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SOC-OFE: About Us: SOC-OFE Team

School of Counseling Office of Field Experience Team

The SOC-OFE consists of an academic team (field experience academic coordinators) as well as an operations team (field experience operations director and coordinators, based in Walden’s Minneapolis office—often referred to collectively as “the field office”). The director of field experience oversees both SOC-OFE teams.

Dr. Jason "Jayce" Patton, Field Experience Director

Education

PhD, St. Mary’s University; MA, Texas State University

Research Interests

Relational cultural theory, healthy relationships, gender and sexual diversity, trauma, intersectionality, and parenting.

Background

Dr. Patton engages relational cultural theory and critical pedagogy in practice and teaching. His clinical work has centered on gender and sexual diversity, transgender body migration, trauma and the use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, abuse, relational concerns, depression, anxiety, bereavement, hoarding, self-harm, and other issues. He has served as a member of the Institutional Review Board and on the editorial board of The Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality. He has presented at a number of national conferences, including those of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and has published in several professional journals and authored chapters in a number of textbooks.

Kara Andrus, Field Experience Operations Director

Education

M.Ed., Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota; B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota

Background

Kara joined Walden University as an Student Success Advisor in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership in 2007. After a short time in this position, she transitioned to the role of Field Education Coordinator for the Psychology and Counseling programs and has remained with the Counseling programs ever since. Kara has seen the School of Counseling grow with CACREP accreditation and the addition of several new programs during her time with the university. While Kara enjoys looking at the "big picture" and helping the SOC-OFE evolve as our programs expand, she really loves connecting individually with students as they reach the field experience portion of the program. It's an honor for her to join them on what is often the most exciting, challenging, and ultimately rewarding part of their program.

Kara lives in the outer suburbs of Minneapolis with her husband and three children. As a lifelong Minnesota resident, Kara makes the most of her spare time in the summer months at the park, lake, or just playing in the back yard with her family. She also enjoys reading, movies, and being crafty.

Dr. Susan Carmichael, Field Experience Academic Coordinator

Education

Ph.D., Mississippi State University, M.S., Mississippi State University, B.S., Mississippi University for Women

Research Interests

Research interests include self-injury, eating disorders, risky behavior, attachment, trauma, and supervisory and therapeutic relationships.

Background

Susan H Carmichael is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Mississippi. She has devoted over fifteen years to providing clinical services to underserved populations. She has worked with individuals in all stages of development and with a plethora of clinical presentations. During her time with community mental health she also served in a number of supervisory and administrative positions, with oversight of grant procurement, program evaluation, staff development, quality assurance, supervision and training, human resources, licensure and certification, policies and procedures, and outcome measures. She is a frequent public speaker, has published regularly in texts and journals, and is a former member of the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors. Susan joined Walden University in the role of Contributing Faculty in 2010.

Dr. Wynn Dupkoski, Field Experience Academic Coordinator

Education

Ph.D. University of South Carolina, M.S. Western Carolina University

Background

Dr. Wynn approaches her practice, teaching and supervision from a dialectical, wellness/holistic, and critical pedagogical lens. She has published articles related to sexuality counseling and sexuality counseling training. She has presented at national conferences on various topics related to sexuality counseling training and maternal mental health issues. Her clinical work has focused on suicidal and self- injurious behaviors, sexual identity and diversity, sexual behavior and sexuality-related concerns, maternal mental health, trauma, and mood disorders. She also provides support through advocacy and teaching for counselors and other helping professionals to prevent burnout and vicarious trauma as they work with clients in her community. She has served on the review board of the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education.

Dr. Elisabeth Suarez, PhD-CES Faculty Coordinator

Coming soon!

Jessica Richard, Field Experience Operations Coordinator

Education

M.S. Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota; B.S. Environmental Science, University of Minnesota

Background

Jessica started at Walden University in December of 2012 with the School of Counseling. She enjoys working with students to help them navigate the exhilarating but often trying field experience portion of their program so they can achieve their goals. Throughout her time at Walden, she has seen the counseling program grow and change for the better and is excited about what the future may bring. Residing in Minneapolis, she enjoys getting outside and taking advantage of what Minnesota has to offer.

Jessica works with PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision students and Counseling Masters' students with last names starting with A through F.

Lucas Malone, Field Experience Operations Coordinator

Lucas MaloneEducation

M.S. Instructional Design, Walden University; B.A. English, St. Cloud State University

Background

Lucas has been with Walden since April 2015. His passion for education has lent itself to the immediately rewarding process of helping students through their profoundly admirable journey. Lucas resides in Saint Paul. He loves spending time outside and also enjoys trivia with friends.

Lucas works with Counseling Masters' students with last names starting with G through N.

Jenelle Davis, Field Experience Operations Coordinator

Education

M.S. Counseling-College Student Affairs, Minnesota State University, Mankato; B.S. Broadfield Social Science and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Background

Jenelle started at Walden University in January of 2014 as a Student Success Advisor in the School of Health Sciences. She joined the School of Counseling May 2015. She enjoys helping students use their potential to reach their goals and is excited to be part of the student’s field experience journey. Jenelle lives in Minneapolis and has a son, John and a daughter, Anna.  She enjoys reading, nature walks, yoga, Pilates, running, baking, movies and spending time with her family.

Jenelle works with Counseling Masters' students with last names starting with O through Z.

Xai Thao, Assistant Field Experience Operations Coordinator

Education

B.A, English, St. Olaf University

Background

Xai is new to Walden University, starting in late May 2018. While she majored in English, Xai has a passion for nurturing and encouraging individuals who seek higher education, and enjoys the reward of helping individuals achieve a successful and meaningful experience during their time as students. Xai lives in the suburbs of the Twin Cities, and loves to read, write, sketch, and nap in her free time. She also enjoys conversations, and debating about life, love, and social or political discourse.