James S. Bethea

Associate Professor
Counselor Education
PhD, Rehabilitation Counselor Education, University of IowaCompleted requirements to obtain School Counselor Certification, School Counseling, East Carolina UniversityBS, Rehabilitation Counseling, Boston UniversityBS, 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
5990
DOCTORAL RESEARCH SEMINAR
EDU
6122
ORIENTATION MULTICUL SCH COUNS
EDU
6126
GLOBAL CULTURAL AWARENESS
EDU
6204
ADJUST TO DISABLE CONDITIONS
EDU
6206
PSYCHO DEVEL-A MULTICULT PERSP
EDU
6301
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
EDU
6302
PRACTICUM IN REHAB COUNSELING
EDU
6310
PRACT MENTAL HLTH COUNSEL
EDU
6364
COUNSEL THE SUBSTANCE ABUSER
EDU
6424
CASE STUDIES & COM RSRC
EDU
6425
REHABILITATION COUNSELING
EDU
6435
MED & PSYCH ASPECTS OF DISABIL
EDU
6530
MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING
EDU
6606
SUPERVISION OF COUNSELING
EDU
6607
SUPERV OF PRACT STU & INTERNS
EDU
6650
CONSLT & EVAL IN SCH
EDU
6651
FOUND. OF MNTL HLTH COUNSELING
EDU
7990
DOCTORAL RESEARCH SEMINAR