Dr. Barbara Smith Thompson
Dr. Barbara Smith Thompson, Raytown High School, Class of 1961
Following graduation from Raytown High in 1961, Dr. Barbara C. Thompson received a Bachelors of Science in Education from University of Central Missouri in 1964 and a Masters of Science in Guidance and Counseling in 1967. From the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) she received an Educational Specialist in education in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Guidance in 1979.
Barbara taught elementary school and served as a counselor in the Raytown School District in her early career. From 1976 to 1982 she was a lecturer and practicum supervisor at UMKC. Additionally,she served as a staff development consultant for the Jackson County Correctional Center. Dr. Thompson is the founding partner of Professional Counseling Associates, Independence, Missouri, which provided individual, marital, family and group psychological evaluations. From 1987 to 2000, she was the owner and managing partner of Professional Psychological Institute, in Kansas City, Missouri, a successful counseling agency with as many as seven partners, while continuing to personally provide individual, marital, family and group, and psychological services. For the next three years she was Psychological Consultant to the South Plaza Counseling Associates.
Thompson served on the planning committee that began the Southeast Jackson County Mental Health Center and on the Jackson County Child Advocacy Board that helped pass the first state child abuse and neglect laws. She is a member of the Child Abuse Prevention Association that aided in getting the first child abuse hotline in Missouri. Barbara is a Truman Heartland Community Foundation Raytown Advisory Board member, where she maintains the Thompson Family Charitable fund.
She is proud of her teaching, supervising and counseling, and founding and managing a thriving psychological practice for nearly forty years. She cherishes her 36-year marriage to her late husband, John, and her two beautiful daughters, Jonna Brandel and Jennifer Good.