Sarah Patterson-Mills, licensed professional counselor and secondary school counselor, has joined Lindenwood University-Belleville’s School Counseling Department as a full-time professor.
With previous teaching experience at Lindenwood’s St. Charles campus, Patterson-Mills has been an instructor for graduate students in the professional and school counseling programs, in which she created the curriculum and interactive web-based lessons for her courses.
Patterson-Mills’ teaching career includes positions at Saint Louis University as a traditional on-campus instructor and at AXIA College and the University of Phoenix as an online instructor. In 2009, she received the Ray Becvar Doctoral Candidate of the Year Award from SLU.
Specializing in career and crisis counseling, Patterson-Mills has also utilized her educational background at Jefferson Community College, providing personal counseling for a student body of 5,800 and offering individual, family and couple therapy. Her work outside the university setting has included family therapy at Community Treatment, Inc. and The Family Center in Missouri, as well as counseling for secondary students at Visitation Academy in St. Louis.
As an instructor at Lindenwood-Belleville, Patterson-Mills will be teaching the appraisal, lifestyle, and career course as well as coordinating the school counseling program.
Patterson-Mills says she looks forward to serving the counseling department at Lindenwood University-Belleville and feels that her enthusiasm for the field and extensive first-hand experience working with students will be put to good use at the university.
“The Lindenwood-Belleville campus again is fortunate to add a faculty member with excellent experience,” said Dr. Ken Kubicek, coordinator of the Professional and School Counseling Program at Lindenwood. “Our graduate counseling students have come to appreciate and expect quality faculty with real-world experience. I look forward to Sarah taking the lead in the continued growth of the school counseling track.”
Patterson-Mills graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in school and human development counseling from Saint Louis University. She is near completion on her doctorate at SLU.
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