Dr. Joel Givens is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He completed his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Northern Colorado. For his dissertation research, he explored the lived experience of counselor educators’ instruction of presence. Joel has also published on values in counseling, deconstruction, phenomenology, and desire. Currently, he is interested in exploring the intersection of disciplinary power and mental health
knowledge. Joel is investigating how counselor education and counseling produces voiceless, docile bodies. He reflects deeply on the fact that counselors are often complicit with a larger social system that both perpetuates and alleviates trauma, suffering, and injustice. Joel has experience as an instructor, supervisor, private counselor, and crisis
clinician in an emergency department. He is currently serving as Past-President of the Association for Humanistic Counseling.