Bill O' Connell, EdD, LMHC, NCC

EdD, Counselor Education, University of Cincinnati
MA Counseling, Athenaeum of Ohio
BA, History, University of Dayton

Associate Professor, Counseling (COUN)

Phone: (206) 296-5753

Building/Room: Loyola 213

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Research and Teaching

Dr. O’Connell’s research focuses on dilemmas in counselor practice; best practices in counselor education and supervision, and community based research. His teaching schedule includes Diagnosis and Assessment, Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Family and Couples Counseling, Professional and Ethical Issues for Counselors, Counseling Pre-Practicum, and Internship.


Dr. Bill O’Connell is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington, a Licensed School Counselor in Ohio, a National Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education. He has 30 years of experience as a professional counselor working in community mental health, hospitals, private practice and K-12 schools. Dr. O’Connell has served as a direct service provider, clinical supervisor, agency administrator and mental health counseling agency consultant. He has over 20 years of experience preparing new counselors as well as training advanced counselors.  Dr. O’Connell is Past President of the Ohio Counseling Association, an active member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Issues in Counseling, Washington Mental Health Counselors Association and serves as Chapter Faculty Advisor for Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honors Society.

Recent Grants and Awards

Dr. O’Connell partnered with the College of Education Dean’s Office to oversee a three year grant to increase mental health services in a local public elementary school connected to the Seattle University Youth Initiative.  This grant helped fund a full time school counselor and demonstrated the efficacy of school counseling services in strengthening social and emotional resilience in children.  Dr. O’Connell completed a fellowship with the Community Based Research (CBR) Program at Seattle University and partners with Village Spirit Center for Community Change and Healing.  Dr. O’Connell is recipient of numerous research and clinical awards including the Marilyn Corbett Award for outstanding service advocating for domestic violence prevention in Southwest Ohio and the Ohio Senate Award for contribution to HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy.

Selected Publications

Norman, R. & O’Connell, W. (2014). Harambee: A Mentoring program to recruit and retain students of color in counselor education programs. Journal of Counseling Practice. In Press.

O’Connell, W. (2012). Secondary school administrators’ attitudes toward confidentiality in school counseling. NASSP Bulletin 96, 4. 350-363.

Heydt, M. & O’Connell, W. (2012). The hope and healing response team model: A social work intervention for clergy abuse. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. 9, 2. 46-55.