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Michael T. Garrett

Michael T. Garrett, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone: 678-839-6567 | Fax: 678-839-6162

Email:  mgarrett@westga.edu

Office: Education Annex 237

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Biography

Dr. Michael T. Garrett, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, is Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs in the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies at the University of West Georgia, and is a certified/licensed professional school counselor. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Dr. Garrett’s central research focus has emphasized exploring the relationship between cultural values, acculturation, and wellness with implications for developmental, culturally-based therapeutic interventions; strength-based work to improve wellness and resilience of children, adolescents, and adults in families, schools, and communities; better understanding bicultural competence and cultural identity development; enhancing school persistence among at-risk youth; counseling indigenous and diverse populations; and spiritual issues in counseling. As author and coauthor of more than 80 professional publications dealing with multiculturalism and social justice, group work, wellness and spirituality, school counseling, working with youth, and counseling Native Americans, Dr. Garrett has authored the books, Walking on the Wind: Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance (1998), Native American Faith in America (2003, 1st ed., and 2012, 2nd ed.), Counseling and Diversity: Counseling Native Americans (2011), and edited the book, Youth and Adversity (2014). In addition he has coauthored the books, Medicine of the Cherokee: The Way of Right Relationship (1996), Cherokee Full Circle: A Practical Guide to Ceremonies and Traditions (2002), and Counseling and Diversity (2012). As a Native person who grew up on the reservation in western North Carolina where he still has strong family and community ties, Dr. Garrett’s experience with Native people, both professionally and personally, lends a unique perspective and expertise with Native American issues and concerns. Having worked as a school counselor at the middle and high school levels, as a college student personnel worker with Native American and other minority students in the university setting, as an individual and group therapist in a family services agency setting, and as a project director in an urban Native American center serving the local Native community, Dr. Garrett has sought to advance professional understanding of working with diverse populations across therapeutic and educational settings and integrating indigenous healing practices as a way of bridging the cultural gap.

Education/Degrees

  • B.A., Psychology, North Carolina State University, 1991
  • M.Ed., Counseling and Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1993
  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1996

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • CEPD-6131 (Counseling Theories)    
    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling)    
    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling)    
    • CEPD-8189 (Advanced Internship)    
  • Spring 2014 Sections
  • Summer 2013 Sections
    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: 01 [ View Syllabus ]
    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling) Section: 01 [ View Syllabus ]
    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling) Section: 01 [ View Syllabus ]
  • Spring 2013 Sections
    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: 02 [ View Syllabus ]

Selected Publications

  • Garrett, M. T. (Ed.) (2014). Youth and adversity: Psychology and influences of child and adolescent resilience and coping. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Biomedical.
  • Garrett, M. T., & Garrett, J. T. (2012). Native American faith in America (2nd ed.). New York: Facts on File.
  • Choudhuri, D. D., Santiago-Rivera, A. L., & Garrett, M. T. (2012). Counseling and diversity: Central concepts and themes for competent practice. Boston, MA: Cengage/Lahaska Press.
  • Garrett, M. T., & Portman, T. A. A. (2011). Counseling and diversity: Counseling Native Americans. Boston, MA: Cengage/Lahaska Press.
  • Garrett, M. T., & Garrett, J. T. (2003). Native American faith in America. New York: Facts on File.
  • Garrett, J. T., & Garrett, M. T. (2002). The Cherokee full circle: A practical guide to ceremonies and traditions. Rochester, VT: Bear & Co.
  • Garrett, M. T. (1998). Walking on the wind: Cherokee teachings for healing through harmony and balance. Santa Fe, NM: Bear & Co. (Translation in Korean)
  • Garrett, J. T., & Garrett, M. T. (1996). Medicine of the Cherokee: The way of right relationship. Santa Fe, NM: Bear & Co. (Translations in Italian, Hebrew, and Czech)

Professional Interests

Dr. Garrett's central research focus has emphasized exploring the relationship between cultural values, acculturation, and wellness with implications for: (1) Strength-based work to improve wellness and resilience of children, adolescents, and adults in families, schools, and communities; (2) Developmental, culturally-based therapeutic interventions; (3) Bicultural competence and cultural identity development; (4) Enhancement of school persistence among at-risk youth; and (5) Understanding and betterment of indigenous and other diverse populations.