Christopher approaches teaching from a framework that integrates elements of developmental pedagogy and experiential learning. As many elements of counselor education address the process of counseling and developing a shared understanding of client/student problems, such an approach helps facilitate metacognition and reflective thinking in graduate students (DeKock, Sleegers, & Voeten, 2004; McAuliffe, 2011; Tenenbaum, Naidu, Jegede, & Austin, 2001). Applying a developmental lens allows for scaffolding of instruction and pushing students toward new levels of competence with course material (Bruner, 1983; Vygotsky, 1978; Winstone & Millward, 2012). Incorporating experiential elements to coursework complements scaffolding by providing a concrete, realistic experience that can lead to reflection and growth (Kolb & Kolb, 2008; McAuliffe, 2011).
University Teaching Experiences:
University of Central Florida
MHS 2330: Career Planning--STEM Explorations (Instructor of Record; Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015; Summer 2016; Fall 2016, Summer 2017)
MHS 6500: Group Procedures & Theories in Counseling (Co-instructor; Spring 2016)
SDS 6620: Coordination of Comprehensive Professional School Counseling Programs (Co-instructor; Fall 2015)
MHS 6803: Practicum in Counselor Education (Co-instructor; Fall 2015)