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Janet Hicks, Ph.D., L.P.C., C.S.C.
Program Director
Professor of Mental Health Counseling
janet.hicks@belmont.edu

Janet Hicks is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified School counselor who received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi. She has researched and written extensively on child and adolescent counseling including such topics as cyber-bullying, social aggression, self-injury, substance use and abuse, and academic achievement in the school setting. Dr. Hicks’s previous experience working in the school system inspires her to conduct research that makes a positive impact on the mental health and academic success of youth while also offering practical programs for school and community counselors.

Her work has appeared in journals such as "Professional School Counseling", "Journal of Creativity in Mental Health", "Middle School Journal", "Journal of School Counseling", and "VISTAS", among others. In addition, her work has been found published on the American School Counselors Association website as Best Practices, has been demonstrated in invited presentations at the American Counseling Association Conference & Expo as well as in "Counseling Today" articles. Her work has been republished into book format numerous times and has helped various institutions all over the world after they adopted her programs for practical use.

She serves as an expert media spokesperson for the American Counseling Association on issues related to bullying and aggression. Her specialties include child and adolescent counseling, stress management for teachers and administrators, as well as the integration of solution focused brief therapy into both the counseling and teaching setting. Prior to attaining a professorship, Dr. Hicks worked for many years as a school counselor, teacher, and clinical mental health counselor.


Tom Knowles-Bagwell, D.Min., L.C.P.T., C.S.A.T.
Associate Program Director
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology & Counseling
tom.bagwell@belmont.edu

Tom is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School with both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He is licensed as a Clinical Pastoral Therapist in Tennessee and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition, Tom is certified as a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

Tom has served as pastor of two congregations, supervisor of a shelter for the homeless and psychiatric hospital chaplain. He was the founding Director of the Carolina Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training. Tom has been engaged in clinical practice for over 29 years. He is experienced in working with individuals, couples, families and groups with ages ranging from adolescent to senior adult. Tom has served on the adjunct faculty of the College of Theology & Christian Ministry since 1998. He has taught both general education courses such as Understanding the Bible and Spirituality in World Religions as well as upper level courses in pastoral care and psychology of religion for students majoring in ministry studies. His research and teaching interests are in pastoral theological method (or how to interpret human life situations through a theological lens), as well as understanding the nature of psychopathology and human suffering.