerian PsychologyNorth American Society for Adlerian Psychology, Hershey, Pennsylvania. May 2006. 


Courses Taught

Current Courses:

  • PSYC 232 Psychopathology (Undergraduate)
  • GCOU 612 Family Systems
  • GCOU 627 Professional Counseling
  • GCOU 642 Child & Adolescent Counseling 
  • GCOU 648 Counseling Strategies & Techniques
  • GCOU 650 Supervised Practicum 
  • GCOU 651 Supervised Internship (Clinical Menatlh Health Counseling)
  • GCOU 667 Crisis and Disaster Counseling
  • GCOU 691 Counselor Preparation

Educational History

  • 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).

  • B.A. / Major: Psychology

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, May 1993. 

Honor Societies

  • Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society (Counseling) - Life Member (Initiated 1994).

Professional Experience

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 Counselor (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

Counselor Education

  • 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.




Books & Book Chapters

  • McCurdy, K. G. & Stephen, J. (2013). Pennsylvania Counselor Preparation Programs Directory (2nd ed.). Erie, PA: Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • McCurdy, K. (2011). The graduate school worksheet. In E. Neukrug, Experiencing the world of
    the counselor: A workbook for counselor educators and students
    (Appendix J). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
  • McCurdy, K. G. & Gleason, A. (2010). Pennsylvania Counselor Preparation Programs Directory.  Erie, PA: Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • McCurdy, K. G. (2007). “And who’s gonna make me?”: Defiant behavior. In S. Hobson & L. Carlson (Eds.), Critical incidents counseling children (chapter 35). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.


Refereed Publications

  • McCurdy, K. G., & Gleason A. (2013). Use of the most memorable observation technique counseling couples. The Family Journal, 21, 91-95.
  • Coppock, T. E., McCurdy, K. G., & Gleason, A. (2012). Professional counselors in Pennsylvania: Thirteen years after enactment of the ACT 136 of 1998. The Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 12, 19-32.
  • McCurdy, K. G., & Owen, J. J. (2008). Utilizing Sandtray in Adlerian-Based Clinical Supervision: An Initial Empirical Analysis. Journal of Individual Psychology,64, 96-112.
  • McCurdy, K. G. (2007). Making love or making love work: Integrating the crucial Cs in the games couples play. Journal of Individual Psychology, 63, 279-293.
  • McCurdy, K. G. (2006). Adlerian supervision: A new perspective with a solution focus.The Journal of Individual Psychology, 62, 141-153.
  • Tobin, D., & McCurdy, K. G. (2006). Utilizing Adlerian constructs and a multidimensional countertransference model in counselor supervision. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 62, 154-167.
  • McCurdy, K. G. (2004). A scope of practice and professional disclosure for school counselors. The Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 6, 17-29.
  • McCurdy, K. G., & Murray, K. C. (2003). Confidentiality issues when minor children disclose family secrets in family counseling. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 11, 393-398.
  • McCurdy, K. G. (2003). The integration of Christian learning in counselor education: A lesson
    from Adler. Erie, PA: Gannon University. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. CG032749, available at
  • McCurdy, K. G. (2003). School counselor scope of practice for the 21st century. Canton, OH: Malone College. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 473 636)
  • McCurdy, K. G. (2003). A general scope of practice for professional school counselors. Canton, OH: Malone College. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 473 617)
  • Miller, D. L., Tromski, D., de Lang, B., & McCurdy, K. G. (2000, Fall). ACA state journals: A survey of publication opportunities. Ohio Journal of Professional Counseling,1. Retrieved June 20, 2000, from http://





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.



Professional Service


  • Co-Editor – Education and Supervision Column, Journal of Individual Psychology. November 2008 – present.
  • Contributing Editor – Journal of Individual Psychology. October 2008 – present.
  • CACREP Site Visit Team Member – Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). March 2007 – present.
  • Associate Director – Lake Erie Adlerian Society. October 2006 – present (Inactive).


  • Editor – Pennsylvania Counselor Preparation Programs Directory, Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (PACES). 2009-present.


  • Co-Advisor – Gamma Upsilon Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, Gannon University. 2011-Present, Founding Advisor, 2003-2010.

Community Service

  • DCORT Team - Erie County Department of Human Serives, November 2014-present.
  • Committee Member – Harborcreek Youth Services (HYS).  Program & Planning Committee of the HYS Advisory Board, August 2012 – present.
  • Disaster Mental Health Counselor – American Red Cross, Deployed to serve at DR 491-11 Alabama Tornadoes, May 3-17, 2011. Member of the local chapter Disaster Action Team, Erie, PA, 2004-present.
  • Member – Erie County Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Erie, PA, August 2011-present.
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