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John McCarthy, Ph.D.

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Contact Info
Company/Employer: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Facilitator Qualifications
Skills/Expertise (Select all that apply):
  • Subject Matter Expert / Speaker
  • Training Others in Creativity/Facilitation/CPS
Affiliations: Association for Creativity in Counseling American Counseling Association Division 10 (the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) of the American Psychological Association
CEF/CPSI Leadership:
  • CPSI Presenter
Education: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
Languages Spoken:
  • English
John McCarthy earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and has taught in the Department of Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) since 2001. He has directed the IUP Center for Creativity and Change (formerly named the Center for Counselor Training and Services) since its inception in 2005.  In addition, Dr. McCarthy has developed and regularly teaches a graduate-level course on creativity and creative problem-solving (CPS).

Dr. McCarthy has 28 journal publications and over 50 professional presentations. His recent international work in creativity includes the 2014 conference of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors Asia Pacific (keynote speaker) and the 2015  Symposium of the Singapore Association of Counselling (workshop presenter).  His e-book, Driving Forward in Reverse, was released in 2016.

His professional writings have been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Buffalo News, Counseling Today, and the Psychotherapy Networker.

From 2009 to 2015, McCarthy participated in the International Academic Fellowship Program in the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute. In this role, he worked with both Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia and Yerevan State University in Armenia. In addition, he has offered professional presentations in Turkey, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, England, Canada, and Taiwan.  In spring 2011, he served as an academic visitor at the University of Cambridge (UK).

In addition to CPS, his professional interests include international issues in mental health; counseling and wellness; CBT and solution-focused counseling approaches; and Motivational Interviewing.

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