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J. Steve Hamm

J. Steve Hamm is an instructional assistant professor in the College of Education, Department of Counseling and Special Education. Hamm is as a counselor educator and earned his Doctor of Education in Counseling and Supervision from Governors State University.

Prior to joining DePaul in 2019, Hamm served 20 years in a not-for-profit residential treatment facility for youth and adolescents, providing clinical services for youth and families within the agency and in the community. Hamm established an internship program within the agency and served as internship coordinator/site supervisor for eight years preceding moving to DePaul.

Hamm has presented on his work with youth and adolescents at numerous national level conferences over the past 15 years, and published in the Journal of Individual Psychology

Hamm is a licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed sex offender evaluator, licensed sex offender treatment provider and is certified as an approved clinical supervisor. Hamm has previously provided juvenile sex offender treatment services for the court through Juvenile probation, and is currently a contracted point of service (POS) provider for the Department of Children and Family services.

Hamm is a twenty-year veteran of the United States Navy, Lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Illinois.


  • Ed.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, Governors State University, University Park, Il.
  • MA in Community Counseling, Governors State University, University Park, Il.
  • BA in Psychology, National University, San Diego, Ca.

Courses Taught

  • CSL 451 Ethics and Legal Issues in the Counseling Professions
  • CSL 452 Intro to Counseling Profession
  • CSL 458 Group Counseling
  • CSL 467 Counseling Theories
  • CSL 484 Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CSL 485 Sexuality Counseling
  • CSL 489 Psychopathology
  • CSL 501 Counseling skills
  • CSL 511 Supervision
  • CSL 513 Consultation
  • CSL 515 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling
  • CSL 552 Practicum in Counseling
  • CSL 553 Internship in Counseling I
  • CSL 554 Internship in Counseling II


  • Hamm, J. S., Carlson, J., & Erguner-Tekinalp, B. (2016). Adlerian-Based Positive Group Counseling Interventions with Emotionally Troubled Youth. Journal of Individual Psychology, 72(4), 254–272.

Research Interests
Hamm’s research is centered on strength-based approaches to promote increased resilience and wellness in youth and adolescents who have endured complex trauma.​