College of Education and Allied Professions

Dr. E. Heather Thompson

Department of Human Services


Phone: 828-227-7310
Office Address: Biltmore Park, Room 355

Research Interests: Trauma, crisis counseling, group counseling, supervision, and play therapy


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2009
  • M.Ed., Community Agency Counseling, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2005
  • B.H., History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1998


Dr. Thompson joined the Western Carolina faculty in 2009 after completing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Virginia. Her professional experience includes individual and group work in community agencies, shelters, transitional housing facilities, and schools. Some of the broad issues addressed in her clinical work include intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, child abuse, parenting practices, crisis counseling, and play therapy. Her national professional memberships include the American Counseling Association, Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Specialist in Group Work, and the Association for Play Therapy.


2013 Taft B. Botner Superior Teaching Award


Curtis, R., Frick, M., Thompson, H., Robertson, P., Li, Y., Graves, E., & Goetz, K.  (2016).  Effects of an online positive psychotherapy class on future counselors: Consensual qualitative research.  The Journal of Happiness & Well-Being, 4(2), 196-211.

Juhnke, B. A., Juhnke, G. A., Curtis, R. C., Thompson, E. H., Coll, K. M., Yu, F., Moyer, M. S., & Mullett, A. (2013). Using motivational
interviewing with school-age bullies: A new use for a proven, evidence-based intervention. Journal of School Counseling,
11(4), 2-27.

Thompson, H., Robertson, P., Curtis, R., & Frick, M. (2013). Students with anxiety: Implications for professional school counselors. The
Professional Journal of School Counseling,
16(4), 237-249.

Thompson, H. (2012). Screening, assessment, and intervention for intimate partner violence in an integrated care setting. In R. Curtis & E. Christian. Integrated care: Creating a thriving practice. Taylor Francis. ISBN: 0415891329

Thompson, H. (2012). Suicide screening, assessment, and intervention with adult patients in integrated care. In R. Curtis & E. Christian. Integrated care: Creating a thriving practice. Taylor Francis. ISBN: 0415891329

Curtis, R., Thompson, H., Robertson, P., & Christian, E. (In press). Integrated care in action: Demonstrating effective strategies (DVD).

Thompson, H. E., & Trice-Black, S. (2012). A school based group intervention for children exposed to the trauma of domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence.

Thompson, E. H., Frick, M. H., & Trice-Black, S. (2011). Counselor-in-training perceptions of supervision practices related to self-care and burnout. The Professional Counselor: Research and Practice, 1, 152-162.

Thompson, H. E. (2011). The evolution of a children’s domestic violence counseling group: Stages and processes. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 36(3), 178-201.

Thompson, H. E., & Priest, R. (2005). Elder abuse and neglect: Considerations for mental health practitioners. Adultspan Journal, 4, 116-128.


Thompson, H. (2011, November). Promoting protective factors and reducing risk factors for burnout in supervision of counselors-in-training. Presented at the Supervision Symposium, Asheville, NC.

Frick, M., & Thompson, H. (2011, October). Promoting wellness in counselor education training and supervision: Counselors-in-training perceptions of self-care and burnout and implications for supervision practices. Presented at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Nashville, TN.

Thompson, H (2011, September). Child-witnesses speak up about intimate partner violence.Presented at Break by the Lake: School Counselor and Student Support Personnel Conference, Canton, NC.

Thompson, H., & Trice-Black, S. (2011, September). Group counseling for young children exposed to domestic violence. Presented at the International Conference for Violence and Abuse, San Diego, CA.

Frick, M., Black, S. & Thompson, H. (2011, February) Current research findings in wellness,self-care, and burnoutprevention in supervision with master's degree counselors. Presented at American Counseling Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Frick, M. Thompson, H. & Black, S. (2010, October) Counselor burnout: Identifying warning signs and promoting counselor wellness in supervision. Presented at Southern Counselor Association Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Thompson, H. (2010, September). To play or not to play: Developmentally appropriate group counseling with young children. Presented at Break by the Lake: School Counselor and Student Support Personnel Conference, Canton, NC.

Thompson, H. & Thomas, A. (2010, April). Domestic violence interventions for young children. Presented at the Virginia Association for Psychologists, Norfolk, VA.

Thompson, H. (2010, February). Child-witnesses of domestic violence: The evolution of a counseling group. Presented at the Associations for Specialist in Group Work, New Orleans, LA.

Thompson, H. (2009, October). Trouble-shooting supervision. Presented at the Supervision Symposium, Asheville, NC.

Frick, M., Thompson, H., & Black, S. (2008, October). Preventing Counselor Burnout: Addressing Self-Care in Counselor Supervision. Presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Houston, TX.

Thompson, H., Glosoff, H., & Thomas, A. (2007, November). Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence Through Group Interventions Offered in Schools. Presented at the Virginia Counselors Association, Portsmouth, VA.

Thompson, H. & Thomas, A. (2007, March). Breaking the Cycle: An Intervention for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. Presented at Group A-RAMA, Annandale, VA.

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