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Nina Spadaro

Academic Coordinator

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program 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

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.