Meet Dr.

Shirlyn Garrett

Dr. Shirlyn M. Garrett received her Doctor of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision, in August of 2012, were she graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Garrett, received in Master’s of Arts in Counseling in 1996, from Sam Houston State University, where she also received her Bachelor’s of Science in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice in 1994.

Dr. Garrett is employed at Chicago State University, as an Assistant Professor in Graduate Counseling Programs, where she is currently the Director of the Program. She also has been a consultant or served in various capacities in Child Welfare for the past 21 years.

Dr. Garrett is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL) and as an LPC (TX) with extensive supervision training related to different supervision models, approaches, and her own supervised supervision. She has practiced and conducted individual, triadic and group supervision for over 25 years. She has also owned her own private practice.

Dr. Garrett is a long-standing member of the American Counseling Association and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Illinois Counseling Association. She also serves as the Secretary for the Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling. She also is a mentor for the NBCC/APA joint program for Illinois Interdiscplinary Minority and Fellowship Program. She is also currently a member of the National Council of Negro Women and Charms.

Dr. Garrett has taught in both masters’ and doctoral level courses at various Universities in Illinois and New York. She also currently the chair of several dissertations that are in the process of being completed. She serves on various department, college, and university committees, as well as prepares doctoral students to publish in reference journals and other professorate activities.

She loves to interact with students, and senior faculty members providing clinical services from varying theoretical orientations. Teaching in Counselor Education and Supervision programs afforded her life changing experiences. Also, having had a chance to learn new styles of classroom and online teaching, utilization of brainstorming sessions and multicultural discussions, and teaching classes with a blended format.

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Episode One: Understanding Toxic People

Episode Two: Forgiveness (Part One)

Episode Three: Forgiveness (Part Two)

Episode Four: Black Superwoman Syndrome (Part One)

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Episode Five: Black Superwoman Syndrome (Part Two)

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