Dr. Ty Leonard
Dr. Harris Ty Leonard received his Masters of Arts degree in Community Counseling and his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from St. Mary’s University. Dr. Leonard is Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Program and the Clinical Director for the graduate program’s clinical training center, the Community Life Center (CLC). He also served as the Director of Clinical Instruction for his graduate program for 7 years.
One of his achievements during his time of service at UMHB has been opening, developing and directing the CLC, which provides counseling services to the Bell County community. He also started the graduate program’s first chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, and continues to serve as the Faculty Advisor. He also served as the CACREP Liaison for Team Member site visit, which resulted in the successful reaccreditation of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. He has also recently accepted an appointment as webmaster for the Texas Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.
Some of Dr. Leonard’s recent areas of interests in research and professional presentations include the following: investigating the social health amongst faculty in counselor education programs and exploring methods for creating healthier work environments; integrating spiritual and religious beliefs in counseling and supervision; and assessing and supporting graduate counseling students’ ego strength development in supervision.
Dr. Leonard is deeply committed to his role as a counselor educator, and he actively promotes the professional and personal development of students during their time as students in the Graduate Counseling Program. He views the process of becoming a helping professional as a life-long endeavor that requires consistent attention to self-awareness and self-care, and he actively seeks to instill this knowledge in the students he encounters.