Benton Johnson

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Benton Johnson II is a Walden University Core Faculty FT. He is an international/national presenter who has performed keynotes, workshops & training about mental wellness and development in places such as Romania, Hungary, Switzerland, and Greece as well as in many places throughout the United States. Dr. Johnson has provided counseling to children, couples, families, individuals and groups since 2003. He has been teaching since 2006 in a variety of educational institutions using various technological modalities.

Dr. Johnson has provided community services as the chair of the board of Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Rock Island, IL and board member of The 2nd Genesis Foundation, Chicago, IL and was the Vice-President of the Adler University Chapter of the Association of American University Professors. He has served as the President of the Illinois Association for Assessment & Research in Counseling.

He received a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA; a MS Ed. in Community Counseling at Western Illinois University, Quad Cities Campus; a BA in Pre-Medicine at Augustana College, Rock Island; and was graduated from United Township High School, East Moline, IL in the World Studies Program for the Gifted.


PhD, Regent University

MS Ed, Western Illinois University

BA, Augustana College

Public Service

Diversity in Leadership Task Force , Chair - Dekalb

Illinois Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, Board Member - DeKalb

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Board Member - Rock Island

Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Chair - Rock Island

Awards / Honors

2017 Illinois Counseling Association Social Justice Award , The Illinois Counseling Association, 2017

Adler University Star, Adler University, 2017


Henriksen, R. C. (2006). Parenting group for parents with children exposed to violence. VISTAS: Compelling Perspectives on Counseling. VISTAS: Compelling Perspectives on Counseling

Johnson, B. (2010). Spiritual Functioning, God Image, and Childhood Incest: An Exploratory Study.


Johnson , B., Ungureanu, I. (2016). Growing up in poverty: The impact of poverty on families and early childhood development. International Family Therapy Association

Johnson, B. K. (2017). Implicit Bias: The thief of progress”.

Johnson, B. K. (2018). Spiritual & Religious Identities in Counseling: Speaking into the Unspoken. EB-ACA

Johnson, B. K. (2017). Stress is best done silly. Dealing with the mess of stress. Child & Family Connections #8 & #12

Johnson, B. K. (2018). Too Many Bridges – Not Enough Tunnels. STARNET

Johnson, B. (2018). Theraplay in Practice.

Johnson, B. K. (2016). The Modern Family. Early Intervention Training Program

Johnson, B. K. (2016). The Impact of Trauma on Young Children and Families. STARNET

Johnson, B. K. (2018). Autism. Quad City Autism Society

Johnson, B. (2016). Family Partnerships that Work! Engaging Families in Early Intervention. Early Intervention Training Program

Johnson, B. K. (2016). The Impact on Parental Mental Disorders on Children and Families. Early Intervention Training Program

Johnson, B. K. (2016). The Pressure of Poverty.

Johnson, B. K., Lebriech, M. (2020). Calming the Chaos of Covid.