Faculty Staff Profile

Julia Whisenhunt

Julia Whisenhunt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs

Phone: 678-839-6116 | Fax: 678-839-6162

Email:  jwhisenh@westga.edu

Office: Education Annex 241


Julia L. Whisenhunt, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs at the University of West Georgia. She is also the Director of Curriculum and Training for the PREVENT@UWG comprehensive campus suicide prevention program. Dr. Whisenhunt has presented in the areas of self-injury, suicide, creativity in counseling, sandtray therapy, play therapy, post-traumatic growth, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, supervision, and Motivational Interviewing. Her primary research foci are self-injury and suicide. Dr. Whisenhunt has clinical experience working with child, adolescent and adult clients who experience a variety of therapeutic issues ranging from problems of adjustment to active psychosis. She has worked in partial hospitalization, school and college counseling settings.


  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, State University of West Georgia, 2001
  • M.A., Master of Arts in Psychology, University of West Georgia, 2003
  • Ed.S., Specialist in Education in Guidance and Counseling, University of West Georgia, 2009
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Practice, Georgia State University, 2012

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • CEPD-6131 (Counseling Theories)    
    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling)    
    • CEPD-7141 (Pro Orient & Ethics in Counsel)    
    • CEPD-7153 (Crisis Intervention)    
    • CEPD-9183 (Directed Doctoral Research)    
    • CEPD-9184 (Doc Seminar-Professional Issue)    
    • CEPD-9186 (Doctoral Internship)    
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation)    
  • Spring 2016 Sections
    • CEPD-7141 (Pro Orient & Ethics in Counsel) Section: 02D
    • CEPD-9186 (Doctoral Internship) Section: E01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E03
  • Fall 2015 Sections
    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling) Section: 02   [View Syllabus]
    • CEPD-7153 (Crisis Intervention) Section: 01D   [View Syllabus]
    • CEPD-9183 (Directed Doctoral Research) Section: E01   [View Syllabus]
  • Summer 2015 Sections
    • CEPD-6131 (Counseling Theories) Section: 01D   [View Syllabus]
    • CEPD-9184 (Doc Seminar-Professional Issue) Section: E01   [View Syllabus]
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • CEPD-7141 (Pro Orient & Ethics in Counsel) Section: 01D   [View Syllabus]
    • CEPD-7141 (Pro Orient & Ethics in Counsel) Section: 02D   [View Syllabus]

Selected Publications

  • Working with clients who self-injure: A grounded theory approach
  • Professional counselors’ conceptualizations of the relationship between suicide and self-injury
  • Bradley, N., Whisenhunt, J., & Adamson, N., & Kress, V. (2013). Creative approaches for promoting counselors’ self-care. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. 8, 456-469. [View Publication]
  • Whisenhunt, J., & Kress, V. (2013). The use of visual arts in counseling clients who engage in non-suicidal self-injury. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 8(2), 120-135.
  • Whisenhunt, J. L., & Kress, V. E. (2013). Non-suicidal self-injury. In ACA (Ed.), ACA: Practice Briefs. [View Publication]