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Associate Professor, Counselor Education and AFAM Coordinator and Program Advisor, Associate Professor
Counselor Education
College of Education
Courses Taught 
COUN-401 Professional Orientation and Legal/Ethical Practices
COUN-402 Developmental Counseling
COUN-403 Theories of Counseling
COUN-415 Children and Youth in School and Family Systems
COUN-430 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
Introduction to African/African American Studies
Introduction to Inner City Studies
Research Interests 
Resiliency of inner city youth; African centered counseling paradigms; social and cultural diversity in counseling; counselor identity development; Oakland Freedom Schools

Ph.D., Educational Psychology
University of Missouri at Columbus

M.A., Clinical Psychology
Specialization: Marriage, Family, Child, and Adolescent Counseling
John F. Kennedy University

B.A., Psychology
San Francisco State University

Selected Publications 

Perlow, O., Bethea, S., & Wheeler, D.  (in press). Dismantling the master’s house: Black women faculty challenging white privilege/supremacy in the college classroom. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.   

Bethea, S. L. (2013). Illumination of the Spirit: The evolution of an African centered social justice counselor. In J. Carlson & J. Kottler (Eds.), Helping Beyond the 50-Minute Hour: Therapists Involved in REAL Social Action.  New York: Routledge, 2012.

Bethea, S. L. (2013). Past & present societal influences on black couples that impact sex, love, and intimacy. In K. Helm & J. Carlson (Eds.), Love, Intimacy, Sex and the African American Couple. New York: Routledge.

Bethea, S. L. (2012). The impact of Oakland freedom school’s summer youth program on the psychosocial development of African American youth.  Journal of Black Psychology, 38(4), 442-454.

Bethea, S. L. (2008). A chronology of the education of Black people in Illinois to1874.  Illinois Transatlantic Slave Trade Commission 2008 Report II: v2.

Bethea, S. L. (2008). Writings of Baffour Amakwa Tia II [Asa Hilliard], Ph.D.  Illinois Transatlantic Slave Trade Commission 2008 Report II: v2.

Smith, S. M., & Bethea, S. L. (2004). The emotionally intelligent educator.  NABTE Review, 31, 69-75.

Additional Information 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities in the Department of Counselor Education, Dr. Bethea also teaches as an affiliate faculty member in the African/African American and Inner City Studies programs.

Arts and Sciences

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