Dr. Greg A. Meyer
Visiting Associate Professor of Professional Counseling, Graduate Counseling Practicum/Internship Coordinator
Greg Meyer started teaching at ORU as an adjunct professor in the Spring of 2018. At the time, he was still a full-time faculty member at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Dr. Meyer was hired as a Visiting Associate Professor of Professional Counseling in the Graduate College of Theology and Ministry, along with the role of coordinating the graduate counseling student's practicum and internship experiences, in the fall of 2018. Dr. Meyer was drawn to ORU because of the University’s mission, “to build Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world with God’s healing,” and because of the congruence between his calling as a counselor educator and the call to prepare men and women empowered by the Holy Spirit as effective and ethical counselors.
Dr. Meyer loves witnessing the process of growth and awareness that takes place within the counseling student throughout the semester… year… program. He loves creating a safe environment for students to wrestle with new constructs and complex universal human factors; and he loves witnessing the deepening of understanding, awareness, and acceptance counseling students experience in that environment.
For Dr. Meyer, it is fundamentally important for counseling-students to have a well-developed, deep self-awareness so that they can best work with all of their clients. In turn, he believes it is his responsibility, as a professor, to facilitate complex and critical thinking, as well as authentic self-reflection for each unique and complex counseling student he has the privilege of teaching. He explains how each student brings unique experiences, epistemologies, worldviews, and existential perspectives, and his goal is to assist future counselors in becoming aware of how these dynamics impact, form and influence the way in which they work with people. Dr. Meyer focuses on creating an atmosphere of space and availability for students to engage the course content and allow it to bring about more questions and ideas. He attempts to facilitate a pluralistic learning environment, whereby the atmosphere honors the uniqueness of each individual’s ecological makeup and all viewpoints are considered. Dr. Meyer works to assist each student to develop or grow her or his epistemological views, as well as grow personally and professionally in authenticity. In order to do so, Dr. Meyer explains how he must continuously engage in his own authentic reflection and development, as students recognize genuine modeling of counseling values. So, the more he is able to practice empathy, authenticity, transparency, and encouragement with the students, learning in all its forms should occur.
Academically, Dr. Meyer’s research interests and experience center around spirituality, spiritual development, existentialism and self-awareness in the counseling milieu; specifically, within the lives of counselors, supervisors, and counselors-in-training. Additionally, he has written and presented on topics including reflective practices and training, the development of counseling supervisors, the connection between spirituality and humanism in the counseling relationship, and qualitative methods of research. Dr. Meyer enjoys exploring the existential motives behind counselor's ambitions to become engaged in the spiritual work of counseling. Professionally, he has worked in Kansas, Nebraska, and Georgia for a number of years, in various community mental health clinics, hospitals and group homes prior to earning his master’s degree. He counseled in a private practice in New Mexico, working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, before relocating to Auburn, Alabama where he continued counseling in a community agency clinic and supervised counseling students while completing his doctorate. Dr. Meyer attended The University of Kansas (B.G.S: Psychology) for his undergraduate studies; Richmont Graduate University (M.A.: Professional Counseling), in Atlanta, Georgia, for his master's studies; and Auburn University (Ph.D.: Counselor Education and Supervision) for his doctoral studies. He was married to his wife, Emilie Meyer, in 2005, and has two energetic children, Branch (b.2013) and Ruthie (b.2015).