College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
M.S. Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
Dr. Joan Williams (Contributing Faculty, School Counseling).
Dr. Joan Williams has over 25 years of experience in both school and clinical counseling. She has served the profession in the following roles: professional school counselor, counselor educator, adjunct/contributing professor, group facilitator, and education institute trainer for local and international organizations. She has been invited and has served on the advisory council of several community organizations.
Dr. Williams is a member of the American Counseling Association as well as the Alabama Counseling Association and has held leadership positions in both. She has written dramatic scripts on empowerment that have been performed throughout her state. She has facilitated workshops on domestic violence, bullying, and individual and community empowerment. Dr. Williams was awarded the Wilbur Tincher Humanitarian and Caring Person Award, The Outstanding Practitioner of the Year, as well as the Professional Service and Community Service Award from the Alabama Counseling Association. She has been recognized internationally for her work with student agency and cross-curriculum collaboration (Arabic). She is a motivational speaker that uses wit, humor, music, and dramatic presentations to share important life lessons and principals to program participants.
Dr. Williams holds the following professional certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and is Board Certified in Tele-Mental Health. She received a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University. Dr. Williams is a proud 12 year veteran of the United States Air Force and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. She has spent the last four years working as an international school counselor in the Middle East; in the countries of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, where is was instrumental in the charter of the Arabian Gulf Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.