Courtney M. Holmes, Ph.D. '11

Courtney M. HolmesMay, 2011      The College of William & Mary, Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
Cognate: Couples and Family Counseling
Dissertation: An Exploration of the Similarities and Differences in the Mental Health Status, Working Alliance, and Social Presence between Online and Face-to-Face Counseling
2008              Gonzaga University, Masters of Arts in Community Counseling
2005              The College of Wooster, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology  

Courtney Holmes received the Dean's Award for Excellence for 2011.  Dean Virginia McLaughlin said of Ms. Holmes, "Courtney's academic performance at William and Mary has been exemplary, as has her commitment to research and professional service. She was selected to serve as the Director of the New Horizons Family Counseling Center which serves more than 250 families and includes an average of 15 interns each year."

Dr. Holmes earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a dream of teaching at the college level in counseling.  She realized that career goal and is an assistant professor in the Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Courtney is in her second year as the co-director of the New Horizons Family Counseling Center (NHFCC) at William & Mary. New Horizons is a university-based family counseling training clinic.  As the co-director of this clinic, she was able to hone her skills as a leader and director, supervisor, and family clinician. She provides individual supervision for selected family counseling internship students under the supervision of the Faculty Directors. Her responsibilities include administrative and clinical supervision, community outreach, data collections, records review and compliance with mental health administration regulations.  "I am directly involved with program development, counseling services and research."

"In my career thus far, I have found clinical supervision to be the most personally satisfying part of counselor education. As a doctoral intern, I supervised a group of students in the practical portion of basic skills development in the Techniques of Counseling course. I also served as an individual and group supervisor to students at both the Practicum and Internship levels. In my final year, I am co-teaching two courses with senior faculty. In the Internship in Community counseling course, I conduct weekly group supervision, meet individually with students, develop relationships with on-site supervisors through site visits, and manage student paperwork," said Courtney.  She is very thankful for this opportunity.

Courtney is the 2009 recipient of the Dean Bettker Memorial Endowment, a scholarship established in 2003 through a bequest from Dr. Dean F. Bettker '62.