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Joseph M. Williams

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Education and Human Development
Department: School of Education and Human Development
Office location and address
Bavaro Hall Room 137
417 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2011
M.S., Minnesota State University, 2007
B.S., Minnesota State University, 2005
A.S., Colby Community College, 2003
A.A., Colby Community College, 2003

Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Development program at George Mason University. His primary line of research focuses on identifying and understanding the factors and processes that contribute to the educational resilience and college and career readiness of K-16 students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. The central objective of Dr. Williams' research is to help uncover “grounded theoretical” explanations of alterable factors that support academic achievement despite exposure to personal and environmental adversities and how those factors operate in the daily lives of students from low-income families. His second line of inquiry examines multicultural-social justice training practices for K-12 counselors, educators, and other helping professionals. He has over 10 years of practical experience counseling children, adolescents, and families in both school and mental health settings.

EDHS 3060: Building Resilience in Youth
Credits: 3
This course presents theories, models, and techniques related to enhancing resilience among children and adolescents who experience marginalization. This course focuses on understanding resiliency within three contexts of child development: families, schools, and culture. Students will leave the course with strategies and tools to help vulnerable youth become stronger, more competent, and better functioning in adverse situations.
EDHS 8350: School Counseling Leadership, Advocacy & Consultation
Credits: 3
This course presents theories, models and techniques related to working with school stakeholders (e.g. administrators, teachers, caregivers, and other school personnel). Specifically, it will focus on understanding the schools as systems and will emphasize the important school counselor roles of leader, consultant and advocate and their relationship to promoting equity. Prerequisite: EDHS 8290
EDHS 8390: Internship in Professional School Counseling
Credits: 6
This is the required internship course for K-12 professional school counseling students. The internship is a two-semester, 600-hour placement in a public school. Students also attend on-grounds supervision. Internship may be repeated for credit. Intent to register must be filed preceding registration. A description of a student's internship school level must be included on the degree application. Prerequisite: EDHS 8290 and instructor permission.