Kurt Kraus was elected to the NBCC International (NBCC-I) Advisory Council in 2014. He serves as professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, located in the United States. Dr. Kraus is a registered master trainer with the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. During his tenure as a member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Certified Counselors (2004–2010), he worked to conceptualize the NBCC-I Advisory Council.
An art and mindfulness enthusiast, Dr. Kraus holds a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in mental health and school counseling, and a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from the University of Maine, in the United States. He has trained with the MHF program in Mexico and Bhutan. Dr. Kraus has over 20 years of experience in the fields of counseling and counselor education, specializing in group work, children and adolescents, and psychotherapy. In addition to holding various faculty and leadership positions at U.S. universities, Dr. Kraus has been a visiting professor at Beijing Language and Culture University, in Beijing, and a school counselor, special education teacher and clinician in Maine, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Dr. Kraus is a prolific writer and presenter in the fields of multicultural and school counseling, counselor education and supervision, human development, and group work. He has delivered more than 100 conference presentations to national and international audiences and written or contributed to nearly 40 articles, 10 book chapters and five books, one of which was translated into Turkish in 2011.
Dr. Kraus currently holds consultative and leadership roles in several organizations, including the American Counseling Association and the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and is the past chair of the board of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Professional Counselors. He has held editorial board memberships at the Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, and Journal for Specialists in Group Work. In his role as an education consultant, Dr. Kraus has served as the faculty advisor for Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honor society, and on admissions, faculty search and tenure committees at several academic institutions and K–12 school districts.
Dr. Kraus has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia. He is a published cartoonist and enjoys leading tai chi and qigong classes in his spare time.