Katharine Sperandio, PhD, LPC, ACS, NCC

Assistant Professor
Core Counselor Education Faculty
Trauma, Addictions, & Recovery Concentration Coordinator

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Katharine Sperandio, PhD, LPC, ACS, NCC

Assistant Professor
Core Counselor Education Faculty
Trauma, Addictions, & Recovery Concentration Coordinator

Biography

Dr. Katharine Sperandio completed her Master’s degree in Community and Addictions Counseling in 2014, and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2019, both from CACREP-accredited programs at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Her primary areas of focus are addictions/substance abuse counseling, families and addiction, and social justice issues in the counseling profession. Dr. Sperandio has over five years of clinical experience working with diverse clientele struggling with addiction and substance use issues as well as other co-occurring mental health concerns.

Following her graduation from the Master’s program, she worked in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) as a substance abuse counselor in Philadelphia and completed her hours for Licensure in Professional Counseling for Pennsylvania. She is also a National Certified Counselor. During her time in the doctoral program, she co-directed New Leaf Clinic, which was a clinic initially created to address substance use concerns among students of the William & Mary community. Additionally, she assisted in expanding community outreach to serve other members of the greater Williamsburg community. She also co-directed Project Empower, which was a governor-approved initiative to provide mentoring services to high-risk students in high school. She has completed research projects pertaining to issues related to addictions counseling and multicultural issues. She collaborated with a colleague to construct the Multidimensional Cultural Humility Scale, which was accepted in the Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling & Development journal in May 2019. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences including the International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (IAMFC), Association of Counseling Education and Supervision (ACES), and Virginia Counseling Association (VCA).

Education

PhD, Counselor Education & Supervision - William & Mary College, Williamsburg, VA - 2019

Publications

Selective Publications

Peer-Reviewed

  • Sperandio, K. R., Gutierrez, D., Lopez, J., Kirk, M., Mason, W. N. (Accepted). Post-traumatic growth after the drug-related death of a loved one: Understanding the influence of self-compassion and hope. The Family Journal.
  • Moh, Y. & Sperandio, K. (accept with minor revisions). The Need to Consider Requiring Trauma Training in Entry-Level Academic Training Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
  • Sperandio, K., Gressard, C. F., & Gutierrez, D. (2021). When a man loves a woman: Experiences of male partners in relationships with addicted women. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling.
  • Sperandio, K., Gutierrez, G., Hilert, A., & Fan, S. (2021). The lived experiences of addiction counselors after marijuana legalization. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 42(1), 35-49. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaoc.12088
  • Gonzalez, E., Sperandio, K., Mullen, P. R., & Tuazon, V. E. (2021). Development and initial testing of the Multidimensional Cultural Humility Scale. Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling & Development, 54(1), 56-70. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481756.2020.1745648
  • Mullen, P. R., Sperandio, K. R., Hagedorn, W. B., & Hilert, A. (2019). School counselors’ use of SBIRT for substance use screening. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 5(3), 275-289. https://doi.org/10.1080/23727810.2019.1671759

Non-Peer-Reviewed

  • Moh, Y., & Sperandio, K. (2020). How do counselors support clients during the coronavirus pandemic? Counseling Today, Online Exclusives. Retrieved from https://ct.counseling.org/2020/04/how-do-counselors-support-clients-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Mentoring

Dr. Sperandio is actively mentoring CTC and fellow colleagues in the field of counseling, counselor education and supervision. One example of her mentorship involves her inclusion of two students and other faculty members on research projects that explore addictive disorders and addictions counseling.

Supervision

Dr. Sperandio has taken the following formal educational and clinical courses to be prepared to serve as a clinical supervisor to mental health professionals and trainees in counseling:

Relevant Courses Taken

  • EDUC 647: Internship in Counselor Supervision - William & Mary, Spring 2017 and Spring 2018, Graduate Level Course
  • EDUC 639: Theory and Process of Counselor Supervision - William & Mary, Fall 2016, Graduate Level Course

Experience

  • CTC 618-7: Internship II in Community and Trauma Counseling - Thomas Jefferson University, Spring 2021, Graduate Level Course
  • CTC 791-1: Internship I in Community and Trauma Counseling -  Thomas Jefferson University, Fall 2019, Graduate Level Course
  • EDUC 645: Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Teaching Intern) -   William & Mary, Fall 2018-Spring 2019, Graduate Level Course
  • EDUC 645: Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Teaching Intern) -  William & Mary, Fall 2017-Spring 2018, Graduate Level Course

Teaching

Courses Taught

  • Orientation to Counseling
  • Advanced Theories and Practice
  • Internship I
  • Counseling Assessment
  • Foundations of Trauma and Addictions
  • Ethical Treatment and Interventions for Addiction

Courses Co-Taught

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Techniques of Counseling
  • Group Theory and Techniques
  • Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Transpersonal Counseling
  • The Counselor and Psychopathology
  • Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Research & Scholarship

Areas of Interest: Addictions Counseling; Substance Use Disorders and Process Addictions; Impact of Client Death on Addictions Counselors; Addictions and Family Systems; Cultural Humility; Social Justice Issues in Counseling; Psychospiritual Factors (e.g., meaning of life, hope, thriving) on Wellness

Leadership & Advocacy

Leadership & Service

Local

  • Member, Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association, October 2019 - Present
  • Committee Member, Curriculum Committee, Thomas Jefferson University, August 2020 – Present
  • Committee Member, Student Affairs Committee, Thomas Jefferson University, August 2021 – Present

Regional

  • Member, North Atlantic Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES), October 2019 - Present

National

  • Conference Proposal Reviewer, American Counseling Association, 2021
  • Site Visit Team Member, CACREP, Spring 2021—Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Counseling & Development, July 2021—Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Romanian Journal of Counseling, Fall 2020 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member, The Professional Counselor, Fall 2020 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Counseling and Values, Fall 2020 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, Fall 2020 – Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, Spring 2021 – Present
  • Member, American Counseling Association, 2012 – Present
  • Member, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2017 – Present
  • Member, Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 2019 – Present
  • Member, Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, 2020 – Present

Advising

Dr. Sperandio has been advising approximately 10 to 15 counseling students every academic year since coming to the Community and Trauma Counseling program in 2019.

Counseling

Dr. Sperandio earned a doctorate degree in the CACREP-accredited counseling program at William & Mary in 2019. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania, national certified counselor (NCC), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). She earned her Master’s degree in Community and Addictions Counseling at the CACREP-accredited program at William & Mary in 2014. She has primarily worked with individuals living with substance use and addictive disorders. Initially, she worked with individuals involved in the criminal justice system and later began employment at a community methadone clinic which served clients with opioid use disorder. While completing her doctoral studies at William & Mary, she was the co-director of New Leaf clinic, which provided motivational interviewing-based interventions to students and members of the community struggling with substance misuse. While there, she provided counseling services to clients as well as supervision to counselor trainees at the clinic. Currently, she is providing clinical services to a small number of diverse clients living with co-occurring disorders in the Philadelphia area.