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Dr. Richard L. Schnell

State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor of Counselor Education
Coordinator, Mental Health Counseling
Director, Counseling Services Clinic

Education

  • Oxford Round Table, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Ph.D. study in Social Welfare (ABD), University at Albany, State University of New York (1984–1991)
  • Ed.D., Mental Health Administration & Counseling, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1978)
  • M.Ed., Systems Design & Administration, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1976)
  • M.S. in College & Agency Counseling, State University of New York at Plattsburgh (1972)
  • B.A. in Psychology, Cum Laude, State University of New York at Plattsburgh (1971)

Courses Taught

  • Psychopathology & Mental Health Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Mental Health & Community Counseling
  • Suicide Assessment & Counseling
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Mental Health Counseling Internship I & II
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Healing, Spirituality and Counseling (summer)
  • Adventure-Based Counseling (summer)
  • Writing Haiku & Healing (Honors)
  • Vision, Leadership & Creativity (Honors)
  • Transforming Matter into Spirit: Carl Jung, Rockwell Kent, Frank Lloyd Wright (Honors)

State and National Clinical Certifications

  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
  • Masters Addiction Counselor (MAC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CSASC) (not current)

Awards and Honors

  • State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor Award (2006)
  • State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999)
  • New York Delegate, American Association of State Counseling Boards (2007)
  • Fellow, American College for Mental Health Administration (2006)
  • Faculty Inductee, 25th Anniversary Celebration ODK Leadership Honor Society (2006)
  • Faculty Inductee, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2006)
  • Fellow, Institute for Ethics in Public Life (2003)
  • Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Honor Society (1996)
  • Psi Chi, Psychology Honor Society
  • “Substance Abuse Counselor of the Year,” NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Services

Mental Health Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling and Prevention Services Experience

  • Mental Health Counselor, New York State Board of Mental Health Practitioners (2006–Present)
  • Executive Director; Treatment Director, Champlain Valley Family Center (state licensed)
  • Director, Drug Treatment Services, Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health (Holyoke/Chicopee Area)
  • Director of Children Services, Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health (Holyoke/Chicopee Area)
  • Primary Psychologist, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (Holyoke/Chicopee Area)
  • Executive Director; Treatment Director, Crisis Center (state licensed)
  • Vice-Chair, Credentialing Advisory Board, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Services
  • Chair, Ethics Committee, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Services Credential Advisory's Board

Leadership and Professional Service

  • Vice-President, New York State Board for Mental Health Practioners (2006–Present)
  • Mental Health Counselor Member, State Board for Mental Health Practioners (2003–Present)
  • President, Northeastern New York Mental Health Counselors Association (2002–Present)
  • Treasurer, North Atlantic Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (2001–Present)
  • President, Northeastern New York Counseling Association — NENYCA (2000–2001)
  • President, New York Board for Certified Professional Counselors (1996–2000)
  • Treasurer, New York Counseling Association (2000–2001)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling (1996–1998)

Counseling & Student Services in Higher Education

  • Director, Inmate Higher Education Program (Clinton Community College & Clinton Correctional)
  • Faculty, Upward Bound Program, State University of New York at Plattsburgh (8 years)
  • Career Counselor, Career Counseling Services, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Contact Dr. Richard L. Schnell, CCMHC, MAC, NCC

Office: Ward 107G
Office Phone: 564-4167
Email: richard.schnell@plattsburgh.edu