As an active, published researcher and clinician, Kevin Feisthamel, Ph.D., director of counseling, health, and disability services at Hiram College, takes pride in bringing best practices in counseling to Hiram students. Dr. Feisthamel’s work recently captured the attention of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), which selected him as the recipient of its 2017 Research and Writing Award. Dr. Feisthamel will accept the honor at the All Ohio Counselors Conference on November 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
“To be recognized by my professional colleagues is truly an honor,” says Dr. Feisthamel, adding that he always strives to deliver excellence in care to his Hiram student clients.
Dr. Feisthamel, who joined Hiram in 2011, has published more than 25 research-related articles, many of them peer-reviewed for such journals as the Journal of Counseling Development, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and Journal of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. With a research interest in clinical supervision, race, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Dr. Feisthamel investigates racial bias in the diagnoses of mental disorders among African Americans compared to Euro-Americans. Dr. Feisthamel also is an advocate for cultivating ethical resiliency in clinical supervision. He takes a strength-based approach in providing clinical supervision that focuses on generating positive outcomes and adhering to ethical codes.
Dr. Feisthamel created the College’s first counseling internship program for doctoral and masters’-level graduate students and founded and advises the Active Minds chapter at Hiram College.
Also at Hiram, Dr. Feisthamel, in collaboration with the Portage County Mental Health and Recovery Board, will bring mental health first aid training to some 70 students, faculty, and staff members through a grant he received from The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health. This was the fifth grant Dr. Feisthamel obtained for the College to address such issues as suicide prevention, LGBT mental health, and others.
“We are truly impressed with your distinguished service, going beyond the call of duty by demonstrating exceptional service through the application of OCA goals …,” wrote Dr. Marlise Lonn, OCA Awards Committee chair, in a recent letter to Dr. Feisthamel.