Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt

Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt comes to Winebrenner from the University of Dayton. While serving as a School Counseling Clinical Coordinator and assistant professor at UD, Dr. Arndt’s professional and research interests included studying the efficacy of specific prevention and intervention efforts to improve school climate, such as conflict resolution, Peer Mediation, anti-bullying, and character education programs. Kelli Jo was the faculty advisor for the Upsilon Delta Chapter of CSI (Chi Sigma Iota), a counseling academic and professional international honor society.

Dr. Arndt received her Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and her doctorate degree from the University of Toledo. Prior to teaching at UD, Kelli Jo was a Clinical Mental Health Therapist in Toledo, Ohio, an elementary school counselor in Fremont, Ohio and a 5th grade teacher in Bowling Green, Ohio. Her area of expertise is counseling children and adolescents. Dr. Arndt has presented locally, at the state level, and nationally on various topics pertinent to school and clinical mental health counseling. Kelli Jo resides in Perrysburg with her three children and attends Cedar Creek Church.

As the director of the Masters of Clinical Counseling program (MACC), Dr. Arndt will prepare students to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ to help hurting individuals and families by obtaining the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions. She is a firm believer in Winebrenner’s mission and is looking forward to integrating the Christian principles of practicing generosity, seeking wholeness, and living missionally into the Clinical Counseling Program. Dr. Arndt aspires to promote professional identity among counseling graduate students by creating a new chapter of Chi Sigma Iota for Winebrenner students.  Further involvement in professional organizations, research, local advocacy and community building efforts will be encouraged.  Dr. Arndt also plans to provide students with cultural diversity immersion opportunities.  While at UD, she developed international experiences to enhance students’ intercultural awareness, knowledge, and skills.

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