M. Carolyn Thomas is professor of Counselor Education at Auburn Montgomery and a group counselor at the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery, AL. She is in her 41st year of counselor education, an ASGW and NCDA Fellow, and former President of ASGW. Her research, practice and teaching interests are group work with elementary students, victims of physical and sexual abuse and their non-offending family members, and older persons. She often combines her passions for group work and career development in presentations and publications. Carolyn was named one of President Bush’s Points of Light for her work with victims, and is often recognized for her involvement in her community and professional counseling associations.
Carolyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Bachelor Social Worker. She has published forty articles or chapters and made seventy presentations in her area of interest and research. Carolyn has served in major offices in the national and state professional counseling associations, and is most often elected or appointed in positions dealing with finance, professional development and ethics.
Carolyn is originally from Louisiana, where she spent most of her young life in a small farming community. She attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, LA, Newcomb College in New Orleans, LA, and finished her first graduate degree in school counseling at Tulane University.
After teaching biology, chemistry, and science in Louisiana public and private schools, she was a school counselor on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands for two years. She had a passion for marine biology and spent a great deal of her waking and nonworking life snorkeling and collecting tropical fish for her own aquaria.
Carolyn received her doctorate from the University of Iowa, where she studied group counseling under John Jones, and career development under David Jepsen and John Crites. She continues to grow in those areas, and often combines her group work with career development. She obtained a second master’s degree in Community Psychology at Auburn University Montgomery.
Most people who know Carolyn are aware of her love for her extended family. She is also known for her love of all animals, and she often has a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, goats and rabbits. She once had a house pig, and she arrived at the University of Iowa with a pet raccoon and skunk. In addition to her love of family, teaching, counseling, and animals, Carolyn also enjoys gardening, canning, and cooking.
Having taught or counseled in either junior high school, high school, college or graduate school for fifty years, Carolyn has no plans to retire in the near future.