Christie Jenkins

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

Dr. Jenkins has been working in the social service field for over 28 years. She began working in domestic violence safe houses as a child advocate, life skills trainer, crisis intervention specialist and court advocate. She has been working as a counselor for over eighteen years. She is independently licensed in two states and has a supervisory designation in the state of Ohio. She has been the CEO, Associate Director, and Supervisor for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center and The Children’s Advocacy Center. She has over 19 years of experience working with a vast array of clientele in inner city Toledo.

She has presented locally, at the state and national levels on various topics affecting counselors and their clients. She is also very active in professional organizations for counselors. Her primary research interests are in Animal Assisted Therapy and domestic violence. She was awarded the Public Policy and Legislation Award from the Ohio Counseling Association (2017). She was also awarded the Counselor Educator of the Year (2017) by the Ohio Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. She was awarded the Innovation and Excellence Award for Excellence in a Large Non-profit and honored by the Ohio Senate for this work. She was previously awarded the Ohio Counselor of the Year (2014) award by the Ohio Counseling Association and the 2012 Clinical Supervisor of the Year and the 2012 Clinical Counselor of the Year from the Northwest Ohio Counseling Association. She has also been awarded with the Commitment to Social Change Award in 2020.

In 2015, she was the President of the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In 2016, she was the President of the Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling. She has been the President of the Ohio Counseling Association's Political Action Committee, the Ohio Mental Health Counseling Association and the President of SAIGE Ohio. She is currently the Past-President of the national SAIGE. She is the Faculty Co-Advisor for LGBTQ+ PRIDE at Walden. She is the Past-President of the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers.


BS, University of Toledo

MA, Siena Heights University

PhD, University of Toledo

Public Service

ONCAC and President 2019-2021, Board of Directors - Columbus

ASERVIC, Chair - Columbus

OCA, Committee Member - Columbus

UT, Committee Member - Toledo

UW, Committee Member - Toledo

OACES, President - Columbus

OASERVIC, President - Columbus

NCA, Volunteer - Washington

OCA, Volunteer - Columbus

Walden, Volunteer - Tampa

SAIGE, President -

Awards / Honors

Clinical Counselor of the Year, NWOCA, 2012

Clinical Supervisor of the Year , NWOCA, 2012

Counselor Educator of the Year , OACES, 2017

Excellence in a Large Organization , Toledo Community Foundation, 2015

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden, 2016

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden, 2017

Public Policy and Legislation Award , OCA, 2017

Susan Sears Counselor of the Year , OCA, 2014

Tribute from the Ohio Senate , Ohio Senate, 2015


Jenkins, C., Laux, J., Ritchie, M., Tucker, K. (2014). Animal Assisted Therapy and Rogers’ core components among middle school students receiving counseling services: A descriptive study. . Journal of Creativity in Mental Health

Jenkins, C., Fineran, K., Lange, A. (2016). Birth and infancy: Physical and cognitive development. .

Jenkins, C. (2016). Keith.

Jenkins, C., Laux, J., Shestak, A., Jancin, J. (2017). Trauma and stressor related disorders: Systemic processes..

Jenkins, C. D., Savitsky, D., Mahon, M., Dockery, G., McBride, M. (2020). Advocacy in action for Sexual, affectional, intersex, and gender expansive identities. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Jenkins, C. D. Akito.

Jenkins, C. D. Annalisse.

Jenkins, C. D. Brito, J. (2022, April 20). Sexual assault, defined- Plus resources for support. Retrieved from .

Bailey, C., Benoit, E., Jenkins, C. (2020). Early development and trauma within the culture of children: Teaching counselors in training to understand the effects of trauma and its misdiagnosis.

Jenkins, C. D. Eric.

Jenkins, C. D. Growing up around domestic violence changed how I parent in ways I never thought it would..


Jenkins, C. (2017). AAT and childhood trauma. YIPPE

Jenkins, C. (2016). AAT: How it can work for you.. Toledo Hospital

Mahon, M., Jenkins, C., Hill, T., Vanmeter, C. (2014). An overview of Affirmative Therapy and resources for working with sexual and gender minorities. OCA

Jenkins, C. (2015). Animal Assisted Therapy. Kobacker

Jenkins, C. (2013). Animal Assisted Therapy at the Children’s Advocacy Center. FCAPC

Jenkins, C. (2014). Appropriate use of AAT at the CAC. FCAPC

Jenkins, C. (2016). Breaking the silence.

Jenkins, C. (2013). Burn-out for professionals that help children. FCAPC

Jenkins, C. (2018). Child Abuse Prevention. . KD

Jenkins, C. (2018). Child Abuse Prevention. . KD

Jenkins, C. (2017). Community response to domestic violence. PG

Sepulveda, V., Jenkins, C. (2017). Deconstructing the well-meaning white counselor and building multicultural counseling competency. ACES

Jenkins, C. (2015). Domestic Violence 101 for counselors. NWOCA

Jenkins, C. (2013). Domestic Violence 101 for non-English speaking women. . American School for Women and Children

Jenkins, C. (2018). Domestic Violence 101 for the Counselor. CSI

Jenkins, C. (2013). Domestic Violence for the helping professional. Job and Family Services

Fineran, K., Hale, A., Halbert, C., Wright, B., Lange, A., Jenkins, C. (2017). Group Work in Cultural Context: Working with LGBTQ Members.. ACA

Jenkins, C. (2013). How can we help the hurt? Assessing the impact of Domestic Violence on pregnancy, families, and healthcare.. Toledo Hospital

Jenkins, C. (2016). Overcoming roadblocks: Working with vulnerable families. Rotary

Jenkins, C. (2014). Paw-lease help me! Incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy into Trauma –Based Therapy sessions. FCAPC

Jenkins, C. (2015). Paws-itively engaging counseling activities.. OCA

Jenkins, C. (2017). Preventing burnout and vicarious trauma: How do we recognize it and navigate it ethically and effectively? . OCA

Jenkins, C. (2017). Self-Care for the shut-in: Taking care of the online professor.. Walden

Jenkins, C. (2016). Sexual abuse, domestic violence, trauma, and the role of the SANE nurse to facilitate healing.. Toledo Hospital

Jenkins, C. (2013). The Children’s Advocacy Model. Toledo Hospital

Jenkins, C. (2016). Tips and tools for teaching online. ACA

Jenkins, C. (2015). Utilizing the CAC for SANE nurses. Toledo Hospital