Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders

Jo-Ann Sanders
Associate Dean and Director of Master of Arts in Counseling
Professor of Counseling
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Aigler Alumni Building 200 C

Dr. Lipford Sanders is the Director and Associate Professor, Graduate Studies in Counseling at Heidelberg College. She received her bachelor's and masters degrees from Bowling Green State University, and her Doctor of Philosophy from Kent State University in Counselor Education.

She is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and several of its auxiliaries; she is also a member of the NAACP, Chi Sigma Iota, and Alpha Kappa Mu Counseling Honor Society. She has served as Junior and Senior Co-Chair of the ACA Ethics Committee, an editorial board member of The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Counseling and Therapy for Couples, editorial board member of the Journal of Counseling and Development, American Counseling Association, as a CACREP Site team reviewer/chair, and Asst Chair of the Standards Revision Committee, Council for the Accreditation of Educational and Related Programs (CACREP). Additionally, Dr. Sanders proudly serves as Treasurer of the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES), and as Finance Director of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA).

She has published in multicultural counseling practices and ethical practices of counseling. Influenced by her interest in female adolescent development, Dr. Lipford Sanders has designed and implemented various groups for at-risk children. She has also published and presented in her other research interest areas: counseling African American families, familial socialization, women's issues, multiculturalism and counselor training.

Dr. Lipford Sanders has received numerous honors and awards. She is an often sought after motivational speaker in colleges, high schools, religious institutions, and various community organizations. She received a grant to study female socialization practices in West Africa, and directs the Emmanuel Training Centre that provides consultation/educational training relative to issues of mental health and diversity. She has had the privilege of teaching in both Tianjin, China and Sapporo, Japan.

She holds a Professional Clinical Counseling licensure, with supervision designation, in the state of Ohio.

  • Treasurer of the Ohio Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors since 2005
  • Board of Directors of Firelands County & Recovery Services, Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties
  • Board of Directors of Erie Mental Health & Recovery Board of Erie & Ottawa Counties
  • Recipient, Ream-Paradiso Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Accreditation Chair/Member - CACREP