Shawn Spurgeon

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Dr. Shawn Spurgeon is licensed in the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas to practice as a licensed professional counselor. He completed his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has taught as a Counselor Educator for 20 years and mainly focuses on Ethics, Assessment, and Psychopathology. His research interests include African American male mental health across the life span and counselor identity development. Dr. Spurgeon is a member of the American Counseling Association and has served the organization in a number of capacities, including President of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES). He was a member of the 2014 American Counseling Association Ethics Revision Task Force and served as chair of the Ethics committee for 3 years. Dr. Spurgeon is a contributing faculty member for Walden University and teaches courses in the clinical mental health and school counseling programs.

Courses Taught

COUN 6360 - Assessment in Counseling

COUN 6100 - Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

COUN 6730 - Counseling Addictive Disorders


PhD, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

MS, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

EdS, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Awards / Honors

Alumni Excellence Award, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2017

Counselor Educator Advocacy Award, American Counseling Association, 2018

Susan Hammonds-White Leadership Award, Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, 2015

Vivian L. Haun Excellence in Service Award, Project GRAD, 2017


Spurgeon, S. (2016). AARC standards for multicultural research. . Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation

Spurgeon, S. (2014). Challenges in educating students with highly disruptive behavior: Report from a large urban, high poverty elementary school. . Journal of At-Risk Issues

Spurgeon, S. (2017). Evaluating the unintended consequences of assessment practices: Construct irrelevance and construct underrepresentation. . Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development

Spurgeon, S. (2016). New concepts in the 2014 ACA code of ethics. . Journal of Counseling and Development

Spurgeon, S. (2013). The human factor: Student reactions to the integration of personal dispositions into two counseling programs. . Journal of Humanistic Counseling and Education


Spurgeon, S. (2017). Assessment in Counselor Education: The use of Dispositions as a Gatekeeping tool. .

Spurgeon, S. (2013). Current trends in ethics: A discussion with the ACA Ethics Committee. .

Spurgeon, S. (2015). Dinner with a side of social justice: Navigating the boundaries of professional advocacy responsibilities in social relationships. .

Spurgeon, S. (2015). Teaching assessment across the curriculum: Challenges and opportunities. .

Spurgeon, S. (2016). Counselors and counselor educators responding to media requests. .

Spurgeon, S. (2013). Wellness, spirituality, and personal dispositions of practicing counselors: Implications for practice. .