William Forsythe

William Forsythe

Adjunct Counselor
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I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Penn State University. I also have a Masters of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling Theory and an Educational Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling Practice from Teachers College, Columbia University. 


I fell in love with John Jay back in 2008 when I did my graduate internship within the Counseling Services Center. I enjoyed working with the faculty, staff, and students of John Jay and was overjoyed when asked to come back as an adjunct counselor within the same center. I recently obtained my license to practice as a mental health counselor within the state of New York and look forward to continuing to perform many activities with John Jay students. Within the Counseling Services Center, I perform personal, career, and group counseling. In regards to groups, I currently co-facilitate a weekly meditation group open to all students. I also usually guest lecture on career counseling within the Introduction to Counseling course each semester. 

Research Summary

During my time as an undergraduate student at Penn State University, I worked as a peer counselor at the Prevention Research Center. This center aims to promote the well-being of children and youth and to reduce the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and poor outcomes in children, families and communities. The Prevention Research Center is involved in research, evaluation, and technical support projects at a variety of developmental levels.

I completed a three-credited required course in motivation interviewing with periodic testing of these skills by the University of Washington. This course was required in order to be adherent to the standards necessary to conduct motivational interviewing to clients participating in the research prior to seeing students. I actively participated in the scheduling, screening, and assessment of incoming Penn State freshman athletes’ knowledge and understanding about social issues and behaviors regarding alcohol consumption and substance abuse. I also conducted motivational interviewing to enhance the student’s level of alcohol knowledge and overall awareness in order to hopefully increase their potential to make responsible choices when consuming alcohol.