Perry C. Francis, Ed.D., NCC, ACS, LPC

Professor of Counseling

Coordinator for Counseling Services

College of Education Clinical Suite

Eastern Michigan University

The Truly Educated Never Graduate

Welcome to my Webpage


So you can get to know me better, let me tell you about myself.  Before moving into counselor education, I was the Lutheran Campus Pastor (ELCA) at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) for five years and a parish pastor for nine years before that.  I entered UNC’s professional counseling program (marriage & family therapy) with the intention of working as a couples and family therapist.  The program and profession fit so well with my sense of self and where I was going, I went on to doctoral studies and graduated in 1997 with my doctorate in Counselor Education. I had a wonderful faculty and learned a great deal which I now try to share with my clients and students in Michigan.  After I graduated, I worked for a limited time at UNC as a senior staff psychologist in the Counseling Center. I also did post-doctoral work as a school counselor in an elementary setting.  Before coming to Eastern Michigan University in 2005 I taught at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Texas A&M-Commerce.  I am an approved supervisor for LLPC.


As a professor of counseling in the Department of Leadership & Counseling I currently serve as the coordinator of counseling services in the College of Education Clinical Suite - Counseling Clinic at EMU where I also see clients on a limited basis.  The Counseling Clinic is a training center for advanced masters students in the counseling program from our department.  We serve the greater Washtenaw County area as a provider of short term mental health counseling, career, academic, and limited career and psychological assessment services. 


Being involved in the profession is important to me.  I believe it is a way to give back to those who have taught me so much (my students, colleagues, and clients).  I serve in the American Counseling Association as the Chair of the Ethics Revision Task Force and Chair of the subcommittee on Scope of Practice for the 20/20 Future of Counseling Task Force.  I am also involved with the American College Counseling Association and have served on various committees and have held leadership positions which included the presidency cycle (1999-2002).  I am currently ACCA’s representative to the Governing Council of the ACA.  I became involved in ACCA as a graduate student.  It was a natural fit for the counseling work I did as a campus pastor.  I am also a member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  Additionally, I have served my state counseling association as the treasurer and editor of our journal, the Michigan Journal of Counseling: Research, Theory & Practice


My background is in college counseling and ethical issues in counseling. I have also researched and written about clergy sexual misconduct within the church, suicide assessment and intervention from a solution focused perspective, and professional issues within college counseling, suicide risk assessment and management, and counselor education.  I enjoy speaking in public and frequently present on ethics in the counseling profession, particularly in college counseling, and issues dealing with suicide assessment and aggression management. 


Suicide assessment and prevention is a great concern of mine.  I am an authorized trainer/presenter for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s curriculum on Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals.  The workshop focuses on competencies that are core to assessing and managing suicide risk.  The SPRC Training Institute has one-day workshops for mental health professionals and employee assistance professionals.  I also am a certified trainer of aggression managers through the Center for Aggression Management.  Aggression Managers learn to identify aggressive behavior, foresee the possibility of conflict, and engage and prevent aggression before it becomes an incident.   


I like to think of teaching, counseling, and working in this way: 


"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air.  You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air at the same time. You will soon understand that work is a RUBBER ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit- are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life."  


—From the book "Suzanne's Diary to Nicholas" by James Patterson


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I hope you have whatever type of day you want!!


Office:     734.487.4410

Fax:         734.487.0028



Clinic Office:

Eastern Michigan University

College of Education Clinical Suite

Porter Building, Suite 135

Ypsilanti, MI  48197

What is Counseling?

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, educational, and career goals.