Counseling & Community Psychology - School of Health & Human Services - St. Cloud State University

Community Psychology
B210 Education Building
St. Cloud State University
720 4th Ave S
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
(campus map)

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
Phone: (320) 308-2160
Fax: (320) 308-3216

Nona Leigh Wilson, Ph.D., LPC

Office A-266 Education Building
(320) 308-2210



  • Ph. D. Counselor Education, Ohio University, 1993
    Dissertation: A qualitative analysis of rape survivors’ accounts of trauma and recovery.
  • M.Ed. Community Counseling, Ohio University, 1986
  • B.A. Psychology, Ohio University, 1985


  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC#509), Minnesota September 2012
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC#267), Minnesota, 2005-2012
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #840), South Dakota, 1996-2005

Professional Experience:

  • Tenure-Track Teaching
  • Professor August 2011
  • Associate Professor August 2005- 2011 (tenured 2007) : Counseling & Community Psychology Department, Saint Cloud State University
    • Teach graduate courses in CACREP-accredited program:
      Counseling Procedures; Counseling Practicum; Group Counseling Skills; Group Counseling Practicum; Theoretical Foundations; Multicultural Counseling; Professional Orientation and Ethics; Issues in College Student Development; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
    • Serve as CACREP liaison and clinical coordinator for school and CCSD programs
    • Serve as CACREP site-team reviewer
    • Serve on departmental and university committees; advise graduate students; advise graduate honor society
    • Maintain research and scholarship agenda
  • Associate Professor August 2002-August 2005 (hired with tenure)
    Counselor Education Department, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    • Taught graduate courses in CACREP-accredited community counseling program: Counseling Process; Theoretical Foundations; Counseling Internship; Family Counseling; Mental Health Counseling; Diagnosis; Social Cultural Foundations
    • Served on departmental and university committees; advised graduate students
    • Served as clinical coordinator
    • Served as department chair (July 2003-July 2004)
    • Maintained research and scholarship agenda
  • Associate Professor, 1999 - 2002 (tenured in 2000)
  • Assistant Professor, 1994 -1998
    Counseling and Human Resource Development Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
    • Taught graduate courses in CACREP-accredited community program: Counseling Pre-Practicum; Counseling Practicum; Counseling Internship; Group Counseling; Theories of Counseling; Body Image/Eating Disorders; Advanced Treatment Protocols; Working with Depression and Anxiety; Self-esteem for Girls and Women
    • Coordinated community counseling program, 1997-1998
    • Served as acting department head, 1998-99
    • Served on departmental and university committees; advised graduate students; served on and directed theses
    • Maintained research and scholarship agenda

Direct Service/Clinical Practice:

  • Counseling Fellow, Counseling and Psychological Services, Ohio University, September 2011- June 2012, Athens, OH
    • Obtained leave of absence from teaching to complete 10-month, full-time clinical practice placement at university counseling center. Conducted individual and group counseling, walk-in appointments, and supervision of one advanced trainee. All sessions were digitally recorded and I received a minimum of 2 hours of weekly, individual supervision. I participated in two training seminars: Multicultural competency and Group Counseling conducted by the clinic’s training coordinators.
  • Extramural Program Trainee, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy, 1999 - 2000, Philadelphia, PA
    • The Extramural program was a full-year training opportunity that provides intensive training and supervision in cognitive therapy to mental health professionals. The program, directed by Judith Beck, involved three training sessions at the Beck Institute and one year of weekly clinical supervision via telephone. During this experience, I maintained a small private practice working with clients with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and relational conflicts.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, 1996 - 1998, Great Plains Psychological Services, Brookings, SD
    • Provided individual and group counseling through private practice agency. Areas of specialization included sexual assault, domestic violence, and eating disorders.
  • Assistant Director, Health Education and Wellness, 1989 - 1993, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
    • Served as the primary resource person for sexual assault services on residential campus of 18,000 students. Provided crisis intervention, individual and group counseling to sexual assault survivors, and support services to their families and friends.
  • Doctoral Intern, 1992-1993, Counseling and Psychological Services, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
    • Provided individual in-take interviews and short-term counseling for college students with broad range of counseling concerns: eating disorders, self-esteem, alcohol abuse, adjustment issues, sexual orientation, parental divorce, relationship concerns, career development.
  • Counselor, 1988-1989, My Sister's Place, Athens, Ohio
    • Provided individual and group counseling for domestic violence victims in shelter and through outreach program. Recruited, trained, and supervised shelter volunteers and paid student employees. Organized and conducted community education programs in three county area.
  • Outpatient Therapist, 1986-1988, Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, Western District Guidance Center, Parkersburg, WVa
    • Provided individual and group counseling for child, adolescent, and adult assault survivors.


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