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Dr. John Worzbyt

  • John WorzbytEmeritus Faculty - Retired

    206 Stouffer Hall 
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
    Indiana, PA 15705  

    Experience and Interests

    John Worzbyt has been with the Counseling Department since 1972 and retired in 2003. He is a former chairperson of the department, past coordinator of the school and community counseling programs, and chaired the department’s doctoral program from 1986 until its phase-out in 1995.

    Worzbyt has over 30 years of teaching experience in education having worked as an elementary and middle school science teacher, school counselor, and counselor educator. He is a nationally board certified counselor and holds membership in the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

    In addition to fulfilling teaching and administrative responsibilities, Worzbyt has been a consultant to school districts, social service agencies, mental health clinics, hospitals, banks, and professional associations. His areas of expertise are counseling theory, child counseling, decision making and risk management, self-esteem development, and human potential enhancement. 

    As an author, Worzbyt has co-authored four textbooks, two monographs, educational teaching curriculum, and articles in professional journals pertaining to counseling, decision making, management, and leadership. His most recent textbook, co-authored with Kathleen O’Rourke, is Support Groups for Children, published in 1996 by Accelerated Development, a division of Taylor and Francis. Worzbyt, O’Rourke, and Claire Dandeneau are currently drafting a second edition of Elementary School Counseling: A Blueprint for Today and Tomorrow, which was first published in 1989 by Accelerated Development.

    Worzbyt is a nationally certified counselor, a registrant of the National Distinguished Service Registering in Counseling, and is listed in Who’s Who in the World, American Education, and in the East. He has received two national writing awards for publications, the College of Education Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Accomplishments as Teacher-Scholar, and was honored by the United States Congressional Medal of Honor Society for having written Beating the Odds, a youth program which they adopted in 1995. Worzbyt is also the 1997 recipient of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Eminent Practitioner Award.