Published on May 29, 2020 by Morgan Black  
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Richard Yoakum

Richard Yoakum LPC-S, director of counseling and wellness programs for Samford University, shares words of wisdom to lawyers and law students; and unexpected legalities related to counseling online. 

Yoakum joined Samford University in the fall of 2011. He is a licensed profession counselor-supervisor (LPC-S), having clinical experience with Alabama Psychiatric Services and Bradford Health Services. He has extensive training in addictions, rehabilitation, interventions, and family systems.

He a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is a native of Aroma Park, IL and currently lives in Homewood, AL.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.