Dr. Kathie Erwin
- Health Counseling
- Therapeutic Writing
- Marketing in Mental Health Practice
For me, education is a process, not an event. I agree with Thomas Merton's statement, "The least of learning is done in the classrooms." When students are captivated by what they learn and the delight of applying knowledge in ways that impact the world outside the classroom, then real learning occurs. This idea compliments my life verse, "I can do all things thru Him who gives me strength" (Philippines 4:13). In teaching graduate students I want to impress upon them the need to embrace that verse as they become professionally competent to counsel within a biblical worldview.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, I arrived in St. Petersburg as a freshman at Eckerd College and discovered that I was meant to be a Floridian. My educational background includes a BA from Eckerd College, MA in Counseling from Liberty University and Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Sarasota (now known as Argosy University). I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Psychologist, Board Certified Clinical Psychotherapist, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor and FACCS Certified K–12 School Administrator. Additionally, I am the author of six non–fiction books: How to Start and Manage a Counseling Business, Group Techniques for Aging Adults, Lifeline to Care with Dignity, Maintaining Family Bonds When Care Needs Change and Foundations of Gerontology. Group Techniques for Aging Adults, 2nd Edition becomes available early 2013. Research support and credits in this book go to my STAR (Student Associated in Research) Team which includes Regent online master's students.
My latest academic book, Group Techniques for Aging Adults 2nd Edition, was released in 2013. My first novel debuted at Book Expo of America in 2010. The story of fraud, patient manipulation and murder in corporate mental health, Taylor Kendall: Evil Inc is part of the emerging Ethical Thriller genre.
My professional experience includes private practice, developing group programs for older adults and Alzheimer's patients in assisted living facilities, clinical supervision, education specialist providing testing for Christian schools and writing/presenting continuing education courses for mental health professionals.
The experience of restoring my health prompted me to transition my psychotherapy practice to health coaching to share with others how to "nurture our bodies like the temple God designed it to be". As a Certified Health Coach and avid writer, I was drawn to the simple elegance of therapeutic writing for weight loss, pain management, and stress management. I have studies underway on therapeutic writing as a positive tool for wellness.
My professional affiliations include: American Association of Christian Counselors, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, American Counseling Association, Southern Gerontological Association and National Association of Masters in Psychology. I was appointed to the Ethics Hearing Committee for the National Board of Certified Counselors and elected Secretary/ Board Member of Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.
Other interests are Sounds of Praise Choir, sewing, knitting, HGTV and Food Network when time permits. Students are aware that I may cease grading papers during Iron Chef America which absorbs my total attention.