Jonathan Sperry

Associate Professor

Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Office location:

Assaf Academic Center

Room 107


Phone: +1 561-237-7408

Professional profile

Jonathan Sperry is a core faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Lynn University. Sperry’s area of expertise is competency-based instruction and outcomes-focused evaluation. More specifically, he has been engaged in teaching, research, writing, and conference presentations about case conceptualizations in counseling practice. Sperry has taught and supervised more than 1000 graduate students and interns to develop competency in formulating and writing highly effective case conceptualizations. He co-authored a book on case conceptualization, and is involved in projects researching factors that foster this essential counseling competency. Sperry also holds a diplomate in Adlerian Psychotherapy and a certificate of study in Adlerian Psychology and has written several book chapters and co-edited one book regarding Adlerian Psychology and also a book on Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He is currently the Vice-President of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). He is also on the editorial boards of the following journals: Journal of Individual Psychology, Spirituality in Clinical Practice, The American Journal of Family therapy, and The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy For Couples and Families. He has presented at over 50 professional counseling and psychological programs and workshops, including invited keynote lectures and workshops in Slovakia, England, Canada, Ireland, and the Bahamas.

In addition, Sperry has considerable experience in clinical supervision. This includes supervising mental health counseling, psychology, and social work interns/practicum students and interns. Specifically, he has experience in providing individual and group supervision, teaching graduate practicum courses, and providing didactic lectures to trainees. Additionally, he has formerly served on training committees and is also a qualified supervisor for registered mental health interns in the state of Florida.

Regarding Sperry's clinical experience, he is a licensed mental health counselor and clinical social worker in the state of Florida. He is currently a part-time counseling specialist at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University and also facilitates drum therapy groups at an addictions treatment center, The Living Solution. Previously, as a group communications consultant to the Medical Initiative Program at Florida Atlantic University, he worked with at-risk high school students with aspirations of becoming physicians and psychologists. He has facilitated support groups at the Gilda’s Club of Fort Lauderdale, working with clients and family members impacted by cancer. Sperry has worked with the HIV/AIDS substance abuse population at Broward House as an inpatient substance abuse therapist, outpatient mental health therapist, and also a case manager and outreach worker. Additionally, he is on the faculty of the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI).


B.S.W., Florida Atlantic University
M.S.W., Barry University
Ed.S., Florida Atlantic University
Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

Teaching philosophy

Jonathan Sperry begins with the assumption that learning should be experiential, fun, and engaging. He believes that educators are tasked with the role of taking theoretical information and presenting it to students in a manor that is useful, strategic, and also incorporates the values of the profession. Student-centered learning seems to best describe his philosophical view of instruction. He believes that students thrive when they are in an environment of encouragement, support, and where perfection is not the goal. Sperry's pedagogic style includes didactic approaches such as discussion, lecture, experiential activities, and reviewing video clips. Since he has considerable experience in competency-based instruction, he typically facilitates in-class counseling encounters in which he coaches students on specific competencies. Through this instruction paradigm he teaches students about the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of highly effective counseling practice.

Teaching specialties

Counseling theories and techniques
Practicum and internship courses
Appraisal and evaluation
Substance abuse counseling
Adlerian Psychology
Case Conceptualization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Areas of scholarship

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH 10623)- Qualified Supervisor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW 9686)- Qualified Supervisor
  • Certified Addictions Professional, State of Florida (CAP 5625)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC 215935)
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