Dr. Victoria Foster; Faculty Co-Director
Victoria is a Professor in the Counselor Education Program and has been the Faculty Director of New Horizons since coming to William and Mary in 1992. She has over twenty years of counseling experience in diverse settings including private practice in couple and sex therapy, residential treatment programs for emotionally disturbed youth, and women's centers. Her work at New Horizons has focused on methods of clinical instruction and supervision that provide the crucible in which students can blend formal theories and research observations with practitioner-driven knowledge and skills, and begin to incorporate them as their own working knowledge. Victoria's areas of interest include gender/diversity issues in family counseling, family/school collaboration for at-risk children, counseling supervision, and developmental theory.
Dr. Rip McAdams; Faculty Co-Director
Rip has been on the Counseling faculty at The College of William & Mary since 1996. He is a licensed in Virginia as a Professional Counselor and Marriage & Family Therapist. Prior to coming to William & Mary, Rip was employed for over 15 years by Lutheran Family Services of the Carolinas and Virginia where he developed and directed the delivery of residential, day treatment/education, and treatment foster care services for emotionally disturbed and physically aggressive children. His many years of individual work with children and adolescents have impressed upon him of the necessity involving families in the treatment process if there is to be any hope of lasting success. They have likewise made him aware of the need for ongoing supervision and support to counselors working with troubled youth and their families. It is toward developing better understanding and methods for addressing seriously disturbed youth through family therapy intervention and for better supporting those who provide such intervention that he has directed much of his clinical practice, teaching and research.
Dr. Rebecca Sheffield; Faculty Clinical Director
Rebecca is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings including community agencies, schools, and private practice. Her clinical work is informed by a systemic perspective, which considers family strengths and challenges within the larger context of family and community and recognizes the power of family members in supporting emotional health. Rebecca’s research interests include diverse family structures, including those in which children are raised in kinship care.