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Matthew Buckley

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Health

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Matt Buckley earned his master's and doctoral degrees in Community Counseling (1993) and Counselor Education and Supervision (1997) from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He worked for Delta State University as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology from 1997-2008 and was the former program director for Walden’s M.S. in Mental Health Counseling Program from 2008-2013. Currently Dr. Buckley serves as a senior core faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He has been a counselor educator and supervisor since 1997 and a mental health counselor since 1993. He is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families and is very active in professional organizations and in the profession of counseling at state and national levels. He has worked as a site team chair and team member for CACREP since 1998 and as a member of the National Certified Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) committee for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) from 2003-2018. He is a national certified counselor (NCC), licensed professional counselor (LPC and CMHC), an approved clinical supervisor (ACS) and a distance credentialed counselor (DCC). He has worked since 1999 on program and curriculum development and in supporting counselor development in training programs and post-master’s professional development.

Courses Taught

COUN 6671 - Practicum

COUN 6682A - Internship A

COUN 6682B - Internship B

CPLB 602 - Prepracticum


EdD, Idaho State University - Pocatello, ID United States

MA, Idaho State University - Pocatello, ID United States

Public Service

Council on the Accreditation of Cousneling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Site team chair and member - Alexandria, VA United States

Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, Chair - Jackson, United States

American Association of State Counseling Boards, Testing Panel, Chair - Greesboro, United States

Mississippi Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Chair - Cleveland, United States

National Board of Certified Counselors, NCMHCE Committee, Board Member - Greesboro, United States

Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselors Association, Volunteer - Gulport, MS United States

Boy Scouts of America, Scout Committee Chair, Troop 4106, Chair - Greenville, United States

Awards / Honors

ACES Locke-Paisley Award , Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2017

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Distinguished Faculty Award, Walden CMHC Program, 2017


Buckley, M., Scott, S. K. (2017). Relational Functioning: Understanding Bi-polar and Related Disorders..

Buckley, M. R. (2016). Grounded theory methodology.

Buckley, M. R. (2014). Back to basics: Using the DSM-5 to benefit clients. The Professional Counselor.

Buckley, M. R., Stacy, H. (2015). Education, credentialing, and professional development. .

Reicherzer, S., Coker, K., Rush-Wilson, T., Buckley, M. R., Cannon, K., Harris, S., Jorissen, S. (2012). Assessing clinical mental health counseling skills and practice standards in distance education. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation.


King, J. H., Buckley, M. R. (2018). Bipolar Disorder: Accurately Diagnosing and Ethically Treating the Latest "Fad" in Mental Health.. ACA.

Buckley, M. R. (2017). Cutting-Edge Assessment and Ethical Treatment of Prominent Co-Occurring Disorders.. ACA.

King, J. H., Buckley, M. R. (2016). DSM-5 and CACREP 2016 Standards: Innovative Practices for Educators and Counselors.. ACA.

King, J. H., Buckley, M. R. (2013). DSM-5 specifics: Drilling down with the new diagnostic tools. Walden Univeristy.

Buckley, M. R. (2014). DSM-5: Exploring new clinical perspectives, Part 1: An introduction to the DSM-5.. NBCC.

Buckley, M. R. (2014). DSM-5: Exploring new clinical perspectives, Part 2: Using the cross cutting symptom measures. . NBCC.

Buckley, M. R. (2016). Forgiveness and Atonement: Using Spiritual and Practical Concepts to Improve Mental Health.. St. Mary's University, New Orleans, LA.

Buckley, M. R., King, J. H. (2015). Mastering the DSM-5 to transform diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. ACA.

Buckley, M. R., King, J. H., Kress, V., Stretch, L., Haddock, L. (2015). The culture of counselor regulation: How licensure boards work, and successfully navigating the hurdles toward licensure. . ACES.

Buckley, M. (2018). Preparing for the NCE: A Review of Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling/Therapy. . Walden Univeristy.

Buckley, M., Haight, M. G., Dixon-Saxon, S. (2011). The practice of gatekeeping in a virtual environment: Lessons learned from an accredited online counselor education program.. Association for Counselor Educators and Supervision.