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Vicki Harris Wyatt, Ph.D

licensed professional counselor

 

Dr. Vicki Wyattareas of interest
education
certifications & licenses
experience
professional organizations, memberships & service
grants
publications and presentations
honors

 

 

Vicki Harris Wyatt, Ph.D., is the executive director and owner of The Wyatt Group, as well as its chief therapist. Dr. Wyatt is licensed or holds certifications as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and certified by Dr. Milton Magness as a Hope & Freedom Practitioner ("CHFP") for intensive recovery therapy for marriages, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and member of EMDRIA for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Dr. Wyatt is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Today she maintains a private practice in counseling and therapy in the private sector in Oklahoma City, where she focuses on sexual addictions (compulsive sex, internet porn, sexual betrayal, etc., family relations, ADD/ADHD treatment, "peak performance," and counseling in general. The Wyatt Group offers a safe and secure environment conducive to recovery and healing in a confidential and non-judgmental setting.

 

Historically, Dr. Wyatt has provided counseling and talk-therapy in not-for-profit organizations, taught at regional and comprehensive universities in Oklahoma, has written and administered grants and served as an assistant professor of research at the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health, where she was also a lead investigator on the HEART of OKC Teen Pregnancy Project and co-principal investigator for the High Risk HPV project, both funded through the Centers for Disease Control ("CDC"). Dr. Wyatt has also written and administered several grants through the United Way and Youth & Family Services. In 2002, Vicki Harris Wyatt was selected by the Journal Record News as one of fifty "Women Making a Difference" in the State of Oklahoma. Dr. Wyatt presents at national conventions such as the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) and has authored a variety of articles and book chapters published in various media. Dr. Wyatt is still associated with limited research with the OU College of Family Medicine and occasionally as an adjunct professor at the OU College of Public Health and OBU in Shawnee.

 

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AREAS OF INTEREST

 

Sexual Addictions, Betrayal and Pornography Addictions

 

Intensive Recovery Therapy for Marriages and Couples

 

Family Relations including:
--Parent-Child Relationship
--Parent-Child Communication
--Marriage Relations
--Family and Community Services Mediation
--EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitiztion and Reprocessing)

Children's Health & Childhood Disorders:
--Conduct disorders
--Oppositional Defiant
--A.D.D. (Attention-Deficit Disorder)
--A.D.H.D. (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
--Learning Disabilities

Adolescent Health
Adolescent Risk Behavior
Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
School Violence Prevention
Student Coaching & Life Strategy for students of all ages and levels
Geriatric Health
Employer-Employee Relations
--Employment Dispute Resolution
--Management & Corporate Training and Coaching
--Mediation

 

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EDUCATION

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Family Relations and Child Development, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Master of Education (M.Ed.), Guidance Counseling, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond,

Oklahoma Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.), Secondary Education (English-Journalism), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Dr. Wyatt has also received over 500 hours of continuing education. Major topic areas include sexual addictions, drug/alcohol abuse, anger management, parenting skills, intimate partner violence, date rape, adolescent sexuality, child abuse, eating disorders, attention deficit disorder ("ADD") and attention deficit hyperactive disorder ("ADHD"), adoption issues and answers, home studies, custody evaluations, counseling techniques, depression/suicide, stress management, ethics, program development, community development, academic scholarship, employee-employer relations and development, conflict resolution, peer mediation, family and divorce mediation, general dispute resolution.

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) training through International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, which involved four intensive week-long training sessions and a period of "supervision" over a span on one year during the certification process.

Certified Hope & Freedom Practitioner (CHFP) for intensive recovery for marriage counseling -- involves the use of three-day intensive therapeutic model with a one-day follow-up generally three to six months later.

Certified by EMDRIA certified for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

 

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CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES

 

Licensed Professional Counselor ("LPC"), State of Oklahoma, Department of Health
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist ("CSAT"), International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals
Certified Hope & Freedom Practitioner ("CHFP") for intensive recovery therapy model training under the tutelage of Dr. Milton Magness
Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor ("LADC"), State of Oklahoma, Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Alcohol and other Drug Assessor Certification ("DUI certification"), State of Oklahoma, Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Certified in EMDR basic training, EMDR International Association, Austin, TX
Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) Certification
Family and Divorce Mediator Certification, Oklahoma Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators
Oklahoma Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting ("STEP") Certification
Developing Capable People "Training of Trainers" Certification Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory ("SASSI") Administration Certification - Levels I and II


CURRENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

HUMAN SERVICES EXPERIENCE


CONSULTING EXPERIENCE


PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

Research Associate (2002-2005), Family Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
- Co-Principal Investigator, "Women's Emotional and Rational Responses to High Risk HPV", Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant, 2002-2005, $700,000.k

Adjunct Professor (2002-2004), Health Promotion Sciences Department, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
--Teach graduate courses:
Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 5213
The Family and Health 5623
Adjunct Professor (Fall 2002-2004), Marriage and Family Studies Program, Graduate College, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK
--Teach graduate course:
Human Sexuality 6000 and Sex Therapy MFT 560

Assistant Professor of Research (1999-2002)
Research Program Coordinator (1998-1999)

Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Taught graduate courses:
Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 5213
The Family and Health 5623

Served on departmental committees
Served on American Public Health Association Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section Membership Committee
Supervised master's level research assistants
Research Program Coordinator (1998-1999), Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health
Principal Investigator for Core (Process) Evaluation activities for the "CDC" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 7-year HEART of OKC, Oklahoma Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Project Grant
Conducted qualitative and quantitative research

Coordinated evaluation and program services with the following:
--Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
--Community program coordinators
--Oklahoma State Department of Health
--Oklahoma City Public Schools
--Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County Health Departments
--Neighborhood religious organizations
--Latino Community Development Association (LCDA)
--United Nations Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY)
--Vietnamese American Community Organization

Adjunct Instructor (1991-1992), Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK

Taught the following graduate and undergraduate courses:
--Intervention Strategies for Elementary and Secondary School Counselors 5863
--ºBehavior Intervention Strategies 5862
--Group Counseling 5812
--Developmental Guidance for Elementary and Secondary School Counselors 5852
--Child Guidance 3023
--General Psychology 1113

Adjunct Instructor (1987-1989), Oklahoma Junior College, Tulsa, OK
--Taught Applied Psychology 1113


Adjunct Instructor (1988), Langston University Tulsa University Center, Tulsa, OK
--Taught Social Anthropology 4000

 

OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Secondary School Teacher (1978-1983), Alma Public Schools, Alma, AR
º Taught seventh - tenth grade English, Journalism, and Bible Literature

 

OTHER HUMAN SERVICES EXPERIENCE

Mediator (1994-2000), Mediation Consultants, Enid, OK
Performed mediation services in Northwest Oklahoma in all areas of civil practice with primary focus on family/domestic relations (including custody and property division), education, and employment related issues

Private Practice Counselor (1995-1997), Thunder Canyon Counseling Center, Enid, OK
--Conducted individual assessments, home studies, child custody evaluations
--Performed individual, marriage, family, and group counseling
--Conducted child-play therapy
--Conducted parent education
--Conducted drug/alcohol assessments and counseling

Geriatric Counselor (1996), Generations Geriatric Psychiatric Unit, Integris Bass Baptist Hospital, Enid, OK
--Performed individual and group counseling
--Conducted case management and discharge planning Executive Director (1994),

Director of the Family Resource Center (1992-1995), Abuse Prevention Coordinator and Family Counselor (1990-1992), Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Inc., Enid, OK
--Supervised 30+ employees and volunteers

 

Supervised the following programs:
--Emergency Youth Shelter
--Big-Brother/Big-Sister Program
--Family Health Program for Low Income Pregnant Women
--Parent Education Program
--Juvenile Diversion Program
--Therapeutic Foster Care Program
--School-based Prevention Education Program
--Oklahoma Children's Initiative Program (mentoring, day treatment, tutoring, Family Focus, reintegration, parent aid, and education/vocation)
--Individual and Community Parent Education Program
--Individual, Family, and Group Counseling Program

 

Prepared grant reports and reports for the Board of Directors
Provided in-service training to staff
Conducted treatment planning and multidisciplinary staff meetings
Acquired external funding for the agency
Coordinated Agency Grievance Procedures
Supervised Master's and Bachelor's level practicum students
Provided consultation, referrals, assessments, and crises intervention
Coordinated the Abuse Prevention Program and the WHO Anti-Victimization Program
Conducted individual and family counseling
Provided counseling for youth in the Enid Alternative Education Programs
Conducted workshops for area professionals

Geriatric, Adult, and Adolescent In-Patient Psychiatric Counselor (1988-1989), St. John's Medical Center, Tulsa, OK
--Provided counseling services and case management for patients and their families
--Participated in treatment planning and multidisciplinary staff meetings
--Conducted drug/alcohol assessments and counseling

Group Residential Treatment Program Counselor (1987-1988), Shadow Mountain Institute, Tulsa, OK
--Provided counseling services and case management for patients and their families
--Conducted drug/alcohol assessments and counseling
--Participated in treatment planning and multidisciplinary staff meetings

 

MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

Assistant Manager (1985-1993), Western Sizzlin' Steak House, Enid, OK
Supervised, trained, and evaluated 32 employees
Managed the inventory for $1.2 million annual sales operation
Coordinated marketing and advertising strategies
Coordinated with area schools and vocational-technical school for job placement and training for high school students

 

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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS & SERVICES

 

ORGANIZATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals
Hope & Freedom Practitioners
EMDR International Association
American Counseling Association
American Public Health Association
--Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section
--Membership Committee
--Maternal and Child Health Section

Oklahoma Public Health Association
National Council on Family Relations
Oklahoma Council on Family Relations
Southwest Society on Aging (1997-1999)
Oklahoma Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators (1993-1999)
International Society for Neurofeedback and Research

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES

University of Oklahoma (OU) (1999-2002)
Core Course Review Committee, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
Recruitment Committee, Health Promotion Sciences Department, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Masters in Public Health Oral Examination Committee, Health Promotion Sciences Department, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Evaluation and Resource Committee, Teen Pregnancy Coalition of Oklahoma County, Inc.

REVIEWER

Abstract Reviewer (2001/02), Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, American Public Health Association Annual Conference.

 

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GRANTS

 

Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Women's Emotional and Rational Response to High Risk HPV." A cooperative agreement with OUHSC Family Medicine, Principal Investigator, Dr. Robert Hamm. A three-year grant at approximately $700,000 for current year.

Principal Investigator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project - Healthy, Empowered And Responsible Teens of OKC (HEART of OKC) - Core (Process) Evaluation, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $2,500,000 total amount.

Principal Investigator, Adolescent Family Life Grant, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs, Office of Population Affairs. Community Counseling Center, Early Head Start Center, Emerson Pregnant and Parenting Teen Alternative Education program, Oklahoma City, OK. A five-year grant at $326,392 for current year.

Program Grants

Oklahoma Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP), V.L. Harris (Project Coordinator). Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Inc., funded for $20,000 in 1995.

United Way Venture Grant (Big Brother/Big Sister school based mentoring program), Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Inc., funded for $3,400 in 1995. United Way Grant, Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Inc., funded $27,000 in 1995.

Junior Welfare League, Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Inc., funded $5,000 in 1995.

A.M. AMBUCS Grant, Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Inc., funded $500 in 1994.

 

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PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

 

Book Chapters

Kegler, M. & Wyatt, V. H. (2002). Process evaluation of an asset-based teen pregnancy prevention project: HEART of OKC. In Steckler, A. and Linnan, L. (Eds.), Process Evaluation in Public Health Interventions. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Wyatt, V. H. (2000). Tying it together: A social ecology approach to dealing with violence in our American schools. In Sandhu, D. S. and Aspy, C. B. (Eds.), Violence in American Schools: A Practical Guide for Counselors (pp. 43-64). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

 

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Manuscripts

Kegler, M. & Wyatt, V. H. (2003). Factors associated with successful neighborhood-based partnerships to prevent teen pregnancy through positive youth development. Journal of Health Education.

Wyatt, V. H., Marshall, L., Payne, K., & Rodine, S. (2002). A "Health-to-Work" education program developed for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) participants. Journal of the American Medical Women's Association, Winter 2002.

Oman, R.F., McLeroy, K.R., Harris-Wyatt, V., Aspy, C.B., Rodine, S., & Marshal,L. (In Press). Reliability and validity of the Youth Asset Survey (YAS). Journal of Adolescent Health.

Aspy, C.B., Oman, R.F., Vesley, S., McLeroy, K., Harris-Wyatt, V., Rodine, S., & Marshall, L. (In Press). Adolescent violence: The protective effects of developmental assets. Journal of Counseling and Development.

Sanchez, M. G., Plunkett, S. W., & Wyatt, V. H. (Manuscript in preparation). Adolescent sexual behavior: An ecological approach. Journal of Human Sexuality.

 

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Abstracts

Hirschlein, B., Wyatt, V. H., Plunkett, S. W. (2001). The intergenerational transmission of corporal punishment and obedience parenting attitudes as mediated by parents' observable punitiveness and open communication parenting behaviors. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference. Rochester, NY.

Oman, R., Vesely, S. K., Atkins, L. A., Aspy, C. Marshall, L., Rodine, S., Wyatt, V. H., & McLeroy, K. (2001). Reliability and validity of a youth developmental asset measurement tool. American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Oman, R., Vesely, S. K., Atkins, L. A., Wyatt, V. H., Aspy, C., & McLeroy, K. (2001). Youth sexual behavior: The potential effect of youth assets. American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.
Wyatt, V. H., Bui, D., Rodine, S., & Marshall, L. (2001). A youth-designed health publication addresses intergenerational cultural issues in a Vietnamese-American community. American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Wyatt, V. H., Fluhr, J., Moore, S., Payne, K., Shakir, M., Bell, B., & Worley, M. (2001). Peer educators' contributions for teen pregnancy program improvement. American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Wyatt, V. H., Kegler, M. K., & Rodine, S. (2001). Case study evaluation of ethnically diverse neighborhoods participating in a teen pregnancy prevention project. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference. Rochester, NY.

Wyatt, V. H., Marshall, L., Rodine, S., Shakir, M., & Bell, B. (2001). Late adolescents' developmental issues and experiences on teen pregnancy assessed with focus groups. American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Wyatt, V. H., Parker-Fatheree, K., Gwartney, C., Rodine, S., & Marshall, L. (2001). Evaluation of a congregational training series promoting after-school programs for children and adolescents. American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Kegler, M. & Wyatt, V. H. (2000). A multiple case study of neighborhood mobilization around positive youth development and teen pregnancy prevention in Oklahoma City. HEART of OKC Evaluation Report, Oklahoma City.

Wyatt, V. H. & Plunkett, S. W. (2000). Intergenerational transmission of parenting attitudes: A social cognitive perspective. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Maternal and Child Health Section. Boston, MA.

Wyatt, V. H., Hirschlein, B., & Plunkett, S. W. (2000). The relationships among the parenting attitudes of mothers, fathers, and adolescents as mediated by the adolescent's perceptions of their parent's parenting behaviors. Oklahoma Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting. Edmond, OK.

Wyatt, V. H., Thompson, J., Oman, R., & Asby, C. (1999). Scale development for measuring individual assets for positive youth development. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Maternal and Child Health Section. Chicago, IL.

Wyatt, V. H., Kegler, M. K., & Rodine, S. (1999). Using case study methodology to understand neighborhood participation in a teen pregnancy prevention project. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section. Chicago, IL.

Wyatt, V. H., Kegler, M. K., Rodine, S., Thompson, J., Oman, R., & Asby, C. (1999) Understanding neighborhood participation and positive youth development in a teen pregnancy prevention project using qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques. Oklahoma Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting. Edmond, OK.

Wyatt, V. H., Kegler, M. K., & Rodine, S. (1999). Using cross-site indicator data. Community coalition partnership programs for the prevention of teen pregnancy. Annual Technical Assistance Workshop. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Reproductive Health. Atlanta, GA.

Wyatt, V. H. & Plunkett, S. W. (1997). Parenting and child rearing attitudes of pre-adolescents. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Crystal City, VA.

 

Doctoral Dissertation

 

Harris Wyatt, V. (1999). The relationships among the parenting attitudes of mothers, fathers, and adolescents as mediated by the adolescent's perceptions of their parent's parenting behaviors. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

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Representative Invited Presentations

 

In the Shadows of the Net: The CyberSexual Revolution And Its Effect on Families, Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Edmond, OK (April 2011) (Brief discussion of CSAT training during Dr. Patrick Carnes' seminar).

The Secrets that We Keep, The Character Inn Conference Center, Oklahoma City, OK (April 2011).

Parenting Education for Children and Adolescents, Cherokee Nation Employees In-service, Tahlequah, OK. (September 2001).

Building Commitment and Establishing a Framework for Program Evaluation. Oklahoma State Department of Health, CHES, Taming Your Toolbox Conference. Oklahoma City, OK. (August 2000).

Peer mediation workshop for junior and senior high school students and faculty (two days). Baxter and Marion County Public Schools, Mountain Home, AR. (May 1998).

Career counseling. Drummond Public Schools, Drummond, OK. (January 1997).

Peer mediation workshop for junior and senior high school students and faculty (three days). Baxter County Public Schools, Mountain Home, AR. (August 1996).

Mediation and interviewing. Oklahoma State University, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Stillwater, OK. (November 1995).

Self-esteem for junior high students. Fairview Public Schools--Presentation to eighth grade girls, Fairview, OK. (October 1995).

Parent education. Oklahoma State University, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Stillwater, OK. (March 1995).

Family life education. Oklahoma State University, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Stillwater, OK. (October 1994).

Life span development. Garber Public Schools, Garber, OK. (October 1994).

Child and adolescent development in relation to education systems. Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo, OK - teacher in-service. (August 1994).

Crisis intervention. Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Public Schools, Enid, OK - teacher in-service. (August 1993).

Crisis intervention. Phillips University, Enid, OK - resident assistants in-service. (Spring and Fall 1993).

Identifying and reporting physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. St. Paul's Lutheran Church Pre-school-6th Grade, Enid, OK - teacher in-service. (August 1992).

Classroom management of difficult students. Medford Public Schools, Medford, OK - teacher in-service. (August 1992).

Suicide: Crisis intervention and follow-up. Medford Public Schools, Medford, OK - teacher in-service. (Spring 1992).

Limits, crisis intervention and prevention strategies for school counselors. Meadowlake Psychiatric Hospital, Enid, OK - training for area school counselors. (April 1992).

Abuse prevention training. O.T. Autry Vo-Tech, Enid, OK - day care students' training. (Spring 1992).

Signs of abuse, victimization and what to do. Hennessey Public Schools, Hennessey, OK - teacher in-service. (Fall 1991).

Crisis intervention, limits, de-escalation. Foster Parents and Youth Shelter Workers, Youth and Family Services, Enid, OK - In-service. (Summer 1991).

Developing healthy relationships. Woodward Junior High and High School, Woodward, OK - student training. (Spring 1991).

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HONORS

 

º 2002 Finalist, The Journal Record "Woman of the Year" (one of "50 Women Making a Difference" in Oklahoma)
º 2000-01 "Faculty Leadership Program Year 2000 Leadership Class" - OU Health Sciences Center
º 1997 "John and Sue Taylor Research Grant" - Oklahoma State University
º 1993-94 "Employee of the Year Award" - Youth & Family Service
º 1992 "Friends of Children" Award Nominee - Oklahoma Institute of Child Advocacy
º 1991-92 "Employee of the Year Award" - Youth & Family Services

 

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