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Dr. Russell C. Curtis

Department of Human Services
Counseling Program

Russ Curtis


Phone: 828-654-6528

Research Interests:
Positive Psychotherapy, Integrated Care and Common Therapeutic Factors

2018 WNC Report

Examining the Validity of A Computerized Chakra Measuring Instrument

ACA IC Newsletter Spring 2018

2017 WNC MH:SA Agency Report

ACA IC Newsletter Fall 2017

ACA IC Newsletter Fall 2016

ACA IC Newsletter March 2016

ACA IC Newsletter

Research Watch 2016

2016 Western North Carolina Mental Health and Substance Abuse Agency Report


  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, UNC Greensboro, 2000
  • MHDL, UNC Charlotte, 1993
  • B.A. Business Management, North Carolina State University, 1988


Russ Curtis, PhD, LPC is professor and coordinator of the clinical mental health counseling program at Western Carolina University. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Dr. Curtis worked in a community mental health center where he collaborated with medical providers to ensure optimal care for clients with co-morbid mental and physical illnesses. Dr. Curtis’s co-edited textbook, Integrated Care: Applying Theory to Practice (Curtis & Christian, 2012) was selected by The Council on Social Work Education in collaboration with SAMHSA as one of two recommended text books for training behavioral health professionals.  He has produced two commercial counseling instructional videos, one of which, Positive Psychotherapy: Helping People Thrive (Curtis & Goetz, 2013), was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Microtraining Incorporated.  Dr. Curtis’s 80 public domain counseling instructional videos have garnered over 790,000 views in 139 countries.


Instructional Videos:

Curtis, R., & Goetz, K. (Microtraining an imprint of Alexander Street Press, 2013). Positive Psychotherapy: Helping People Thrive [DVD]. Available from

Curtis, R., & Christian, E. (Routledge, 2012). Integrated Care in Action [DVD]. Available from


Curtis, R., & Christian, E. (Eds). (2012). Integrated Care: Applying Theory to Practice. New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters (Invited):

Dougherty, A.M., Curtis, R., & Robertson, P. (2013). Managing role conflict in school counseling. In B. Herlihy and G. Corey,
Boundary issues in counseling: Multiple roles and responsibilities. (3rd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ACA.

Curtis, R., & Van Horne, J. W. (2014). School-wide consultation to implement a positive behavioral support program.
In A. M. Dougherty (Ed., 6th ed.), Casebook of Psychological consultation and collaboration in school and
community settings (pp. 154-173). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. (30% revised from 5th ed.).

Curtis, R., & Van Horne, J. W. (2009). School-wide consultation to implement a positive behavioral support program.
In A. M. Dougherty (Ed., 5th ed.), Casebook of Psychological consultation and collaboration in school and
community settings (pp. 138-148). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Hope for the Hurting: Strategies for School Counselors Working With Heartbroken Students
Dameron, M. L., & Curtis, R. (2020). Hope for the hurting: Strategies for school counselors working with heartbroken students. Journal of School Counseling, 18(4). Retrieved from http:/ 

Frick, M. H., Curtis, R. C., Thompson, H., Li, Y., & Simpson, M. (in press for summer 2018). Working with developmental trauma: Results of neurofeedback training with adolescent females and counseling implications. Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Frick, M. H., Thompson, H., & Curtis, R. (2017). Using Films to Increase Cultural Competence in Working With LGBTQ Clients. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 9(2).

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.

Curtis, R., Thompson, H., & Junhke, G., & Frick, M. (2014). Counselor-client treatment fit: A description, and demonstration via
video link, of a brief and functional treatment fit model. The Professional Counselor, 3(1) , 141-151.

Robertson, P., Curtis, R., Lasher, R., Jacques, S. & Tom, S. (2013). Experiences of postpartum mood disorders of women
with more than one child. The Family Journal, 21 (4), 437-444. doi: 10.1177/1066480713491068

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.

Curtis, R., Van Horne, J. W., Robertson, P., & Karvonen, M. (2010). Outcomes of school-wide positive behavioral support program. Professional School Counseling, 13(3), 159-163.

Curtis, R., & Robertson, P. (2010). Prayer and meditation: A review of research. Counseling and Values, 28(2), 11-32.

Curtis, R. C., Robertson, P., Forst, A., & Bradford, C. (2007). Postpartum mood disorders: Results of an online survey. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 7, 203-210.

Curtis, R.C., Garrett, M.T., Forst, A., & Looney, R. (2006). Revisiting Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from a Transpersonal perspective: A case for using complementary strategies. The Journal for the Professional Counselor, 21, 61-72.

Curtis, R., Zeh, D., Miller, M., & Rich, S. C. (2006). Examining the validity of a computerized chakra measuring instrument: A pilot study. Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, 15, 209-223.

Curtis, R.C., Sherlock, J. (2006). Wearing two hats: Counselors working as managerial leaders in agencies and schools. Journal of Counseling & Development, 84, 120-126.

Glass, J. S., Curtis, R., & Thomas, G. M. (2005). Tuning in while growing up: Messages adolescents receive from popular music regarding relationships. Journal of School Counseling, 3.

Aitken, J. B., Curtis, R. (2004). Integrated health care: Improving client care while providing opportunities for mental health counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 26, 321-331.

Curtis, R.C., Kimball, A, & Stroup, E. (2004). Understanding and treating social phobia. Journal of Counseling & Development, 82, 3-9.

Curtis, R. C., Miles, M., & Glass, J. S. (2003). Counselling students’ views and concerns about weeping with clients: A pilot study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 3, 300-306.

Juhnke, G. A., Vacc, N. A., Curtis, R. C., Coll, K. M., & Paredes, D. M. (2003). Assessment instruments used by addictions counselors. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 23, 66-72.

Curtis, R., & Juhnke, G. (2003). Counseling the prostate cancer client. Journal of Counseling & Development, 81, 160-167.

Harrison, L., & Curtis, R. (2002). Integrating traditional and non-traditional approaches to treat a client with a co-occurring addictive and mental disorder: A case study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 2, 277-282.

Curtis, R. C., & Glass, J. S. (2002). Spirituality and counseling class: A teaching model. Counseling and Values, 47, 3-12.

Curtis, R. C. (2000). Using goal setting strategies to enrich the practicum and internship experiences of beginning counselors. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 38, 194-205.

Curtis, R. C., & Davis, K. M. (1999). Spirituality and Multimodal Therapy: A practical approach to incorporating spirituality in counseling. Counseling and Values, 43, 199-210.

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