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Terri Watson, Psy.D.

Dean & Professor of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy

On Faculty since 1996
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Dr. Watson is a board certified clinical psychologist, an approved clinical supervisor with the Center for Credentialing and Education, and an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her clinical and research interests include the integration of clinical psychology and Christian faith, clinical supervision, cross cultural applications of psychology, couple and family therapy, women’s issues. She maintains a private practice in Hoffman Estates, IL and also provides supervision and clinical consultation for community and private organizations. Dr. Watson is married with two children and enjoys all things outdoors including hiking, sailing, biking, and gardening.

Illinois School of Professional Psychology
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, 1991

Wheaton College Graduate School
M.A., Clinical Psychology, 1986

Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A., Psychology and Religious Studies, 1982

Approved Clinical Supervisor
Center for Credentialing and Education, National Board of Certified Counselors, 2015

Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
American Board of Professional Psychology, 2008

Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Ottawa Couple and Family Institute, Ottawa, Canada, 2008

Certification and training
PREPARE / ENRICH couple assessment, 2008

Approved Supervisor
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2000

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, 1993

  • Psychology and Religion
  • Christianity
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples
  • Psychology
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Approved Supervisor Designation
  • American Board of Professional Psychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • Alumni Association, The Family Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University
  • Center for Credentialing and Education, Approved Clinical Supervisor Designation
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies
  • Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotion Focused Therapy

Fostering faith, hope, and love through clinical supervision: A Christian integrative model
Christian Association for Psychological Studies international conference, 2018, Norfolk, VA.

How do ethics translate? Exploring international ethics in counseling supervision. (Baraka Kellums, M., Schultz, T. & Watson, T.S).
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision national conference, 2017, Chicago, IL

The threefold office of Christ as an integrative model for mental health professionals
Eastern and Central European Mental Health Advisory Conference, 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

Fostering hope and beneficence in clinical supervision: A Christian integrative model
Mental Health and Missions Conference, 2017, Angola, IN

Fostering diversity competence and advocacy skills in clinical supervision (with Kiteki, B., & Yoo, H.)
Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, 2017, Lombard, IL

Navigating unity and diversity in integrated departments (with Kahn, T., Pyykkonen, B., Davis, P., Van Dyke, D., & Phinney, R.)
Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, 2017, Lombard, IL

Christian responses to intimate partner violence
Eastern and Central European Mental Health Advisory Group, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Clinical supervision and spiritual formation (with Van Dyke, D.)
Eastern and Central European Mental Health Advisory Group, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

Best practices in web-based supervision (with Davis, P.)
Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, 2015, Denver, CO

  • Couple Therapy
  • Cultural, Social, and Spiritual Foundations of Mental Health
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Philosophy of Integration
  • Integrative Assessment
  • Practicum Seminar

Dr. Watson’s writing and scholarship interests include making contemporary practices in clinical psychology accessible to the church and the Christian community.

Assessment and treatment of intimate partner violence: Integrating psychological and spiritual approaches., Treating Trauma in Christian Counseling - Gingrich, F. & Gingrich, H. (Eds.)
T. Watson, Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. 2017

Mental health needs and resources in Nepal., International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
Hall, S., Watson, T.S., Kellums, M., & Kimmel, J. 9 (3), 278-284. 2016

Using process-experiential/ emotion focused therapy techniques for identity integration and resolution of grief among Third Culture Kids., Journal of Humanistic Counseling.
Davis, P. S., Edwards, K., & Watson, T. S. 15, 170-186. 2015

Teaching psychological theories: Integration tasks and teaching strategies, Journal of Psychology and Theology
Watson, T.S. & Eveleigh, E. 42(2). 2014

Person-centered therapy, Modern Psychotherapies: A Christian appraisal, Second Edition - Jones, S. & Butman, R. (Eds.).
Watson, T.S., Jones, S., & Butman, R., Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. 2011

Experiential psychotherapies, Modern Psychotherapies: A Christian appraisal, Second Edition - Jones, S. & Butman, R. (Eds.)
Watson, T.S., Lee, T., Jones, S., & Butman, R., Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. 2011

Counseling the abuse victim, The Long Journey Home: Understanding and ministering to the sexually abused
Watson, T.S., 2011

Counseling the abuse victim, The Long Journey Home: Understanding and ministering to the sexually abused - Schmutzer, A. (Ed)
Watson, T.S., Eugene, Oregon: WIPF and STOCK Publishers. 2011
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Domestic Violence and Abuse: Intervening before it is too late, Group’s Emergency Response Handbook for Women’s Ministry
Watson, T.S., 2008

Rape: Supporting women after a sexual assault, Group’s Emergency Response Handbook for Women’s Ministry
Watson, T.S., 2008

Is suffering good? An explorative study on the religious persecution among Chinese pastors, Journal of Psychology and Theology
Ting, R. & Watson, T.S. 35(3), 202-210. 2007

Gender differences in the integration literature: A content analysis of JPT and JPC by gender and integration type, Journal of Psychology and Theology
Watson, T.S., Burdine-Prevost, S., Faries, S., Para-Mallam, F. 29(1), 52-60. 2001

 

Dr. Watson co-led the Nepal Outreach & Training Group with Dr. Sarah Hall. The aim of this research group was twofold: 1) to prepare for teaching and clinical training of mental health workers in underserved Nepal, and 2) to conceptualize and conduct research to facilitate understanding of mental health needs in Nepal. Through involvement in this lab, students learned to assess needs, develop and put into practice a cross cultural training and research project. This project is complete, and Dr. Watson now supports School of Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy research in her role as Dean.