R. Rocco Cottone, Ph.D.Professor
Coordinator of the Doctoral Program
Professor Cottone received an A.B. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.Ed. from the same institution. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from St. Louis University in 1980. He is certified as a as a family therapist by the NACFT. Dr. Cottone has published several academic books, including Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Individual and Relational Approaches (2017), Ethics and Decision Making in Counseling and Psychotherapy (2016), and Paradigms of Counseling and Psychotherapy (20121). He has published a popular press book, Toward a Positive Psychology of Religion: Belief Science in the Postmodern Era in 2011. He has practiced counseling over 30 years. Most recently his research interests include advanced theoretical issues (social systems theory and radical social constructivism), and ethical and philosophical issues in counseling. He has published over 100 scholarly and research articles. He teaches courses in the areas of: (a) counseling ethics; (b) advanced theories of counseling and psychotherapy; (c) social systems theory; (d) marriage, couples, and family therapy.
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Professor Cottone received an A.B. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.Ed. from the same institution. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from St. Louis University in 1980. He is certified as a Rehabilitation Counselor by CRCC, and is certified as a family therapist by the NACFT.
Research and Teaching
My interests and the topics I enjoy teaching include social systems theory, social constructivism, marriage and family therapy, professional and ethical issues in counseling, and vocational rehabilitation theory.
- Kaplan, D. M., Kocet, M. M., Cottone, R. R., et al. (2009). New mandates and imperatives in the revised ACA Code of Ethics. Journal of Counseling and Development, 87, 241-256.
- Cottone, R. R. (2007). Paradigms of counseling and psychotherapy, revisited: Is social constructivism a paradigm? Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29, 189-203.
- Cottone, R. R. (2005). Detrimental therapist-client relationships -- Beyond thinking of "dual" or "multiple" roles: Reflections on the 2001 AAMFT Code of Ethics. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 33, 1-17.
- Cottone, R.R. (2004). Displacing the psychology of the individual in ethical decision-making: The social constructivist model. Canadian Journal of Counselling, 38, 5-13.
- Cottone, R. R. (2001). A social constructivism model of ethical decision making in counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development, 79, 39-45.
- Cottone, R.R., & Claus, R. E. (2000). Ethical decision making models in counseling: A review of the literature. Journal of Counseling & Development, 78, 275-283.
- Cottone, R.R., & Tarvydas, V.M. (2007). Counseling ethics and decision making, 3rd ed. Columbus, OH: Merrill/Prentice Hall.
- Cottone, R.R. (1992). Theories and paradigms of counseling and psychotherapy. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.