Master of Science in Counseling

Events & Programs

Previous Events and Programs

April 22, 2017 - SMU Counseling Program and the Harvey Institute Present "Missing Link: Sexual Health Conversations in the Therapy Session"

April 15, 2016 - SMU Counseling Program Presents "A Day With Esther Perel - The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity"

November 17, 2015 - Sampling Simmons - Dr. Misty Solt "Sibling Rivalry: Why are Sometimes the Closest Relationships the Most Conflict Ridden"

November 3, 2015 - SMU Counseling Program Presents "Bruce Feiler - The Secrets of Happy Families"

April 15, 2015 - Sampling Simmons - Dr. Hal Barkley "Gender, Intimacy and Power: The Bedroom Turned Inside Out"

May 5, 2015 - Association of Student Counselors Presents - Haley Feuerbacher "What About God?: Engaging with Religious Clients about Sexuality, Gender Roles and Divorce


SMU Counseling Program's Play Therapy Association presents 'Working with Attachment'

The following event was hosted by the
SMU Counseling Program's Play Therapy Association
for SMU Counseling students and alumni.

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SMU in Plano welcomed Dr. Pieter Rossouw on April 25, 2014 - 8:30 - 3:30 pm

Dr. Rossouw discussed The Neuroscience of Relationships. The workshop focused on essential neurobiological building blocks of relationships, the effects of grief and loss on neural systems, and the road towards social wellness.

Dr. Rossouw is Professor and Director of the Master of Science Counseling Program at Queensland University, Australia. He specializes in neuropsychotherapy and is an expert in anxiety and mood disorders.  He has published five scientific books and twenty scientific articles.  He has been involved in research in extensive clinical trials and has presented research papers at thirty international conferences worldwide.

6 CEU Credits
Box lunch included

Event Location:

SMU in Plano Campus
5228 Tennyson Parkway
Building 3 - Room 3-202
Plano, TX 75024

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 Picture of Eric Klinenberg's book, 'Going Solo'

SMU in Plano hosted Dr. Eric Klinenberg on September 24, 2013 - 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Dr. Eric Klinenberg discussed his new book “GOING SOLO: How the Biggest Demographic Change Since the Baby Boom is Changing the Way We Live.”

Dr. Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU.  He is the author of three acclaimed books: Going Solo; Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago; and Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media.

Going Solo, his book about the rise of living alone, is one of the top ideas of the year.  In addition to his books and scholarly articles, he has contributed to numerous national publications and radio.

His broad, sweeping ideas straddle multiple disciplines, tracking how different elements of society interact to create the human experience and why, for the first time in human history, people are choosing to live alone.

1.5 CEU Credits

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Event Location:

SMU in Plano Campus
5228 Tennyson Parkway
Building 3 - The Great Room
Plano, TX 75024







Dr. Nancy Schlossberg visited SMU in Plano on February 11, 2013 - 7:00pm


Nancy K. Schlossberg is an expert in the areas of adult transitions, retirement, career development, adults as learners, and intergenerational relationships. Past President of the National Career Development Association, Co-President of a consulting group TransitionWorks, she is a Professor Emerita, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, College of Education at the University of Maryland. She has written numerous books including Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose (American Psychological Association,2009) and Retire Smart: Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path (American Psychological Association, 2004. Dr. Schlossberg has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses including one at the national convention of the American Counselors’ Association (65,000 members) and has appeared on PBS In the Prime, Derek McGinty’s national talk radio show, CBS This Morning, CBS evening news and is featured in a 90-minute PBS Pledge Special June, 2007, “Retire Smart, Retire Happy.”

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Best-selling author and psychotherapist Thomas Moore has written numerous books on spirituality, including Writing in the Sand, Soul Mates, Life at Work, and the New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Moore has devoted his life to the study of theology, world religions, Jungian and archetypal psychology, the history of art, and world mythology.

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Listen to a KERA Podcast with Dr. David Schnarch from March 9, 2011. Dr. Schnarch was in town to deliver the talk "The Sexual Ecology of Love Relationships" at the Simmons School Counseling Program at SMU-In-Plano. David Schnarch, Ph.D. is co-director of the Marriage & Family Health Center. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, world-renown sex and marital therapist, and international best-selling author. In 1991, Dr. David wrote the landmark book, Constructing The Sexual Crucible: An Integration of Sexual and Marital Therapy (W. W. Norton & Co.). Sexual Crucible is used in clinical training programs across the country and read by therapists around the world. He is the founder of Crucible® Therapy, regarded by many as the most sophisticated integration of sex, intimacy, spirituality, personal development, and marital therapy developed to date.
Dr. Bonnie Badenoch VISITED SMU in Plano!
October 7, 2011
“Being a Brain-Savvy Therapist: 
The Therapeutic Path From First Contact to Transition with the Brain in Mind”

Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT is a therapist, trainer, consultant, professor, supervisor, and writer. Author of the acclaimed book, Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Bonnie has combined her 20 years of working with trauma and attachment issues with her study under Dr. Dan Siegel to fill a gap between science and practice. She is treasurer and former president of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies, has an active practice in Vancouver [WA], and presents nationally and internationally. Bonnie has a gift for translating neuroscience into practical principles, which can be employed directly with traumatized clients.
John Gottman's visit was a resounding success at SMU in Plano on April 17 and 18, 2012!

Dr. John Gottman: Voted as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker. World renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, John Gottman has thirty-five years of breakthrough research on marriage and parenting have earned him numerous major awards.

Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman: Julie is the co-founder and Clinical Director of The Gottman Relationship Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. Creator of the immensely popular Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, she also designed and leads the national certification program in Gottman Method Relationship Therapy for clinicians.
Dr. Patrick Carnes, sex addiction specialist, hosted two events at SMU in Plano!

A Road Map For Your Soul: Making Positive Changes That Can
Transform You and Your Family's Lives
A Lecture for the Recovering Community and their Families 

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Caron Texas brought us Dr. Patrick Carnes, as he previewed the new companion to his book, The Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps. This event was open to all in the recovery community, including those living with sex and love addiction and those interested in learning more about sex addiction recovery.
Anatomy of Arousal: Sex Addiction Assessment and Treatment
A Training for Professionals

Friday, May 11, 2012 • 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Dr. Carnes provided a general overview and history of sexual addiction treatment. Family structures, bonding, and boundaries will all be examined. Identifying the danger signs, assessing sex addiction typologies, reviewing addiction and dependency consequences, strategizing intervention and treatment methods were also outlined.

Dr. Patrick J. Carnes is a nationally known speaker on sex addiction and recovery issues. He is author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction (1992), Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict (1989), The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships (1997), Open Hearts (1999), Facing the Shadow (2001), In the Shadows of the Net (2001), and The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction (2002). Dr. Carnes’ article, “18.4 Sexual Addiction,” appears in Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry (2005).

The New York Times suggested his book, Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred, “will create a new wave of understanding about sexuality and the dynamics in intimate sexual relationships.” Dr. Carnes is co-editor of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, a Taylor and Francis publication and the official journal of the National Council of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.

Dr. Patrick Carnes is currently the Executive Director of the Gentle Path program at Pine Grove Behavioral Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is the primary architect of Gentle Path treatment programs for the treatment of sexual and addictive disorders. He also pioneered the founding of the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist program. This has evolved into a network of local, regional, and residential programs which specialize in this work.

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