James Saunders, Ed.D.

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James Saunders, Ed.D.

Lecturer, Coordinator of Addictions Emphasis, Counseling and Human Services College of Education
College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Biographical Information

Dr. Saunders served with the United States Air Force as a chaplain for 22 years; following his Air Force career he received his Master's Degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs CHS department. He has spent his second career working as a therapist in the area of substance abuse with the El Paso County Dept. of Health, and soldiers returning from the war zone at Ft. Carson Army Substance Abuse Program. In Jan 2016, he was appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper to serve on the State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners which regulates certified and licensed addiction counselors in the state. He completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 2011.


Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, Argosi University

M.A.  Counseling and Human Services, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

M. Div. Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

B.A., History, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin


Measurement and Appraisal-Graduate

Theories and Techniques in Group Counseling-Graduate

Foundations of Addiction-Graduate

Introduction to Counseling and Human Services-Undergraduate

Advanced Techniques in Counseling-Graduate

Practicum in Counseling-Graduate

Introduction to Drugs and Alcohol-Undergraduate

Roles and Functions of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor


Motivational Interviweing-Graduate

Advanced Pharmacology-Graduate

Infectious Diseases-Graduate

Issues/Ethics/Trends in Professional Counseling-Graduate

Spirituality in Counseling-Graduate (Online)


  • Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Colorado Addictions Counselor
  • Master Addictions Counselor

Professional Experience

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Senior Instructor, College of Education Counseling and Human Services Department
    August 2011 - present
  • Substance Abuse Counselor, Army Substance Abuse Program, Ft. Carson Colorado
    August 2009-2011
  • Substance Abuse Counselor and Behavioral Health Therapist, Penrose-St. Francis Hospital
    August 2007-2009
  • Adjunct Faculty Member Pikes Peak Community College Social Work Program
    August 2005-present
  • Substance Abuse Counselor, El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, Colorado Springs, Colorado 
    August 2001-2007
  • Chaplain, United States Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colorado 
  • Parish Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Casey, Illinois 


  • American Counseling Association (professional member)
    2001 - present
  • National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Society of Addiction Counselors of Colorado