Nori Valdez Gruber
CTSP Placement Coordinator
Placing candidates in Art Therapy, MCFT, PMHC/A
Rogers Hall 407, MSC 86
Noreen (Nori) Valdez Gruber is the CTSP Placement Coordinator at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling where she facilitates clinical placement for the Art Therapy, Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy, Professional Mental Health Counseling, and Professional Mental Health Counseling – Specialization in Addictions programs. A 2011 graduate of the Counseling Psychology program (just prior to its change to Professional Mental Health Counseling), Nori is very pleased to return to the Graduate School to assist students in the process of starting their professional careers as counselors.
Nori’s career in community-based mental health has led to varied professional opportunities and interests over the last decade. She initially worked with adult clients through Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams to support individuals living in the community. She also served as a civil commitment investigator and collaborated with legal teams, law enforcement, medical teams, the Oregon State Hospital and long-term residential sites to facilitate acute stabilization and community reintegration for vulnerable individuals. Nori then transitioned to her true passion of working with youth and families. She served as a crisis/flight team therapist, elementary school-based therapist and as a school threat assessment investigator, in which she worked with law enforcement and school administrators to identify and mitigate risk of violence on campuses. In addition to her community agency work, she has also maintained private practice, been an adjunct instructor at Lewis & Clark, and worked as a behaviorist in an outpatient primary care medical clinic. Nori’s clinical interests include, but are not limited to, violence risk assessment, suicide prevention, critical incident debriefing, vicarious trauma, burnout, bereavement, and management of anxiety disorders.
A native Oregonian, Nori appreciates exploring the majesty of the state via outdoor activities and also enjoys engaging in creative endeavors. She enjoys performing/listening to jazz music, painting, cooking, baking, gardening, and interior design. She is also an ardent fan of dogs of all sizes and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nori received her MA in 2011 from Lewis & Clark College and her BA in 2005 from Western Oregon University.