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2016 Distinguished Faculty Honoree Barry Resnick meeting with student

2016 Distinguished Faculty Honoree Found His Calling In Counseling

​For the past 25 years, Dr. Barry Resnick, Santiago Canyon College (SCC) professor of counseling, says he has had the privilege to counsel students. In addition to counseling and advising students, he has also taught a number of counseling classes over the years.

When Resnick was going to college, he only wished that he could have had someone point him in the right direction and answer his educational and career questions. The lack of guidance he received in college is what propelled him to become a counselor. He believes that everyone has a calling in life, and he has found his in counseling students at SCC

In his office, Resnick talks candidly with the students he sees. He strives to lead students in the right direction by being honest, even when it means telling them what they may not want to hear. Throughout his career as a counselor, when he counsels students, he thinks about what he would have said to his own children in a similar situation.

His goal for all of the meetings he has with students is that the student leaves with a direction. He hopes that students leave his office with a better sense of where they are going in college and in life.
“I realize that I love doing what I am doing any time a student reaches a milestone, like when a student gets into medical school or transfers to a competitive university. I want to set a student on a path so that they are not so frazzled,” he says, “Helping students reach these milestones makes me feel like I’m doing what I should be doing.”

After Resnick completed high school in the San Fernando Valley he went to the University of Southern California where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Later, he earned two Master of Arts degrees, one from California State University, Long Beach in occupational studies and the other from National University in counseling psychology. After, he received his Ed.D in educational leadership from Brigham Young University. Additionally, he has a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license.
After eight years in private industry, he became a counselor at Santa Ana College. He spent 11 years at Santa Ana College before transitioning to Santiago Canyon College in 1991. He began his 37th year in the district this fall. When he first came to SCC the faculty was small enough to fit into one classroom. At SCC, he is a board member of the faculty association and recently completed a four-year term as the association’s president.

As an Orange resident over the last 30 years, he has been an active member in the community. He served for four years as an elected official for Orange Unified School District, serving one year as president, and a charter board member for Santiago Middle School in Orange.

Resnick also likes to participate in research outside of SCC. Recently, he has participated in a study about the Holocaust. He also participated in research about government deregulation of the airline industry, which became his doctoral dissertation. As a hobby, he collects memorabilia for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Outside of school he also enjoys spending time with his children and traveling with his wife.
A mantra that he has carried with him from his days in Sunday school, that he now tells his students is, “Your future should be filled with learning and doing.”