Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, Advocate and Leader. Serves youth, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling sessions to a diverse clientele. Utilizes an integrative counseling approach that is most heavily influenced by the rational emotive behavioral therapy and structural family therapy approaches to counseling. Provides clinical supervision and consultation to pre-service and professional counselors and other helping professionals. Educator and advocate in the counseling and the counseling delivery profession.
Dr. Shon Smith has 19 years of experience as a Counselor Educator and currently sits on the faculty of the Counselor Education Program at the University of Florida. His primary research interests are in the areas of multicultural counseling, clinical supervision, counselor education programming/evaluation, leadership and advocacy within the counseling paradigm. Additionally, he works with and conducts research with interpersonal violence perpetrators and victims, the dual populations (mental health and substance abuse) with veterans and military families on adjustment and re-adjustment issues and has been a Professional Counselor for over 24 years.
A Veteran, SSG Smith has been deployed to Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan and has conducted several humanitarian missions in Central and South America as a Combat Medic and received a Bronze Star and other military awards for his service.
Dr. Smith has served the counseling professional in several leadership roles on a state, regional and national level through elected office, committee involvement or membership to several professional counseling associations to include the American Counseling Association, Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the Pennsylvania, Florida Counseling Association and most recently served as the Past Chair of the American Counseling Association Southern Region (ACA-SR) representing 20,000 of the 53,000 members within the American Counseling Association. Currently, Dr. Smith serves on the ACA Awards Committee and as President for the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, the third oldest division in ACA.
Dr. Smith received his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy, a master’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Rehabilitation Counseling/School Counseling and a bachelor of Criminal Justice.