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Phillip Waalkes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. He received his bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Hope College and his Master's in School Counseling from Western Carolina University. After working for about 5 years as a school counselor in a rural K-12 school, he obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before arriving at UMSL, he worked for two years at the University of South Dakota as a counselor educator.

At UMSL, Dr. Waalkes teaches courses in the counseling program including Helping Relationship Skills, Theories of Counseling, Individual Inventories, and Career Information and Development.

Dr. Waalkes's research interests include the development of teaching in counselor educators, career and college counseling for first generation college students, qualitative research methods, and the development of school counselors.

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Refereed Publications

Waalkes, P. L., Gonzalez, L. M., & Gray, C. N. (In Press). Vision boards: A tool for the development of identity and career and educational aspirations in children and adolescents. The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Waalkes, P. L., & DeCino, D. A. (In Press). Developing authentic problem solving skills in school counselors-in-training through problem based learning. Journal of Counselor Preparation &  Supervision.

Waalkes, P. L., Benshoff, J. M., Stickl, J. E., Swindle, P., & Umstead, L. K. (2018). Structure, impact, and deficiencies of beginning counselor educators’ doctoral teaching preparation. Counselor Education and Supervision, 57, 66-80, doi: 10.1002/ceas.12094

DeCino, D. A., Waalkes, P. L., & Matos, C. (2018). “Be ready for it”: School counselors’ experiences with subpoena and testifying in court. Professional School Counseling, 21, 1-9. doi: 10.1177/2156759X18786450

DeCino, D. A., & Waalkes, P. L. (2018). Aligning epistemology with member checks in qualitative research: Conceptualization, design, and implementation. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 41, 1-11. doi: 10.1080/1743727X.2018.1492535

DeCino, D. A., Waalkes, P. L., & Smith, P. (2018). Letter writing: A creative tool for school counselors working with adolescents. The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, doi: 10.1080/15401383.2018.1459214

Waalkes, P. L., DeCino, D. A., & Borders, L. D. (2017). The found poet: A new role for the structured peer group supervision model. The Journal of Poetry Therapy, 31, doi: 10.1080/08893675.2018.1396727

Gonzalez, L. M., Fickling, M. J., Ong, I., Gray, C. N., & Waalkes, P. L. (2017). Learning to advocate: Evaluating a new course. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, doi: 10.1080/2326716X.2017.1399297

Grants Recieved

Freeman, H., Avoseh, M., & Waalkes, P. L. (2018). A new approach to measuring and understanding the structure and function of adolescent attachment networks. University of South Dakota School of Education. $16,657.

DeCino, D. A., Waalkes, P. L., & Schweinle, A. (2016). "What if:" The phenomenological experiences of children playing a game about real-life situations. National Children’s Advocacy Center. $1000.