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Dr. Jude Austin

Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions - Master of Arts in Counseling Program
Office: Hardy 132
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8006A900 College St, Box 8006ABeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4838(254) 295-4838
Subjects Taught: Lifespan, MFT Assessment, Internship, Practicum, MFT Theories, Research and Statistics, Abnormal Human Behavior
Degrees Earned: B.S. Psychology/Exercise Sports Science (UMHB); M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (UMHB); Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision (UWYO)

I see myself as an educator who is passionate about clinical work and enjoys research and scholarship. Before becoming a counselor educator, I was a collegiate and professional soccer player. I earned both my B.S. in Psychology/Exercise Sports Science and M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where I played soccer for 4 years. I then earned my Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in counselor education and supervision. 

As a counselor educator, I am intuitively drawn towards teaching my students how to be more therapeutically present with clients. My teaching style is personable and experiential, I also emphasize practical application of course material. I am committed to excellence in teaching, advising, and mentorship. 

My clinical strengths include my ability to be therapeutically present with my clients. My presence invited them to be more genuine and vulnerable with me. I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families of various ages and cultural backgrounds. I have clinical experience working with individuals struggling with severe mental illness (schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, and borderline personality d/o), addictions (sex, alcohol, and other substances), and compulsive behaviors. I also have experience working with couples and families struggling with a variety of relational issues across the lifespan. 

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. My wife and siblings were all alumni of UMHB as well as student-athletes. For fun I play golf, workout, attend concerts and plays, and read books (my favorite author is Brandon Sanderson).

Research Interests

My research and scholarship chiefly focuses on identifying ways counselor training programs can help students develop therapeutic presence with their clients. I am in different stages of completion for several other projects adjacent to this topic, such as creating a conceptual model for therapeutic present pedagogy in counselor training, understanding the psychophysiological aspects of therapeutic presence in-session, exploring the political/religious values' influence on ethical decision making, examining how nested models of counselor education influence on student anxiety and self-efficacy, discussing therapeutically present responces to crisis in schools, and continuing the validation of the Family Adjustment Measure(FAM). Most recently I am a co-author of the book Counselor Self-Care, published by the American Counseling Association.