Peggy Mayfield, MA, NCC, LCPC, is visiting instructor of human services, where she teaches and coordinates graduate courses in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling concentration. She received her MA in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 1996. She has over 14 years of counseling experience, having served as a substance abuse group counselor, child and adolescent therapist, intensive family therapist, foster care therapist, and supervisor of foster care services. Her clinical experience encompasses a broad range of client issues including substance-affected and dually diagnosed disorders. She entered private practice in 2000 as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
She originally joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Springfield in 1998, serving as adjunct for Human Development Counseling, and recently teaching for both Teacher Education and Human Services. Over the course of the past 11 years she has taught courses in psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR, child development, plus interviewing and assessment skills. She currently serves as Director of Accreditation Documentation for the College of Education and Human Services.
Peggy holds memberships in the American Counseling Association; Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education; University of Illinois Alumni Association; CEHS Alumni Council; Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling and Academic Honor Society, International; Council on Professional Education, CEHS; and the Illinois Connection (the advocacy group for the University of Illinois).
Her research interests include compassion fatigue, clinical assessment of psychopathology and dually-occurring disorders, appreciative inquiry, strength-based counseling, and resilience/motivation. She has been published in the Illinois Counseling Association Quarterly, and has made numerous presentations on such topics as communication strategies for Illinois State Police Peer Support Advisors, compassion fatigue, resiliency, sibling rivalry, and domestic violence.