0 Bill Burrichter

Bill Burrichter

Bill Burrichter

Executive Director of the Center for Student Success; Director of Counseling Services; Associate Professor of Psychology

Teaching Philosophy

It has been an exciting blessing to be able to return to Houghton University as a faculty member.  What’s even more cool is the opportunity to support students in the midst of their struggle.  I count it a privilege to have a front seat view into the lives of students; to hear their stories and to journey with them through their time at Houghton.  I recognize that biological forces, personal choices and societal issues can all contribute to one’s health and wellness.  Consequently I take a holistic view of mental health, taking into account both science and spirituality as essential elements of healing. I have a profound love for the Lord and it is the foundation for all that I do, both in the Counseling Center, classroom and beyond.  Without Him I can do nothing.  As Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”


  • Ph.D., Walden University (2006)
  • M.S., Villanova University (1997)
  • B.A., Houghton College (1992)
  • Primary Training Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavior Training and Techniques, Albert Ellis Institute (1999)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Career & Vocational Counseling
  • Youth Counseling
  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Counseling Youth in Educational Contexts
  • Exceptional Students: Pop, Policies & Procedures
  • School Guidance Techniques
  • School Guidance Systems
  • Personality & Developmental Theory
  • Counseling & Psychotherapy for the Individual
  • Internship in Psychology

Professional Members/Associations

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, NY (2015)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor: PC001569 (2002)
  • National Certified Counselor: #48012 (2000)
  • American Counseling Association (1995)
  • Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (2013)
  • Christian College Counseling Center Consortium (2015)
  • American School Counselor Association (2007)
  • Pennsylvania School Counselor Association (1996)
  • Lancaster County School Counselors Association (1997), President 2009-2012

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Director, Counseling Center
    Houghton University – Houghton, NY
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
    Houghton University – Houghton, NY
  • Chair, Department of Counseling & Social Work
    Lancaster Bible College – Lancaster, PA (2010-2015)
  • Program Director for the M.Ed. program in school counseling
    Lancaster Bible College – Lancaster, PA (2006-2015)
  • Director, Counseling and Career Center
    Lancaster Bible College – Lancaster, PA (2013-2015)
  • Part-Time Faculty
    Lancaster Bible College – Lancaster, PA (2003-2010)
  • Owner
    New Life Counseling Services, LLC – Mount. Joy, PA (2005-2015)
  • Providence Behavioral Health
    Leola, PA (2002-2005)
  • New Life Psychological Services
    Ephrata, PA (2004-2005)
  • School Counselor
    Pequea Valley High School – Kinzers, PA (1998-2010)
  • School Counselor & Dorm Parent
    Christiansen Academy, Rubio, Venezuela, South America (1997-1998)
  • Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator
    Villanova University – Villanova, PA (1996-1997)
  • Graduate Assistant
    Villanova University – Villanova, PA (1995-1997)
  • Foster Care Social Worker (08/1995 – 05/1997)
    Delta Community Supports – Springhouse, PA (1995-1997)
  • Foster Care Social Worker
    Bethanna, Southampton, PA (1994-1995)
  • Assistant School Counselor
    Boston Public School – Boston, MA (1992-1994)


  • “Improving parental involvement in middle school”
  • “Are you stressed about being stressed?”
  • “Is it Time for Recess Yet?”
  • “Utilizing the ASCA National Model to Improve Student Achievement”
  • “Academic Self-Concept: Improving Achievement through Relationship”
  • “Self-Injury Among School Students: Etiology and Intervention “
  • “Cutting Away the Pain: Self Injury Among High School Students”
  • “Pervasive Developmental Disorders”
  • “Asperger’s Syndrome: Considerations for School Counselors”
  • “Asperger’s Syndrome: Neuropsychological Considerations”
  • “No Place to Call Home. Third Culture Kids: Considerations for School Counselors”
  • “Third-Culture Kids: Considerations for Counselors”
  • “Facilitating the Transition through Adolescence”

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