TTU's Stapor licensed as professional counselor

A member of the Counseling Center staff at Tennessee Technological University has been approved to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tennessee by the Board of Professional Counselors and Marital and Family Therapists.

Beth Stapor, counselor and test administrator for Tennessee Tech's Counseling Center, received licensure after passing both the written National Counselor Examination and an oral exam encompassing ethics, policies and case scenarios. Licensure also requires 60 graduate hours of study and two years of professional experience beyond a master's degree conducted with weekly supervision.

Stapor, who joined the Counseling Center staff in August 1992, administers the General Equivalency Diploma test, or GED, along with a number of other standardized academic and professional exams. She also does individual counseling, presents workshops to students, staff and faculty and advises the university's Student Wellness Awareness Team.

For several years, Stapor has been working toward a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Mississippi State University and now is one year away from attaining that goal. She earned her Ed.S. and a master's in early childhood education from Tennessee Tech and holds an undergraduate degree in dance and theater from Florida State.

Prior to joining TTU, Stapor worked with Plateau Mental Health, the Laurel Center at Cookeville General Hospital, New Leaf Recovery Center and the Upper Cumberland Resource Agency. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Tennessee Association of Counseling and Development and the American College Counseling Association.