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Dr. Ervin Briones - Licensed Professional Counselor

Ervin Briones

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice

Phone: 4784712460

  • Macon - Education - 357
    Phone: 478-471-2460
    Fax: 478-471-5385
Office Hours: EDU 359
Fall: M & W from 11:00 to 11:50 am, from 3:15 to 4:00PM and by appointment
Biography: I grew up in a small rural town in Nicaragua, went to High School in Costa Rica, and lived in Mexico before attending Florida International University (FIU) in Miami where I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (or Mental Health), and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a focus on adolescence. I have also worked in the mental health field both as a private practitioner and researcher in both prevention and treatment interventions with individuals, couples, and families.  In addition to being a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia and a licensed marriage and family counselor in the state of Florida, I am a certified trainer in Brief Strategic Family Therapy.  I have taught at FIU, University of Miami, The University of Tennessee in Martin, and since 2008 at MGSU.  I am married and have 3 biological children and three step children (all young adults).
Courses: PSYC 1101, PSYC 2101, PSYC 3265, PSYC 3365
Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology (1992), Florida International University, Miami FL.
Master of Science in Psychology (Mental Health Counseling) (1995), Florida International University, Miami, FL.
Ph.D. in Human Development (1997), Florida International University, Miami, FL.
Post Doc in Family Therapy at the Center for Family Studies, University of Miami, FL.
CV: 2012 Florida Supreme Court Certified 40-hour Family Mediation Training Program.2010 Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship. University of Houston/The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Institute for Advanced Clinical Training, Panama City, FL.2006 Trained and supervised therapists in a national clinical trial testing the effectiveness of BSFT on drug abusing adolescents. 2004 Trained and supervised therapists in a community mental health setting in Philipsburg, PA 2000 Attended Summer Institute on Longitudinal Methods, Penn State University, PA and National Institute on Drug Abuse
Professional Experience: Center for Family Studies, University of Miami (1996-2006)
The University of Tennessee at Martin (2006-2008)
Middle Georgia State University (2008-present)
Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, Coliseum Hospital (2017-present)
Professional Affiliations: Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Publications: Briones, E., Robbins, M. S., & Szapocznik, J. (2008). Brief strategic family therapy: Engagement and treatment. In O. J. Morgan & C. H. Litzke (Eds.). Family intervention in substance abuse: Current best practices (81-103). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Briones, E., Robbins, M. S., & Szapocznik, J. (2008). Brief strategic family therapy: Engagement and treatment. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 26 (1/2), 81-103.

Caycedu, C., Duarte, C., Granados, I., Berman, S., Cheng, M., Sukumaran, N. & Briones, E. (2009). Globalization and personal and global identity in Colombian, Chinese, Hindu and American students. Universitas Psychologica, 8 (3), 859-876.

Coatsworth, J.D., Pantin, H., McBride, C., Briones, E., Kurtines, W., & Szapocznik, J. (2002). Ecodevelopmental correlates of behavior problems in young Hispanic females. Applied Developmental Science, 6(3), 126-143.

Kurtines, W.M., Ferrer-Wreder, L., Berman, S. L., Cass-Lorente, C., Briones, E., et al. (2008). Promoting positive youth development: The Miami youth development project (YDP). Journal of Adolescent Research, 23(3), 256-267

Pantin, H., Schwartz, S.J., Coatsworth, J.D., Sullivan, S., Briones, E., & Szapocznik, J. (2007). Familias Unidas: A systemic parent-centered approach to preventing problem behavior in Hispanic adolescents. In P. Tolan, J. Szapocznik, & S. Sambrano (Eds.). Preventing youth substance abuse: Science-based programs for children and adolescents. Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association.

Prado, G., Pantin, H., Briones, E., Schwartz, S., Feaster, D., Huang, S., Sullivan, S., Tapia, M., Sabillon, E., Lopez, B., & Szapocznik, J. (2007). A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Parent-Centered Intervention in Preventing Substance Use and HIV Risk Behaviors in Hispanic Adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75(6), 914-926.

Montgomery, M. J., Kurtines, W.M., Ferrer-Wreder, L., Berman, S. L., Cass-Lorente, C., Briones, E., et al. (2008). A developmental intervention science (DIS) outreach research approach to promoting youth development: Theoretical, methodological, and meta-theoretical challenges. Journal of Adolescent research, 23(3), 268-290.

Santisteban, D. A., Coatsworth, J. D., Briones, E., Kurtines, W., & Szapocznik, J. (2012). Beyond acculturation: An investigation of the relationship of familism and parenting to behavior problems in Hispanic youth. Family Process, 51(4), 470-482.

Schwart, S.J., Montgomery, M.J., & Briones, E. (2006).

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