Counselor Education


In this age of digital dominance, counselor educators recognize the importance of ensuring that graduate students master technological competencies deemed critical to the practice of professional counseling as identified by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES, 2007). At the same time, educators find themselves deliberating methods for systematically promoting and measuring student learning outcomes and enhancing professional identity as emphasized by CACREP (2009). Counselor educators recognize that traditional methods of teaching hold merit, while new opportunities to facilitate learning via web-based tools offer additional benefits as well. Below are three examples of web-based teaching artifacts.

Relevant Courses (Taught & Designed):

  • EDCU 660 Organization and Administration of Guidance Programs (Online)
  • EDUC 512 Structured Groups (Hybrid)
  • HMSV 339 Interpersonal Skills (Residential)
  • HMSV 448 Child and Adolescent Advocacy and Intervention (Residential)
  • HMSV 440W Program Development, Implementation, Funding, and Evaluation (Residential and Online)
  • COUN 516 Principles of School Counseling (Residential)
  • COUN 553 Psychopathology (Residential)
  • COUN 523 Practicum (Residential)

I have designed and taught residential, online, and blended courses. McKeachie (2011, p. 270) cites my use of web-based tools, such as wikis and Twitter, in the classroom as exemplary. For innovative technology integration in counseling courses, I was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Please see my Teaching Evaluations page for students’ evaluations of my teaching.

Please see my curriculum vitae for additional courses.

Counseling Experience & Administration


Prior to entering higher education, I served as a counselor for over 5 years with a focus on children and adolescents struggling with social, emotional, behavioral issues. I worked as:
  • A child and family crisis and assessment counselor for at-risk and low-income families at the Department of Human Services, 2004–2005
  • A therapist for sexually abusive and abused adolescents at Keystone Newport News Youth Center, 2008–2009

I also worked as a mental health clinical supervisor for a residential and day treatment center for the City of Virginia Beach public school system, 2005–2008. This center served children ages 5–12 with emotional, social, sexual, and behavioral issues. In this position, I

  • Maintained an active caseload of child and adolescent clients
  • Supervised behavioral specialists, school counselors, and mental health clinicians
  • Provided direction and oversight for therapeutic curriculum and programming
  • Provided consultation and training for teachers and administrators who were overseeing reentry of children into their school after a student’s stay at the center
  • Conducted community outreach and developed community partnerships for the center
  • Served as a site internship supervisor


  • Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor, since 2006
  • Virginia Pupil Personnel Services License (School Counselor), since 2009

Research & Scholarship

I have:

  • Authored and co-authored more than two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Presented and co-presented over 20 professional presentations on counseling related issues and technology integration in the counselor education classroom.

Selected, Relevant Publications

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Sosin, L. & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A.J. (2017, in press). Creative exposure intervention as part of clinical treatment for female adolescents exposed to bullying and experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. J., Spaulding, L. S., & Knight, A. (2015). Protecting the marriage relationship during the doctoral journey: Strategies for students and partners based on the strong marital house concept. The Family Journal, 23, 1-6, doi: 10.1177/1066480714565106

Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. J., Pritchard, T., Shellenberg, R., & McComb-Beverge, S. (2013). Promoting professional identity: A within group comparison of wiki-based and traditional assignments on school counseling students’ learning, sense of community, and computer anxiety. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 41(5), 559-572. doi:10.1080/03069885.2013.773958.

Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. J., Baker, J. D., Neukrug, E., & Hanes, J. (2010). The efficacy of computer mediated communication technologies to augment and to support effective online counselor education. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 28(3), 161-177.

Walker, V. & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. J. (2009). Educational opportunities for clinical counseling simulations in Second Life. Innovate 5(5).

Selected Presentations & Workshops

Sosin, L., Rockinson-Szapkiw, A.J., & Spaulding, L.S. (2017). Implications for counselor educators: What faculty should know about the role of family in online doctoral female persistence. American Counseling Association Conference.

Justice, J., Norris-Brown, C., & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. (2016). School Counselors’ A.C.T. (Advocate, Counsel, Train) to Stop Human Trafficking. ASCA conference. New Orleans, LA.

Spaulding, L.S., & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A.J. (2014, March). Recognizing signs of abuse and trauma. VACTE/ATE-VA Conference. Lynchburg, Va.

Rockinson-Szapkiw, A.J., Spaulding, L.S., & A., Knight, A. (2013, February). Using a Complex Dynamical Systems View of Marital Stability and Satisfaction to Assist Doctoral Students in Understanding and Protecting Their Marriage Relationships During the Doctoral Journey. Counsel for Higher Education Pedagogy. Blacksburg, Va.

Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. J. (2013, February). Understanding the behavior of at-risk youth. Urban Mountain Ministry Leadership Meeting. Lynchburg, Va.

Knight, A. & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A.J. (2012, October). Examining the Role of EI in Preventing Burn Out Among Counselor Trainees. AACE. Orlando, Fl.

Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. & Silvey, J.  (2010,November). Enhancing Classroom Communication and Collaboration via Web-based Technologies. Virginia Counseling Association Convention. Williamsburg, VA.

Book chapters

Rockinson-Szapkiw, A.J. & Heuvelman-Hutchinson, L.  (2014, in press). Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis. In Kurian, T.G. & M. Lamport  (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Christian education. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.


  • Recipient. (2011). Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (first place), Liberty University
  • Recipient. (2005, 2007). C.A.R.E. Award, City of Virginia Beach
  • Recipient. (2004). Fred W. Beazley Scholarship for academic and service excellence, Regent University


Board Member, Freedom 4/24

I serve on the board of directors to for Freedom 424, an organization devoted to raising awareness of the sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Integrating my background in counseling and distance education, I actively consult on the content and construction of the website and web-based resources. This past summer, I traveled with Freedom 424 to Uganda to conduct a program evaluation of a rescue and rehabilitation center for children who have been sexually exploited. During my time in Uganda, I also provided human service workers and government officials with trauma training and consulted on policies and programs for sexually exploited women.

Click the url to watch the video about this trip:

Board Member, Global Mosaic International (GMI)

Integrating my background in counseling and distance education, I have worked with the founder and president of Global Mosaic International (GMI) to develop e-learning modules to train nationals in the areas of counseling. These modules have become part of the graduate degree program for Counseling at Alpha Omega International College, a Malaysian nationally recognized degree.

My husband, Michael, and I have also played a role in the construction of the Bowman Counseling Suite at Alpha Omega International College by providing consultation about the audio-visual related construction of the center (e.g. internet connected cameras, audio devices, etc.) and providing financial backing. The Bowman Counseling Suite is a counseling skills lab where students can both be observed in role play with other students and observe actual counseling with individuals by trained therapists. I named the children’s counseling room in honor of the individual who inspired my academic career and compassion for others, my father, Robert Rockinson.

**Please see my curriculum vitae for additional evidence of scholarly activity at the university, community, and professional levels. As a faculty member who seeks to contribute to the quality of the profession and advocate for the profession, I have actively held  memberships in counseling organizations, including VCA and ASCA. I have provided supervision for internships to students seeking a degree in counseling. In order to advance research and scholarship in the fields of counseling, I have served as Managing Editor for a scholarly journal and served as a peer reviewer for multiple journals and conferences.