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Victoria KressDr. Victoria Kress

Professor, Counseling Clinic Director, and Director of the Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling Programs at Youngstown State University

Victoria E. Kress, Ph.D./LPCC-S (OH), NCC is a professor, counseling clinic director, and the director of the clinical mental health and addictions counseling programs at Youngstown State University. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working in various settings such as community mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, private practices, and college counseling centers.

Dr. Kress has published over 80 refereed articles, numerous book chapters, and co-authored several books which address the diagnosis and treatment of those who have mental disorders. Many of her articles on diagnosing and treating mental disorders have been published in the Journal of Counseling and Development. She has been cited as a top contributing author to the Journal of Mental Health Counseling as well as the Journal of College Counseling, and served as the associate editor of the Theory and Practice Sections of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.

She has been teaching treatment planning and DSM-related courses and workshops for almost 20 years. She is passionate about infusing a strength-based, contextual frame into all of her clinical work, and strives to provide counselors with practical ways they can enhance their practice and empower clients. She served two terms as a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and served as the chair of the Counselor Professional Standards Committee. She has also served as the ethics liaison for Ohio’s state regulatory board, and presently serves as a consultant/expert witness for counselor ethics cases.

Dr. Kress was the 2014 recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Distinguished Mentor Award, and the 2012 recipient of their Counselor Educator Advocacy Award. She was also the 2008 recipient of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Distinguished Mentor Award, and the 2011 recipient of their Leadership Award. She has also received a number of awards at the university where she teaches (e.g., Distinguished Scholar, Distinguished Public Service). She has received a number of Ohio Counseling Association awards including their Research and Writing Award, Legislative Advocacy Award, and most recently, the Counselor of the Year Award (2011). She is a past president of Chi Sigma Iota International, and she is the president of the Ohio Counseling Association.

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