Dr. Lotes Nelson LPC, NCC, ACS

Adjunct Faculty Member

My personal philosophy of teaching and learning is grounded by my own beliefs about teaching and learning.  My approach to teaching is one that encourages collaboration between students and the educator.  Establishing rapport with the students adds significance in the engagement process.  The importance of “getting to know your students” adds value in the interactions.  In an effort to engage the students in the classroom discussion, it is valuable to individualize their own personal experiences and allow the students to feel as part of the group, rather than just a number. I find myself relating what I know about my student personal life with my interaction with them through feedback or through email or phone communications.  The more the students are engaged, the richer the dialogues are in the class, which produces greater learning opportunities for the students.  In addition, the introduction of “real life” experiences in connection to the subject matter being discussed holds value in presenting information. I often share my own professional experiences to assist in making the course material alive.  Most recently, I created a video of me sharing about my experience as an adolescent and teen’s therapist and connected the course topic for that week.

To further expand the students’ learning experiences, facilitating a variety of learning strategies and activities, such as role plays, small or large group discussion formats, encouraging them to practice reflective thinking through journal writing, or through class participation, will aid in developing new perspective in understanding the materials.  Being sensitive to the students’ different learning styles and adjusting as necessary to ensure delivery of information accordingly is very important to me.  In presenting diverse approaches to teaching, the students will be able to comprehend the materials.  Offering the learning information in a variety of methods, such as through the use of movie clips or TEDTalk may facilitate critical thinking and understanding of the materials.  Likewise, having access to hands-on activities may provide stronger implication to the student’s learning progression.

Incorporating various assessment measures, I will look for the student’s classroom participation during the term, evaluation of their written assignments, effectiveness of their skills application through role plays, and any other methods that’s appropriate, such as quizzes dependent on the nature of the course.  As I assess my students, I will also look for their input and assessment of my teaching pedagogical approach, through verbal feedback throughout the term and anonymously written end of term evaluation forms.  With an open mind, I will inquire about what’s working well and my areas of improvement. 

Lastly, my goal is to make a concerted effort to connect the chapter reading, lectures, and assignments to ensure that the students receive their learning goals.  My goal for my students’ development is to be able to exhibit critical thinking and be able to formulate their own conceptualization and application of the subject matter to their own work as future counselors. 


PhD, in Counselor Education and Supervision, CACREP 2015 Specialization: Crisis and Trauma Walden University, Minneapolis, MN Dissertation: Acculturation in Marital Satisfaction among Mixed Caucasian Asian and American Heterosexual Couples Doctoral Internship: University of North Carolina at Charlotte MS, Mental Health Counseling, CACREP 2011 Walden University, Minneapolis, MN Masters Internship: The Renfrew Center BS, Management 2006 Montreat College, Charlotte, NC

Email address: 
Professional Membership: 
  • Member, American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Member, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Member, Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)
  • Member, American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
  • Chi Sigma Iota, Mu Chi Chapter, Previous Chapter Faculty Advisory (CSI)
  • Member, Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC)
  • Founding Member, North American Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers
  • Member, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)
Select Publications: 

Nelson, L. (2019). Risk management and resilience in counseling. In Adekson, M. O. (Editor). Handbook of counseling and counselor education (pp. ---).  New York: Routledge Publishers. 

Nelson, L., Jett, E. (Fall, 2018).  The role of supervision after licensure in trauma-based counseling.  American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), p. 23-25.

Tuazon, V. E., Gonzalez, E., Gutierrez, D., & Nelson, L. (in press). Colonial mentality and mental health help-seeking of Filipino-Americans. Journal of Counseling & Development

Nelson, L. (Spring 2017). Providing Culturally Competent Treatment to Immigrant and Refugee Populations. Minority Fellowship - sponsored by SAMHSA


Nelson, L. (Spring, 2017). Caring for the Society of Refugees.  Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

Select Presentations: 

2019 NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium                                             May 2019

Ethical Non-Monogamy and the Intersection of Sexual Orientation in Early and Middle Adulthood

2019 NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium                                             May 2019

Helping Unaccompanied Minors and their Families

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)                                                            May 2019

Supporting Students without Getting Hooked

Annual Academic Meeting

North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision      Sept 2018

Gatekeeping in the Online Environment

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)                                                        August 2018

On-Ground Experiences for Online Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Academic Speaking Blog

The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)                                           August 2018

Play Therapy Supervision: Connecting the Right and Left Brain

The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)                                           August 2018

Creative Counseling for Working with Trauma

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)                                         July 2018

The Role of Supervision in Trauma Based Counseling

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)                                         July 2018

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and Supporting Parents with this Transition

Association of Humanistic Counseling (AHC)                                                              June 2018

The Hero Within Us:  Building Resiliency in Counselors

2018 NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium                                              May 2018

Culturally Competent Care for Refugees and Immigrants

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)         February 2018

Counseling Considerations among Mixed Asian American and Caucasian Couples and its Family

Mental Health Academy (MHA)                                                                           November 2017

Culturally Competent Care for Immigrants and Refugees

Innovations in Counseling: Working with Minority Populations                      November 2017

NBCCF Webinar

Understanding Acculturative Stressors with Refugee and Immigrant Populations

2017 NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium                                             May 2017

Mental Health Concerns Among Asian-Americans: Understanding and Helping Debunk the Model Minority Idea

American Counseling Association (ACA)                                                                 March 2017

Carried to the Table:  Developing Culturally Competent Care for Eating Disorders

North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA)                                                 February 2017 

Teaching Resilience to Counselors, Counselor Educators, and Counselor-in-Training

Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC)  October 2016

The Role of Acculturation in Marital Satisfaction in Mixed Couples

Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)        October 2016

Acculturation in Marital Satisfaction Among Mixed Caucasian and Asian American Heterosexual Couples

Women’s Abundance Conference, Charlotte, NC                                                      June 2016

Integrating Mental Health Counseling in the Faith Community

2016 NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium                                             May 2016

Migrant Students:  Breaking Down Barriers

2016 NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium                                             May 2016

Serving the Refugee and Immigrant Populations:  Assisting the emigrants and helping professionals understand the role of acculturative stressors and its influence in one’s mental health

Presenter:  Cultural Adjustment and Assessments                                         June 2015-Present

Promote and help new arrivals to the United States achieve self-sufficiency or get on the path to self-sufficiency

Guest Speaker:  Suffering in Silence (Counseling Needs)                                        March 2015

University of North Carolina-Charlotte Multicultural Resource Center

Raising Awareness on Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Counseling Need

Awards (Academic & Professional): 
  • NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) Minority Fellowship
  • Walden University’s Presidential Scholarship Award Recipient 
  • Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Honors