College of Education and Allied Professions

Dr. Valerie Schwiebert

Department of Human Services

Valerie Schwiebert


Phone: 828-227-3281
Office Address: Killian 210A

Research Interest: Mentoring (womentoring); women's and gender issues in counseling; adult development and aging; assessment; gatekeepers in communities; lived experiences of ex-patriots; counseling and international issues


  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education (specializations in Adult Development and Aging and Death and Dying) with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, University of Florida
  • Specialist Degree in Counseling, University of Florida
  • M.H.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Florida


Dr. Schwiebert has worked as a rehabilitation counselor, researcher for the Area Agency on Aging, and as an administrator of a substance abuse evaluation program for the State of Florida. She worked as an assistant professor in counseling at Northern Illinois University and had a private practice in Mental Health Counseling. She joined the WCU faculty in the fall of 1995. She is currently a full tenured professor in the counseling program at Western Carolina University and maintains a small, pro bono private practice.

Dr. Schwiebert is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor, and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She was president of the Illinois Association for Assessment in Counseling. Nationally, she is active in the Association for Adult Development and Aging, the Association for Assessment in Counseling, and Chi Sigma Iota. She is the recipient of the AADA and Chi Sigma Iota Research awards for her research in the area of adult children providing care giving for aging parents.

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