Nathaniel (Nathan) Brown is an Assistant Professor of Professional Mental Health Counseling. He teaches in the Department of Counseling, Therapy, and School Psychology. Dr. Brown received his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a focus on P-16 partnerships and social justice (Counseling and Student Personnel Services) from the University of Georgia. He began his college counseling career in 2007 and has served in a variety of positions for the last 17 years: College Counselor, University Housing Resident Director, Coordinator of Academic and Student Affairs, Coordinator of Student Affairs Operations, Director of Student Success, and Interim Dean of Student Affairs.
The kaleidoscope of life provides colorful challenges that may impact our individual and social functioning. Life stressors can drain a person’s energy, cause confusion, and encourage doubt. Moreover, institutional, systemic, and oppressive barriers from the social environment can affect the mental health and wellness of individuals, families, groups, and communities. My hope is to help graduate students become culturally humble and competent mental health practitioners through the facilitation and guidance of the learning process. I believe in challenge with support. Under the humanistic school of thought, I believe that humans can become fully functioning with tools and support tailored to their needs. I look forward to helping students move clients towards self-actualization through building trust, achieving spontaneity, and focusing on the human condition. My theoretical orientation (and utilized approaches with clients) is person-centered, analytic psychology, multicultural and social justice counseling, feminist and womanist theory, narrative theory, solution focused, existentialism, and systems.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Brown’s areas of expertise and interests include: College Counseling and Student Affairs, Developing A Counseling Theoretical Orientation and Approach in Counseling, Animal Assisted Therapy, HIV/AIDS Support Groups, Group Counseling, LGBTQIQ+, Transition of Foster Care Young Adults into Postsecondary Education, The Retention/Persistence/Graduation Rates of College Students Who Experienced Foster Care, Marginalized Intersections of Queer Identity Development, College Identity Development of Marginalized/Oppressed Students, and Communities of Color Experiencing Impostor Syndrome in Postsecondary Education.
Campus Support Programs for College Students Who Experienced Foster Care
Brown, N., Ford, D., Norris, J., Butler, K., (2021). In Press. Understanding theories in counseling. In: K. Butler, J. Filmore, A. Locke, ed., Introduction to counseling book from a multicultural and social justice Perspective, 1st ed. IN: Cognella, Inc.
Abdul-Alim, J., Brown, N.O., Katrowitz, M., Quarles, D. (2019). Eight tips for foster care students and their counselors. The Journal of College Admissions.
Ford, J. D., Brown, N.O., Filmore, J.M. (2019). Utilizing cultural competencies and a narrative intervention in career counseling with HIV/AIDS clients. The Journal of Career Planning and Adult Development.
Jones, L. & Brown, N.O. (2019). Foster care students face challenges entering, graduating college. Retrieved from https://diverseeducation.com/article/141129/ (magazine article contributor).
Brown, N.O. (2018). Nathaniel. In L. Aguirre, Faces of Foster Care: Messages of hope, hurt, and truth (pp. 138-144). Bloomington, IN: Westbow Press.
Brown, N. (2020, July). Utilizing data to manage cases: bias in the child welfare system. Continuing Legal Education for South Carolina Department of Social Services Attorneys and Senior Paralegals. The Children’s Legal Clinic at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Brown, N. and Vasquez, A. (2020, May). How to respond together: inclusive needs of graduate school counselors of color. Chi Sigma Iota at Portland State University, Portland, OR.
Brown, N. (2019, November). Oregon foster care and LGBTQ+ issues. Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution Education Department, Pendleton, OR.
Brown, N. and Jain, S. (2019, October). Mental health and foster care impact on GED student retention and transition. Oregon GED Summit, Salem, OR.
Dorn-Medeiros, C., Brown, N., DeLeon, A. (2019, October). Lessons learned: outcomes and practical applications of a cross-sectional qualitative analysis of diverse faculty teaching a multicultural course in counselor education. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, WA.
Doyle, C.M., Brown, N., DeLeon, A., Dorn-Medeiros, C., Kerl-McClain, S.B. (2019, March). CACREP for counseling programs in small liberal arts colleges: our process. An education session presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Brown, N., Phelps, R.E. (2018, October). An exploratory study: foster care students’ knowledge of college campus support programs. An education symposium presented at the European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents Conference, Porto, Portugal.
Harrichand, J.S., Chan, C.D., Brown, N., & Ford, D.F. (2018, October). Integrating wellness in dating and intimate relationships in counselor education. An education session presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Brown, N., Brown, Dawn (Host), Owagboriaye, Ashabi (Host) (2020, November 11 – Episode 38). Beyond queer stories: it’s okay to talk about it. https://beyond-queer-stories.simplecast.com/episodes/re-air-nathan-its-okay-to-talk-about-it-PbSR7e2M
2017, PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision (Counseling and Student Personnel Services), The University of Georgia
2005, MSW, Clinical Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
2002, BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and Pre-Law, Lander University