Holly Hartwig Moorhead
Assistant Professor (2011)
- Counseling Wellness
- Spirituality in Counseling and Counselor Education
- Counselor Professional Identity
- Ethics in Professional Counseling
The beginning of wisdom is: acquire wisdom. And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:7 (NASB)
This proverb of Solomon, to whom God granted extraordinary wisdom in response to Solomon's request, encapsulates for me what is the goal of excellent counselor education. One can have endless book knowledge, earn numerous academic degrees and credentials, and be wonderfully intelligent and learned. However, without understanding, which I believe includes compassion, empathy, discretion, and mercy, knowledge can only be so effective. As professional counselors, we are given the sacred opportunity to connect with others in genuine and authentic relationships to help others find meaning, purpose, and health through the ethical and competent use of empirically supported theories and methods. As professional counselors of faith, we also can offer hope and unique perspectives to clients that come through our understanding of Christ's love for humankind and desire to give us wholeness. We are both scientists and artists, applying wisdom gained through critical and thoughtful study in creative and unique ways to facilities wellness in our clients.
With respect to my professional life, my academic background includes a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I also earned a M.S. degree in Community Counseling. I also earned undergraduate B.A. degrees from Florida Southern College in Studio Art, Art Communications, and Sociology. Other aspects of my professional background include my professional credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina, and as a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervising counselor designation (PCCs) in Ohio. Additionally, I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
I've been privileged to have varied and valuable professional work and other involvements as a counselor in clinical work, as a counselor educator and supervisor, in both formal work roles and professional service within the counseling profession, and in volunteer endeavors. I have enjoyed serving in different clinical work settings and roles as a counselor, including clinical work within in-patient and out-patient settings with children, adolescents, and adults; providing mental health counseling to at-risk adolescent boys in a public school setting; performing mental health crisis assessment for a hospital system; working in university residence life; and, providing counseling to mental health providers. I also have found great fulfillment working as a counselor educator in CACREP-accredited programs in both traditional brick-and-mortar and online universities. My professional counseling work experiences also include having formerly served as the Ethics Officer for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Inc. and Affiliates. Other professional activities that have been invaluable to my personal and professional growth have included serving on committees and boards of various professional organizations, including the executive boards of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) and the Ohio Counseling Association. Finally, some of the most fulfilling moments of service that I have be honored to have as a counselor have been in volunteer work within national and community organizations, including with the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services following hurricanes Katrina and Rita and as part of mission activities domestically and internationally.
While I am blessed to find great fulfillment in professional involvements, this is only one part of my life. I cherish nurturing the personal side of my life with my husband, Andy, and son, Graham. With them (and sometimes without them) I enjoy traveling, water sports and activities, the outdoors, exploring new and different foods, and spending time with family and friends. When left to fill uninterrupted time alone (admittedly, a rarity), I savor the opportunity to paint and read an engrossing, non-academic book at the beach.