Dr. Helen Runyan began her higher education pursuit at the age of 35 with three children. At the time, as a stay-at-home mom, she had only a high school diploma. Today she holds a B.S. in Psychology from Regent University, as well as both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling from Old Dominion University. She also is now a mother of six.
Runyan insists that it is because of her faith in His promises, that she has found a passion for school counseling and educating counselors. It is her earnest desire to see students understand how to apply their own Christian worldview to counseling in an ethical manner. To this end, she challenges her students to critically analyze their Christian foundation juxtaposed to their current learning, and welcomes them to challenge her along the same lines. Runyan believes the best way to gain knowledge and wisdom is to give it away, and she aims to pursue this, not only in the classroom, but also in associations, conferences and publications.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
Michel, R. E., Hays, D. G., & Runyan, H. I. (2015). "Faculty member attitudes and behaviors toward male counselors in training: A social cognitive career theory perspective." Sex Roles, 72, 308-320. [Invited manuscript]
Michel, R., Hall, S., Hays, D., & Runyan, H. (2013). "A mixed methods study of male recruitment in the counseling profession." Journal of Counseling and Development 91, 475-482.
Runyan, H. (2013). "Racism." In B. Erford & R. Byrd (Eds.), Applying techniques to common encounters in school counseling: A case-based approach. New York, NY: Pearson. [Invited chapter]
Runyan, H., & Grothaus, T. (2013). "De-escalating extreme behaviors/emotions." In B. Erford & R. Byrd (Eds.), Applying techniques to common encounters in school counseling: A case- based approach. New York, NY: Pearson.
Encyclopedia Entries, Interviews & Book Reviews:
Runyan, H. (2009). [Review of the book School counseling to close the achievement gap: A social justice framework for success, by C. Holcomb-McCoy]. The Counselor’s Bookshelf: Professional Books. Greensboro, NC: CSI, International.
Runyan, H., Laoch, A., & Harricand, J. (2016, October). VCA Leadership Academy. The Virginia Counselor: The Official Newsletter of the Virginia Counselors Association, 15.
Runyan, H. (2016, July/August). Classroom management the school counseling way. ASCA School Counseling Magazine, 53(6), 36-41.
Runyan, H. (2015, November). Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (VAMCD). The Virginia Counselor: The Official Newsletter of the Virginia Counselors Association, 12.
Anderson, K., Grothaus, T., Stone, T., Upton, A., & Runyan, H. (2011). "Supporting students of military families." VSCA Voice, 10.
Thompson, S., Sanderfer, M., Davis, J., & Runyan, H. (2010). "Solving the supervision Rubik’s Cube: Adding dimension to cultivating supervisee development." Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Newsletter, 6(3), 9.
2006-present American Counseling Association, Member
2006-present Hampton Roads Counselor Association, Member
2006-present Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
2006-present Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Treasurer
2006-present Virginia Counselors Association, Member
2007-present Virginia School Counselor Association, Member
2007-present American School Counselor Association, Member
2008-present Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
2008-present Chi Sigma Iota, Chair Awards and Membership
2008-present Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
2015-present Journal of School Counseling, Reviewer
2015-2016 Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, President
2016 Virginia Counselors Association, President-elect
2016-2017 Virginia Counselors Association, President
2017-present Virginia Counselors Association, Past-President