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Rita Schellenberg, Ph.D.

Rita SchellenbergCore Faculty – School Counseling



  • Ph.D., Regent University, Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M. Ed., The College of William and Mary, School Counseling

Licenses and Certifications

  • PreK-12 School Counseling License – Virginia (# PPS-544956) (1999-present)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC # 222292) (2007-present)
  •    National Certified School Counselor (NCSC # 222292) (2007-present)
  •    Approved Clinical Supervisor (# ACS00761) (2008-present)
  •    Licensed Professional Counselor – Virginia (LPC # 0701004545) (2009-present
  •    Licensed Professional Counselor Approved Supervisor – Virginia (2019-present)
  •    Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC # 222292) (2012-present)
  •    Certified Legal & Ethical Specialist in School Counseling (2012-present
  •    Certified Bully Prevention Specialist (2014-present)


Dr. Schellenberg was named Outstanding Graduate in her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program. She served twelve years in elementary and secondary school counseling during which time she was named one of the top 15 school counselors in the nation by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Her research interests include bullying, peer mediation, curriculum crosswalking, school counselor identity development, and the integration of spiritual and religious competencies in school counseling.

Dr. Schellenberg served as Liberty’s M.Ed. in School Counseling Program Director and Online Chair for ten years. She also served over a decade as a school counselor at both the elementary and secondary levels. Dr. Schellenberg provides consulting services to school division across the country, as well as clinical supervision and private counseling.

Dr. Schellenberg has published several counseling textbooks by scholarly, peer-reviewed publishers.

She has presented research findings at several national conferences, including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, American School Counselor Association, Center for School Counseling Outcome Research, and National Bully Prevention Conference. She also presents regularly at the regional and state levels at conferences such as the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Counseling Association, the Virginia School Counselor Association, and the Virginia Alliance for School Counselors.

Dr. Schellenberg is a member of many professional organizations including the American Counseling Association (ACA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES), Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), Association for Spiritual Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and Virginia Alliance for School Counselors (VASC).

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