Carol Parker, Ph.D., is the chair of theCounseling Program and clinical director of the Southwestern Counseling Center. She is also the Transformational Ecopsychology Certificate Program Director.
Carol began her spiritual and professional journey in 1971 when she entered graduate studies in Counseling Psychology and also found her spiritual teacher. As she deepened her knowledge and experience in the Vedic tradition of India, she also created a private practice in psychology, consulted with mental health organizations, and taught in graduate programs in several universities.
Carol teaches psychopathology (using the medicine wheel as a teaching tool), and she oversees and provides supervision in the internship courses. She brings an inspirational connection to earth-based traditions, combining it with the best practices in the field of Counseling and Psychology, thus preparing students for success in the mainstream clinical world, but with a much wider, multicultural view of what it means to be an agent of change.
“Whether I am teaching a graduate course or leading a wilderness vision quest, I want students to be able to answer two questions: “What is your soul’s purpose? What gifts will you bring to your community?” If students know the ground they stand on, and speak and act from that truth, they will transform the world. No matter what “subject” I am teaching, I find ways to shine the light on those individual and collective truths.”
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