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Faculty & Staff - Laura Shannonhouse

LRS_headshot_2014scanLaura R. Shannonhouse, PhD, NCC, LPC
154 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Phone: (207) 581-2472
Fax: (207) 581-2423

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Laura R. Shannonhouse is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Maine.  Dr. Shannonhouse’s interests focus on multicultural training in counseling, with an emphasis on community engagement, clinical outreach, crisis intervention, disaster response, aging, and development across the lifespan.  Her research and clinical work have included working with marginalized populations in a variety of contexts (e.g. crisis center, cancer center, college counseling center, hospital, disaster impacted communities, etc.).

Some of Dr. Shannonhouse’s clinical outreach experiences include:

  •  AMCD & ACES sponsored outreaches in Southern Africa/Botswana (illness-related trauma counseling),
  • Daycare center fire disaster in Hermosillo, Mexico (49 children died in and >60 injured),
  • Haitian refugees living in Orlando and Miami post-earthquake,
  • Assisted with development and facilitation of study abroad course in Costa Rica,
  • Helping select students for study abroad, along with providing a processing model for re-entry, and
  • Services to post-Katrina teachers in New Orleans

Through these experiences, Dr. Shannonhouse became curious about the degree to which counselor training programs incorporate international activities into counselor preparation.  This investigation included national surveys and site visits to counselor education programs across the United States, which resulted a study that examined the relationships between 510 counselor-trainee’s (a) multicultural counseling competence, (b) cultural immersion experiences, and (c) cognitive/emotional developmental styles.

Dr. Shannonhouse has disseminated her work through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at local, national, and international conferences.  She has received research and best practice grants from the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES), and Chi Sigma Iota International.  In 2011, Dr. Shannonhouse received the Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award, from the American Counseling Association (ACA) for work that demonstrates excellence in the theory and practice of Multicultural Counseling. She was named an Emerging Leader and Fellow by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) in 2012, and an International Intern and Fellow for Chi Sigma Iota (2011). Dr. Shannonhouse is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of North Carolina, is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST).

Dr. Shannonhouse completed her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013. She received her M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She also has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Florida in Sociology.

Research Interests

  • Multicultural Counseling Training
  • Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention
  • Clinical Outreach & Disaster Response
  • Internationalization & Community Engagement
  • Grief & Loss
  • Professional Advocacy and Leadership
  • Cognitive Emotional Developmental Processing
  • Aging and Development across the Lifespan

Selected Publications

  • Fulton, C. & Shannonhouse, L. (2014). Developing servant leadership through counselor community engagement: A case example. Journal for Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, 1:1, 98-111, DOI: 10.1080/2326716X.2014.886978.
  • Shannonhouse, L. & Myers, J. E. (in press). International Perspectives on and Advocacy against Ageism. In C. Lee (EDs). Counseling for Social Justice (3rd edition). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Shannonhouse, L., Myers, J., Barden, S., Clark, P., Weimann, R., Forti, A., Moore-Painter, T., Knutson, T., & Porter, M. (2014). Finding your new normal: Outcomes of a wellness-oriented psycho-educational support group for cancer survivors. Journal for Specialists in Group Work. 39(1), 3-29.
  • Myers, J. E. & Shannonhouse, L. (2013). Combating ageism: Advocacy for older persons. In C. Lee & G. Walz, (Eds). Multicultural issues in counseling: New approaches to diversity (4th edition). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.151-170
  • Shannonhouse, L. & West-Olatunji, C. (2013). One counselor-trainee’s journey toward multicultural counseling competence: The role of mentoring in executing intentional cultural immersion. Professional Issues in Counseling, Winter. 2-29. Retrieved from
  • Gonzalez, L., Stein, G., Shannonhouse, L., Prinstein, M. (2012). As long as I work hard I’ll be fine: Latino students’ views of the path to college. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 4(1)83-102.
  • Myers, J. E. & Shannonhouse, L. (2011). Gerontology: Mental health and aging. In W. Weikel & A. Palmo, (Eds). Foundations of mental health counseling (4th edition). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 105-113.

 Courses Taught

  • Pre-Practicum
  • Developmental Theories
  • Professional Identity and Ethics
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention & Disaster Response
  • Supervision

 Campus Affiliations

  • CACREP (Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs) liaison for UMaine College of Education
  • UMEPSAP (University of Maine Educational Partnership for Suicide Awareness and Prevention)
  • Chi Sigma Iota (Upsilon Mu Eta) Chapter Faculty Advisor

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