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Chicago | Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Jenae D. Thompson, Ph.D., LCPC



As a life-long learner, I believe in the collaborative nature of preparing counselors-in-training for their future roles. My teaching philosophy is grounded in relational cultural theory and intersectionality. I encourage students to be active participants in their educational experiences and demonstrate how reflexivity and the ‘5 good things’ can be used to promote critical thinking and growth both personally and professionally.

My professional experiences include working in community based mental health agencies, private practice, residential facilities, and academia. I have worked with clients of all backgrounds, but I am passionate about systematically addressing issues of marginalization many clients experience especially those relative to racial and ethnic minorities, children, the LGBT community, and women. My research interests include counselor educator cognitive development, clinical applications of the multicultural and social justice competencies, intersectionality and relational cultural theory as pedagogy, and culturally sensitive gatekeeping.



  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Walden University
  • MEd., Counselor Education, Virginia Tech
  • B.A., History, Longwood University
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Zazzarino, A., Kirkland, V. M., & Thompson, J. (2021). Addressing blended family and trauma issues with sexual and gender minority parents. In J. S. Whitman and C. J. Boyd (Eds.) Homework assignments and handouts for LGBTQ+ clients: A mental health and counseling handbook. New York, NY: Harrington Park Press. ISBN: 9781939594389
  • Thompson, J, & Bridges, C. W. (September 2019). Intersectionality pedagogy in the multicultural classroom: Experiences of Counselor Educators. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, 1(2), 98-112. doi: 10.7290/tsc010207
  • Peoples, K, Zazzarino, A, Thompson, J., Riley, P., Kirkland, V, Shelton, D., Fisher, R., Richardson-O’Neil, B. (June 2019). The unfaithful male in monogamous and nonmonogamous marriage: A phenomenological case study design. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 26(1-2), 137-163. doi: 10.1080/10720162.2019.1608880
  • Peoples, K., Shelton, D., Zazzarino, A. Riley, P., Fisher, R., Thompson, J., Kirkland, V.
    (January 2019). Analyzing case studies on male infidelity using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis: A collaborative group approach. London, England: Sage Publications, Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781526486752
  • Thompson, J. & Whitman, J. (September 2018). Multicultural and social justice leadership and learning in the classroom. In J. S. Whitman and L. Haddock (Eds.) Skill development in counselor education: A comprehensive workbook. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
  • Thompson, J., & Haley, M. (September 2018). Human Trafficking: Preparing Counselors to Work with Survivors. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 40(3), 298-309. doi: 10.1007/s10447-018-9327-1
  • Peoples, K., Shelton, D., Zazzarino, A. Riley, P., Fisher, R., Thompson, J., Kirkland, V. (In press). Analyzing case studies on male infidelity using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis: A collaborative group approach. Sage Publications.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Melamed, L. & Thompson, J. (2021). Sexual Competency is Missing: Incorporating Sexuality into Clinical Training. 2020 American Counseling Association Annual Convention. San Diego, CA (moved to virtual presentation due to pandemic).
  • Zazzarino, A., Riley, P., Thompson, J., & Kirkland, V. (2019). Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis as a Group Collaborative Student Approach. 2019 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision bi-annual conference. Seattle, WA.
  • Thompson, J., Reicherzer, S., & Zralii, I. (2018). Ally-talk: Gender therapy. VA-ALGBTIC. Webinar.
  • Haddock, L. & Thompson, J. (2018). Culturally sensitive gatekeeping and remediation: Ethical considerations. 2018 NBCC Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Haddock, L., Whitman, J., Russell, S., & Thompson, J. (2017). Dangerous liaisons: Ethical and legal challenges in supervision. 2017 NBCC Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Thompson, J. (2016). Applying microaggressions theory to children, teens, and adolescents in psychotherapy. South University. Savannah, GA.
  • Thompson, J., & Whitman, J. Sexual configurations theory: What is it and how does it apply to counseling LGBTQQ clients? (2016) Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling. San Antonio, TX.
  • Patton, J., Milan-Nichols, M., & Thompson, J. (2016). Advancing social change: A 4-step process for problem and mirrored purpose statements. Association for Assessment in Research in Counseling. Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Thompson, J. (2015). What are Microaggressions? How do we address them? Longwood University. Farmville, VA.

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