Kimberly A. Nelson

  • College: College of Education
  • Department: School Counseling Academic Department
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: School Counselor Education (Master of Science in Education)
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: School Counselor Education (Educational Specialist)

Kimberly A. Nelson

EDUCATION

December 2017        
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP accredited)
University of South Carolina Department of Counselor Education and Supervision

May 2011         
M.A. School Counseling (CACREP accredited)
Andrews University
Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling

Jan 2006         
B.A. in Psychology-Honors Program
Major in English
Long Island University –C.W. Post

CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING

  • Certified School Counselor Pre K- 12, State of South Carolina, 258012
  • Certified Career Development Facilitator, GCDF 13459

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Assistant Professor
August 2017-Present

Fort Valley State University

  • Lecturer for the school counseling graduate program-both online and face to face courses
  • Service duties on the Fort Valley State Library committee, Internation Studies board, and the University Curriculum committee
  • Advise students on courses to take each semester
  • Present at local school counseling professional developments
  • Clinical coordinator for Practicum and Internship placement

Rater
April 2017-2018
ETS- Missouri school counselor performance assessment

  • Rate and score school counselor performance assessments

Graduate Research Assistant
University of South Carolina
August 2014-May 2016

  • Collect and analyze data to summarize in research publications
  • Present at regional and national conferences

Graduate Assistant
University of South Carolina
August 2014-May 2015

  • Assisted in coordinating the MCFC program

High School Counselor
Camden High School; Camden, South Carolina
2011-2014          

  • Provided individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom guidance to high school students
  • Taught all 9th grade students career exploration course
  • Liaison for the Upward Bound Program at Benedict College
  • Consulted and collaborated with administration, teachers, school psychologists, and parents as a 504 team leader and crisis management team member.
  • Administered and Proctored State Tests.

Family Counselor
CAMBA Inc.; Brooklyn, NY
June 2011- December 2011

  • Provided family counseling to families referred from New York Department of Child Protective services
  • Lead psycho-educational groups for parents on developing parental skills and Co-facilitated a girls teen group.
  • Responsible for a caseload of 15 families; conducted monthly home visits and provided resources when needed.

Intern High School Counselor
Niles High School; Niles, MI
2008-2009

  • Advocated for student’s academic, personal, social and career goals using a developmental comprehensive guidance curriculum
  • Facilitated new students transition groups
  • Provided individual counseling to students.

Intern Middle School Counselor
Ring Lardner Middle School; Niles, MI
2008- 2009

  • Provided individual counseling
  • Assisted in coordinating testing logistics
  • Facilitated group counseling to middle school students

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

EDLD 5203: Foundations of Professional Ethics and School Law
Fort Valley State University
This course explores the legal, ethical standards and applications to various professional activites of school counsleors. The main goal is to stimulate students to think about major ethical and legal issues within an education setting.
Spring, 2019, Instructor

 EDSC 5334: Counseling Diverse Populations
Fort Valley State University
The purpose of this course is to introduce and help trainees become culturally competent counselors. Using guest lectures and Field experience to help gain an understanding of various cultures.
Spring 2018,2019, Instructor 

EDSC 5325: Advanced Career Counseling
Fort Valley State University
This course prepares students obtaining a specialist degree in school counseling in understanding more about career counseling and gaining additional resources to help students on their career pathways.
Spring 2018,2019, Instructor

EDSC 7341 Counseling Children
Fort Valley State University
This course is for students obtaining a specialist degree in school counseling. The course provides additional resources and knowledge to help counseling children.
Fall 2017, Instructor

EDSC 5793: School Counseling Practicum
Fort Valley State University
This course helped introduced the school counseling trainees to the reality of what a school counselor does on a daily basis. Trainees are expected to dedicate 100 hours to shadowing and working with an employed school counselor within a school setting.
Fall 2017, Instructor

EDSC 5223: Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Fort Valley State University
The purpose of this course is to help school counseling trainees understand and develop a comprehensive school counseling program.
Fall 2017, 2018, Instructor 

EDLP 705: Legal Basis of Educational Organization and Administration
University of South Carolina
The purpose of this class was to have students understand the legal organization of school sysstems. Students enagaged in online learning and projects that helped prepared them for administration in a school settings.

  • Graduate Council, Secretary, Fall 2018-Present
  • University  Curriculum Committee, Fall 2017- Present
  • University International Studies (Globe trotters) Board- Spring 2018- Present
  • University Library Committee- Fall 2017- Present

Summer 2015, Teaching Assistant

EDCE 510: Introduction to Counseling
University of South Carolina
The purpose of this course is to have students gain an overview of the counseling profession through readings, class discussion, experiential activities and site visits. At the end of the course students will have a clear understanding of what it entails to be a counselor and be able to distinguish a counselor from related mental health professions.
Fall 2015, Instructor

EDCE 590: Guidance
University of South Carolina
Introduce students to the school counseling field and held discussions on the day-to-day activities of a school counselor.
August 20-Septemeber 7, 2015, Guest Lecturer

EDCE 600: Communications Skills in Counseling
University of South Carolina
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the basic counseling skills for beginning interviewers and counselors. Students learn various counseling and interviewing skills and are provided opportunities to practice through role playing.
Spring 2015, Co-Instructor

EDCE 720: Theories of Counseling
University of South Carolina
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the basic counseling theories. Students become familiar with the foundational tenants of counseling theories as well as understand the common thread. Thus, students are able to compare and contrast the difference between major schools of psychotherapy theory.
Teaching Assistant, Summer 2014

Professional Development

Teaching assistant training, University of South Carolina-CTE

SERVICE

Journal Reviewer

Adultspan Journal, Fall 2015- Present
AD Hoc Reviewer

Fort Valley State University

  • Graduate Council, Secretary, Fall 2018-Present
  • University  Curriculum Committee, Fall 2017- Present
  • University International Studies (Globe trotters) Board- Spring 2018- Present
  • University Library Committee- Fall 2017- Present

Community Service

  • Present Mental Health Workshops for the cities of Marion and Lake City, South Carolina
  • Facilitate a Girls Teen group at New Life Seventh- day Adventist Church, Lake City, SC
  • Facilitate a Girls Teen Group at Mt. Olive church, Marion, SC.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Georgia School Counselor Association, Member (2018-Present)
  • South Carolina Counseling Association, Member (2015-Present)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, Member (2015-Present)
  • Association for Adult Development and Aging, Member (2015-Present)
  • Chi Sigma Iota, Member (2015-Present)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Member (2014-Present)
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Member (2014- Present)
  • American Counseling Association, Member (2014-Presnt)
  • American School Counseling Association, Member (20011-Present)

 

Publications in Refereed Journals

Nelson, K. & Gabriel, E.(2015). School-wide strategies for managing adolescents’ anger. Journal of Adventist Education. 50,23-28.

Nelson, K. (In-press). Six Keys for Novice School Counselors.Georgia School Counseling Journal.

Internal Publications

Nelson, K. (2018) School Counseling Site Supervision Training. https://mdawes5824.wixsite.com/supervisiontraining.

Manuscripts in Preparation to be Submitted for Publication

Nelson, K. & Gold, J. The Professional Identity of Examplar Novice High School Counselors. Unpublished manuscript.

Nelson, K. & Nelson, J. Teaching Cultural Competence through the lens of Restorative Justice. Teaching Cultural Competence in Higher Education.Manuscript submitted for publication.

Nelson,K. & Limberg, D. Applying the 20/20 Vision to Counselor Education Programs: Practical Strategies for CACREP Programs. Unpublished manuscript.

Feather, K., Nelson, K. & Bordanada, T. Social Justice Training: An Innovative Certificate Program for Counselor Education. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Grant Experience

Nelson, K., Davis, P., Mobley, J., & Jarvis, T (2018) Fort Valley State Prep Grant. $10,000.

Nelson, K. (2017). College of Education Research Grant. $500. (funded).

Limberg, D., Nelson, K., Ohrt, J. H., & Barrio Minton, C. (2014). SACES Research Grant. $500. (funded).

Conference Presentations

Nelson,K (2019, February). Instructor Lead Immersion Field Experience.Presented at the Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference. Savannah, Georgia.

Nelson, K (2019, February). Understanding and Developing your Professional Identity as a Novice School Counselor. Presented at the South Carolina Counseling Association. Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Feather, K., Nelson, K., Bordanada, T & Evans, K. (2016, February). An Innovative Social  Justice Certificate Program for Counselor Education. Presented at the Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference. Savannah,Georgia.

Limberg, D., Nelson, K., Barrio, M & Ohrt, J. (2015, October). Research Identity of Pre-Tenured Counselor Education Faculty Members: A Qualitative Investigation. Presented at the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. Philadelphia, PA.

Nelson, K. (2015, August). Reaching for the stars: Practical applications for counselor educators on older adults transition back to school. Presented at the Association for Adults Development and Aging Conference.  New York, NY.

Bordonada, T., Nelson, K., Goodwin, C., & Feather, K. (2015, February). Dynamic activities for teaching a multicultural counseling course. Presented at the Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference. Savannah, Georgia.

Nelson, K. (2015, February). Religion and Spirituality: Its place in a multicultural counseling course. Presented at the Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference. Savannah, Georgia.

Nelson, K. (2015, February). Crossing the bridge: Inter-professional collaboration among counselors and counselor educators. Presented at the South Carolina Counseling Association Conference. Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Bordonada, T., Nelson, K., & Feather, K. (2015, February). Service as a continuum: Implications for counselors. Presentation accepted at the South Carolina Counselors Association Conference. Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Limberg, D., Carlson, R. G., Ieva,K., Bordonada, T., & Nelson, K. (2014, October). Collaboration between Counselor Educators to increase external funding Opportunities. Presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Birmingham, Alabama.

Local/Community Presentation

Nelson, K (2016, January). Parenting skills for the Lake City community. Invited speaker for the Lake city community center. Lake City, South Carolina.

Nelson, K., Feather, K., & Bordonada, T. (2015, April). High risk temptations: Ethics & the counselors role. Invited Speaker for the Chi Sigma Iota table talk presentation. Columbia, South Carolina.

Nelson, K. (2015, March). Career Exploration: How to prepare for an interview. Invited Speaker for the Mt. Olive Church Community center. Marion, South Carolina.