Benton K. Johnson II, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"I am glad to contribute to the growth and development  
of future counseling professionals to have the counseling 
heart, a wellness mind, and a holistic approach to change 
a world." - Benton K. Johnson II, Ph.D.

"I am glad to contribute to the growth and development
of future counseling professionals to have the counseling
heart, a wellness mind, and a holistic approach to change
a world." - Benton K. Johnson II, Ph.D.

Benton K. Johnson II, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

I believe that learning happens through engagement of the senses, humor and Socratic style questioning. In short, learners have to use critical thinking and actively engage the material for it to be retained. The fun thing about teaching as it is always “give and give” instead of “give and take.” In that I mean that as I teach others, I learn more. I always believe that learners have just as much to teach me as I have to teach them. This makes learning a journey to excellence because no one is left out of the process. Finally, I love having a “no hiding place” (unknown) learning environment in which all student learners are encouraged to participate and all student learners are valued.

I really love the science and art of counseling as a whole. While I work with all ages, I am particularly excited to work with early childhood, young children and adolescents. When I reflect on what that is, I began to realize, early on in my counseling practice, that when you get a young child (0-3 years old), you get the whole family and the ability to positively change the rest of the world through them. So, in short, I love working with the whole lifespan that is opened as I help young people. My topics of interest and expertise include trauma, grief and loss, sexual abuse, poverty, attachment challenges, autism and many others.

I am a clinical counseling psychotherapist with specialized training and experience in mental health clinical consultation, building the capacities of multidisciplinary professionals, and communities, to meet the mental health needs of young children. I have several years of training and experience in working with sexual abuse survivors, survivors of trauma, grief and loss. I have had the positive experiences of doing group work with women in transitional housing, homeless youth, and families in poverty. With adults, I have worked with individuals, couples and families on a variety of issues on their development through life.

Instructing at Adler University gives me the great opportunity to give students practical skills that I can bring from my office to the classroom. Also, I am honored to help student learners learn how to effectively apply social justice and multicultural counseling to all they may encounter. Finally, I am glad to contribute to the growth and development of future counseling professionals to have the counseling heart, a wellness mind, and a holistic approach to change a world.

Please email or call me (312.662.4373) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph. D., Counselor Education & Supervision, Regent University
  • MS. Ed., Community Counseling, Western Illinois University
  • B. A., Pre-Medicine, Augustana College

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Illinois Counseling Association
  • Illinois Association for Assessment & Research in Counseling, President (2010 – 2016)
  • Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association
  • International Family Therapy Association
  • Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society (lifetime member)
  • Phi Kappa Phi – National Honor Society (lifetime member)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness

Select Publications

  • Henriksen, R. C., Jr. & Johnson, B. K., II (2006). Parenting group for parents with children exposed to violence. VISTAS: Compelling Perspectives on Counseling, 59-62.
  • Johnson, B. K.., II. (2010). Male survivors and spirituality. (2010). Southern Association for
        Counselor Education and Supervision Summer Newsletter, 6(2), p. 5.

Select Presentations

  • “The Pressure of Poverty” The Early Intervention Training Program (February, 2016). Trauma and children. Rock Island School District (January, 2016).
  • “The Impact on Parental Mental Disorders on Children and Families”. Empowering Professionals Conference (March, 2016).
  • "Preparing for Poverty's Pain: Comprehending its Leverage to Guide Successful Intervention". MN-DEC Spring Practitioners Conference: Inspire Action for Quality in Early Childhood (2014): Keynote.
  • "Helping the Hopeless". The 32nd Annual Kansas Division for Early Childhood Conference. Inspiring Excellence in Early Childhood - Every student, every agency, every program, everybody (2014): Keynote.
  • "Connecting with Children in Poverty". Good Shepherd Center was the sponsor of the Parent Institute Day: Strong Children/Strong Communities (2011): Keynote.
  • “Poverty’s Pain”. Going, Giving, and Getting the Extra Mile (GEM) Conference (2011): Keynote.