Dr Mark Pearson

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Dr Mark Pearson


Teaching areas

  • Counselling
  • Counselling Skills
  • Counselling Children and Young People
  • Relationships

Research areas

  • multiple intelligences in counselling
  • mindfulness for counsellors
  • counselling supervision
  • international student experiences

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Dr Mark Pearson joined the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast in February 2016. Mark is a senior lecturer, Counselling, in the School of Social Sciences.

Mark is a teaching-focused academic. He brings a combination—rare in the discipline of counselling education—of extensive clinical experience (22 years), 8 years in university teaching and 28 years teaching counselling around Australia and in S. E. Asia. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in education, behaviour management, psychotherapy, and his Ph.D. research was in the field of counselling. As well, he has over 23 years of small business management experience, being the Director of the Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia.

Mark keeps up-to-date and maintains strong connections within the counselling profession through frequent conference attendance, professional development, and participation with a number of professional associations. His research profile is growing and he publishes in the fields of counselling, counselling education, and personal development (14 peer-reviewed articles and 8 books), with a number of research projects currently underway.

He has a particular area of expertise in counselling with children and adolescents, using creative arts-based activities, as well as teaching expressive therapies, mindfulness-based approaches and advanced counselling skills. Over the last decade he has provided in-service training for over 55 NGOs, government agencies, and tertiary training institutions; in addition he has delivered 25 peer-reviewed conference presentations.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Counselling Association – Academic member
  • Society for Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators
  • Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association
  • Member: National Heads of Counselling Educators


  • Postgraduate Teacher of the Year, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, 2014
  • Award Recipient: Vice Chancellor’s Postgraduate Medal, University of Notre Dame Australia, 2010 

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Expressive therapies
  • Multiple intelligences
  • Sand play therapy
  • Creative arts in therapy

Research grants

 Grant / Project name Investigators  Funding body and A$ value  Year(s)  Focus of research 
International student experiences of differing cultural perspectives while studying counselling in Australia Dr Mark Pearson and Dr Peta Callaghan  A$16,950.00  2015–2016 Investigating the experiences of international students who come to Australia to study counselling
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