Richard Balkin

Department Chair and Professor of Counselor Education

Richard Scott Balkin

Richard Balkin serves as Chair for the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education and a Professor in Counselor Education and Educational Research.

Research Interests

Research methods and statistics; counseling outcomes, counseling adolescents; forgiveness; measurement and assessment


Rick Balkin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is a Professor and Department Chair of Leadership and Counselor Education, and Coordinator of Educational Research and Design in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. Dr. Balkin was the editor for the Journal of Counseling & Development, the flagship journal for the American Counseling Association; an ACA Fellow; and past-president for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.

Rick began practice as a professional counselor in 1993 and has worked in academe since 2003. Rick has over 100 publications, which include textbooks on assessment in counseling, research, and the counseling relationship, published tests and technical manuals, peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and conference proceedings. His counseling experience with at-risk youth was formative to his research agenda, which includes understanding the role of counseling and relevant goals for adolescents in crisis and counseling outcomes. This led to initiatives in providing counseling services to underserved youth in Mississippi, culminating in a tele-mental health delivery system that provides free counseling services to youth in high-need areas of Mississippi.

He has published in the area of religious diversity and forgiveness and developed a model and measure for counseling clients through issues of conflict and forgiveness, The Forgiveness Reconciliation Inventory. He is the author of Practicing Forgiveness: A Path Toward Healing, published by Oxford University Press.

Curriculum Vitae


In this book the author presents a model for forgiveness that addresses how we either repair relationships when someone has harmed us, or how we move forward when relationships are beyond repair. Repairing a relationship is not always practical. The model presented in this book can be helpful to promote self-healing and to either re-establish relationships with others or move forward when reconciliation is harmful or not possible.


Ph.D. Counselor Education, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (2003)