Denver Seminary Welcomes New Faculty to Counseling MA and PhD Programs
Littleton, Colo. — Denver Seminary welcomed three new faculty members into the Counseling Division in July. Dr. Eric Suddeath, Dr. Michell Temple, and Dr. Elizabeth Norris bring diverse experience, backgrounds, and areas of expertise to the Seminary’s growing Counseling programs and its new PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program.
“We are honored that such a diverse group of faculty members has joined our team,” said Dr. Ron Welch, associate dean of the Counseling Division. “Each of these individuals are uniquely qualified in their areas of expertise, including resilience psychology and counseling, trauma counseling, posttraumatic growth, counselor education, and more. Together, they continue to help us build a powerhouse team that is providing both cutting edge training for front line counselors and training the next generation of counselor educators. These new faculty will expand our team’s ability to integrate Christian faith into counseling education and practice.”
- Eric Suddeath, associate professor of counseling, holds a PhD in counselor education and supervision from the University of Mississippi, an MA in marriage and family therapy from Harding School of Theology, and a BA in youth and family ministry from Harding University. Suddeath is a licensed professional counselor, clinical supervisor, and counselor educator whose research focuses on teaching preparation within counselor education and supervision doctoral programs.
- Michell Temple, assistant professor of counseling, holds an EdD in professional counseling and supervision from the University of East Georgia and earned a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. Temple’s research focuses on the concepts of restoration and transformation from a resilience perspective, and her research areas include posttraumatic growth, self-determination theory, and the infusion of spirituality and religion in counseling practice.
- Elizabeth Norris, assistant professor of counseling, holds a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Mercer University, an MA in professional counseling and a trauma specialization from Richmont Graduate University, as well as a BA in speech communications from Valdosta State University. Norris has worked in a variety of clinical settings including a homeless shelter and rehabilitation program, psychiatric hospital, missions agency, and private practice.
Denver Seminary will welcome its first cohort of students in the new PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program in the fall. The 66-credit hour, four-year, online, doctoral degree program is designed to prepare students to serve as skilled counselors, educators, and leaders, grounded in the Christian faith.
Denver Seminary’s faith-based, CACREP-accredited counseling curriculum trains clinically competent mental health practitioners in clinical mental health and school counseling.