Mary Olufunmilayo Adekson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Academic Areas of Expertise:

  • Group Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Introduction to the Counseling Profession
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Practicum
  • Internship
  • Crisis and Stress Management

Research Topics:

  • Traditional Healing
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • General areas of counseling
  • Cultural Variations in Counseling

Professional Leadership & Major Awards

Positions & Awards

  • Chi Sigma Iota membership
  • Mentioned in various Who Who's Leader in various research areas in the counseling field

 

Scholarly Work and Publications

Published Manuscripts

2022          

The Fundamental Role of Culture in Healing. New York: Springer Nature

 

2021          

Guide to Living Fruitful Godly Productive Christian Life. Rapid City, South Dakota: New Harbor Press.

Reviewed “A Handbook of Spiritual Counseling: A Fresh Cup of Counseling” by Rev Dr Thomas L. Norris for Springer Nature Publishing.

Editor, African Americans and Mental Health: Practical and Strategic Solutions to Barriers, Needs, and Challenges. New York: Springer Nature.

 

2020          

Thriving After Divorce. Rapid City, South Dakota: New Harbor Press.

God Inspired Devotionals from the Praying Mother (Iya Aadua). Rapid City, South Dakota: New Harbor Press.

Prayer: The Christian’s Anchor. Rapid City, South Dakota: New Harbor Press.

God’s Masterpiece. Rapid City, South Dakota: New Harbor Press.

You Only Live Once: Live for God. Rapid City, South Dakota: New Harbor Press.

Editor, Beginning your counseling career: Graduate Preparation and beyond.  New York: Routledge Publishers.

Overview of major discussions in Beginning your Counseling career: Graduate preparation and Beyond. In Adekson, M. O. (Editor).  Beginning your counseling career: Graduate preparation and beyond.  New York:  Routledge Publishers

 

2019          

Editor, Handbook of counseling and counselor education. New York: Routledge Publishers.

Overview of pertinent issues discussed in Handbook of counseling and counselor education.  In Adekson, M.O. (Editor). Handbook of counseling and counselor education.  New York:  Routledge Publishers.

Multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills. In Adekson, M. O. (Editor). Handbook of counseling and counselor education.  New York: Routledge Publishers.

 

2018          

Improving access to minorities’ mental health care.  JSM Health Education & Primary Health Care, 3(2): 1046, 1-6

Culture: The heart of healing. JSM Health Education & Primary Health Care, 3(1):1039,1-4

 

2017          

Culture and holistic healing as integral parts of indigenous global health.  JSM Health Education & Primary Health Care, 2(2): 1027,1-4.

 

2016          

Traditional healing and mental health counseling. A commentary.  JSM Health Education & Primary Health Care, 1((2):1011, 1-2

Reviewed The definition ‘traditional health practitioner’, as inscribed into the Traditional Health Practitioners Act (Act No 22, 2007) of South Africa, is undefined and insufficiently formulated.  Article submitted to Austrialasian Medical Journal as expert reviewer.

Indigenous healing and globalization. A commentary.  OMICS Group:  Primary Health Care, 6:2 DOI: 10.4172/2167-1079.1000232

Reviewed multicultural strength-based counseling by Elsie Jones-Smith. Draft chapters 9-12 for Sage Publications

Similarities and differences between Yoruba traditional healers (YTH) and Native American and Canadian healers (NACH). Journal of Religion and Health,55(5),1717-1728; DOI 10.1007/s10943-016-0251-6. June 6.

Reviewed 30 essential lessons for practicum and internship for school counselors by Helen S. Hamlet for Sage Publications

 

2015          

Reviewed draft chapters of culturally responsive strengths-based therapy by Elsie Jones-Smith for Sage Publications

 

2015          

Reviewed The convergence of race, ethnicity and gender by Robinson-Wood for Sage Publications.

Reviewed Explorations in Diversity: Examining privilege and oppression in a multicultural society (2nd Edition) by Sharon Anderson & Valerie Middleton for Sage Publications.

 

2003          

The Yoruba Traditional Healers of Nigeria. New York; London: Routledge Publishing Company.

Indigenous Family Work in Nigeria:  The Yoruba Experience, Edited in Global Perspectives in Family Therapy. By Kit S. Ng. New York: Brunner-Routledge

Presentations

2016

Multicultural foundations: Grounding practitioners for effective client-centered and culturally-competent interventions.  Presented at the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) New York Chapter Conference. Saratoga Springs, New York (April 14)

 

2014

Panel discussion on The Universality of Healing: Special Discussion on Differences and Similarities between Yoruba Traditional Healers and Native American and Canadian Healers. Presented at 8th Clinical Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy Conference, OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada (June 6) 

 

2012

Roots:  The rebirth of African Traditional Medicine for Global Endorsement.  Panel Member at African Reclaiming Africa:  Changing the Rules of Engagement.  The 9th Annual African Economic Forum:  Columbia University, New York. (April 14)

Folklore:  A vital therapeutic intervention in a modern cultural pluralistic society.  Poster presentation with Maria Collar, graduate student at the American Counseling Association Conference in San Francisco. (March 23)

 

2011

Differences and similarities between Yoruba Traditional Healers (YTH) and Native American and Canadian Healers.  Presented at the 6th Critical Multicultural Counseling & Psychotherapy Conference.  University of Toronto (June 8)

The mixing of racial and spiritual identities:  A meeting on sacred ground with graduate students Michael John Gargano and Maria Collar and doctoral student Babatunde Adekson.  Presented at the 6th Critical Multicultural Counseling & Psychotherapy Conference.  University of Toronto (June 8).

 

2008

Diversity Training for Counselors at ReHabilitation Center, Allegany, New York. (July)

 

2007

Diversity Training for Hilbert College’s Student Life Staff.  Hilbert College, Buffalo, New York (March 2)

 

Contact Info

Email Address

Location

Lynch 285D

Phone Number

717-867-6406