Oct 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



Clinical Associate Professor Greta Davis, Department Chair

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

Department Information

The Department of Counseling prepares students for the counseling profession, which involves the application of the developmental and social sciences in assisting children and adults with psychological growth and social adjustment problems. Counselors work in schools, community agencies, churches, hospitals, industry and private practice. The SMU M.S. in counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The counseling program provides the elements necessary for certification, licensure, and actual counseling practice. Students acquire knowledge in the disciplines that underlie counseling, including education, psychology, human development, sociology, learning and social change. They develop the necessary skills in counseling and assessment and become familiar with the legal and clinical considerations confronting practitioners. Repeated practice and role playing with feedback and strategic modification are critical to mastery of the skills, as is the completion of a year-long Practicum and Internship experience.

Contact Information:

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

Study Abroad

The Counseling program intermittently offers courses at off-site locations such as Australia, 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 (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
5804 Coit Road, Suite 102
Plano, TX 75023