Maurita M. Hodge, EdD, LPC
Title: Department Chair
Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office Hours: 9am – 6pm (Monday – Thursday)
Office Location: Lindbergh (physical office)/Office Space at all Point University Locations
Office Phone: 669.2019
Degrees Earned and Universities:
- D., Counseling Psychology [Argosy University, Sarasota, FL], 2008
- A., School Counseling [Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA], 2004
- A., Human Relations: Psych/Soc [Trinity College, Washington D.C.], 1999
Professional Certifications and Memberships:
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS)
- School Counselor (GSP)
- American Counseling Association [Membership]
What advice would you give to new students?
- While on your educational journey, I encourage you…
- Be available to you: at times we become so overwhelmed with the world around us that we place ourselves on the back burner. Don’t forget to put you and your needs on your priorities list;
- Get to know yourself in this realm to better serve you in the next: education is not only to learn terms, concepts and skills for a specific profession or task; but it is also a time where students can learn and understand what strengths they possess and the various ways it has assisted them (and continue to assist them) while earning a degree; and,
- Enjoy the journey!!!!
What are your research and/or consulting interests?
- Anything related to Behavioral Health issues for men, women, and children.
Are there any interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share with new or current Point student?
While completing each level of my educational journey, I have had the opportunity to gain valuable experience from various resources. My experience first began in-house with stories of rewards and frustrations told by my sister, an educator working with special needs students. I also gained experience through my practicum and internship work at a summer program and an alternative school, providing counseling support to the students and staff.
After completing the necessary requirements to obtain my Masters in Counseling Degree at Clark Atlanta University, I began working as a School Counselor in the public school system, during which I completed my Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology. While working as a School Counselor, I provided In-home Counseling to individuals and families and served as a Facilitator for a Parenting Skills Training Program for an outside agency.
It is often the natural progression of a counselor to provide services in community settings [e.g., school, shelter, hospital, center, etc.] controlled by environmental rules and regulations. With the expansion of resources, education and experience, counselors often move into smaller settings [i.e., private practice] where no ceiling or limitations exists. Opening myself up to hearing and doing the will of God has afforded me many opportunities to expand in this profession. Expanding my territory presented as me serving in the community and entering in the higher education arena. I consider the opening and operating of my very own private practice and serving as the Department Chair in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program at Point University, an awesome opportunity for spiritual, professional and personal growth.
I have gained valuable experience providing support and guidance for students, adults, and families on various personal, academic, and professional issues. Not taking advantage of all of the blessings I continue to receive, I have been given additional opportunities to utilize my experience and skills to assist other counselors, social workers, and human relations professionals with increasing his/her knowledge base and experience.