Assistant Professor, School of Psychology & Counseling
Ed.D. Education Counseling, College of William & Mary
Ed.S. Counseling, College of William & Mary
M.A. Clinical/Community Psychology, Norfolk State University
B.A. Psychology, Norfolk State University
R.N. Nursing, Norfolk State University
With more than 18 years of clinical experience as a psychiatric nurse and therapist under her belt, Dr. Agatha Parks-Savage brings a wealth of knowledge to the Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling. Her distinguished career includes private practice and hospital staff positions in which she responded to emergency psychiatric situations.
Even today, Parks-Savage maintains a presence in the clinical environment through her clinical/supervision work at Eastern Virginia Medical School's Department of Family and Community Medicine where she provides therapy for clients and training to physician residents on patient communication and counseling skills. This is an important aspect of her teaching. "I believe that if I am to properly teach my doctoral students, then I must be clinically proficient. Continuing my practice in these two areas ensures that I keep up with my outpatient skills."
Parks-Savage's determination to "do it and share it" permeates all that she does. While on staff at Old Dominion University, she helped launch the Educational Leadership & Counseling Department's TELETECHNET program by converting the existing traditional coursework into a distance learning format. That experience is now helping elevate Regent's online doctoral program into a cutting-edge educational opportunity for students around the world. Our program is now eligible for CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) certification.
A noted expert in chronic mental illness, crisis intervention, suicidal patients and trauma counseling, Parks-Savage's work has been recognized with nominations for two prestigious awards: The 2004 AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship Award with Eastern Virginia Medical School and The TELETECHNET Instructor of the Year Award (Old Dominion University).
Parks-Savage melds her Christian faith into her work and encourages her students to do the same. "Our program covers all CACREP standards and adds the element of integrating faith into counseling course work. Students can integrate their faith into every paper, study or report they do," Parks-Savage explains. "It's a real added benefit of our program."