Dr. Gregory Elliott Director, Counseling Program


Dr. Gregory Elliott

Dr. Gregory Elliott is the director of Northwestern College's Master of Arts in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. Dr. Elliott is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado. He has extensive teaching and clinical practice experience. He previously taught at Colorado Christian University and Adams State University.

Dr. Elliott’s clinical experiences include directing a university counseling center, working in a partial hospitalization program for severely mentally ill adults, working in an inpatient hospital setting with adults and adolescents, and working with at-risk youth and families. His clinical specialization has been in working with suicidal clients. He also maintains a small clinical supervision practice for counselors working to obtain their supervised hours for licensure. Dr. Elliott's research interests include the content and pedagogy of how counselor education programs prepare students to work with suicidal clients, and best practices in and the efficacy of online programs in counselor education. He is a former Emerging Leaders Award recipient from the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and he is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Suicidology, Chi Sigma Iota, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

He has presented at numerous national, regional, and state conferences on topics related to clinical supervision, and suicide prevention, intervention, and treatment. He was also the 2020 - 2021 president of the Colorado Counseling Association.

Dr. Elliott earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision from Adams State University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Texas-San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology from William Jewell College.

Recent Publications

Binkley, E. E., & Elliott, G. M. (2021). Best practices in suicide pedagogy:  A quantitative content analysis.  Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.7290/tsc030101

Elliott, G. M., & Henninger, J. (2020). Online teaching and self-efficacy to work with suicidal clients. Counselor Education & Supervision, 59(4), 283-296. https://doi.org/10.1002/ceas.12189

Elliott, A., Bohecker, L., Elliott, G. M., Townsend, B. J., Johnson, V., Lopez, A., Roach, K., & Horn, L. (2019). Interstate licensure portability: Logistics and barriers for professional counselors. The Professional Counselor, 9(3), 252-266. https://doi.org/10.15241/ae.9.3.252

Elliott, G. M., Audsley, R., Runck, L., Pechek, A., de Raet, A., Valdez, A., & Wilde, B. (2018).  The development of self-efficacy to work with suicidal clients. The Qualitative Report, 23(12), 3004-3018. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss12/9/

Recent Presentations

Cureton, J., Adams, C., Palacios, A., Musko, A., Elliott, G., & Binkley, E. (2021, October). Perspectives on suicide training: Ideas for improving self-awareness and conceptualization for connective counseling and teachingAssociation for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) National Conference; Atlanta, GA.

Leahey, L. & Elliott, G. (2021, May).  Examining Existential: A review of the growing evidence base for the Existential approach. Colorado Counseling Association (CCA) Conference; Online.

Vanderloo, J. & Elliott, G. (2021, May).  Body ready: How incorporating yoga into counseling can aid in client healing. Colorado Counseling Association (CCA) Conference; Online.

Elliott, G., & Tomlin, L. (2021, March). Post-assessment treatment of suicidality: What counselors need to know. American Counseling Association (ACA) National Conference; Online, with live chat.

Jarvie, S., Hash, E., Elliott, G., & Park, J. (2021, March). Best practices in online education: 5 do’s and don’ts to enhance student learning.  American Counseling Association (ACA) National Conference; Online, with live chat.

Elliott, G. & Mendoza, K. (2020, October). Prevention and intervention at the crossroads of youth trauma and suicide ideation. Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (RMACES); Online.

Pechek, A., Wiggins, L., & Elliott, G. (2020, October). Best practices and recent research in online engagement.  Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (RMACES); Online.

Elliott, G., Knight, A., & Sellar, D. (2019, August).  Basic training:  Suicide prevention and interventionAmerican Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) National Conference; Aurora, CO.