John Joseph Pietrofesa

John Joseph Pietrofesa
Professor - Counselor Education
321 Education Bldg.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

(313) 577-1760

  • Ed.D., University of Miami
  • M..Ed., University of Miami
  • B.Ed., University of Miami
  • Postgraduate (postdoctoral):
    • Seminar (APA) “Ageing”
    • Seminar (APA) “Ethics”
    • Seminar (APA) “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”
    • Mott Institute, Psychobiology of Human Sexuality
    • Reproductive Biology Foundation, St. Louis, Masters & Johnson)
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of Psychiatry
    • Additional Training: (20) CEU’s (APA) on DSM5
    • Additional Training: (3) CEU’s (APA) on Legal and Ethics
    • CEU’s APA on Psychopatholgy, Ageing, Ethics, Family Therapy
    • CEU’s PESI on Legal and Ethical Issues
    • CEU’s Eastern Michigan University on Human Trafficking
    • CEU’s Michigan Psychological Association “Ethics and Pain Management”
  • Licensure:
    • Psychologist: State of Michigan, 1985 (continuing)
    • Licensed Professional Counselor, 1985 (continuing)
    • Certification: Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
    • Certified Forensic Counselor
    • Certified Sports Counselor (all continuing)


  • Author and editor of 13 books and over 120 articles.
  • First Wayne State University Ombudsperson
  • Division Head 8 years.


  • Coordinator-Community Counseling program
  • Coordinate 5 workshops
  • Coordinate mental health specialization
  • Professional Society Member(s):
    • National Institute of Sports
    • Member of American Counseling Association
    • American Psychological Association – Lifetime Member (50 years)
    • American College of Forensic Therapists
    • American Association of Behavioral Therapists
    • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
    • Michigan Psychological Association
    • Michigan Interprofessional Association (Lawyers/Psychologists)
  • Service
    • Chair, Counselor Education Search Committee, 2014-2015
    • Member, Counselor Education Search Committee, 2016-present
    • Member, Educational Psychology Search Committee, 2015-2016
    • Member-WSU Teaching Committee, 2016-present (2 year appointment)
    • Editorial Board-Michigan Journal of Counseling, 2015-present
    • Counselor Education Compliance Assist, 2015-2016
    • Coordinator, Area of Counselor of Education, September 2013 to 2016
    • Member, WSU Educational Development Grant Committee, University-wide appointed by Provost and Academic Senate.
    • Coordinator, Community Counseling Program, 2000 to present.
    • Coordinator, Substance Abuse Counseling Program, 2000 to 2012.
    • Masters Level Advisor (60-80 students)
    • Doctoral Level Advisor (4 students)

Academic Interests

  • Counselor Education
  • Sexuality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Legal and Ethical Issues

Area Of Expertise

  • Counseling Theory
  • Practice and Research
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Human Sexuality
  • Substance Abuse

Research Interests

  • Human Sexuality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Legal and Ethical Issues

Courses Taught

  • CED 5030 - Role of the Counselor in Substance Abuse
  • CED 6080 - Theories of Counseling
  • CED 6710 - Professional Seminar: DSM 5
  • CED 6710 - Professional Seminar: Legal and Ethical Issues
  • CED 6720 - Workshop in Human Sexuality
  • CED 6720 - Workshop in Substance Abuse
  • CED 8040 - Advanced Doctoral Seminar: Theories
  • ED   7999 - Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay/Project

Community Engagement Activities

  • Active in Oakland County courts

Awards & Honors

Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 2007 – forward

Lifetime Achievement Award; Oakland County Counselors Association; Phi Delta Kappa

Who’s Who in America, 2000-present

Psychological and Sex Therapist Listings Who’s Who in World; 1995-present

Psychological and Sex Therapist Listings Who’s Who in American Education, 1993-present

Recognition – Diplomate – Board Certified in Clinical Supervision, American Board of Sexology, (applicable to clinical Supervision courses)

Recognition – Diplomate – Board Certified Sex Therapist, American Board of Sexology. (Applicable to teaching qualifications)

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists – Diplomate Contemporary Authors

Who’s Who in Midwest 1974-present

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists – Diplomate Outstanding Educators

Who’s Who in Medical and Healthcare, 1969 – forward


Prostate Cancer Survivorship Series: MIU.
*Pietrofesa, J.* 2014 Men’s Health Foundation, (YouTube).

“Love, Sex, Intimacy and the I-Thou Relationship".
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Invited). 9 2014 Oakland County Bar Association.

“Counseling with the Prostate Cancer Survivor with Erective Distress".
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Invited). 2012 Beaumont Hospital (Dr. Michael Lutz).

“Back to the Future.”
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Invited Keynote). 10 2012 Michigan Alcohol and Addiction Conference.

“The Psychology of The Aging Athlete and Pain Management."
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Invited Keynote). 10 2009 National Arthritis Foundation.


“A Spiritual/Valuative Paradigm for Counseling Offenders.”
*Pietrofesa, J.* (with Carretero and Pietrofesa). 2014 The Forensic Therapist, 12, Issue #1.

“The Effects of a Short-Term Workshop of the Attitudes of Counselors-in-Training Toward Alcoholism”
*Pietrofesa, J.* and Van Kampen. 2012 The Forensic Therapist, 10,

“Integrating Moral Development Activities Into The Offender Recovery Program"
*Pietrofesa, J.* (with Pietrofesa). 2010 The Forensic Therapist, 8,

*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Author). 1984 Boston: Houghton Mifflin, revised 2nd edition.

Counseling: An Introduction.
*Pietrofesa, J.* 1984 Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (W/Instructors Manual). Second printing.

Guidance, An Introduction. Revised edition 1984. Second printing 1984. (Used in India University of Punjab and in King Saad University). This book was a blueprint for Guidance in Canadian School Development.
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Author). 1980 Chicago: Rand McNally.

College Student Development Revisited.
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Editor). 1979 Washington, D.C. American Personnel and Guidance Association.

Counseling: Research, Theory and Practice.
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Author). 1978 Chicago: Rand McNally, 2nd P, 1979. Revised Ed., 1980. Instrs Manual 1984. (Recmd as preferred bk for Counselor ex preparation). Translated into Japanese and also used at Guyana University.

Theoretical Consideration of Career Development.
*Pietrofesa, J.* 1977 New York. Grune and Stratton, Second Printing.

“The School Counselor in Sex Education”.
*Pietrofesa, J.* 1976 Personnel and Guidance Journal, (Published online Jan 2012), 54,

College Student Development-Programs, Issues, and Practices.
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Editor). 1976 Washington, D.C. American Personnel and Guidance Association, Second Printing 1977.

Career Development.
*Pietrofesa, J.* 1975 Washington, D.C.: AACD Press. (Translated into French).

Elementary School Guidance A Composite View.
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Editor). 1972 Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (Translated into French).

Guidance and Counseling in the Twentieth Century
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Editor). c 1971 Guidance and Counseling in the Twentieth Century, (Translated into Japanese).

The Counselor as a Professional.
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Author). 1971 Itasca, IL.: F.E. Peacock, (Hardcover/softcover).

The Authentic Counselor.
*Pietrofesa, J.* (Co-Author). 1971 Chicago: Rand McNally, 2nd P, 1972, 3rd P, 1973. 4th P, 1974. 5th P 1975, 6th P, 1976. Revised Ed., 1978. 7th P 1979,8th P 1980.

150 years in the heart of Detroit