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Date of Graduation

Spring 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Madeleine Dupre

Lennis G. Echterling

Anne L. Stewart


Abstract The science of psychological genomics, otherwise known as epigenetics, demonstrates how thoughts and emotions affect our physiology and even our genes. Genetic expression is a determining factor in many physical diseases and mental conditions. There is recent evidence that suggests that effective resilience-focused counseling may enable genes to express themselves in salubrious ways, frequently averting disease. Early counseling interventions can eliminate a future need for more costly invasive medical procedures. People can be mentally and physically healed when they are ministered to in their totality. The science of epigenetics has profound ramifications for all in the healing professions including physicians and counselors as well as the insurance companies that reimburse these professionals. Keywords: counseling, resilience, epigenetics, psychological genomics

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