Adjunct Faculty, Substance Abuse Counseling
Shawnetta Gantt-Wilkins is the program manager with Dallas County Juvenile Department’s Substance Abuse Unit. She holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in professional counseling from Amberton University and a bachelor’s degree in human environmental sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She has been working with the juvenile population for more than 18 years. Experience includes the areas of suicide prevention and intervention, substance use, sex offender treatment, crisis management and intervention, anger management, adjustment, grief, trauma, mood disorders and psychotic features, coping skills, social skills, goal setting, communication and family dynamics. Previous professional experience with the Dallas County Juvenile Probation Department includes serving as mental health clinician, primary therapist in the residential sex offender treatment program, clinical supervisor in residential drug treatment, psychologist assistant of the runaway shelter, probation officer and drug intervention specialist.
She has provided training to line staff, counselors and supervisors in areas including motivational interviewing, verbal de-escalation, physical restraint, DSHS policies and procedures, and effects of underage drinking on the teenage brain. She also supervises LCDC-Interns and LPC-Interns as they accrue clock hours for full licensure.
She holds certifications as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). She is also a certified juvenile probation officer and master trainer in motivational enhancement therapy.