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Donna S. Sheperis, Ph.D.

Donna S. Sheperis, Ph.D. — Associate Professor

"[I want students to take away] a sense of passion about their chosen profession. What we do is so fun! I want students to get a sense of that!"

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education – University of Mississippi
  • M.Ed. in Counseling – Delta State University
  • B.B.A. in Marketing – University of Mississippi

Department: Counseling

Career highlights:
Editor: Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice for Pearson Publishing; co-chair ACA Ethics Committee

When did you start teaching in the online program?
2012.

What's the best advice you have ever received from one of your professors?
Always say yes to a clinical or writing opportunity. The "how" will come later!

Which philanthropic causes are you involved with?
I give back to the local community via our Cardinal Clinic. I provide $1,000 worth of free services monthly to clients in the clinic.

What's the most important thing you want students to take away from your class?
A sense of passion about their chosen profession. What we do is so fun! I want students to get a sense of that!

What qualities do you think make someone particularly successful in your field?
A willingness to invite people into the process. Compassion. Diagnostic acumen.

What's the funniest thing that has happened in one of your classes?
I was once sitting at a table with interns. My chair was on wheels, and the seat was (apparently) broken. I started falling out of the chair in the middle of supervision and slid slowly under the table. The funny part was my students say I kept making my point! I never quit talking!

Who would play you in your biopic and why?
Mariska Hargitay. Just because I like her :-)

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