Professor of Counseling and Program Director
Chair, Department of Professional Counseling
Ed.D., LPC, CMHC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS
Dr. Verl T. Pope is the founding Program Director for the Counseling Program at RMUoHP. He has extensive experience in counseling program development and counseling accreditation, and has taught counseling for over 25 years. Further, he has served in several academic leadership roles at a number of universities, including Counseling Program Chair for the Utah Campus of the University of Phoenix, Chair of the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University, and Associate Dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University. He holds a doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University.
Dr. Pope has worked in several agencies, both public and private, and has significant clinical counseling experience. He has consulted with departments of Probation and Parole, juvenile offices, schools, and the courts on assessment and counseling issues. Further, he consults with other agencies and universities on accreditation issues. He is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in Utah (CMHC) and Missouri (LPC). He is nationally certified as a counselor (NCC), a mental health counselor (CCMHC), and a clinical supervisor (ACS). He has served or currently serves on a number of state and national committees, including seven years on the Missouri State Committee for Professional Counselors. He maintains a number of professional memberships, has published in professional venues, and has given many presentations from the local and state to national and international.