College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Slyter has been in the counseling profession for 37 years. She was a professional school counselor, including working in youth corrections, for 25 years. She primarily worked in high schools where she worked with emotional/social student concerns, student career planning, families, at-risk youth, special needs youth, and academic issues. She was on the leadership team in her district to develop and promote district wide ASCA school counseling models. She also served as department chair during part of her tenure at Highlands Ranch High School in Douglas County, Colorado. While working on her doctorate degree, she worked in a community college counseling office with students ages 18 to mid 60’s in career, academic and personal counseling.
After earning her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, she started working in an Adjunct capacity for the University of Northern Colorado and University of Phoenix while still working full time as a secondary school counselor. While working for the University of Northern Colorado, she accepted the position of the Program Coordinator responsible for the off-campus School Counseling Program: Denver and Colorado Springs campuses.
The decision was made in 2006 to have only one job instead of three, so Dr. Slyter accepted a position at Eastern Washington University (EWU) in Spokane, WA. During her tenure there, she became Program Director of the Counseling Program. This program trained both professional school counselors and mental health counselors. Some areas accomplished during this time was successfully completing the CACREP accreditation process, working with the State of Washington to ensure program compliance, and actively being a part of student admissions to the program. During her time at EWU, she was one of the ten recipients from the entire university for the Merit Service Award. She was a member of the School Counselor Professional Certificate evaluation panel for Washington State, alternate delegate to the EWU Faculty Senate from her department, in the EWU Faculty Values Committee, member of EWU’s Quality Service Initiative Award Committee, member of the Strategic Planning Committee CEDP Department EWU, member of state accreditation team for Seattle Pacific University and St. Martin’s University, created courses and program for new School Counseling Professional Certification Program (the first program in state to be approved), member of the OSPI Accreditation Review Team for the State of Washington to review colleges and universities in the State of Washington, sole author of EWU’s program report for OSPI and NCATE reaccreditation, and member of EWU Cross Campus Committee. In addition, she was a member of a statewide consortium formed by the Center for Family Supportive Schools and Communities, chair and member of the School PEAB Committee, member of EWU’s Student Services Committee, and member of the Pro Cert Process and ESA Process for school counselors in the State of Washington.
Also, during Dr. Slyter’s work at EWU, she was a board member of the Washington Counseling Association and President of the Washington Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, including organizing a state conference. She was a co-faculty advisor for Chi Sigma Iota and chaired, co-chaired or was a third member for numerous oral exam committees.
Dr. Slyter started working for Walden University in January, 2013, for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program as a Contributing Faculty member and became a Core Faculty member in the fall of 2014. She has taught Foundations in Counseling, Techniques in Counseling, Practicum, Counseling and Psychological Theories and Multicultural Counseling. She also has taught at both levels of Residencies. She is currently the Primary Lead (subject matter expert) for the Multicultural Counseling course. She is a committee member for the Student Development Committee and the Glue Committee.
Dr. Slyter has done 32 presentations and 8 publications. Her research interests have included eating disorders, adolescents, grief and loss, and existentialism. She has also done numerous volunteer projects with Rotary International, including running 630 miles to raise pledges to end polio. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington and National Board Certified Counselor. She is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. As stated before, her Ph.D. is in Counselor Education and Supervision is from the University of Northern Colorado, her M.A. is in Psychology, Counseling and Guidance from the University of Northern Colorado, and her B.A. is in Theatre and Communications Education from University of Colorado-Boulder.