Sep 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dispute Resolution and Counseling

Clinical Associate Professor Greta Davis, Department Chair

Clinical Professors: Thomas Hartsell, Misty Solt, Margaret Jacome
Clinical Associate Professors: Greta Davis, Betty Snyder, Colleen Logan, John Potter, Edita Ruzgyte, Brandy Schumann,
Clinical Assistant Professors: Mario De La Garza, Cynthia Matthews, Terra Wagner

Department Information

The Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling comprises programs that share a focus on the resolution of problems, from personal conflicts that could benefit from the guidance of professional counselors to interpersonal conflicts that require the intervention of professional mediators. These programs – which include a Master of Arts in dispute resolution, a graduate certificate in dispute resolution, a graduate certificate in healthcare collaboration and conflict engagement, and a Master of Science in counseling – offer the education and tools that allow practitioners to resolve problems.

Contact Information

Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificates Program Office
Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Suite 201
6401 Airline Rd.
Box 750509
Dallas, TX 75275-0509

Counseling, Master’s Degree Program Office
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75206

Study Abroad

Students may earn credit toward the certificate or master’s programs by completing coursework at off-site destinations such as Australia, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland and Croatia. In addition, counseling students may complete one-week intensive courses on a Disney Cruise or at the University’s campus in Taos, New Mexico.

Client Services: Center for Family Counseling

The Center for Family Counseling offers a variety of counseling services to individuals (e.g., adults, adolescents and children) as well as groups, couples, and families struggling with personal, social, or career-related issues. The Center for Family Counseling also provides SMU graduate counseling students with meaningful training experiences via supervised therapeutic interactions. Some of the general issues that counseling can address include (but are not limited to) grief and loss, depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, self-concept, relationships, stress, trauma, parent education and career counseling. The clinic offers counseling services that are tailored to the developmental needs of clients, such as play therapy for children ages 2–8 and activity therapy for children ages 9–12. The clinic also has two satellite clinics housed within the Frisco Independent School District and Plano Independent School District, which offer counseling services to students in the school system and to their parents.

Contact Information

SMU Center for Family Counseling
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 410
Dallas, TX 75206

SMU Center for Family Counseling at Frisco ISD
6928 Maple Street
Frisco, TX 75033

SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD
1517 H Avenue
Plano, TX 75074




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