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Brenner, Patricia A.

Assistant Professor
Counselor Education & Student Affairs
Old Main 406
  • Degrees
    Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
    Alvernia University, Reading, PA

    Master of Education in Elementary Counseling
    West Chester University, West Chester, PA

    Chemical Dependency Counselor Training Certificate
    Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus

    Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Elementary Education
    Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus
  • Course Regularly Taught
    Practicum in School Counseling
    Internship in School Counseling
    Group Processes Seminar
    Career Across the Lifespan
    Tests & Assessment in Counseling
    Research Methods in Counseling
    Fundamentals of Counseling
    Counseling Theories
  • Publications
    Brenner, P. (September 19, 2017). Leadership & Advocacy; What leadership style enables proactive and beneficial outcomes for the LGBTQ college community? Presentation at the Gender & Sexual Minorities Conference, Kutztown University.

    Brenner, P. A. (2020) Authentic leadership: A mixed method inquiry of practicum in school counseling student and supervisor experiences (Order No. 27832297). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2393196769).

    Petersen, B., Brenner P., & Thomas, K. (March 3, 2017). Mental Health, Social Justice, & Diversity; Making Meaningful Connections Using the S.M.I.L.E. Approach. Presentation at Kutztown University Commission on Human Diversity 7th Annual Conference.

    Brenner, P. (March 14, 2022). Leading through Grief, Inclusive, and Collaborative Practices. Presentation at Kutztown University Commission on Human Diversity 12th Annual Conference

    Brenner, P. (October 15, 2022). Transgender Emergence; A Journey Towards Leadership & Advocacy; Multiple Case Study. Presentation at the International Leadership Association Conference in Washington DC.

    Brenner, P. (March 3, 2023). How Neurodiverse Individuals Survive and Thrive Through, Faith, Hope & Action. Panel Discussion at the Kutztown University Commission on Human Diversity 13th Annual Conference.

    Hyatt, S. & Brenner, P. (March 3, 2023). Compassionate Leadership; Building Momentum for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives. Presentation at Kutztown University Commission on Human Diversity 13th Annual Conference.

    Brenner, P., Searfoss, J. & Wagner, I. (June 22, 2023). Transgender Emergence: Personal Stories of Leadership & Advocacy. Webinar Presentation for SAIGE (Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex and Gender Expansive Identities) for 1.5 hours.
  • Associations/Memberships
    American School Counselors Association
    American Counselor Association (SAIGE Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex and Gender Expansive Identities)
    Berks Area School Counselors Association
    Pennsylvania School Counselors Association
    Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society, Graduate Division
    Chi Sigma Iota
    International Leadership Association
  • Background Information
    Dr. Brenner worked at the Berks County Intermediate Unit as a Program Specialist where she was responsible for the coordination of Safe Schools Grants and funding for Berks County, and a consultant and trainer for Drug & Alcohol Prevention Programs, K - 12. She also was a consultant for Economics America and served as the In-Service Council Coordinator. She began working at Muhlenberg School District in 1997 where she served in various counseling roles including school counselor for fifteen years. While at Muhlenberg she served as department chair and was a supervisor for several school counseling interns. She left her school counseling position in 2013 and began working at Kutztown University as an instructor in the Department of Counseling Education and Student Affairs.

    Her leadership activities at Kutztown include being the advisor for The National Alliance on Mental Illness Club and being a campus facilitator for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer Safe Space training. She is the current chair of the Commission on Human Diversity. She also holds leadership roles within the Berks County Community. She serves on the Berks Area Suicide Prevention Task Force, Hope Springs Club House Advisory Council, and the Antietam School District Career Advisory Council. Patricia also works as a school-based therapist for Malvern Community Health Services within the Reading School District.