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James S. Bethea, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Counselor Education
PhD, Rehabilitation Counselor Education, University of Iowa
Completed requirements to obtain School Counselor Certification, School Counseling, East Carolina University
BS, Rehabilitation Counseling, Boston University
BS, Therapeutic Recreation, Mount Olive College
James Bethea, Ph.D., CRC, LMHC, is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program within the Human Services and Counseling Department at St. John’s University. He holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from The University of Iowa, a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University, and a B.S in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Mount Olive College. He has work experience in private rehabilitation, school counseling and mental health. Dr. Bethea is also a Research Fellow with the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s. His most current research focuses on the resilient behavior of at-risk youth; mentoring, and substance abuse among individuals with disabilities. He’s also interested in counselor’s perception of and preparedness to infuse spirituality in counseling, the impact of online learning on counselor effectiveness, and the family dynamic of children on the Autism spectrum.

Research Interests

The resilient behavior of youth of color; Mentoring as a protective factor for building resilience in minority youth.

Courses Taught

EDU
6206
PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
EDU
6301
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
EDU
6310
PRACT MENTAL HLTH COUNSEL
EDU
6364
COUNSEL THE SUBSTANCE ABUSER
EDU
6650
CONSLT & EVAL IN SCH