Our Clinical and Mental Health Counseling students dive deep into theory, research, and practice with faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. It’s a true mentoring relationship—one of the best ways to learn counseling skills.


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Dr. Gregg Blanton, LPCS, LMFT
Professor of Human Services

Dr. Gregg Blanton has served on the faculty of Montreat College since 1997. Dr. Blanton earned a B.S. from Evangel College, an M.Ed. at Converse College, an M.Ed. at Clemson University, and an Ed.D. in counselor education from Texas A&M University—Commerce. In addition to teaching at Montreat College, Dr. Blanton maintains a private practice providing marriage, family, and individual therapy, as well as supervision of other counselors. Dr. Blanton has been a practicing psychotherapist for more than 15 years, working in a variety of institutional settings.  He is a member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Courses: Professional Orientation to Counseling; Theories and Techniques in Counseling; Counseling Practicum; Counseling Internship; Spirituality and Religion in Counseling; Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment

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Dr. Brad Faircloth
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Brad Faircloth arrived at Montreat College in 2011.  He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Notre Dame where he studied the effects of marital conflict on children. Dr. Faircloth has published several peer reviewed journal articles as well as presented results of the Happy Couples Happy Kids program at several national research conferences. Dr. Faircloth is currently a research associate at the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program (FIPP) and investigator at the Center for Advanced Study of Early Childhood and Family Support Practices of the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, NC. His current research interests include the effectiveness of Fatherhood support programs, ongoing testing of the Happy Couples Happy Kids program, and Early Head Start and Early Intervention program evaluation. Dr. Faircloth has experience working as a Senior Research Associate with the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program serving Alexander, Burke, and Catawba Counties, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Courses: Counseling Across the Lifespan; Research Methods in Counseling

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Dr. Lotes Nelson

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education


Dr. Nelson arrived at Montreat College in 2016.  She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University, as well as her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling.  She received her B.S. in Management from Montreat College.

Dr. Penny Hamblin

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education


Dr. Hamblin arrived at Montreat College in 2016.  She received her Ed.D. in Counseling in Education and supervision from Argosy University.  She received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and her B.A. in Psychology from East Carolina University.

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Curriculum Writers:
 Jenny C. Barrow, Ph.D., LPC, NCC: Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from NC State University, and holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling from East Carolina University.  Dr. Barrow is a School Counselor serving high school students and families.

Curriculum Written: Counseling Skills; Counseling Across the Lifespan 


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