College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Jeff Cook

Associate Professor
Clinical Director

  • Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2009
  • M.A. George Fox University, 2006
  • M.Div. Denver Seminary, 1998
  • B.A. University of California, Irvine, 1992


I am grateful to have joined the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northwest University in 2018. I have long sought to integrate my clinical and theological backgrounds with my love for teaching and formation, and I am pleased to have settled at a University that encourages such integration.

Prior to Northwest University, I wove together a career as a counselor, pastor, and educator. I have maintained a private practice since 2006, working with couples, families, and individuals seeking healing and peace. Much of this work has been with those who have experienced some form of trauma that resulted in a life of shame and stunted emotional experience. I have taught as an assistant professor at both the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Saint Mary’s College of California and have served in the pastorate in Oregon, Colorado, and Montana. 

I have been married to my wife, Heidi, since 1997, who shares my love for the outdoors and the life of the mind, and we are blessed with four children: Aspen (18), Chloe (14), Sierra (13), and Kilian (10). 

Primary Courses Taught

  • Professional Orientation: Ethics and Consultation
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Intercultural Counseling and Social Justice
  • Clinical Courses: Pre-practicum, practicum, group, and internship 


I have found great joy in the mountains: 

  • whitewater kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • backpacking

I also have long enjoyed the self-care and discipline of running, and have done so both as a competitor and in recent years as a track and cross-country coach. 


Stauffer, M., Cook, J., Trippany-Simmons, R., & Rush-Wilson, T. (2016). The Many Facets of Human Development: Spiritual and Moral Developmental Theories. In S. Mark & D. Capuzzi (Eds.). Human growth and development across the lifespan: Applications for counselors. Wiley & Sons.

Blackley, S., & Cook, J. (2015). Drug-facilitated sexual assault: From distorted memory to an inability to forget. The Wisconsin Counseling Journal.

Cook, J. (2015). Intersubjectivity as a deepening of the counseling experience. The Wisconsin Counseling Journal.

Cook, J., & Rubel, D., & Pehrsson, D-E. (2013). Integrating emotion regulation into the selection and training of counselors. The Wisconsin Counseling Journal.

Thomas, S., & Cook, J. (2013). Family Crisis. In J. Sandoval (Eds). Handbook of crisis counseling, intervention, and prevention in the schools (3rd ed). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Cook, J., Berquest, T., & Rubel, D. (2012). Measuring emotional regulation in pre-practicum and internship counselor-in-training: Using the Difficulties in Emotional Regulation Scale. Professional Issues in Counseling.

Cook, J., & Schamp, L. (2011). College career counseling: Traditional, hybrid and 100% online Campuses. In D. Capuzzi, & M. Stauffer (Eds). Career Counseling: Foundations, Perspectives, and Practices (2nded). Pearson.


Cook, J. (2017). Sacred trust: Responding to stroke victims. Oregon Veterans Home. The Dalles, Oregon.

Cook, J., & Anderton, C. (2016). Restorative justice: For higher education staff. University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Whitewater, Wisconsin. 

Cook, J. (2016). Taming “it”: Parents, students, and the school counselor. Wisconsin School Counselors. Whitewater, Wisconsin. 

Cook, J. (2016). Suicide awareness. Whitewater High School. Whitewater, Wisconsin. 

Anderton, C, & Cook, J. (2015). Counselor educator heal thyself: The narrative of two counselor educators and their use of reflection to increase culturally competent instruction. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Cook, J., Shea, M., & Fritz, N. (2015). An Intersubjective Approach to Couples Counseling. Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Cook, J. (2014). The development of emotion regulation in pre-practicum counselors. Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Los Angeles, California. 

Cook, J. (2014). Sacred trust: A call to today’s clinicians. Wisconsin Counseling Association. Madison, Wisconsin. 

Cook, J., & Vander Velden, E. (2014). Disengaged parents and the experience of shame. Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Waukesha, Wisconsin. 

Cook, J., Woodbridge, L., & Walmer, M. (2014). Spirituality in school counseling. Wisconsin School Counseling Association. Madison, Wisconsin.

McGlasson, T., & Cook, J. (2013).  Sacred trust: A call to today’s clinicians to move beyond tolerance and authentically embrace their client’s religious and spiritual explorations. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Denver, Colorado.  

Cook, J. & McGlasson, T. (2013). Practicum students intrapersonal functioning and its impact on the counseling encounter: A phenomenological study. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Denver, Colorado.

Cook, J., McGlasson, T., & Betters-Bubon, J. (2013). The supervision of graduate students working with shame-based clients: The supervisory relationship and shame conceptualized and personalized. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Denver, Colorado. 

Cook, J., Rios, P., & Swartwout, A. (2013). Disengaged parenting and the experience of shame. Wisconsin School Counseling Association. Madison, Wisconsin. 

Cook, J., & Woodbridge, L. (2013). Conflict and crisis within the family system. Wisconsin School Counseling Association. Madison, Wisconsin.

Cook, J., Thomas, S., & Heid, L. (2011). Relational approaches to working with resistance and rupture: Using case studies to promote self‐ reflection, professional development, and relational transformation among supervisors, therapists, and school counselors. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Nashville, Tennessee. 

McGlasson, T., Cook, J., & Pehrsson, D-E. (2011). Andragogy in practice: Infusing clinical demonstrations across curriculum and applying co-constructive post-modern principles. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Nashville, Tennessee. 

Wakefield, M.A., Harris, K., Pehrsson, D-E., Garner, D., & Cook, J. (2011). Embracing the future of counselor education’s leadership through the mentoring of our underrepresented leaders: What we know, what we do, and what we need to do. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Nashville, Tennessee. 

Cook, J. (September 2011). The experience of trauma. Richmond Partnership. Richmond, California.

Cook, J. (February 2011). The experience of trauma. Richmond Partnership. Richmond, California.

Cook, J. (2010). Personal and professional implications of a non-oppressive voice. Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Sacramento, California.

Cook, J. (2010).  Integrating the concept of emotion regulation into the selection and training of counselors. Western Association of Counselor Educators. Sacramento, California.

Cook, J., & McGlasson, T. (2008). Implications of a co-constructed relational field in the therapeutic space: Considerations for clinicians, supervisors and counselors. Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Palm Springs, California.

Rubel, D., Cook, J., McGlasson, T., & Schamp, L. (2008). Using the practice of multicultural group work: visions and perspectives from the field as a catalyst for developing the multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills of group work students: the experience of Oregon State University doctoral students. Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Palm Springs, California.

Cook, J., & McGlasson, T. (2008). Implications of a co-constructed relational field in the therapeutic space: Considerations for clinicians, supervisors and counselors. North West Counselors. Portland, Oregon.

Cook, J., Doerksen, D., McGlasson, T., Schamp, L., Richards, J., & Kagume, D. (2008). A sequential doctoral class for an emerging program. Oregon Mental Health Professionals. Portland, Oregon.

Cook, J., O’Shea, K.M., & Wasylow, B. (2008).  Collaboration or consternation? –  Combining career counseling resources on a college campus. Poster presented at the Oregon Career Development Association’s 6th Annual Spring Professional Development Institute and Awards Luncheon. Portland, Oregon.

McGlasson, T., Foster, H., Cook, J. Doerksen, D., Schamp, L., Kagume, D., & Richards, J. (2007). A fishbowl supervision experience for Oregon supervisors. Oregon State University. Corvallis, Oregon.

Recommended Reading 

  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
  • The Eternal Now by Paul Tillich 
  • Pre by Tom Jordan
  • Losing Susan by Victor Austin
  • Union with Christ by J. Todd Billings
  • Emotional Understanding by Donna Orange
  • Loves Executioner by Irvin Yalom