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Academy of Leaders: Samuel Gladding
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Samuel GladdingDr. Samuel T. Gladding

Professor, Department of Counselor Education, Wake Forest University

Samuel T. Gladding is a professor and chair of the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been a practicing counselor in both public and private community agencies. His leadership in the field of counseling includes service as president of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and Chi Sigma Iota (international counseling honor society). He is also the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work.

In 1999, he was cited as being in the top 1% of contributors to the Journal of Counseling and Development for the 15-year period, 1978-1993. Some of Sam’s most recent books are: Counseling as an Art: The Creative Arts in Counseling (2005), Counseling Theories: Essential Concepts and Applications (2005), Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession (5th ed.) (2004), Group Work: A Counseling Specialty (4th ed., 2003), Family Therapy: History, Theory, & Process (3rd ed.) (2002), Becoming a Counselor: The Light, the Bright, and the Serious(2002), and The Counseling Dictionary (2001).

Dr. Gladding is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina.

He is married to the former Claire Tillson and the father of three children – Benjamin, Nathaniel, and Timothy. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, playing tennis, writing poetry, and reading humor.

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