Dr. Gintner is an Associate Professor and Program Leader of Counselor Education. He has been with the counseling unit since August 1984. His areas of specialization are diagnostic and treatment guidelines for DSM disorders, substance abuse counseling, positive mental health, and treatment planning. His research has focused on differential diagnosis, treatment planning guidelines, motivational strategies with substance abusers, and the incorporation of positive mental health into standard care. He is a nationally recognized workshop presenter on topics such as the DSM-IV-TR and best practices in counseling. Dr. Gintner was the 2007-2008 President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the largest national association for mental health counselors. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Approved Supervisor of Counselor Interns. His thirty years of clinical experience include work in outpatient mental health, inpatient psychiatric care, chemical dependency, and employee assistance counseling. He teaches Theories of Counseling, Counseling for Disabling Conditions, Counseling Children, Internship, and various electives.
Board Member, AMHCA Foundations (January, 2011- present). The mission of the foundation is to improve the mental health of all Americans through public education about mental health issues, mental health research, access to mental health services, and promoting high standards for mental health practitioners.
Chair, DSM-5 Task Force, American Mental Health Counseling Association (February 2010-present). The committee is charged with reviewing and providing feedback and comment on the proposed DSM-5 draft versions.
Past President, American Mental Health Counselors Association (July 2008-July 2009). Serve as member of the Board of Directors. Special responsibilities include managing national elections and serving on the Executive Committee of the Board.
President, American Mental Health Counselors Association (July ’07- July’08). AMHCA is the largest professional organization dedicated solely to promoting the interests of mental health counselors. The president presides as chair of the board and represents and is charged with carrying out the association’s strategic plan.
President-Elect, American Mental Health Counselors Association (July ’06-July’07). The major charge of this position is to serve as the program chair of the national conference Planning committee. Responsibilities include selecting keynote speakers, reviewing program submissions, and organizing all conference activities. Also served on AMHCA’s Board of Directors.
President, Louisiana Mental Health Counselors Association (2001-2003). Responsibilities include advocating for mental health counselors legislatively, maintaining a web-site, sitting on the executive board of the Louisiana Counseling Association.
Choate, L. H. & Gintner, G. G. (2011). Prenatal depression: Best practices for diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Counseling and Development,84, 373-382.
Gintner, G. G. & Mears, G. S. (2009). Mental health counseling. In Emener, W.G., Richard, M.A. & Bosworth, J.J. (Editors), A Guidebook to human service professions: Helping college students explore opportunities in the human services field (pp. 154-165). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
Gintner, G. G. (2008). Treatment planning guidelines for children and adolescents. In R.R. Erk (Eds.), Counseling treatments for children and adolescents DSM-IV-T mental disorders (pp.344-380). Prentice Hall Publishing.
Gintner, G. G. (2008). Case studies in treatment planning. In R.R. Erk (Eds.), Counseling treatments for children and adolescents with DSM-IV-TR mental disorders (pp.381-412). Prentice Hall Publishing.
Gintner, G.G. & Choate, L. H. (2007). Counseling students who are problem drinkers: Screening, assessment, and intervention. In J. A. Lippincott & R. B. Lippincott (Eds.), Special populations in college counseling: A handbook for mental health professionals. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Gintner, G. G. & Choate, L. H. (2006). Screening for college student problem drinkers: The role of the student affairs professional. Journal of Student Personnel Administrators, 43, pp. 338-357.
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor, #1140 (May, 1989)
Board Approved State Licensing Supervisor, Louisiana (December, 1994)
Approved CEU Provider, National Board of Certified Counselors
Gintner, G. G., Barklay, L., Otis, G., and Clay, C. (July, 2011). The DSM-5 Update: Field Trials and Other Changes. Annual Conference of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, San Francisco, MA.
Gintner, G. G., Barklay, L., Otis, G., and Clay, C. (July, 2010). The DSM-5 Draft: Overview and comments. Annual Conference of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Boston, MA
Gintner, G.G. (March, 2010). The power of positive emotions. Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Gintner, G. G. (July, 2009). Recent revisions to the practice guidelines for major depressive disorder. Annual Conference of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Washington D.C.
Gintner, G. G. (March, 2009). Practice guidelines for major depressive disorder: New updates and applications to special populations. Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association, Charlotte, NC.
Gintner, G. G. (2008, March). Promoting positive mental health: From flourishing to sustained remission. Annual conference of the American Counseling Association, Hawaii.
Meyerwitz, W., Mears, G. & Gintner, G. G. (July, 2007). Mental health awareness: Today and tomorrow. Annual Conference of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, New Orleans, July 2007.
Meyerwitz, W., Gintner, G. G., Langer, K., Hoppenworth, S. & Gootee, M. (2007, July). Career paths in mental health counseling. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, New Orleans.