Fred J. Hanna, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"Excellent teaching is, to me, an endeavor  
requiring finesse, wisdom, and skill along 
with deep empathy for students"  
Fred J. Hanna, Ph.D.

"Excellent teaching is, to me, an endeavor
requiring finesse, wisdom, and skill along
with deep empathy for students"

Fred J. Hanna, Ph.D.

Fred J. Hanna, Ph.D.
Director, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program

Excellent teaching is, to me, an endeavor requiring finesse, wisdom, and skill along with deep empathy for students. An excellent teacher provides a blend of knowledge, clarity, depth, resources, and entertainment. An excellent teacher creates and implements a learning environment filled with insight, inspiration, hope, and chain reactions of spontaneous understanding that integrate smoothly with other domains of knowledge. In addition, an excellent teacher trains students in critical thinking, examining the assumptions and presuppositions of knowledge, the metacognitive aspects of knowledge, different modes of knowing, and the foundations and nature of knowledge itself. Of course, this includes the ability to reframe knowledge to fit the multiple perspectives of diversity, including the contexts of race, multiculturalism, gender, LGBTQ, ability, and age.

An excellent teacher tempers knowledge with humor, and infuses humor into the curriculum so as to lighten the load of learning, that then inspires an increase in the capacity to absorb additional knowledge. Consequently, this leads to further inquiry and often an insatiable curiosity and interest in a subject. An excellent teacher can effectively teach as students go through fits of laughter, streams of tears, and moments of wonder, culminating not only in greater understanding but enhanced wisdom as well—for there is a distinct difference between wisdom and intelligence. An excellent teacher can also impart skills to students for their use in actual practice. An excellent teach can demonstrate those skills on demand in the classroom, through role plays, enacted scenarios, fish bowls, videos, and clear descriptions and examples.

An excellent teacher understands that knowledge can be transformative, and is at its most powerful when enhanced by accurate metaphors and reframes. Knowledge is especially powerful when it is embedded in moving stories that provoke feelings, stimulate insights, and have deep meaning and wide ranging implications. An excellent teacher is, therefore, an excellent story teller, possessed of a fine sense of timing, pace, and accentuation. An excellent teacher also has a great appreciation of irony, paradox, mystery, subtlety, and ambiguity, and can use these to inspire curiosity and interest, and take learners to a deeper level of learning. An excellent teacher can make the complex seem simple and the simple seem profound. And finally, when appropriate, an excellent teacher is a myth buster as well.

I strive to become an excellent teacher.

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  • Ph.D., Legal Specialties & Counselor Education, University of Toledo.
  • B.S., Human Services, University of Toledo.


  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LCPC), Maryland
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Colorado

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • American Psychological Association (Divisions 24, 29, and 32)
  • Association for Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Association for Humanistic Counseling
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration

Select Publications

  • Hanna, F. J. (in progress). Internal control therapy. Currently in progress and am in communication with several publishers regarding the book.
  • Hanna, F. J. (2002). Therapy with difficult clients: Using the precursors model to awaken change. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Hanna, F. J. (2010). 75 quick and innovative techniques for children & adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. Full day seminar on DVD published by PESI Healthcare, Eau Claire, WI.
  • Hanna, F. J. (2009). Treatment with defiant and aggressive adolescents. (Audio visual recording DVD package, an installment of the APA Psychotherapy Video Series IX on children and adolescents). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Hanna, F. J. (2005). Strategies and techniques for counseling difficult, defiant adolescents. Six hour seminar published on five CDs. Eau Claire, WI: PESI Health Care.
  • Bonino, J. L., & Hanna, F. J. (in press). Who owns psychopathology? The DSM, its flaws and its future. Journal of Humanistic Counseling.
  • Hanna, F. J., Wilkinson, B. D., & Givens, J. (2017). Recovering the original phenomenological research method: An exploration of Husserl, Yoga, Buddhism, and new frontiers in humanistic counseling. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 56, 144-162.
  • Wilkinson, B. D., & Hanna, F. J. (2016). New horizons in counselor pedagogy: The intersection of constructivist concepts and phenomenological awareness. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 55, 2-19.
  • Hanna, F. J., & Cardona, B. (2013). Multicultural counseling beyond the relationship: Expanding the repertoire with techniques. Journal of Counseling & Development, 91, 349-357.
  • Hanna, F. J. (2012). The refined and further defined freedom paradigm: A response to Ottens and MacCluskie. Counselor Education and Supervision, 51, 222-234.
  • Softas-Nall, L., & Hanna, F. J. (2012). Counseling & psychotherapy with difficult clients/family members: An interview with Fred Hanna. The Family Journal, 20, 1-5.
  • Hanna, F. J. (2011). Freedom: Toward an integration of the counseling profession. Counselor Education and Supervision, 50, 362-385.
  • Beatty-O’Ferrall, M. E. Green, A. G. & Hanna, F. J. (2010). Classroom management strategies for difficult students: Promoting change through relationships. The Middle School Journal, 41, 4 -11.
  • Hanna, F. J., & Green, A. G. (2004). Asian shades of spirituality: Implications for multicultural counseling. Professional School Counselor, 7, 326-333.
  • Guindon, M. H., Green, A., & Hanna, F. J. (2003). Intolerance and psychopathology: Toward a general diagnosis for racism, sexism, and homophobia. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73(2), 167-176.