Fred J. Hanna, PhD

Professor and co-designer of the PhD Program in Counseling at Adler University

Fred J. Hanna, Ph.D., is a Professor and co-designer of the PhD Program in Counseling at Adler University, in Chicago. He is also a Senior Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University where he taught graduate counseling courses for 25 years, including 11 years full time, leaving as a Full Professor. Fred has authored or co-authored over 70 peer reviewed and professional publications. An award-winning teacher, he has delivered nearly 500 conference presentations, seminars, trainings, and workshops, across America. He was the recipient of the 2019 Humanistic Impact Award, a national award granted by the Association for Humanistic Counseling. He was also the recipient of the Adler University Social Justice Award for 2020. Fred has served as a consultant and trainer to the medical, mental health, corrections, business, and education communities, including such places as the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, the Fort Peck Sioux Reservation in Montana, the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University, and a variety of school systems, community agencies, prisons, and criminal justice settings. His research interests have focused on developing the Precursors Model of Change which has received international attention, along with developing models and frameworks for multicultural and diversity counseling. He has developed, published, and presented many evidence-based, innovative psychotherapy techniques and strategies designed for application in the areas of client motivation, resistance to therapy, addictions, diversity and multiculturalism, oppression, trauma, spirituality, criminality, defiant adolescents, personal development, and difficult personalities. He is also an accomplished world traveler, having explored many remote areas in Asia. Fred is the author of the book, Therapy with Difficult Clients: Using the Precursors Model to Awaken Change. He and his Precursors Model were also the focus of a DVD, Treatment with Defiant, Aggressive Adolescents. The book and the DVD both published by the American Psychological Association. Fred is currently working on a second edition of his book as well as a book that outlines and describes a new model of psychotherapy that includes many innovative new techniques, including variations on the themes of existentialism, mindfulness, Buddhist and Yoga psychology.


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