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Craig Cashwell


Office: 3086
Phone: (757) 221-1712
Email: [[cscashwell]]
Social Media: Twitter {{,@CraigCashwell}}, LinkedIn {{,@Craig Cashwell}}
Areas of Expertise: Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Counseling, Trauma counseling, Supervision, Behavioral/Process Addictions


Craig Cashwell is Professor in the Counselor Education program at William & Mary and coordinates the Doctoral program. He is Licensed in North Carolina as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and in Virginia as a Professional Counselor, and also is a National Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor, and a Life Member of Chi Sigma Iota International, the honor society for professional counselors. In 2011, he received Fellow status with the American Counseling Association.

Dr. Cashwell values teaching and mentoring students. He has received the UNCG School of Education Teaching Excellence Award and his mentoring has been recognized with awards from the North Carolina Counseling Association, the UNCG Graduate School, the Southern Conference of Graduate Schools, and the American Counseling Association. He has directed over 40 dissertations to completion, five of which received national awards; two that were subsequently published in Counselor Education and Supervision and have received the annual Outstanding Article in Counselor Education and Supervision award. In 2019, he was recognized as an inaugural inductee as an Inspirational Educator in the UNCG School of Education.

The primary focus of his research is on the competent and ethical integration of client spirituality and religion into the counseling process. He is the co-editor of Integrating Spirituality and Religion Into Counseling: A Guide to Competent Practice, published by the American Counseling Association and now in its 3rd edition. He also is interested in religious and spiritual coping and, in particular, psychologically unhealthy processes including spiritual bypass and religious abuse, topics on which he has written extensively. Dr. Cashwell has over 140 publications, including three books and has received research awards from the American Counseling Association and the Mississippi Counseling Association.

Dr. Cashwell has held numerous service positions in the counseling field, including Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, Governing Council of the American Counseling Association, Executive Committee of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, President of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), and President of Chi Sigma Iota International, the honor society for the counseling profession. He also has served on numerous editorial boards and as Editor in Chief of Counseling and Values. His service has been recognized with the Lifetime Service Award from ASERVIC and the Professional Leadership Award from Chi Sigma Iota International.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 1994
M.S. in Community Agency Counseling, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 1991
B.A. in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology, University of North Carolina, 1986

Activities and Honors

UNCG School of Education Inspirational Educator – Inaugural Inductee (2019)

Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award, American Counseling Association (2019)

Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership and Advocacy, American Counseling Association (2018)

David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award, American Counseling Association (2016)

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (2013)

Selected Publications

Akers, W. P., Cashwell, C. S., & Blake, S. D. (2021). Relationship satisfaction and outness: The impact of the closet on connection. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Cashwell, C. S., Giordano, A. L., & Henson, R. A. (2018). BODIES: A short sex addiction screening tool for college students. Journal of College Counseling, 21, 265-273.

Cashwell, C. S., Giordano, A. L., & Henson, R. A. (2018). BODIES: A short sex addiction screening tool for college students. Journal of College Counseling, 21, 265-273.

Cashwell, C. S., & Swindle, P. J. (2018). When religion hurts: Supervising cases of religious abuse. The Clinical Supervisor, 1-22, DOI: 10.1080/07325223.2018.1443305

Cashwell, C. S., Giordano, A., King, K. M., Lankford, C., & Henson, R. (2017). Emotion regulation and sex addiction among college students. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 15, 26-27.

Cashwell, C. S., Young, J. S., Bartley, J. L., Pope, A. L., Wagener, A., Sylvestro, H., & Henson, R. A. (2016). Who is this god of whom you speak?: Counseling students’ concept of god. Counseling and Values, 61, 159-175.

Giordano, A. L., & Cashwell, C. S. (2016). Entering the sacred: Using motivational interviewing to address spirituality in counseling. Counseling and Values, 59, 65-79.

Purgason, L. L., Avent, J. A., Cashwell, C. S., Jordan, M., & Reese, R. F. (2016). Culturally relevant advising: Applying Relational Cultural Theory in counselor education. Journal of Counseling and Development, 94, 429-436.

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