Nancy G. Westburg
Professor, Counseling Email: westburg@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-895-5406
Department Name:
Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling
Office Location:
Memorial 202F

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Professor, Counseling
Email: 
westburg@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
609-895-5406
Department Name: 
Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Memorial 202F

Educational Background & Credentials

Education

  • Ph.D. Indiana State University - 1994
    Counseling Psychology
  • M.S. Chestnut Hill College - 1990
    Counseling Psychology & Human Services
  • B.A. Holy Family College - 1980
    Management/Marketing

Credentials

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Pennsylvania
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, New Jersey
  • Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania
  • National Certified Counselor

Awards

  • American Association of University Professors, Rider Chapter, John Long Memorial Award - 2013
  • American Association of University Professors, Rider Chapter, President Award – 2006
  • New Jersey Mental Health Counseling Association, President Award - 2000

Employment Background

My employment history has been an exciting journey. I was a full-time mother until my children were in their early teens, at which time I went to college and earned my Bachelor degree. After graduating, I worked 6 years in public relations and fundraising. My interest, however, changed and my career path shifted into higher education as assistant director of admissions. I worked in this position for 4 years, during which time I completed my Master degree. I left this position to enter a full-time counseling psychology doctoral program. My training included counseling at-risk students at an elementary school and college students at the College Counseling Center. My clinical training included a year-long internship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Memphis, where I completed rotations in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic, General Inpatient Psychiatry, Medical Psychology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chronic Pain Management Program, Medical Psychology in Geriatrics, and the Emergency Room at a local hospital. Upon earning my Ph.D. in 1994, I began teaching in the Counseling Services Program, The Department of Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling, at Rider University. Currently, I am a Professor and Director of the Counseling Services Programs. Teaching at Rider is very rewarding, because of the students and faculty. I love working here.

Teaching Philosophy and Courses Taught

My Teaching Philosophy:
As an educator, I share and implement the Department's developmental-reflective philosophy of teaching. Respecting individual differences, my students and I work collaboratively to identify areas of strengths and growth for student development. Practical knowledge from my clinical experiences and research findings are incorporated into lectures and class discussions, making the theoretical material more understandable. Lectures, journal writing, reflection, humor, interactive learning exercises, case studies, videos, and small group experiential activities facilitate student learning. At all times, ethical standards of the counseling profession guide my professional decisions and activities.

Courses Taught at Rider:

  • Elementary School Counseling Practicum
  • Secondary School Counseling Practicum
  • Individual Counseling Practicum
  • Internship in Counseling I & II
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Counseling Techniques Lab
  • Psychopathology
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Foundations of School Counseling
  • Foundations of Community Counseling
  • Holistic Wellness Counseling
  • Gender Issues in Counseling

Research Activites / Interests

My research interest is in Hope and Humans, from birth to death. The field of counseling has traditionally focused on necessary human strengths for normal growth and development. Hope is one of those necessary factors for a productive and quality existence. My research agenda is progressing and my research projects are in various stages. I have investigated hope in older women who are 70 years of age and older, college students, caregivers of HIV+ patients (funded by the Mid-State Health Advisory Corp./LAB IV), and children and their parents. I am the United States representative on an international research team investigating hope in counselors and counselors-in-training across cultures. My studies include investigating hope and humor in older adults and staff at an assisted living facility. My research projects have been funded by Rider University Summer Research Fellowships for 7 consecutive years. The findings from these studies are being developed into a large database that will provide information supporting appropriate counseling and guidance for instilling hope in all populations.

Scholarly Publications and Presentations

Publications:

  • Peterson, C, H., Buser, T. J., and Westburg, N. G. (2010). Effects of familial attachment, social support, involvement and self-esteem on youth substance use and sexual risk taking. The Family Journal, 18, 369-376.
  • D’Amore-Steffee, A., Hutchinson, J., Westburg, N., & Murphy, J. (work-in-progress). Hope, forgiveness, and anger: Perspectives of Children and Parents.
  • Westburg, N. G., & Guindon, M. H. (2004). Hope, attitudes, emotions, and expectations in healthcare providers of services to patients infected with HIV.  AIDS and Behavior, 8, 1-8.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2003). The importance of hope and humor in residents and staff at an assisted living facility. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 25, 16-32.
  • Westburg, N.G., & Martin, D. (2003). The relationship between a child’s hope, a parent’s hope, and student-directed, goal-oriented academic instruction. The Journal of Humanistic Education, Counseling and Development, 42, 152-164.
  • Westburg, N.G. (2001). Hope in older women: The importance of past and current relationships. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 20, 354-365.
  • Westburg, N.G. (2000). Hope in education: Programs and funding. Focus on Education, 44, 34-36.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2000). Medications for depression, anxiety, and ADHD in children and adolescents. The Form, 4(11), 2-3.
  • Westburg, N. G. (1999). Hope and humor: Using the Hope Scale in outcome studies. Psychological Reports, 84, 1014-1020.
  • Westburg, N. G., & Boyer, M. C. (1999). Assessing clients' level of hope: A preliminary study. Journal of College Counseling, 2, 25-32.
  • Westburg, N. G. (1998/1999). Hope and healthy development: Developing hope during early childhood years. Children Our Concern, 23, 21-22.
  • Westburg, N. G. (1998). Older women: Hope and approaches to life. Journal of Adult Developing and Aging: Theory and Research, [On-line], 1(1). Available: http://www.uncg.edu/ced/jada.
  • Westburg, N. G. (1997). The importance of hope: implications for therapeutic interventions. Directions in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, 7(15), 1-15.
  • Westburg, N. G. (1997). Anger: What counselors should know. New Jersey Journal of Professional Counseling, 55, 58-63.

Selected Presentations:

  • Buser, J. K., Peterson C. H., Buser, T. J., & Westburg, N. G. (2012, April). Spirituality in Counseling: The Spiritual Genogram as a Clinical Intervention. New Jersey Counseling Association 2012 Annual Conference, Lincroft, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2012, March). Team Diagnosis. Poster presented at NCATE visit, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G., Peterson, C. H., Buser, T. J., & Buser, J. K. (2011, October). Wellness Counseling and Positive Psychology. WDVR Stepping Stones radio program, Sargeantsville, NJ.
  • Buser, T. J., Buser, J. K., Peterson, C. H., & Westburg, N. G. (2011, April). Wellness and strengths-based counseling: Mindfulness, group intelligence, hope & spirituality.  Paper presented at New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Convention, Eaton, NJ.
  • Peterson, C. H., Buser, T. J., Westburg, N. G., & Reid, R. J. (2010, April). Substance use and risky sexual behavior: protective factors, hope, and interventions. Paper presented at New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Convention, Eaton, NJ.
  • Peterson, C. H., & Westburg, N. G. (2009, April). Counseling and Positive Psychology: Assessment and Strategies for Adults and Children. Paper presented at New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Convention, Eaton, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G., & Gischlar, K. L. (2008, April). Maintaining hope through self-care in families, caregivers, and counselors. Paper presented at New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Convention, Eaton, NJ.
  • Gischlar, K. L., Murphy, J. P., & Westburg, N. G. (2006, May). Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents: Diagnosis, treatment and hope. Paper presented at New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Convention, Eaton, NJ.
  • Gischlar, K., Brooks, M., Murphy, J. & Westburg, N. (2005, May). Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in American schools: Barriers and pathways to hope. 2005 New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Conference, Eatontown, NJ
  • D’Amore-Steffee, T., Hutchinson, J., Westburg, N. & Murphy, J. (2005, April). Hope, forgiveness, and anger: Perspectives of children and parents. 2005 National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • Westburg, N. G., Murphy, J., & Dombrowski, S. (2004, May). Traumatized, abused children: Facts and hope. 2004 New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Conference, Eatontown, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2003, June). Hope, laughter, and humor in residents and staff at an assisted living facility. The First World Laughter Tour International Symposium, Orlando, FL.
  • Westburg, N. G., Murphy, J. P., & D’Amore Steffee, T. (2003, April). The importance of hope and forgiveness in health and healing. 2003 New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Conference, Princeton, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2003, March). Stress and relaxation using laughter and humor. Rider University Orienting Women Leaders Organization, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2003, January). Hope and forgiveness in young children. Cappella School, Mercer Country, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G., & Pierce, K. (2002, March). The power of hope and peer influences: Opportunities for counselors, teachers, and students. 2002 New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Conference, Princeton, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2002, January). Hope and humor in residents and staff at an assisted living facility. Morris Hall/St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center Community Services Board, Lawrenceville, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2001, August). Teaching activity: Team diagnosis in psychopathology. Was accepted for presentation at the 2001 Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco. (This was an outcome of my participating in the Scholarship of Teaching meetings last fall.)
  • Westburg, N. G. (2001, April). Hope, the under-served, and the system.. New Jersey Association Multicultural Counseling Workshop. Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2000, November). High hope women’s strategies for successful living. Orienting Women Leaders Organization, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2000, April). Hope: Implications for counselors. New Jersey Association Multicultural Counseling Workshop. Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. (2000, March). Hope in older women: The importance of past and current relationships. American Counseling Association 2000 Annual Convention, Washington, D. C.
  • Westburg, N. G. (1999, March). Women's Hope: Dreams, Goals, and Decisions. Rider University's OWL Organization. Rider Unversity, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • DeEsch, J. B., Westburg, N. G., & Murphy, J. P. (1998, April). Understanding and helping children with psychologicial disorders. NJACAC Mini-Institute, Mercer County Professional Counslors Association. Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Westburg, N. G. (1998, February). Hope and Healing. Saint Francis Medical Center's Care Connection: Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Series. Trenton, NJ.
  • Westburg, N. G. & Guindon, M. H. (1996, August). Hope and Self-Esteem: Applications for practice, research, and education. 1996 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.
  • Westburg, N. G. (1996, May). Older women's words of hope and wisdom. The 1996 International Counselling Congress, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Westburg, N. G. (1996, July 8). Co-host. In J. Joella (Producer), New Jersey Today radio program, Trenton, New Jersey.

Professional and Personal Interests

Rider University:

  • Director of Counseling Services Program, 2007 – present
  • Coordinator of Counseling Services Program, 2004-2005
  • CACREP Re-Accreditation Committee – 2009 - present
  • American Association of University Professors, Rider University Chapter 2011 Negotiating Team
  • AAUP Liaison to School of Education, 2008 - present
  • CACREP Accreditation Committee Chair: compiled 10 volume CACREP report, 2004-2006
  • Department Promotion and Tenure Revision Committee, 2004 – 2007, Chair
  • American Association of University Professors, Rider University Chapter 2007 Negotiating Team
  • American Association of University Professors, Rider University Chapter (2005 to 2006) – President
  • American Association of University Professors, Rider University Chapter (2004 to 2005) – Vice President
  • Search Committee for Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, 2005 - 2006
  • University Academic Policy Committee, 2002 to 2008 (served as Chair 2002-2003)
  • American Association of University Professors, Rider University Chapter (2001 to 2003) - Member at Large
  • Gender Equity Pay Study Committee, AAUP, (2002 to 2004) - Chair
  • School of Education Academic Policy Committee, 1998 to 2002.
  • Marketing Committee for the Graduate Division of the College of Education and Human Services, 1995 to 2004.
  • Strategic Planning Committee for Graduate Education, 1997 to present.
  • Rider University Marketing Council, 1996 to 1998; 2002
  • Education Human Subjects Committee, 1995 to 1997.
  • Honorary Degrees and Academic Ceremonies Committee, 1995 to 1997.

Professional Organizations:

  • The New Jersey Professional Counseling Journal, Editor, 2000 – 2002
  • The New Jersey Professional Counseling Journal, Editorial Board, 2000 – 2010
  • New Jersey Counseling Association: Member-at-Large, 2000 – 2001.
  • New Jersey Mental Health Counselors Association: Past President, 2000 – 2001; President, 1999 – 2000; President-Elect, 1998 – 1999.
  • New Jersey Counseling Association: Chair of Professional Development Committee, 1997 to 1998.

Community:

  • Community Service Board Member, Morris Hall/St. Lawrence Rehabilitation     Center, Lawrenceville, NJ, 1998 - 2004.
  • Chair, Hope and Humor Task Force, 2002 – 2004.

Personal:

  • My interests include golf, Tai Chi, Pilates, bridge, and watching humorous movies. I love spending time with my family and friends.