Elsa Soto Leggett

Elsa Soto Leggett,
Assistant Professor of Counseling

Teaching Areas: Counseling, school counseling, counseling children & adolescents

Research Interest: Professional identity of counselors, school counseling, counseling children & adolescents, solution-focused counseling, creative integration in counseling, play therapy

Education

Ph.D. in counselor education, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2004
M.S. in school counseling, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2001
B.S., Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, 1988
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Board-Approved Supervisor, 2006
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselor, 2005
Texas Education Agency School Counseling certification, 2001
Texas Education Agency English as a Second Language 1-8 certification, 1990
Texas Education Agency Elementary Education 1-8 and Mathematics 1-8 certifications, 1988

Published Research

“A Creative Approach to Solution-Focused Counseling: An Integration with Children’s Literature and Visual Arts,” The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. 2009

“Creativity and Solution-Focused Counseling: A Case Study of a Child with Chronic Illness,” The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. 2009

Book review of “Working with Parents of Noncompliant Children: A Guide to Evidence-Based Parent Training for Practitioners and Students,” The Family Journal; Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families. 2009

“Family Counseling in Schools: Recommendations for Consideration and Practice,” New York School Counseling Journal. 2009

“The Professional Identity of School Counselors: An Inside Look,” The Counseling Interviewer. 2009

“Solution-Focused Classroom Guidance: Changing Classroom Climate,” VDM Publishers. 2009

“Professional Identity & Ethics,” ACA Encyclopedia of Counseling, American Counseling Association Publications. 2009

Current Scholarly Projects

Drawing a Solution: An Integration of Solution-Focused Counseling and Drawing

Book review of “The Children who Lived: Using Harry Potter and Other Fictional Characters to help Grieving Children and Adolescents,” The Family Journal; Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families. Commissioned.

Transition to a New School: Focusing on Solutions for Small Groups

Supervisees’ Experiences in Multicultural Supervision: Influences of Critical Incidents

Presentations

“The Critical Needs of Supervisees in Multicultural Supervision,” Texas Counseling Association 53rd Annual Professional Conference. Dallas, Texas. November 2009

“An Exceptional Combination: Integrating Solution-Focused Counseling and Creative Arts Techniques with Diverse Populations,” Texas Counseling Association 53rd Annual Professional Conference. Dallas, Texas. October 2009

“Impact of Multicultural Supervision on Supervisees,” Association of Counselor Educators & Supervisors Conference. San Diego, Calif. October 2009

“Building a Strong Foundation: Moving Toward a Comprehensive School Counseling Program,” Counseling and Guidance Secondary Division End-of-Year In-Service for Houston Independent School District. Houston, Texas. June 2009

“Eliminating ‘Other Duties as Assigned’ Articulating & Advocating for Counseling-Focused School-Based Counseling Programs,” Secondary School Counselors Conference. Austin, Texas.  February 2009

“A Social Constructionist Approach to Supervision,” Texas Association for Counselor Educators & Supervisor Mid-Winter Conference. Austin, Texas. January 2009