The School of Education and Behavioral Studies
Counselor Education (GR)
The School of Arts and Sciences
Full Name: Gene Sale
Professor of Counseling
B.A., University of Arkansas; M.A., Liberty University; Ed.D., University of Sarasota.
Dr. Sale’s background includes over 23 years in higher education and administration
as well as many years as a practitioner in the field of counseling. Dr. Sale served
as dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies for 7 years, following 9
years teaching in the counselor education program at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Dr. Sale is a Board Certified Counselor and currently teaches as a Professor of Counseling
at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Current research interests include social emotional
learning (SEL) in K-12 educational environments and various treatment programs as
well as developing effective treatments in reducing the effects of chronic stress
in children and adults.
During his tenure as dean, he supervised five academic programs (Counseling, Psychology,
Education, Health and Human Performance, and Athletic Training) and the development
of several innovative programs including the first international outreach of the PBA
counseling program to earthquake trauma victims in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake,
the Cancer Related Fatigue Program that supports cancer patients to improve energy
and well-being, an international student teaching semester in the Education program,
and the development of the Health and Human Performance Program.
Other highlights from Dr. Sale’s career include serving as a Guardian Ad Litem with
the 15th Judicial Circuit, representing the best interest of abused, abandoned and
neglected children; founder and former president of The Global Partnerships Initiative,
which links resources in education, social services, humanitarian services, and economic
development with needs in emerging world countries; founder and former president of
The MetroCenter for Counseling, a Christian counseling center in Washington, D.C.;
initiating a counseling and staff development program as counseling director for a
residential boy’s home in Manassas, Virginia called Youth for Tomorrow; serving as
a Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C., and later as a professional staff member
in the U.S. House of Representatives with the Select Committee on Children, Youth
and Families; serving as a political analyst for the Family Research Council; and
serving as a regional director for Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), leading an interdenominational
ministry to college students.
Dr. Sale received his Doctor of Education degree in counseling psychology from the
University of Sarasota, a Master of Arts degree from the International School of Theology,
and a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Arkansas.