College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
Degree ProgramM.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. Cyndi Briggs was born and raised in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She attended Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where she majored in psychology and minored in art. Guilford has a strong social justice focus, and during her college career Dr. Briggs became engaged in activism efforts, which continues to be a passion and purpose.
After college she worked for two years as a case manager for adults with special needs (e.g., autism, developmental disabilities, and head injuries) before returning to graduate school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC where she completed a Masters degree in Community Counseling. She obtained her National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential in 1998 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina in 2000.
After graduate school, Dr. Briggs worked for five years as an addiction and mental health counselor and higher education administrator in student life and admissions. In 2003 she moved to beautiful Corvallis, Oregon, to complete her doctoral degree in Counseling at Oregon State University.
In 2006, after graduation, she moved to Rochester, Minnesota to teach at Winona State University and to learn how to cross country ski. In 2010 she became a contributing faculty member at Walden University and moved back to North Carolina. For four years Dr. Briggs maintained a private counseling/coaching practice, consulted with businesses and non-profits, taught at Walden, UNCC, Wake Forest, and Guilford College, and worked as a writer and blogger. In 2014 she accepted a core faculty position at Walden in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, where she continues to work full time.
Since 2014, Dr. Briggs has been the principal researcher in a community oral history project with veterans. This collaborative project includes community museums and other stakeholders, and has resulted in a staged reading of veterans' stories and written products.
COUN 6100 - Intro to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 6101 - Orientation to the Counseling Profession
COUN 6250 - Group Process and Dynamics
COUN 6722 - Theories of Counseling
COUN 6360 - Assessment in Counseling
COUN 6316 - Techniques of Counseling
CPLB 601 - CMHC Pre-Practicum
BS, Guilford College
MA, Wake Forest University
PhD, Oregon State University
Briggs, C., Reneson, S. (2010). Counseling Addicted Veterans: What to Know and How to Help. Vistas Online
Briggs, C. (2016). Gender and Addiction
Briggs, C., Foster, L., Moore, M. (2018). Groups in mental health settings
Foster, L., Anita, N., Cynthia, B. (2018). Language and online learning: Inform, inspire, and engage virtual learning communities The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision
Fawcett, M., Briggs, C. A., Maycock, G., Stine, E. (2010). Multicultural Counseling Competency Development: Pre-Post Design with Guatemala Travel Study Students Journal of International Counselor Education.
Briggs, C. A., Pehrsson, D. E. (2008). Research mentorship in counselor education Journal of Counselor Education & Supervision
Briggs, C. A., Pepperell, J. (2009). Women, girls and addiction: Celebrating the feminine in counseling treatment and recovery.
Briggs, C. A., Pehrsson, D. E. (2008). Use of bibliotherapy in the treatment of grief and loss: A guide to current counseling practices Adultspan Journal
Fawcett, M., Briggs, C. A. (2009). Guatemala travel study
Wester, K., Briggs, C. A. (2009). Lunch presentation: The state of research in counselor education
Ray, D., Schamp, L., Briggs, C. A., Devlin, J., Engels, D. (2009). Panel discussion: The state of research and our dreams and needs for the future
Briggs, C. A., Pehrsson, D. E. (2007). Research mentorship in counselor education
Wester, K. L., Trepal, H., Briggs, C. A., Sebera, K. E., Spurgeon, S., Ybanez, K. (2008). Transitioning to being a new faculty member in counselor education: From interview to promotion and tenure
Briggs, C. A., Pepperell, J. (2009). Women, girls, and addiction: Celebrating the feminine in addiction counseling and recovery
Briggs, C., Carter, C., Davis, B. (2018). In their own words: Veteran healing through story and theater
Foster, L. H., Briggs, C. A., Neuer Colburn, A. A. (2016). Language and Online Learning: The Power of Words to Engage and Transform. Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors
Foster, L. H., Neuer Colburn, A. A., Briggs, C. A. (2017). Language and Online Learning: The Power of Words to Engage and Transform. American Counseling Association
Briggs, C. (2018). Looking backward to move forward: Helping veterans heal through story