Adjunct Faculty, Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling
Sonja Shipp has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling programs since 2014. She teaches Counseling Theories, At-Risk Youth, Pharmacology of Addiction and Addictive Families.
Ms. Shipp has maintained a private practice in counseling and mental health services since 2013. She previously served as a clinical advocate for Humana and as a staff counselor for the Counseling Center of Ellis County. She holds professional licenses as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LDCD) and Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S).
She holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Houston and worked in hospitality from the age of 14 until she changed careers in an effort “to serve others in deeper, more meaningful and impactful ways.”
Current community involvement includes serving on the Texas Library Advisory Board for the city of Lancaster and serving as a lead lay counselor in her church. She has also served as a volunteer in income tax preparation for the IRS and as a ministry leader in the Ashanti Female Mentoring Program. She is a professional member of the American Counseling Association.