Academic journal article Journal of Counseling and Development : JCD

An Interview with Samuel T. Gladding Thoughts on Becoming a Counselor

Academic journal article Journal of Counseling and Development : JCD

An Interview with Samuel T. Gladding Thoughts on Becoming a Counselor

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Samuel T. Gladding is associate provost for Wake Forest University and is also a professor and chair of that university's Department of Counseling. He was the elected president of the American Counseling Association for the 2004-2005 tenn. He is a licensed professional counselor in the state of North Carolina, a national certified counselor, and a national certified mental health counselor. Gladding is a clinical member and approved supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Gladding, a prolific writer, is the author of several books, including Becoming a Counselor." The Light, the Bright, and the Serious (2002a); Family Therapy: History, Theory and Practice (3rd ed., 2002b ); Group Work." A Counseling Specialty (4th ed., 2003); Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession (5th ed., 2004); Community and Agency Counseling (2nd ed., Gladding & Newsome, 2004); Counseling as Art: The Creative Arts in Counseling (3rd ed., 2005); and The Counseling Dictionary: Concise Definitions of Frequently Used Terms (2nd ed., 2006).

In 1999, Gladding received the Professional Leadership Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Under his leadership as chair of Wake Forest University's Department of Counseling, the university's graduate counselor education program was named the Robert Frank Outstanding Program by ACES. Gladding has served as president of several counseling organizations including ACES; the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW); and Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling academic and professional honor society. He received the Association for Specialists in Group Work Eminent Career Award and was elected as a fellow in ASGW as well. Gladding also served as a grief counselor with the American Red Cross during the aftermath of September 11, 2001, terrorists' attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Gladding earned bachelor of arts and master of education degrees from Wake Forest University, a master of arts in religion from Yale University, and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and former president of the Alabama Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Gladding has taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Fairfield (Connecticut) University, and Rockingham Community College (Wentworth, North Carolina). Early in his career, he was the director of children's services at the Rockingham (North Carolina) Mental Health Center for 5 years and was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Gladding joined the staff of Wake Forest University in 1990.

Gladding is married to the former Claire Tillson. They are the parents of three children. As a family they enjoy travel and attending athletic and artistic events. He may be contacted via e-mail at

How fortunate we are to live in a time of great thinkers and counselors! Gladding's unique attributes of creativity, humor, insight, and knowledge of counseling theory have helped to bring many positive contributions to the field of professional counseling. In an effort to spotlight and pay tribute to an exemplary leader and academic role model, we offer this interview with Samuel T. Gladding.

Marilyn G. Haight (MGH)/Michael Shaughnessy (MS): Dr. Gladding, you are becoming known as an icon of family therapy and group work through your publications, associations, and presentations to professional groups and counseling. Please share your story of when you were admonished to "consider counseling" and a little bit about yourself.

Samuel T. Gladding (STG): I grew up thinking I wanted to be a minister like my maternal grandfather, Samuel Templeman, for whom I was named. My grandfather died a few months before I was born and my maternal grandmother, whom my siblings and I called "Pal" but whose real name was Inez, came to live with my family. …

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