David Martinson joins Graduate Psychology Dept.
David Emil Martinson, Ph.D., has joined Immaculata University as an assistant professor in the Graduate Psychology Department. He is teaching counseling psychology seminars and a course on counseling theories and techniques.
Martinson holds a master’s degree in education and a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, both from the University of South Carolina. His research interests include transcultural counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, addictions counseling, and treatment informed by client-directed outcomes. He is a licensed professional counselor and licensed professional counselor supervisor, as well as a certified addictions counselor and certified clinical supervisor.
As a doctoral teaching assistant, Martinson taught courses on a variety of topics, including counseling communication skills, ethical and legal issues in counseling, family therapy, and counseling theories. He has been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, addictions treatment, post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, counselor supervision, and domestic violence intervention.
Martinson has more than 16 years of clinical experience in a range of specialties, including trauma counseling, mental health treatment for children, family and adolescent counseling, treating chemically dependent adults and adolescents, and working with special needs clients. Martinson also has experience managing 12-step programs and therapeutic foster care and wrap-around services.
Reflecting on his experience at Immaculata so far, Martinson commented, “I have felt at home in my teaching responsibilities and have been given the privilege of also coordinating the M.A. in Counseling Psychology field sites and mentoring the Beta Mu Chi Sigma Iota Honors Society. These multiple functions have allowed me to work with highly motivated students and colleagues alike. Additionally, it has given me the opportunity to visit numerous field placements and on-site supervisors for students. I am pleased to report that these supervisors value working with our students and express a high regard for our academics. I look forward to the year ahead and the continuing challenge of educating future counselors.”