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“You’ve Come a Long Way, Counseling, But Where Are You Going?”

AASCB Presentation – 2018 San Antonio – January 2018

“You’ve Come a Long Way, Counseling, But Where Are You Going?”

Samuel T. Gladding


This 3 hour pre-conference institute will examine how counseling has developed as a profession over time, who some of its key leaders have been and what they have contributed, as well as where counseling is now and where it is going. How counseling can continue to evolve and what it must do to become stronger will be discussed. Why counseling has struggled and ways it can be strengthened will be highlighted. The role AASCB plays in moving the profession forward, along with individual state licensure boards and allied counseling associations, will be emphasized.


Samuel T. Gladding Brief Resume


Samuel T. Gladding, Ph.D., LPC, CCMHC, is a professor in and the past chair of the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its former president. Additional leadership Dr. Gladding has engaged in includes serving as president of two ACA divisions (ACES and ASGW), president of Chi Sigma Iota (the international counseling honorary society), president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, chair of the ACA Foundation, and editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

Dr. Gladding has authored numerous professional publications, including 46 books, eight instructional videos, 80 scholarly articles, 22 book chapters, and 45 poems. In 1999, he was cited as being in the top 1% of contributors to the flagship journal of counseling: Journal of Counseling and Development. Twice a Fulbright Specialist, Dr. Gladding has taught counseling at universities in Turkey (2010) and China (2013).  He has also conducted counseling workshops in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Estonia, Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Canada, and Mexico.

Dr. Gladding has taken Wake Forest students to work in the homes of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He was a first responder to the 9/11 attack in New York City and to the shootings at Virginia Tech. He has been the recipient of the ACA Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award, and the David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award. Both the ACA and the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACA) have named national awards in his honor.

Dr. Gladding has been married to his wife, Claire, for 30 years and they are the parents of three grown children. Dr. Gladding received his degrees from Wake Forest (B.A. history; M.A. counseling), Yale (M.A. religion), and UNCG (Ph.D. health and human sciences). He continues to work as a licensed professional counselor.

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