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The Citadel
School of Education
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409

Counseling and Substance Abuse Services

College of Charleston

181 Calhoun St.                               
Charleston, SC 29424

843.953.5640 (phone); 843.953.8283 (fax)
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Educational Background

Degree Earned Major Institution
Ph.D. Counselor Education, Cognate: Psychology

Dissertation Title:  The effect of anxiety management training on college students' general, overt, and covert anxiety.

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

M.Ed. Major:  Counseling, Cognate:  Student Personnel Services

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC
B.A. Major:  History, Minor:  Education

The Citadel

Charleston, SC

Post-Graduate Course Work

  • Psychodiagnostics, November 2003, Coastal Carolina University.
  • Family Life Cycle and the Concepts of Murray Bowen, Spring 1994, Westgate Training and Consultation Network.
  • Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues for the Marital and Family Therapist, Spring 1993, Westgate Training and Consultation Network.
  • Systems of Family Therapy,  July 1992, Spartanburg, Westgate Training and Consultation Network.
  • Directive and Reflective: Brief and Extended Models of Family Therapy, Spring 1993, Westgate Training and Consultation Network.

Professional Licenses

  • South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), No. 860
  • South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LCS), No. 952
  • South Carolina Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), No. 2221
  • National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), No. 17638

Teaching, Supervision, and Training Experience

Faculty, 2008–present, Graduate Counseling Program, The Citadel, Charleston, SC.

  • Teach graduate courses: Psychopathology, Student Development Theory.

Faculty, 2007-2008, Graduate Counseling Program, Webster University, Charleston, SC.

  • Teach graduate courses: Conjoint Counseling, Techniques of Substance Abuse Counseling, Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology.

Adjunct Faculty, 1997–present, Health and Physical Education Department, School of Education, College of Charleston.

  • Teach undergraduate courses:  Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior and Relationships.

Visiting Associate Professor, 1987–2002, Counseling and Educational Leadership Department, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, Clemson University.

  • Teach graduate courses: Psychopathology, Group Counseling, Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling, Development of Counseling Skills, Advanced Counseling Skills, Counseling Theories and Techniques, and Field Experiences in Counseling (Practicum).
  • Developed two new courses: Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling and Counselor Supervision.
  • Served on Counseling Program Advisory Board, departmental Curriculum Committee, CACREP accreditation development committee, and training clinic development committee.
  • Served on doctoral and masters committees for students in Counseling, Human Resource Development, and Vocational Education programs.

Adjunct Faculty, 1983-1987, Limestone College Management Science Program, Gaffney, SC.  Taught undergraduate courses in Human Resources Development, Group Dynamics, and Psychology of Adjustment.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Spring Semester 1979, College of Education, University of South Carolina at Columbia.  Taught graduate course in Group Counseling.

Instructor, 1976, Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC.  Taught undergraduate courses in Human Relations.

Clinical Counseling and Therapy Experience

Private Practice Therapist, Supervisor and Consultant, 1979–present.

  • Part-time therapy practice in community with adults, families, and couples for personal and relationship issues.  Supervision provided for counselors seeking state licensure.
  • Consultant to counseling centers, school districts, businesses, and service and professional organizations on program development, media, staff development, stress management, down-sizing/outplacement, learning styles, and life-long career development.

Counselor, 1979-1997, Counseling and Psychological Services, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

  • Provided individual, couple, family, and group counseling and therapy services for college students for a wide-range of personal, social, academic, career, relationship, and substance abuse concerns.  Conducted structured and process-oriented therapy groups.  Developed and presented outreach and workshops for classes and university groups.
  • Conducted research in the areas of anxiety, student adjustment to college, the impact of divorce on college students, counseling center usage patterns, and diagnostic themes in client's presenting problems.  Consultant to parents, faculty, administrators, campus police, and media on questions regarding adjustment concerns and mental health issues of college students.

Counseling Intern, 1978-1979, Counseling and Human Development Center, University of South Carolina at Columbia.  Under the supervision of counseling psychologists, performed individual and group counseling services for college students.  Co-led counseling groups.  Developed and performed outreach activities.  Interpreted projective, intelligence, and personality instruments.

Counselor, 1976-1978, Career Planning and Placement Center, University of South Carolina at Columbia. Supplied career counseling/life-planning services for students and alumni. Conducted groups in career decision-making, resume writing, job interviewing and major selection.

Counselor, 1974-1976, Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC. Performed personal and career counseling services for individuals and groups. Developed and conducted new student orientation programs. Led groups in assertiveness training, career planning and interpersonal skills.

Administrative and Supervisory Experience

Director of Counseling and Substance Abuse Services, May 1997-present, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

  • Overall department responsibility including staff recruitment, program planning, priority setting, and resource allocation. Provide staff supervision and evaluation. Coordinates development and implementation of new and on-going areas in prevention programming and substance abuse interventions. Manage budgets exceeding $550,000.
  • Provide individual, group, and marital counseling. Supervises counseling trainees. Provides crisis intervention services and coordinates after hours on-call coverage. Evaluates programs and services. Conducts needs assessments and outcome research.
  • Coordinated re-accreditation by the International Association of Counseling Services.  Initiated implementation of a testing program for ADD/LD assessment. Facilitates and coordinates the development of appropriate publications, media, and web pages http://www.wellness.cofc.edu/counsel.htm) and http://www.cofc.edu/betterthingstodo/.
  • Served on Institutional Review board, Freshman Retention Committee, Culture and Values Working Group of the Long-Range Planning Committee, New Student Orientation Committee, Dean of Residence Life and Housing Search Committee, Bishop Robert Smith Award Selection Committee, and Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

Training Director, Spring 1997, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

  • Coordinated training program. Supervised trainees and part-time counselors working toward licensure. Instructed interns regarding ethical, legal, record-keeping, and treatment planning components of the internship.  Designed overall internship experience, developed policies and procedures, conducted recruitment and screening of applicants, evaluated interns performance, and participated in all aspects of training and supervision.

Associate Director, 1984-1996, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

  • Provided staff supervision, assisted in program and budget planning, arranged professional development, conducted staff recruitment, and performed administrative duties in director's absence.  Served as treatment coordinator of Center with responsibilities for quality service delivery and program evaluation.  Coordinated group program and after hours/on-call coverage.
  • Supervised interns and graduate students and conducted training committee. Coordinated computerization of Center's record-keeping and scheduling.  Participated in University-wide Teaching Resources Effectiveness Committee, Disabilities Access Committee, AIDS Education Committee, and Retention Task Force.  Coordinated major campus and community screening projects for anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.  Developed CAPS web page (http://hubcap.clemson.edu/CAPS/).

Interim Director, 1994 (Spring, Summer, Fall terms), Counseling and Psychological Services, Clemson University, Clemson SC.

  • Managed comprehensive mental health program for campus.  Supervised professional staff of ten that included psychologists, counselors, a nutritionist, and secretaries.
  • Provided program leadership, budget management, and staff supervision. Served on task force coordinating personnel resource allocation and determining budget priorities within University Division of Student Affairs.


Vinson, M. L., (2000).  Review of Short-term family therapy with borderline patients by C. A. Everett and S. Volgy-Everett, The Family Journal, 8, (1), 102-103.

Vinson, M. L., & Griffin, B. L.  (1999).  Using a constructivist approach to counseling in the university counseling center.  Journal of College Counseling, 2, 66-75.

Vinson, M. L.,  (1998).  Review of Countertransference in couple's therapy by M. F. Solomon and J. P. Siegel, The Family Journal, 6, (3), 253-254.

Vinson, M. L. (1995).  Employing family therapy in group counseling with college students: Similarities and a technique employed in both.  Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 20, (4), 240-252.

Vinson, M. L. (1989). The relationship between retention and satisfactory adjustment: Determinants of black student adjustment to college.  Report on Research Grant Funded through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Higher Education.


Research Presentations

Vinson, M., & Cabot, J. (2009, March). Utilizing a Students of Concern Program to Partner with Students to Ensure Safety and Success, Poster session at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Vinson, M., Phippen, M., & Griffin, B., (1998, November).  Counseling and Persistence in College: Examining Patterns and Trends Related to Student Success in US and UK Counseling Centers.  Paper presented at the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, NM.

Phippen, M., Griffin, B., & Vinson, M.  (1997, March).  What Do the US and the UK Have To Learn From Each Other?--Contrasting Trends and Current Issues in College Student Counseling on Both Sides of the Atlantic.  Paper presented at the Association of School Counseling (British Association of College Counseling) Conference, York, England, UK.

Hosie, T., Griffin, B. & Vinson, M. (1996, October).  Roles and Functions of Masters Level Counselors in College and University Counseling Centers.  Poster session at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Annual Convention, Portland, OR.

Selected Presentations at Professional Meetings

Sprinkle, S., Vinson, M., Martinez, A., & Rockett, J., (2005, November). Responding to After-Hours Emergencies: Strategies for Counseling Centers.  Presentation at the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Lipson, A., Eells, G., Rosen, D., Vinson, M., & Jones, D.  (2004, October). Assessing, Defusing, and Responding to Threats, Intimidation, and Violence. Panelist for program at the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual Meeting, Lake Tahoe, CA.

Sprinkle, S., & Vinson, M.  (2003, November). Illuminating the Black Hole: How Counseling Centers Can Maintain Confidentiality Standards Without Alienating Campus Constituencies. Presentation at the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Vinson, M., Sprinkle, S., & Dawes, S.  (2002, March). Facilitating Access to Mental Health Services:  The Challenge of Creating an Efficient and Effective Intake Process.  Presentation at the Southern College Health Association Annual Meeting, Clemson, SC.

Griffin, B. L., Chang, C., & Vinson, M.  (2001, March). Utilizing Social Constructivist Concepts in Counseling University Students.  Presentation at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Lipson, A., Schwartz, A., Fuchs, K., Vinson, M., Pannabecker, W., and Hammond, B.  (2000, October). Can You Keep A Secret?  Confidentiality and Its Challenges.  Presentation at the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual Meeting, Snowbird, Utah.

Jahn, J., & Vinson, M.  (1999, October). Students, Drugs, and Risk Reduction.  Presentation at the Southeastern Conference of Counseling Center Personnel, Jacksonville Beach, FL.

Griffin, B. L., Vinson, M., & Chang, C.  (1999, June). Utilizing Constructivist Psychotherapy in the University Counselling Center.  Invited program presented at 25th New Zealand Association of Counsellors Conference, Hamilton, NZ.

Griffin, B. L., & Vinson, M.  (1997,July). Utilizing Constructivist Psychotherapy in the University Counseling Center.  Workshop at the International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology, Seattle, WA.

Recent Consulting and Service Activities

Vinson, M.  (2003, March). Selection Committee for Bishop Robert Smith Award.  College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Vinson, M.  (2003), December). Data Collection, Walk-In Clinics, and Short-Term Counseling Models.  Consultant to Counseling Services, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

Vinson, M.  (2003, August). Invited Presenter on Psychological Disabilities, Access in Higher Education Workshop sponsored by Disability Services, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Vinson, M.  (2002, November). Reviewed Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity, 5th Ed.  Reviewed textbook for Allyn & Bacon publisher prior to revision for new edition.

Vinson, M., & Griffin, B. (2002, June). Short-Term and Solutions-Focused Therapies.  Invited two-day training program for Graduate Faculty, Guidance and Educational Psychology Department, Burapha University, Bangsaen Chonburi, Thailand.

Vinson, M.  (2001, September). Coping With the Psychological Impact of Terrorism.  Panelist for Political Science Club Forum, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Vinson, M.  (2001, September). Problematic Behaviors Among Students:  Identifying and
Assisting Students in Distress
. CETL Third Thursday Seminar, College of Charleston,
Charleston, SC.

Vinson, M.  (2000, August – October). The Community Counseling Clinic.  Consultant on the  development and organization of the training clinic for Clemson University, College of  Education graduate students in Counseling, Clemson, SC.

Vinson, M.  (1999, November). The Student Wellness Center Role in Campus Safety Concerns.  Chaired panel for Commission of Higher Education Campus Safety Forum, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Vinson, M., & Griffin, B.  (1998, May). Post-modern and short-term approaches to counseling with college students.  Day-long training for University of Plymouth Counseling Center, Plymouth, England, UK.

Vinson, M., & Griffin, B.  (1998, May).  Post-modern and short-term approaches to counseling with college students.  Training for Cambridge University Counseling Center, Cambridge, England, UK.

Grant Writing Experience

Vinson, M., Larson, J., & Ilagan, G.  (1999-2005) Combating Underage Drinking.  Six year initiative supported by SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) working to reduce underage drinking through changing the campus culture.  College of Charleston shares $360,000 annually with DAODAS and other South Carolina college and universities.

Vinson, M., Klein, S., & Jahn, J.  (1999-2000, $9,000) Listen Up! Renewable grant focused on STD/ HIV prevention and safe sex education efforts for at-risk youth.  Funded by Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Youth Advisory Initiative.

Vinson, M. (1988-1990, $17,000) The relationship between retention and satisfactory adjustment:  Determinants of black student adjustment to college. Two-year research grant to study factors relating to the adjustment and retention of minority students.  Research funded through the South Carolina Higher Education Commission.

Awards, Memberships and Professional Activities

  • Administrator of the Year, Division of Student Affairs, College of Charleston, 2010.
  • Ad hoc reviewer for Psychological Reports, 2010-present.
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of the American College Health Association, 2008-present.
  • Conference Program Reviewer, (review and evaluate session proposals submitted for inclusion in AAMFT Annual Conferences), 2003-2005.
  • Editorial Review Board, Journal of College Counseling, 1998 - 2001
  • Book Reviewer for The Family Journal, 1998 - 2000
  • Member, Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), 1997-present.
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Counseling and Development, 1996 - 2003
  • Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 1993-present.
  • Executive Council, SC Association for Counseling and Development, 1981 - 1983
  • Treasurer, SC Association for Counseling and Development, 1982 – 1983

171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409-6300
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