Dr. Jake Protivnak

Professor
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Dr. Jake Protivnak

Professor

Psychological Sciences & Counseling

Beeghly Hall 4103

phone: (330) 941-1936

jjprotivnak@ysu.edu

Bio

Jake J. Protivnak, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor and Counseling Program Director in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Counseling at Youngstown State University (YSU). He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Supervising (LPCC-S), Licensed Professional School Counselor (LPSC), and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Protivnak earned his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University and his master's degree in Community Counseling from Kent State University.

Dr. Protivnak has 20+ years of experience as a counselor educator, counselor, and supervisor with work in clinical mental health, school, and college settings focusing primarily on counseling children, adolescents, and college-aged adults. He has authored 20+ refereed journal publications, 30+ book chapters and invited articles, and 100+ national, state, and regional presentations. Dr. Protivnak has received recognition from several professional organizations (e.g., American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Ohio Counseling Association, Ohio University, Youngstown State University) for his leadership, scholarship, teaching, and service. Most recently, he received the Counselor of the Year award from the Ohio Counseling Association. Dr. Protivnak served a Past-President of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA) and he has serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Eta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society at YSU for 10+ years.

Within his local community, Dr. Protivnak is a founding board member and Past-President of State of Mind: Hudson, a non-profit advocacy organization composed of individuals from various non-mental health professions working together to increase mental health awareness and reduce stigma of seeking treatment.

Research Interests

Counselor Education and Supervision Issues; Counseling Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Transition-Aged Youth

Teaching Interests

COUN 6900 Counseling Methods, COUN 7002 Counseling Practicum II, COUN 7010 Counseling Internship, COUN 7020 Field Experience Supervision

  • Education
    • 2005

      Ph D, Counselor Education and Supervision

      Ohio University

    • 2002

      MEd, Community Counseling

      Kent State University

    • 1998

      BS, Psychology

      Andrews University

    • 1996

      Other, Liberal Studies

      Ambassador University

  • Awards and Honors
    • April 2023

      Youngstown State University

      Distinguished Professorship Award – Excellence in Scholarship

      Awarded to an individual who demonstrates excellence in research and scholarship.

    • October 2022

      The Ohio Counseling Association

      Susan J. Sears Counselor of the Year Award

    • April 2021

      Youngstown State University

      Distinguished Professorship Award – Excellence in Service

    • October 2020

      The Ohio Counseling Association

      Research & Writing Award

    • April 2020

      The American Counseling Association

      Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award

    • May 2019

      Youngstown State University

      Excellence Award for Scholarship

    • April 2018

      Chi Sigma Iota - International

      Outstanding Chapter Faculty Advisor Award

    • November 2017

      YSU Office of Research

      Research Award

    • November 2016

      The Ohio Counseling Association

      David Brooks Award

    • April 2016

      The Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

      Counselor Educator of the Year

    • December 2015

      The Ohio Magazine

      Excellence in Education

    • April 2015

      Youngstown State University

      Walter E. & Caroline H. Watson Foundation Merit Award

    • April 2014

      Youngstown State University

      Libra Award

    • March 2013

      The American Counseling Association

      Robert Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award

    • March 2013

      Ohio University, Department of Counseling and Higher Education

      George E. Hill Distinguished Alumni Award

    • November 2010

      The Ohio Counseling Association

      Past President Award

    • April 2010

      The Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

      Outstanding Mentor Award

    • April 2009

      Youngstown State University

      Distinguished Professorship Award – Excellence in Teaching

    • November 2008

      The Ohio Counseling Association

      Herman J. Peters Award

  • Administrative Assignments
    • 2020 - present

      Director

    • 2018 - 2020

      Department Chairperson

    • 2017 - 2017

      Department Chairperson

    • 2011 - 2013

      Coordinator

    • 2011 - 2017

      Department Chairperson

    • 2008 - 2013

      Coordinator

    • 2005 - 2011

      Other

  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2023

      "Unrecognized grief: Counseling interventions for injured student-athletes"

      Journal of Counselor Practice, volume 14, issue 1, p. 75-101

    • 2022

      "Sugar and spice and everything nice: Non-traditional career decision-making"

      Cognella, issue 2, p. 209-211

    • 2021

      "Penguin to penguin: Creating a connection in a disconnected world"

      Chi Sigma Iota Exemplar, volume 36, issue 1, p. 18-21

    • 2020

      "With a little help from my friends: School counseling and university outreach center partnerships"

      The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, volume 11, issue 1, p. 34-54

    • 2020

      "Addressing unrecognized grief of elementary students experiencing relationship loss"

      The Journal of School Counseling, volume 18, issue 28

    • 2019

      "Celebrating 50 Years: Counseling Program History"

      YSU, p. 12

    • 2018

      "Sugar and spice and everything nice: Non-traditional career decision-making"

      Association for Specialist in Group Work, issue 1st, p. 265-268

    • 2017

      "Voices from the desks: Exploring master’s student experiences in counselor education"

      The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, volume 9, issue 2

    • 2017

      "Recruiting Undergraduate Students: Creating a Path to the Counseling Profession"

      The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, volume 9, issue 1

    • 2017

      "Preparing mental health first responders: College counselors supporting residence life professionals"

      The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, volume 6, p. 63-78

    • 2017

      "Invisible outsiders: Developing a working alliance with Appalachian clients"

      The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, volume 6, p. 79-91

    • 2016

      "The Experiences of At-Risk Male High School Students Participating in Academic Focused School Counseling Sessions"

      Journal of Counselor Practice, volume 7, issue 1, p. 41-60

    • 2016

      "Group work with international students: Building collective cultural knowledge"

      Journal for Specialist in Group Work, volume 41, issue 3, p. 1-24

    • 2016

      "Expectations for professional behavior among graduate students"

      Oxford University Press, p. 97

    • 2015

      "Turn your MESS into a meaningful MESSage"

      Association for Specialist in Group Work, p. 159-161

    • 2015

      "Supervisor’s suggestions for enhancing counseling regulatory boards’ sanctioned supervision practices"

      Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 2, p. 109-123

    • 2015

      "Pre-tenured Counselor Educators Engagement in Direct Counseling Service: Results of a National Survey"

      The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, volume 7, issue 3

    • 2015

      "Office basketball: Talk and play"

      Springer Publishing, p. 200-202

    • 2015

      "A qualitative study of supervisors’ reflections on providing sanctioned supervision"

      The Clinical Supervisor, volume 34, issue 1, p. 38-56

    • 2014

      "Professional Credentialing"

      Sage

    • 2014

      "A Day in the Life of a College Student"

      Association for Specialist in Group Work, p. 231-233

    • 2013

      "Career exploration in an urban high school: Implementing a comprehensive student portfolio program"

      Journal of Counselor Practice

    • 2013

      "The perceived value of counselor preparation for student affairs professionals"

      Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, volume 5, issue 1

    • 2013

      "Campus Life and Mental Health"

      ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, p. 99-102

    • 2012

      "Using values-based approaches in employment counseling and assessment: Professional and related occupations"

      Journal of Employment Counseling, volume 49, issue 4, p. 160-171

    • 2012

      "Adding to the toolbox: Using creative interventions with high school students"

      Journal of School Counseling, volume 10, issue 9

    • 2011

      "Letters from the future: The use of letter writing as a school counseling intervention"

      Australian Journal of Guidance and Counseling, volume 21, issue 3, p. 74-84

    • 2011

      "Career development idols: Influencing people and the profession"

      Career Developments, volume 27, issue 3, p. 3-8

    • 2011

      "Abusive Partner Relationships in Secondary Schools: Identification and Intervention Strategies for School Counselors"

      Australian Journal of Guidance and Counseling, volume 21, issue 3, p. 49-59

    • 2010

      "Ohio counselors at the Capital"

      OCA Guidelines, volume 36, issue 3, p. 15

    • 2010

      "Begin with the end in mind"

      OCA Guidelines, volume 36, issue 3, p. 3

    • 2010

      "Decade of development: Looking back, moving forward"

      OCA Guidelines, volume 36, issue 2, p. 3-4

    • 2010

      "For those about the rock out (with your high school students), we salute you: School counselors using music interventions"

      Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, volume 5, issue 1, p. 25-38

    • 2009

      "Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Discussions"

      OCA Guidelines, volume 36, p. 10-11

    • 2009

      "Medicare coverage of counselors: I can’t drive 65"

      OCA Guidelines, volume 36, p. 3-4

    • 2009

      "Professional Development Plans to Remedy Problematic Counseling Student Behaviors"

      Counselor Education and Supervision, volume 48, p. 154-166

    • 2009

      "Key People in Professional Identity and Ethics"

      American Counseling Association (ACA), p. 414-417

    • 2009

      "Key People in Career Development"

      American Counseling Association (ACA), p. 80-83

    • 2009

      "An exploration of themes that impact the counselor education doctoral student experience"

      Counselor Education and Supervision, volume 48, p. 154-166

    • 2008

      "School Counselors Role in Academic Achievement"

      ACA-ACES Syllabus Clearinghouse

    • 2008

      "By the numbers"

      OSCA Advocate, p. 8

    • 2008

      "President-Elect Nomination Statement"

      OCA Guidelines

    • 2008

      "OASERVIC 2008 Spring Workshop"

      Connections, volume 11, p. 3&5

    • 2008

      "Addressing abusive partner relationships of high school students"

      OSCA Advocate, p. 8-9

    • 2008

      "The impact of the supervision relationship on the behaviors of school counseling interns"

      Journal of School Counseling, volume 6, issue 19

    • 2008

      "Family feud"

      Association for Specialist in Group Work, p. 142-144

    • 2008

      "Counseling Clients Involved with Violent Intimate Partners: Mental Health Counselors’ Role in Promoting Client Safety"

      Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 30, p. 200-210

    • 2006

      "Strategies for a Successful Co-Teaching Experience"

      ACES Spectrum, volume 66, issue 3

    • 2006

      "An analysis of the impact of the onsite supervision relationship of school counseling interns in Ohio"

      Dissertation Abstracts International, volume 66, issue 11, p. 3940

    • 2005

      "Collaborating with Counselor Educators: Students Moving Forward with Research"

      ACES Spectrum, volume 65, issue 4

  • Professional Service
    • 2021 - present

      Other
      Idaho State University Department of Counseling

    • 2021 - 2022

      Other
      Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International

    • 2021 - present

      Other
      Bowling Green State University, School of Counseling & Special Education

    • 2021 - present

      Other
      Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

    • 2020 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselor Conference (AOCC)
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2019 - 2020

      Committee Member
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA): President’s Advisory Council

    • 2019 - 2020

      Task Force Member
      Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) / Association for Mental Health Counselors (AMHCA)

    • 2019 - 2019

      Task Force Member
      Eastern Ohio Counseling Association (EOCA), Strategic Planning

    • 2019 - present

      Other
      University of Toledo
      Toledo, OH

    • 2019 - 2021

      Other
      Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International

    • 2019 - 2021

      Officer, Treasurer
      Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International

    • 2019 - 2021

      Committee Chair
      Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International, Chair of Chapter Development Grants and Statewide/Regional Networking Grants Committee

    • 2018 - 2018

      Task Force Member
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), AOCC Conference Taskforce

    • 2017 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselor Conference (AOCC)
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2017 - present

      Other
      Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Department of Professional Studies

    • 2016 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselor Conference (AOCC)
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2016 - 2017

      Committee Chair
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA): Archivist Committee

    • 2016 - 2017

      Task Force Member
      Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES): New Faculty Interest Network, Ohio Representative

    • 2016 - present

      Other
      Quest
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2015 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselor Conference (AOCC)
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2015 - 2017

      Other
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), Emerging Leaders Program Mentor

    • 2014 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselor Conference (AOCC)
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2014 - present

      Session Chair
      11th Annual Educational Research Exchange at Youngstown State University
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2014 - present

      Other
      Quest
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2014 - present

      Other
      Quest
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2014 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      Annual Educational Research Exchange
      Youngstown, Ohio

    • 2014 - 2015

      Task Force Member
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), Taskforce, Graduate Student Committee

    • 2014 - 2016

      Committee Member
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA): Committee Member, Archivist

    • 2013 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselor Conference (AOCC)
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2013 - present

      Session Chair
      10th Annual Educational Research Exchange at Cleveland State University
      Cleveland, OH

    • 2013 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      Annual Educational Research Exchange
      Cleveland, Ohio

    • 2013 - 2014

      Committee Member
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA): Search Committee, OCA Executive Director

    • 2013 - 2014

      Committee Member
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA): Search Committee, Editor of Journal of Counselor Practice

    • 2012 - present

      Other
      Seattle University, Department of Counseling and School Psychology

    • 2012 - present

      Session Chair
      9th Annual Educational Research Exchange at Kent State University
      Kent, OH

    • 2012 - present

      Other
      Quest
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2012 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      Annual Educational Research Exchange
      Kent, Ohio

    • 2011 - present

      Other
      Clemson University Department of Leadership, Counselor Education, and Human and Organizational Development

    • 2011 - present

      Other
      Quest
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2011 - present

      Session Chair
      8th Annual Educational Research Exchange at Youngstown State University
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2011 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      Annual Educational Research Exchange
      Youngstown, Ohio

    • 2011 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference
      New Orleans, Louisiana

    • 2011 - 2012

      Committee Member
      Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES), Awards Committee

    • 2010 - present

      Other
      Quest
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2010 - present

      Session Chair
      7th Annual Educational Research Exchange at the University of Akron
      Akron, OH

    • 2010 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      Annual Educational Research Exchange
      Akron, Ohio

    • 2009 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselor Conference
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2009 - present

      Other
      Quest
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2009 - present

      Session Chair
      6th Annual Educational Research Exchange at Cleveland State University
      Cleveland, OH

    • 2009 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      Annual Educational Research Exchange
      Cleveland, Ohio

    • 2009 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Counselor Practice

    • 2008 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselor Conference
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2008 - present

      Other
      Quest
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2008 - present

      Session Chair
      5th Annual Educational Research Exchange at Kent State University
      Kent, OH

    • 2008 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      Annual Educational Research Exchange
      Kent, Ohio

    • 2008 - 2011

      Officer, President/Elect/Past
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA)

    • 2008 - 2012

      Committee Member
      National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Ethics Hearing Committee

    • 2008 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Mental Health Counseling

    • 2007 - present

      Session Chair
      Quest at Youngstown State University
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2007 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      American Counseling Association Conference
      Detroit, Michigan

    • 2007 - present

      Session Chair
      4th Annual Educational Research Exchange at Youngstown State University
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2007 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      Annual Educational Research Exchange
      Youngstown, Ohio

    • 2007 - 2008

      Committee Member
      North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES), Awards Committee

    • 2007 - 2012

      Committee Member
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA): Government Relations Committee

    • 2006 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      All Ohio Counselors Conference
      Columbus, Ohio

    • 2006 - 2007

      Committee Member
      Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International, Chapter Faculty Advisors Committee

    • 2006 - 2008

      Board of Advisors of a Company
      Walsh University, Community Advisory Board Member, Counseling Program

    • 2005 - 2007

      Committee Member
      Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES), ACES Conference Committee

    • 2005 - 2006

      Committee Member
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA): Technology Committee

    • 2005 - 2006

      Committee Chair
      Ohio Counseling Association (OCA): Awards Committee

    • 2005 - 2008

      Officer, President/Elect/Past
      Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical & Religious Values in Counseling (OASERVIC)

  • Public Service
    • 2020 - 2022

      Chair
      Hudson United Methodist Church, Staff Parish Relations Committee
      Hudson, OH

    • 2019 - 2023

      Board Member
      State of Mind: Hudson, Founding Board Member
      Hudson, OH

    • 2018 - 2019

      Participant
      Leadership Hudson
      Hudson, OH

    • 2016 - 2018

      Committee Member
      Hudson United Methodist Church, Staff Parish Relations Committee
      Hudson, OH

Education

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Ohio University
  • M.Ed., Community Counseling, Kent State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Andrews University
  • A.A., Liberal Arts, Ambassador University

Scholarship

Review publications on Research Gate or Academia.