Becky Meidinger

Becky Meidinger, PhD

Chair, Graduate Counseling Program
Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Becky Meidinger joined her alma mater, the University of Mary Graduate Counseling Program, in 2017 after previously serving in multiple positions as a school counselor, including a small rural K-12 school and an urban high school. Meidinger graduated in 2019 from Adams State University (CACREP accredited) with a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a dissertation titled “Alignment of Job Descriptions and Performance Evaluations of School Counselors in North Dakota to the ASCA National Model.” As a previous student of the Graduate Counseling Program, class of 2014, with a concentration in School Counseling, Meidinger is passionate about educating future counselors through her work with students in the program. She is Past President of the North Dakota School Counselors Association and is President-Elect-Elect of the North Dakota Counseling Association.

As chair of the program, Meidinger oversees the whole program, while leading with a vision of educating students through the Benedictine values of the University of Mary. She actively teaches in the program, while also advising students and supervising practicum and internship placements and serves as the academic unit leader for counselor education at the University of Mary. Additionally, she is interested in researching the relationships between school counselors and school administrators, school counselor to student ratios, and the education of school counselors. Meidinger was the recipient of the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader award in 2018.

About the Program

The Graduate Counseling Program educates students to be professional counselors in addiction counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and school counseling. Through different cohort modalities, students can reach their educational goals while continuing to meet their family and work requirements. In as little as five semesters, students can graduate with a Master of Science in Counseling degree and be prepared for licensure.

Meidinger, R., Jurekovic, C., Phares, J. (2018). Contributing author. In Springer, S., Moss, L., Manavizadeh, N., & Pugliese, A. A school counselor’s guide to small groups: Coordination, leadership, & assessment. Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Juried National Presentations

Meidinger, R., Jurekovic, C. (2017). Resolving dilemmas using the ethical decision making model for school counseling supervision. Presented at Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Chicago, Illinois. 

Juried Regional Presentations

Kucharski, L., Numbers, M., Meidinger, R., Nardin, J. (2016). Relationships in distance learning counseling programs: Is it worth the convenience? Presented at Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Juried State Presentations 

Geinert, A., Meidinger, R., Nelson, K., Buchholz-Holland, C. (2020). ASCA National Model: 4th edition updates. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Geinert, A., Nelson, K., Meidinger, R., Buchholz-Holland, C. (2020). School counselors providing supervision and feedback to one and all. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Meidinger, R. & Eggert, J. (2018). Move your school counseling program forward with the ASCA National Model: Part 1 Foundation. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Meidinger, R. & Andino, J. (2018). Move your school counseling program forward with the ASCA National Model: Part 2 Management. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Meidinger, R. & Nein, R. (2018). Move your school counseling program forward with the ASCA National Model: Part 3 Delivery. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Meidinger, R. (2018). Move your school counseling program forward with the ASCA National Model: Part 4 Accountability. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Meidinger, R. (2017). Learning from the best: Why national conferences are so important to your development as a counselor. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Meidinger, R. (2017). The toolbox approach to counseling theories for school counselors. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Meidinger, R. (2017). Using technology in school counseling: A new approach to help and reach our students. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Meidinger, R., Leitner, P. (2017). What is the North Dakota School Counseling Association and how can it help you? Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Meidinger, R. (2016). Sharing our adventures in secondary school counseling. Presented at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Juried Professional Poster Presentations 

Jurekovic, C., Meidinger, R. (2017). Promoting professional school counselor identity through educational leadership & advocacy. Presented at American Counseling Association’s Conference in San Francisco, California.

Meidinger, R., Jurekovic, C. (2016). Toolbox approach to teaching theories to future school counselors. Presented at North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Invited State Presentations

Meidinger, R. (2018). What “13 Reasons Why” got wrong. Presented at North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning in Bismarck, North Dakota.