Dr. Patrice Bounds is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the School Counseling master's program in the Department of Leadership and Counseling. She is also the Coordinator/Consultant of the EMU School-Based Counseling Clinic (SBCC). The SBCC is a training clinic for advanced-level graduate students (also known as Counselors-in-Training and Interns) in the professional counseling program. The CITs/Interns provide FREE individual, group, and family counseling for elementary, middle, and high school students within the Ypsilanti School district during the school day.
Dr. Bounds earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Iowa with a minor in Program Evaluation and Supervision, M.A. in Community Counseling, and B.A. in Psychology from Chicago State University. She holds the following counseling credentials:
Dr. Bounds has over 12 years of experience providing clinical counseling services including, community and school-based counseling, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy with at-risk youth in urban areas, social-emotional counseling to school-based students, career counseling, and restorative practice coaching. Prior to relocating to Michigan in 2017, she provided social-emotional school-based counseling services on a contractual basis to students within the Chicago Public School district. She is currently the EMU School-Based Counseling Clinic (SBCC) Coordinator. Within this role, she supervises EMU counseling practicum and internship students as they provide school-based mental health counseling services to 2nd through 12th-grade students in the Ypsilanti Community School district.
Dr. Bounds has experience teaching master's and doctoral-level counseling courses in traditional, online, and hybrid formats. Her teaching philosophy stems from a feminist pedagogy. The theme of voice particularly compliments her personal style of teaching when training future professional practitioners. Voice pertains to speaking for oneself and bringing one's own questions and perspectives to the materials. It creates an environment in which students and professors interact with each other in the learning process. Dr. Bounds firmly believes that student choices and identity are key components of training competent counselors. This is essential because as a counselor educator, her goal is to enhance and develop the professional identity of the individual counselor. This identity cannot be learned simply through textbooks, but by sharing experiences, asking questions, and challenging their own belief systems.