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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks


Cowles, Janelle

Professor of Counselor Education

DegreesDr. Janelle Cowles

Ed.D. – Counseling and Student Services, 1983, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
M.S. – Guidance and Counseling, 1979, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri
M.S. – Elementary Education, 1974, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri
B.S. – Elementary Education, 1970, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

State Credentials

Licensed Professionl Counselor, Missouri
Teacher-K-8, Missouri
Counselor-K-8, Missouri
Professional Certification
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor Association for Play Therapy

Classes Regularly Taught

Management of Program Services
Introduction to Play Therapy
Counseling Theories
Career Development and Counseling
Counseling Theories
Internship in Counselor Education

Seminars / Conferences / Presentations

Cowles, J., Dusin, B., McFatrich, K., and Lollis, J. (2004). Action research: A program evaluation tool for counselors.  Missouri School Counselor Association: 2004 MSCA Annual  Fall Conference.

Cowles, J. (2003).  Play Therapy:  Application in the elementary school setting.  Empowering Excellence Conference: Liberty Public Schools.

Schild, S., Stark-Wablewski, K., Kreiner, D., and Cowles, J. (2003). Racial and Sexual Identity Development and Attitudes Toward HIV/AIDS.  American Psychological Association Poster Presentation.  Fall, 2003

Sesser, G. R., Cowles, J. & McHenry, B. (2003). Temporary authorization certification requirements for school counselors. Missouri School Counselor Association:  2003 MSCA Annual Fall Conference.

McHenry, B., Sesser, G. R., & Cowles, J. (2003). Site supervisor handbook. DESE/Counselor Educators Fall Conference.

McHenry, B., Cowles, J. & Sesser, G. (2004). Counselor Institute. DESE/Counselor Educators Spring Conference.

Cowles, J. (2001, March 18-19).  Play Therapy in the elementary school setting.  Invited presentation.  St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Cowles, J. (2000, March).  Entering the child’s world through play. Pennsylvania State University-Shenengo, Shenengo, Pennsylvania.

Recent Publications / Research

McHenry, B., Sesser, G.R., & Cowles, J. (2004). Pointers: Who is qualified to administer the WISC-IV? And who is qualified to interpret the WISC-IV?  The Counseling Interviewer, 37, 32.

Cowles, J., McHenry, B. & Sesser, G. R. (2003). Professional school counselors: First responders for sexually abused children. The Counseling Interviewer. 36 (1), 19-21.

Ferris, P.A., Sesser, G.R. & Cowles, J. (2000). A call for research and evaluation in curriculum implementation, The Counseling Interviewer,. 33, 13-20.

Sesser, G.R., Ferris, P.A. & Cowles, J. (2000).  Following the national trend:  A survey of school counselor certification requirements.  The Counseling Interviewer, 32, 7-12.

Cowles, J. (1997). Lessons from The Little Prince: Implications for the therapeutic relationship with children.  The Professional School Counselor, 1 (1), 57-60.

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