Scully 409E
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
M.A., Community Counseling, Southeast Missouri State University
B.A., Psychology, Iowa Wesleyan College
B.A., Sociology, Iowa Wesleyan College


  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S), Association for Play Therapy
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.
  • School Counselor K-12 Certificate
  • School Psychological Examiner K-12 Guidance I Certificate
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), State of Missouri
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.

Courses Taught

  • Counseling Practicum
  • Intelligence Testing
  • Counselor Supervision
  • Mental Health Internship
  • Foundations of School Counseling
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • Internship: Elementary
  • Internship: Secondary
  • Internship: School
  • Testing Practicum
  • Group Counseling
  • Counseling Orientation and Ethics
  • Crisis Counseling and Consultation
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Counseling Skills
  • Advanced Internship
  • Counseling Theories

Research Interests

School Counseling Issues, Play Therapy, Counselor Development, Cognitive Complexity

Professional Interests

Assessment, Play Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Counselor Supervision, CACREP Accreditation


  • Missouri School Counselor Performance Assessment (MoSCPA) Handbook: Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments: Contributor: July 2015.
  • Ward, J.E. & Odegard, M. A. (2011). A proposal for increasing student safety through suicide prevention in schools. The Clearing House. A Special Issue on School Safety, 84, 144-149. (National-peer reviewed).
  • Odegard, M. A. & Ward, J. E. (2010). The aftermath of suicide: Implications for school Counselors in Missouri schools. The Counseling Interviewer, 42 (4), 14-16. (State-peer reviewed).
  • Sommer, C. A., Ward, J. E., & Scofield, T. (2010). Metaphoric stories in supervision of internship: A qualitative analysis. The Journal of Counseling & Development, 88(4), 500-507. (National-peer reviewed).
  • Duys, D., Ward, J. E. Maxwell, J., & Eaton, L. (2007). Career counseling in a volatile job market: Tiedeman’s perspective revisited. Career Development Quarterly, 56(3), 232-241

Select Presentations

  • Wagner, H., Ward, J. E., LaMantia, K. (Fall 2017). Play Therapy Across the Ages: Utilizing Play with Adults in Crisis Situations; Missouri School Counseling Conference, Osage Beach, MO.
  • Ward, J. E., Wagner, H. (Fall 2016). How to become a school based RPT; Missouri School Counseling Conference, Osage Beach, MO.
  • Maddox, P. & Ward, J. E. (Fall 2014). Integrating play therapy and expressive methods into your comprehensive guidance program; Missouri School Counseling Conference, Osage Beach, MO.
  • Ward, J. E., Odegard-Koester, M. A., Smith, T., Monteiro-Leitner, J. (Fall 2014). Advocating for quality: Reflections following a CACREP accreditation visit. North Central Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference. St . Louis, MO. (Chair)
  • Maddox, P., Ward, J., & Coggins, K. (Fall 2014). Combatting inequality using Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT). North Central Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference. St . Louis, MO.
  • Ward, J. E. (Fall 2014). Resilience as a protective factor in suicide prevention: Southeast Missouri Regional Suicide Prevention and Awareness Conference, Southeast Missouri State University. (Chair).
    2013 (Fall) Healing Trauma Through Play Therapy, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Denver, Colorado. (Chair).
  • 2012 (Fall): Maintaining Quality Counseling Programs in a Budget Cutting Environment, North Central Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference Kansas City, Kansas. (Co-Presenter).
  • 2011 (Fall): Working Toward Becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the School, Missouri School Counselors Association Fall Conference, Osage Beach, MO. (Co-Presenter).