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Tara Bryant-Edwards


Assistant Professor
M.S. in Counseling Program
B.A. in Human Services Program

Programs/Classes Taught:

Counseling:  * HSC 501 Fundamentals of Counseling * HSC 503 Counseling and Human Development in a Multicultural Society * HSC 506 Introduction to Theory and Practice of Family Therapy * HSC 512 Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling * HSC 514 Career Counseling * HSC 524 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling * HSC 581 Counseling Internship I * HSC 582 Counseling Internship II

Human Services:  * HSM 102 Group Dynamics * HSM 201 Interviewing Principles and Practices * HSM 203 Principles of Family Intervention * HSM 304 Human Development in a Multicultural Society * HSM 410 Mangement and Leadership 

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Mental Health Program Administration & Leadership
Family-based Violence Assessment & Intervention
Social Media & Mental Health


Tara Bryant-Edwards is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family therapy from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University. Over the past twenty years, she has utilized her clinical and organizational leadership skills to enhance therapeutic and institution-level interventions for survivors of trauma.

She started her career as a provider of mental health services for survivors of physical and sexual violence, progressed into clinical program oversight, and later used those experiences to train other professionals. As a clinician at the Child Abuse Unit for Studies, Education, and Services (CAUSES), she constructed psychosocial assessments; provided individual, family, and group therapy; and coordinated custody/permanency planning for children removed from their parents due to physical and sexual abuse. In her role as the Director of Counseling at Rape Victim Advocates, she trained and partnered with medical doctors and nurses, law enforcement officers, and attorneys to enhance their understanding of victims’ psychological distress and to enhance their intervention strategies. As the Director of Clinical Services at Khepra, she administratively and clinically supervised the mental health services delivered in group homes and independent living facilities for pregnant and parenting teens. She also facilitated vicarious trauma and burnout prevention workshops for crisis response workers and mental health professionals.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Counseling program at National Louis University. She teaches courses on family development, counseling techniques, professional identity, interdisciplinary and multi-systemic interventions, and cultural competence.


M.S. - Marriage and Family Therapy (Northwestern University)
M.B.A. - Integrated Marketing Communications (Roosevelt University)
B.S.S. - Psychology & Sociology (Ohio University)

Research and Interests:

The impact of social media on the psychosocial development of adolescents and young adults.

Contact Information:

Tara Bryant-Edwards, MBA, MS, LCPC

Assistant Professor

Counseling & Human Services


Phone & Fax: (312) 261-3416



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