Placing candidates in School Counseling, School Psychology
Rochelle Zirdum is a placement coordinator at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling where she facilitates clinical placement for future school counselors and school psychologists. Rochelle finds great purpose in this work, as her career began as a community mental health therapist. In 2006, she first served as an outpatient therapist providing drug and alcohol individual and group therapy in downtown Portland. Then, with early intervention/prevention at heart, she shifted focus to providing mental health support to homeless youth in downtown Portland. In 2012, she leaped at the opportunity to join Lewis & Clark developing mental health related events and workshops for the Center for Community Engagement. Shortly thereafter in 2013, she was recruited to serve in the then newly established Strategic Partnerships and Clinical Placements office and has been delighted in connecting candidates with high-quality clinical placement opportunities.
Rochelle was born and raised in rural Southeast Alaska and is a tribal member of the Tlingit & Haida Tribes. She now resides in Hillsboro, OR with her husband and three children. She finds great joy in seeking a simple life rooted in authentic connections and minimalistic endeavors.
Rochelle received her MA in Counseling Psychology in 2006 from Pacific University and her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology and Human Services from Fort Lewis College.