Dr. Sylvia Lindinger-Sternart, program coordinator and core faculty for the Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) program, has earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision at the University of Toledo. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from University of Salzburg, Austria.
Dr. Lindinger-Sternart is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor in Montana and has earned a Nationwide Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has taught a variety of counseling courses and conducted multiple research projects. Dr. Lindinger-Sternart has gained clinical experience in individual and group counseling in diverse countries, having served in a Psychosomatic Clinic, Psychiatric Clinics, and an Inpatient Clinic for Women with Substance Use Disorders, a College Counseling Center, a community mental health center and in a private practice. Her particular passion is to work with diverse populations across the globe and she loves travelling to engage with other cultures.
Dr. Lindinger-Sternart has presented and published in the counseling field. She brings experience from her previous profession as an engineering project manager in her native country of Austria. She transitioned from engineering to counselor education by completing a MS degree in Clinical Psychology, with a minor in Organizational and Health Psychology.
Dr. Lindinger-Sternart served as an Assistant Professor in Counselor Education at Penn State University before she started her position at the University of Great Falls, where she currently serves as the liaison for the accreditation self-study of the MSC program (clinical mental health counseling) that was submitted to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in July 2016.
Dr. Jared Roberts is an assistant professor and core faculty in the Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) program at the University of Great Falls. As an educator, Professor Roberts has teaching experience in clinical internship, individual assessment and treatment planning, human development, counseling theories, and introduction to counseling. His scholarly interests include clinical supervision, counseling theory, and counselor education. As a doctoral candidate, he is currently conducting dissertation research that considers how models of clinical supervision are influenced by counseling theory. As a private practitioner Professor Roberts worked as a mental health counselor contracting with schools and government agencies serving children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, and family settings dealing with a variety of issues, including substance related disorders, sexual offense, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic disorders. Before joining the core faculty at the University of Great Falls, he held adjunct positions at The George Washington University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Trinity Washington University. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from BYU-Idaho, a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Idaho State University, and a doctoral degree at The George Washington University.
Dr. Bradley Elison is an associate professor and core faculty in the Masters of Science in Counseling Program at The University of Great Falls. Dr. Elison received his Doctor Of Education and Master of Education degrees both with an emphasis in Counseling from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in a variety of settings and with a wide variety of different clientele. Although Dr. Elison began his career as a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, since completing graduate school he has worked primarily with children and adolescents in inpatient, partial hospitalization and group home environments. Prior to entering academia in 2001 Dr Elison worked with Alternative Youth Adventures to spearhead the development of an Intensive Therapeutic Group Home in Boulder MT. Once the program opened he served as the Program Director and Primary Counselor in what is now become a Youth Dynamics Facility.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Elison has been in academia teaching a number of undergraduate psychology and graduate level counseling courses. He has presented on a wide range of topics including blended family dynamics, adolescent brain development and violence in the workplace. Dr. Elison was trained in family systems counseling and has maintained his interest in family counseling and children’s mental health throughout his professional career. As an academician, Dr. Elison has continued to emphasize the role of the counselor in the mental health delivery system through his participation in NAMI walks with his students and through courses in counseling and clinical issues with children.
Michelle Hill is a faculty member in the Master of Science in Counseling program. Michelle was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Montana State University – Bozeman, MT in 2001 and was an exchange student at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. She received her Master of Science in Counseling at the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, MT in 2004 and worked in various child and adolescent mental health programs as both a clinician and a supervisor for over a decade until 2014 when she was promoted to Director of Rural Services at the Center for Mental Health in Great Falls. Michelle began working as an Adjunct Professor in Psychology/Counseling at the University of Great Falls in 2007 and in 2015, Michelle left community mental health to enter into academia full time. Michelle is working towards her Doctorate in Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University. She expects to graduate in the Fall of 2017.