School of Psychology & Counseling

Faculty Bios

Kathie Erwin

Dr. Kathie Erwin
Associate Professor

Areas of Interest
  • Health Counseling
  • Gerontology & Aging
  • Boomer Generation Therapy
  • Ethics in Mental Health Practice
  • Therapeutic Writing

For me, education is a process, not an event. I agree with Thomas Merton's statement, "The least of learning is done in the classrooms." When students are captivated by what they learn and the delight of applying knowledge in ways that impact the world outside the classroom, then real learning occurs. This idea compliments my life verse, "I can do all things thru Him who gives me strength" (Philippines 4:13). In teaching graduate students I want to impress upon them the need to embrace that verse as they become professionally competent to counsel within a biblical worldview.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, I arrived in St. Petersburg as a freshman at Eckerd College and discovered that I was meant to be a Floridian. Along with the joy of teaching and learning my next love is writing. I am the author of six non–fiction books: How to Start and Manage a Counseling Business, Group Techniques for Aging Adults, Lifeline to Care with Dignity, Maintaining Family Bonds When Care Needs Change; and Foundations of Gerontology. My latest academic book, Group Techniques for Aging Adults 2nd Edition, was released in 2013. Research support and credits in this book go to my STAR (Student Associates in Research) Team which includes Regent online master's students.

My first novel debuted at Book Expo of America in 2010. The story of fraud, patient manipulation and murder in corporate mental health, Taylor Kendall: Evil Inc. is part of the emerging Ethical Thriller genre. My professional experience includes private practice, developing group programs for older adults and Alzheimer's patients in assisted living facilities, clinical supervision, education specialist providing testing for Christian schools and writing/presenting continuing education courses for mental health professionals.

The experience of restoring my health prompted me to transition my psychotherapy practice to health coaching to share with others how to "nurture our bodies like the temple God designed it to be". As a Certified Health Coach and avid writer, I was drawn to the simple elegance of therapeutic writing for weight loss, pain reduction, and stress management. I have studies underway on therapeutic writing as a positive tool for wellness.

My professional affiliations include: American Association of Christian Counselors, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, and Southern Gerontological Association. I was appointed to the Ethics Hearing Committee for the National Board of Certified Counselors and elected Secretary/ Board Member of Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. I am returning to one of my favorite places, University of Iceland, for second time to lecture in the NordMag Graduate Gerontology Institute.

Other interests are Sounds of Praise Choir, sewing, knitting, competitive cake decorating/baking, HGTV and Food Network.

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