Janys Murphy Rising

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PhD, Counselor Education, Oregon State University
MA, Counseling Psychology, Saint Martin's University
BA, Social Psychology, The Evergreen State College

Associate Clinical Professor, Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling (OCMHC)

Phone: (206) 296-2845

Janys Murphy Rising CV


Expertise: Dr. Janys Murphy Rising (she/they) is an Associate Professor in Seattle University’s Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Dr. Murphy Rising is a seasoned instructor and intern supervisor, with experience working in private counseling practice as well as numerous mental health organizations. Their expertise ranges from children and adolescents to adults on issues from substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, women, and adolescent development.

Why I teach in the OCMHC program:  “It is a privilege to be able to mentor counselors-in-training, especially during their practicum and internship experience. Online teaching is exciting for me as I get to see how the profession is growing in so many locations as well as the rich learning opportunities in different locations.”

Publications and Presentations: Dr. Murphy Rising has led research on yoga intervention on counselors with compassion fatigue and has published on career counseling resources for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Janys has presented at numerous conferences and colloquia on topics including spirituality in counseling, motivational interviewing, treating suicidal patients, self-care and counselor identity, trauma and the brain, and the Enneagram.

Student interest areas: I help students find ways of connecting both substance use disorders with mental health disorders in research. There is such a need for co-occurring research, especially with diverse populations. I bring my research with Motivational Interviewing into supervision and would like to see students embracing evidence-based models to support their theoretical scholarship and direct application with clients.

Education and Credentials:

Dr. Murphy Rising received a BA in Social Work and Social Psychology from The Evergreen State College, her MA in Counseling Psychology from St. Martin’s University, and their Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Oregon State University. Janys is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP), an Accredited Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), and an Approved Supervisor in Washington State.