Current Assignment in the College of Education and Human Sciences:
Counseling psychology area
Teaching: EDPS 985 (Couple and Family Counseling); EDPS 976 (Advanced Counseling Psychology I); EDPS 974 (School Counseling: EDPS 997B (Advanced Practicum in Counseling); EDPS 965A (Group Counseling); EDPS 975 (Vocational Psychology
Philosophy Statement: I aspire, as a scholar and as a psychologist, to advance the field of psychotherapy through research, training and practice. I am highly involved as a supervisor of my students as they gain skills and expertise in the field of counseling psychology. My quest is to advance my understanding and the field of counseling psychology's understanding of psychotherapy change processes in individual, group, couple and family therapy. Human diversity and an infinite number of contexts create an unlimited variety of methods that foster therapeutic change. I strive to focus on people's strengths, to build on these to influence positive outcomes. Broadly, my work is based on the premise that therapists must, in collaboration with clients, facilitate interventions that fit well with each client's unique context. Context is defined by culture and client strengths. Therapy designed to fit well with a client's context is believed to foster hope and optimism. My work roles include therapist, supervisor, researcher, and teacher. Understanding the cultural context and strengths of my clients, students, and supervisees helps me to be successful in fostering their development. The power of encouragement and emphasizing strengths rather than deficits empowers individuals to attain positive goals.