Apr 16, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dispute Resolution and Counseling

Clinical Associate Professor Greta Davis, Department Chair

Clinical Professors: Thomas Hartsell, Margaret Keeling, Misty Solt
Clinical Associate Professors: Greta Davis, John Potter, Edita Ruzgyte, Brandy Schumann,
Clinical Assistant Professors: Mario De La Garza, Terra Wagner
Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor: Farnoosh Nouri


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

Department of Dispute Resolution & Counseling
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75206

Dispute Resolution Graduate Programs

Counseling Graduate Program

Study Abroad

Both the Dispute Resolution program and the Counseling program intermittently offer courses at off-site locations such as Australia, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia, Disney Cruises, and SMU’s campus in Taos, New Mexico.

Client Services: Center for Family Counseling

Terra Wagner, Clinic Director

The Center for Family Counseling offers a variety of counseling services to individuals (e.g., adults, adolescents and children), groups, couples, and families struggling with personal, social, or career-related issues, which in turn provide 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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