Excelsia College

School of Counselling

Dr Dion Khlentzos | Counselling | Head of Counselling | Excelsia College

Head School of Counselling

Dr Dion Khlentzos

PhD, BSc Hons (Psych), BA Grad DipEd, Grad Dip Counselling, MAAPi
Contact Details

Telephone Number

02 9000 9604



Biographical details

Dr Dion Khlentzos has been a lecturer, researcher and manager within tertiary institutions for over 13 years. He has also worked as a psychologist and counsellor, both within organisations and in private practice. He is a member of the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia. Dion has had previous roles as Program Manager and Program Director with the Jansen Newman Institute, where he managed staff and the counselling programs, and as the Counsellor Trainer with the Salvation Army’s crisis telephone counselling service.

Profile of Dr Dion Khlentzos


Dion holds a Doctorate in Psychology and Mental Health through the School of Education at Western Sydney University. He also has a Bachelor degree majoring in Mathematics and Statistics, a Bachelor Honours degree majoring in Psychology, and Graduate Diplomas in Education and Counselling.

Research Interests

Dion’s principal research interest is in the area of developing emotion-focused parenting programs for fathers recovering from addictions. More broadly, Dion has research interests in the areas of mental health in families and communities.

Current projects

Dion is currently part of a research team associated with Western Sydney University, which is conducting a study examining the effects of an alcohol reduction program on senior secondary school students in Sydney. Dion is also co-authoring a paper with Dr Brenda Dobia at Western Sydney University on the implications of parenting programs for fathers recovering from addictions for the reduction of domestic and family violence.


Dion is a registered psychologist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APA).

Selected publications

Book Chapters

Dobia, B., Arthur, L., Roffey, S., Jennings, P., Khlentzos, D.S., Parada, R. & Sheinman, N. (2019). Implementation of social and emotional learning. In Social and Emotional Learning in Schools, Chapter 7. Vancouver: UNESCO.

Conference Papers

Khlentzos, D.S. (2013). Fathers and their relationships with their children. Men’s Health Conference, Brisbane. Khlentzos, D.S. (2014). An empathic parenting program for fathers with addictions. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.