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Ed Jacobs, PhD, LPC

Associate Professor

Professional Highlights

  • Areas of expertise: Group Counseling, Impact Therapy
  • Research interests: Effective Teaching, Creative Counseling


  • PhD, Counselor Education, Florida State University
  • MA, Psychology, University of Texas-Austin
  • BA, Psychology, University of Texas-Austin

Areas of Expertise

  • Group Counseling
  • Impact Therapy

Research Interests

  • Effective Teaching
  • Creative Counseling

Biographical Sketch

Ed Jacobs received his MA in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD in counselor education from Florida State University. Professional publications include 30 articles in books and journals as well as six books on counseling techniques: Impact Therapy, Creative Counseling Techniques: An Illustrated Guide, Group Counseling in Correctional Settings, and Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills, which is now in the 9th edition, and his two latest books, Impact Therapy: The Courage to Counsel and How to Select and Apply Change Strategies in Groups (Group Work Practice Kit).

Ed is the founder and director of Impact Therapy Associates. He is a licensed professional counselor in West Virginia and has been in private practice for over 40 years. Ed has presented throughout the United States, and Canada and in Turkey, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand over 400 workshops on Impact Therapy and group counseling for agencies, school districts and organizations. Ed is known for his practical, down-to-earth style in both his presentations and his books. Each summer, Ed conducts training institutes on Impact Therapy.

Ed has been recognized for his outstanding teaching and contribution to the field. In 2006, he was given the Outstanding Teacher Award in his college. Also in 2006 he was given by the Association for Creativity in Counseling the Innovator of the Year Award. In the past he was recognized for his contributions in group work by being given the Professional Advancement Award and selected as a Fellow in the Association for Specialists in Group Work.