Faculty and Staff

David D. Christian

David D. Christian

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

College of Education and Health Professions

(RHRC)-Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders

Phone: 479-575-3023

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David D. Christian, PhD is an Assistance Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Arkansas and director of the Adventure Therapy Lab.  He specializes in school counseling, Adventure Therapy, and family interventions aimed to improve Parent/Adolescent relationships.  He is an experienced Professional School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Counselor Educator.    

Adventure Therapy

School Counseling

Group Counseling Processes

Adventure Therapy

School Counseling

Group Counseling Processes

Experiential Learning

CNED 5340: Counseling Practicum

CNED 5213: Lifestyle and Career Development

CNED 6023: Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling and Therapy

CNED 6083: Consultation Theory and Methods

CNED 5303: Individual Appraisal

CNED 574V: Counseling Internship

Ph.D. - Counseling and Counselor Education (08/2013); University of North Texas (Denton, TX); Dissertation Title: Adventure Based Counseling: Exploring the Impact of ABC on Adaptive Functioning in High School Males

M.S. - Community Counseling (Adolescent and Adult Specialty) (08/2009); University of North Texas (Denton. TX)

B.A. - Psychology (05/2006); University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)

Refereed Articles

Ray, D., Huffman, D. D., & Christian, D. D. (In Press) Relationship boundaries: Complex roles of the male counselor educator. Submitted to: The Professional Counselor.

Christian, D. D., Perryman, K. L., & Portrie-Bethke, T. L. (Under Review). Using adventure based counseling to improve the parent/adolescent relationship: An Adlerian perspective. Submitted to: Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Christian, D. D., & Perryman, K. L. (Under Review) Adventures in supervision: Implications for supervision of adventure based counseling. Submitted to: Journal of Creativity in Mental Health..


Book Chapters

Portrie-Bethke, T. L., Christian, D., Brown, W., & Hill, N. R. (2012). Navigating the challenges of connecting with male youth: Empowering real-time interventions through adventure based counseling. In S. Degges-White & B. Colon (Ed.),Counseling Boys and Young Men. New York: Springer. 

Assistant Professor (08/2015 - Current)

Counselor Education and Supervision

University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, Arkansas


Professional School Counselor  (07/2012 - 07/2015)

Secondary Professional School Counselor

John H. Guyer High School; Denton, Texas


Adjunct Faculty Member (08/2013 - 08/2015)

Counselor Education and Supervision

University of North Texas; Denton, Texas


Adjunct Faculty Member (06/2014 - 08/2015)

Counselor Education and Supervision

Texas Woman's University; Denton, Texas


Clinician (06/2009 - 07/2012)

Child and Family Resource Center & Counseling and Human Development Center

University of North Texas; Denton, Texas


2014 Outstanding Practitioner Award

Chi Sigma Iota – Rho Kappa Chapter; Denton, Texas