College of Education and Allied Professions

Dr. E. Heather Thompson

Department of Human Services

 

Phone: 828-227-7310
Email: ehthompson@wcu.edu
Office Address: Biltmore Park, Room 355

Research Interests: Trauma, crisis counseling, group counseling, supervision, and play therapy

Education:

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2009
  • M.Ed., Community Agency Counseling, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2005
  • B.H., History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1998

Biography:

Dr. Thompson joined the Western Carolina faculty in 2009 after completing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Virginia. Her professional experience includes individual and group work in community agencies, shelters, transitional housing facilities, and schools. Some of the broad issues addressed in her clinical work include intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, child abuse, parenting practices, crisis counseling, and play therapy. Her national professional memberships include the American Counseling Association, Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Specialist in Group Work, and the Association for Play Therapy.

Awards:

2013 Taft B. Botner Superior Teaching Award

Publications:

Frick, M. H., Curtis, R.C., Thompson, H., Li, Y., & Simpson, M. (in press). Working with developmental trauma: Results of neurofeedback training with adolescent females and counseling implications. Journal of Counseling and Development. 

Frick, M. H., Thompson Rainey, E. H., & Curtis, R. C. (in press). Using films to increase cultural competence in working with LGBTQ clients. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.

Curtis, R., Frick, M., Thompson, H., Robertson, P., Li, Y., Graves, E., & Goetz, K.  (2016).  Effects of an online positive psychotherapy class on future counselors: Consensual qualitative research.  The Journal of Happiness & Well-Being, 4(2), 196-211.  http://www.journalofhappiness.net/article/effects-of-an-online-positive-psychotherapy-class-on-future-counselors-consensual-qualitative-research

Juhnke, B. A., Juhnke, G. A., Curtis, R. C., Thompson, E. H., Coll, K. M., Yu, F., Moyer, M. S., & Mullett, A. (2013). Using motivational interviewing with school-age bullies. A new use for a proven, evidence-based intervention. Journal of School Counseling, 11(4), 2-27.

Thompson, H., Robertson, P., Curtis, R., & Frick, M. (2013). Students with anxiety: Implications for professional school counselors. The Professional Journal of School Counseling, 16(4), 237-249.

Thompson, H. (2012). Screening, assessment, and intervention for intimate partner violence in an integrated care setting. In R. Curtis & E. Christian. Integrated care: Creating a thriving practice. Taylor Francis. ISBN: 0415891329

Thompson, H. (2012). Suicide screening, assessment, and intervention with adult patients in integrated care. In R. Curtis & E. Christian. Integrated care: Creating a thriving practice. Taylor Francis. ISBN: 0415891329

Curtis, R., Thompson, H., Robertson, P., & Christian, E. (In press). Integrated care in action: Demonstrating effective strategies (DVD).

Thompson, H. E., & Trice-Black, S. (2012). A school based group intervention for children exposed to the trauma of domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence.

Thompson, E. H., Frick, M. H., & Trice-Black, S. (2011). Counselor-in-training perceptions of supervision practices related to self-care and burnout. The Professional Counselor: Research and Practice, 1, 152-162.

Thompson, H. E. (2011). The evolution of a children’s domestic violence counseling group: Stages and processes. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 36(3), 178-201.

Thompson, H. E., & Priest, R. (2005). Elder abuse and neglect: Considerations for mental health practitioners. Adultspan Journal, 4, 116-128.

Presentations:

Roberts, L & Thompson, H. (2018, February). Recent Trends in Crisis Text Lines and Ethical Considerations. North Carolina Counseling Association's Annual Conference, Durham, NC. [State] 

Thompson, H. (2017, March). Relational Cultural Theory: Counseling and Supervision. Supervision Symposium. [Local].

Curtis, R., Hompson, H., Frick, M. (2017, February). Positive psychology: Evidence-based ways to increase counselor and client resilience. The North Carolina Counseling Association's Annual Conference, Durham, NC. [State].

Frick, M. & Thompson, H. (2017, January). Working with developmental trauma: Research findings using neurofeedback therapy with adolescent females. Presented at American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS), Las Vegas, NV. [National]

Curtis, R. & Thompson, H. (2016, March). Bolstering resilience. Presented at Western Carolina University (WCU).[Local]

Thompson, H., Frick, M, & Curtis, R. (2016, February). Qualitative data on experiential group work training: Student reactions and self-efficacy. Presented at Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), Washington, DC. [National].

Frick, M., Thompson, H., & Curtis, R. (2014, September). Enhancing sexuality courses: Watching films can promote student growth and advocacy for LGBT communitites. Presented at the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), New Orleans, LA. [National].

Thompson, H. (2013, November). Empowering sensory motor play in child life approaches. Presented at Mission Children's Hospital, Asheville, NC. [Local].

Thompson, H. (2013, November). Enhancing counselor cognitive complexity in supervision. Presented at the Supervision Symposium, Asheville, NC. [Local].

Frick, M., & Thompson, H. (2013, October). Enhancing Diversity Awareness via Experiential Learning: The Use of Films in a Sexuality Course. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Denver, Co. [National].

Thompson, H. (2013, April). Play! Play! We don't have all day. Presented at the School and Community Counseling Conference, Asheville, NC. [Local].

Thompson, H. (2012, November) Group supervision: Best practices. Presented at the Supervision Symposium, Asheville, NC. [Local].

Thompson, H. (2011, November). Promoting protective factors and reducing risk factors for burnout in supervision of counselors-in-training. Presented at the Supervision Symposium, Asheville, NC.

Frick, M., & Thompson, H. (2011, October). Promoting wellness in counselor education training and supervision: Counselors-in-training perceptions of self-care and burnout and implications for supervision practices. Presented at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Nashville, TN.

Thompson, H (2011, September). Child-witnesses speak up about intimate partner violence.Presented at Break by the Lake: School Counselor and Student Support Personnel Conference, Canton, NC.

Thompson, H., & Trice-Black, S. (2011, September). Group counseling for young children exposed to domestic violence. Presented at the International Conference for Violence and Abuse, San Diego, CA.

Frick, M., Black, S. & Thompson, H. (2011, February) Current research findings in wellness,self-care, and burnoutprevention in supervision with master's degree counselors. Presented at American Counseling Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Frick, M. Thompson, H. & Black, S. (2010, October) Counselor burnout: Identifying warning signs and promoting counselor wellness in supervision. Presented at Southern Counselor Association Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Thompson, H. (2010, September). To play or not to play: Developmentally appropriate group counseling with young children. Presented at Break by the Lake: School Counselor and Student Support Personnel Conference, Canton, NC.

Thompson, H. & Thomas, A. (2010, April). Domestic violence interventions for young children. Presented at the Virginia Association for Psychologists, Norfolk, VA.

Thompson, H. (2010, February). Child-witnesses of domestic violence: The evolution of a counseling group. Presented at the Associations for Specialist in Group Work, New Orleans, LA.

Thompson, H. (2009, October). Trouble-shooting supervision. Presented at the Supervision Symposium, Asheville, NC.

Frick, M., Thompson, H., & Black, S. (2008, October). Preventing Counselor Burnout: Addressing Self-Care in Counselor Supervision. Presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Houston, TX.

Thompson, H., Glosoff, H., & Thomas, A. (2007, November). Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence Through Group Interventions Offered in Schools. Presented at the Virginia Counselors Association, Portsmouth, VA.

Thompson, H. & Thomas, A. (2007, March). Breaking the Cycle: An Intervention for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. Presented at Group A-RAMA, Annandale, VA.

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