Associate Professor


Julia L. Whisenhunt, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Associate 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.

Education / Degrees

  • 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 Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • CEPD-7111 (Dg & Trtmnt of Mntl & Emtnl Di) Section: 01D
    • CEPD-7141 (Pro Orient & Ethics in Counsel) Section: 01D
    • CEPD-7181 (Adv. Topic in Disordered Eatin) Section: E06
    • CEPD-7181 (Adv. Topic in Disordered Eatin) Section: E07
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E03

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-6188 (Practicum: Prof Counseling) Section: 04
    • CEPD-7111 (Dg & Trtmnt of Mntl & Emtnl Di) Section: 01
    • CEPD-7153 (Crisis Intervention) Section: 01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E05

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-9184 (Doc Seminar-Professional Issue) Section: E01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-7141 (Pro Orient & Ethics in Counsel) Section: 02D
    • CEPD-9186 (Doctoral Internship) Section: E01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E03

    Fall 2016 Sections

    Summer 2016 Sections

    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

    Summer 2015 Sections

    Spring 2015 Sections

  • Publication List

    Paige, M., DeVore, J., Chang, C. Y., Whisenhunt, J. (2017). The trauma-competent clinician: A qualitative model of knowledge, skills, and attitudes supporting Adlerian-based trauma psychotherapy. Journal of Individual Psychology, 73(1). 8-37. doi: 10.1

    Whisenhunt, J. L. & Heidorn, B. (2018). The role of physical educators as allies for students who self-injure. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 89(1), 46-51.

    Stargell, N. A., Zoldan, C., A. Kress, V. E., Walker-Andrews, L. M., & Whisenhunt, J. L. (2017). Student non-suicidal self-injury: A comprehensive school counseling protocol. Professional School Counseling Journal, 21(1), 37-46. doi: 10.5330/1096-2409-21

    Whisenhunt, J. L., DuFresne, R. M., Zoldan, C. A., Rovnak, A., Stargell, N. A., and Kress, V. (2017). Supporting counselors after a client suicide: Creative supervision techniques. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2017.1281

    Temple, M., Roy, J., Godner, T., & Whisenhunt, J. (2015). School counselors’ role in college readiness for students with disabilities. Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA) Journal, 22. 49-59.

    Whisenhunt, J., Chang, C., Brack, G., Orr, J., Adams, L., Paige, M., McDonald, C., & O’Hara, C. (2015). Self-injury and suicide: Practical information for college counselors. Journal of College Counseling.

    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]