Chair and Associate Professor


Dr. Mark S. Parrish, LPC is Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Department Chair of he Department of Communication Sciences and Professional Counseling at the University of West Georgia in the College of Education. His clinical counseling experience spans the past 13 years and includes counseling academically at-risk students at Auburn University, and lead therapist at Tanner Behavioral Health Services in Carrollton, Georgia where he worked with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of general mental health, addictions/substance abuse and adolescents with inappropriate sexual behaviors. His scholarship interests include providing mental health services to diverse populations and integrating spirituality into the counseling process. He has served on a number of UWG committees in the Faculty Senate, the College of Education, Coordinator of the Counselor Education and College Student Affairs Programs, the Program Director for the SAMHSA funded PREVENT@UWG Campus Suicide Prevention Program, team member in developing a K-12 Emergency Preparedness Technical Training Center at UWG under a U.S. Department of Justice initiative, and has served as department chair for the past 4 years. He has published research in national professional journals and has presented at local, state and international professional conferences on counseling diverse populations, the use of spirituality in the counseling process, forensic treatment of adolescents with inappropriate sexual behaviors, diagnosing relational aggression in college students, counseling individuals with substance dependency and addictions, and developing academic success strategies for at-risk college students. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC-Georgia) and participates in a number of advocacy efforts related to promoting mental health and social justice.

Education / Degrees

  • B.B.A, Marketing Management, Armstrong State College, 1976
  • M.Ed., Community Counseling, University of West Georgia, 2002
  • Ed.S., Community Counseling, University of West Georgia, 2004
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Auburn University, 2008
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: 04

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: 04
    • CEPD-9186 (Doctoral Internship) Section: E01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: 05
    • CEPD-7181 (ADOL Addict TX :Best Practices) Section: E01

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: 02
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E03

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: 04

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • CEPD-7181 (Spirituality in Counseling) Section: E02

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • CEPD-6182 (Internship: Prof Counseling) Section: 02
    • CEPD-7155 (Substance Abuse Counseling) Section: E02
    • CEPD-7155 (Substance Abuse Counseling) Section: E01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E03

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • CEPD-7155 (Substance Abuse Counseling) Section: 01D
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: 03
  • Publication List

    The Native American Medicine Sweat

    Native American Spiritualities and Pastoral Counseling

    Illicit Use of Prescription Opiates Among Graduate Students

    Positive psychology practice with Native Americans

    Assessing Spirituality: The relationship between spirituality and mental health.

    Counseling Native Americans

    Parrish, M.S., Stanard, R.P., & Cobia, D.C. (2008). Using humanistic and existential counseling approaches in counseling adolescents with inappropriate sexual behaviors. Journal of Humanistic Counseling Education and Development, 47, 1.

    Garrett, M.T., Garrett, J.T., Grayshield, L., Williams, C., Portman, T.A.A., Rivera, E.T., King, G., Ogletree,T., Parrish, M.S., & Kawulich, B. (2013). Culturally alert counseling with Native Americans. In G. McAuliffe (Ed.), Culturally alert counseling: A

    Garrett, M. T., Portman, T. A. A., Williams, C. R., Grayshield, L., Torres Rivera, E., & Parrish, M.S. (2012). Native American adult lifespan perspectives: Where power moves. In E. Chang, & C. Downey (Eds.), Mental health across racial groups: Lifespan

    Parrish, M.S., Klem, J., & Brown, D.R. (2012). Diversity in Learning: A comparison of traditional learning theories with learning styles and cultural values of Native American students. 2012 VISTAS, 1. Advance online publication. [View Publication]

    Brown, D. R., & Parrish, M.S. (2011). College student spirituality: Helping explore lifes existential questions. Retrieved from vistas/vistas11/Article_13.pdf [View Publication]

    Brown, D.R., Parrish, M.S., & Johnson, E.P. (2009) Assessment of spirituality and religiosity. In M. Mpofu & T. Oakland (Eds.), Assessment in rehabilitation and health. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

    Klem, J.L., Klem, T., Parrish, M.S., & Brown, D.R. (2009). Relational aggression: Alleviating gender bias in the diagnosis of Conduct Disorder. Internet Journal of Mental Health, 5, 2, 1-22, [View Publication]

    Brown, D.R., Johnson, E.P., & Parrish, M.S. (2007). Spirituality assessments: Limitations and recommendations. 2007 VISTAS Online. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association. [View Publication]

  • Other Information

    Professional Interests

    - Counseling Diverse Populations with a focus on Native American mental health clients - Spirituality in Counseling - Family systems impact on childhood development - Counseling adults and adolescents presenting with substance abuse and chemical dependency and comorbid diagnoses - Sociocultural learning and its application in the classroom - Advocacy for at-risk individuals of the local community - Advocacy for individuals impacted by Alabama immigration legislation

    Personal Interests

    - Development of culture and tool making in prehistoric humans - Photography and research of prehistoric rock art - Environmental responsibility - Outdoor activities