Jeffrey K EdwardsEducation

EdD, Northern Illinois University; MS, Aurora University; BS, Elmhurst College

Research Interests

Strengths-based counseling and clinical supervision; family therapy in residential treatment facilities; strengths-based leadership; qualitative and mixed-methods research; counselor licensure


Dr. Edwards is a contributing faculty member in Walden’s M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program, specializing in couple and family counseling, crisis prevention, intervention, consultation research, and group counseling. He is an emeritus professor of counselor education at Northeastern Illinois University where he worked for 21 years in the Family Counseling program. Dr. Edwards has practiced in the counseling field for more than 44 years. He served as the president of the Illinois Counseling Association and is currently the president of the Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors Association. He is the recipient of the 2008 Wendell S. Dysinger Award for Outstanding Professional Counseling Publication for his book, A Consumer’s Guide to Mental Health Counseling: Unveiling the Mysteries and Secrets of Psychotherapy, and the recipient of the 2009 Counselor Educator of the Year Award, both presented by the Illinois Counseling Association. He is involved in various national counseling associations, and his work on a broad range of counseling topics has been widely published.