Tonya Walker, Associate Professor in the MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health at CIIS Tonya Elliott-Walker

Associate Professor
Community Mental Health
School of Professional Psychology and Health (SPPH)

MA, National University

PhD, Capella University

Dr. Elliott is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Clinical Supervision. She is of Cherokee and Pawnee descent and has been deeply immersed in her cultural practices for over 25 years. She has 10 years of graduate level teaching experience both in online and in-person in counseling-specific programs, seven years in counseling program administrative leadership and 20+ years in the field of mental health conducting psychotherapy and clinical supervision via agency work, private practice and consulting. Her strengths are in teaching cultural competency, trauma recovery, social justice and community building. She regularly engages in social justice advocacy for the Native American Community, both in research and program implementation. She has always looked to positively affect social change, first as a counselor and clinical supervisor and then as an educator. She believes that working in higher education is not just a job, it’s a calling- to be part of the solution in decolonizing theoretical approaches to therapy that are used in treating mental health disorders in marginalized populations.

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