Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prominent authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, health, education, and advocacy having written over 100 books about a wide range of subjects. Some of his most highly regarded works include On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Stories We’ve Heard, Stories We’ve Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, The Therapist in the Real World, Relationships in Counseling and the Counselor’s Life, Therapy Over 50, On Being a Master Therapist, Secrets of Exceptional Counselors.
Jeffrey has also written several successful trade books about a variety of psychological themes: Private Moments, Secret Selves, Divine Madness: Ten Stories of Creative Struggle, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, What You Don’t Know About Leadership But Probably Should, and the best-selling true crime book, The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers that was produced as a feature film (Dear Mr. Gacy).
Jeffrey has been a counselor, therapist, supervisor, and educator for 45 years, having worked a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, hospital, medical school, refugee resettlement agency, nongovernmental organization (NGO), university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He is also the founder of Empower Nepali Girls, a foundation that supports and mentors at-risk children He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Jeffrey is Professor Emeritus of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton and is Clinical Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Baylor College of Medicine. He currently lives in Houston where he works on projects related to refugee trauma with the Alliance for Multicultural Services.
Terri Tchorzynski is a Professional School Counselor at the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) in Battle Creek, Michigan, and has been recognized in a White House Ceremony by former First Lady Michelle Obama as the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) 2017 National School Counselor of the Year. Through a data-driven, comprehensive, and student-centered approach to school counseling, Terri and her team have received both state and national recognition. Behind Terri’s leadership, the CACC’s counseling department has been recognized by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for exemplary practices in college/career readiness, and was the second school in the state of Michigan to receive the nationally recognized achievement of being a Recognized ASCA Model Program. Terri has also been recognized as a Top Presenter for MDE’s Career and Technical Education Conference, an Honorary Counselor by the Michigan School Counselor Association, as well as being named the 2016 Michigan School Counselor of the Year.
To further advance her advocacy and leadership experiences, Terri also dedicates her time participating in both state and national governing boards. She currently holds the position of Chair-Elect for ACT State Board Organization, is an active member on the Michigan School Counselor Association Governing Board, and has participated in various committees and advisory boards through ASCA and College Board.
Terri started her career in education as a high school English teacher after obtaining her degree from Central Michigan University. She often draws on those experiences in the classroom to improve her practices as a school counselor when working with students, parents, teachers and administrators. Terri earned her Masters in School Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University and is in her 8th year as a school counselor at the CACC. Aside from the data-driven, comprehensive approach to school counseling, she attributes many of her successes as a school counselor to the relationships she builds with her students. Terri truly believes that building a trusting relationship with students is at the core of helping students find their success in life.
In her spare time, Terri loves spending time with her husband and two boys and enjoys working out, attending sporting events and spending as much time in the sun and beach that Michigan weather will allow.