Nina Spadaro

Academic Coordinator
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Spadaro has spent the bulk of her 38 year career as a counselor educator and a clinician. She is dedicated to teaching counseling skills to Walden University students both online and at academic residencies as a core faculty and the school of counseling skills development coordinator. At academic residencies it is not unusual to see her carrying around a small child’s chair and a number of other colorful props that she uses in teaching counseling. This is because she incorporates Impact Therapy in both her counseling and her teaching. Impact Therapy is a creative multisensory approach to counseling developed by Dr. Ed Jacobs. Dr. Spadaro has used creative counseling techniques with adults in various settings including at a federal prison, at a Veterans Outreach Center, in community counseling, in over thirty years of presenting counselor training, and part-time private practice with individuals, couples and families. She integrates yoga and martial arts in her healing retreat center for clinicians in Bellingham, Washington.

Courses Taught

Coun 6316 - Techniques of Counseling


EdD, West Virginia University

MS, West Virginia University

BS, Fordham University

Awards / Honors

Distinguished Faculty Award, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, 2017

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2017

Social Change Fellow, Walden University Center for Social Change, 2018


Spadaro, N. M., Rush-Wilson, T., Thornton, R. W. (2017). A counseling skills primer: 3-minute videos for the visual learner. .


Spadaro, N. I. (2017). Seven Steps to Having an Impact with REBT . Walden University Masters in Counseling Program