N.O. Seminary Clinical Training Director, Marriage and Family Counseling Alumna Bolster MC Faculty
A pair of accomplished counselor education and supervision experts has joined the Mississippi College faculty to enhance academic programs in the Department of Counseling.
Karen Roudkovski, a contract professor and director of clinical training at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, now serves as an assistant professor of counseling at MC, while Cherieda Washington, a graduate of MC’s Marriage and Family Counseling Program, returns to her alma mater as an instructor in counseling and school counseling Ed.S. coordinator.
Kayla Acklin, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Counseling at MC, praised both additions to the department faculty.
“Dr. Roudkovski brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our department,” Acklin said. “She is an active author with two books underway. One of her children is an alum of MC and had a wonderful experience here as a student. She is glad to be here with us as an assistant professor and we are happy to have her in our department.
“Ms. Washington has returned to MC to teach. She is active in our department, around campus as the MC Dance coach, and in the community as she continues to work with clients in a clinical capacity. She is currently ABD and anticipates completing her dissertation in December.”
After receiving her B.A. in religion from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, Roudkovski obtained her Master of Divinity, Psychology, and Counseling, her Master of Theology, and her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She served as an individual and group supervisor, associate director of LMCCC and adjunct instructor, and contract professor and director of clinical training at the New Orleans seminary, as well as an adjunct professor at Leavell College in New Orleans. She is the owner of Bridge Integrative Counseling, LLC.
An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, and the American Association of Christian Counselors, Roudkovski’s primary research interests include spiritual abuse, spirituality, and trauma. Recipient of the Jack and Juanita Cunningham Scholarship for Holy Land Travel, she is the author or coauthor of four books or booklets scheduled for publication in 2024 and 2025.
Washington received her B.A. in sociology from Tougaloo College and her M.S. from MC. She completed her requirements for a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Walden University, and is completing her dissertation. She has served as an English interventionist, educator, and assistant literacy coach for Jackson Public Schools. At MC, she is an assistant advisor for Chi Sigma Iota.
A member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Walden University Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Chi Sigma Iota, the International Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society Omega Zeta Chapter of Walden University, Washington has given numerous presentations and invited lectures, including the keynote address, “Mental Health Wellness for African American Women During the Pandemic,” at St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church’s women’s ministry.