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Counseling Psychology

Teresa McDowell

Professor and Department Chair

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Teresa McDowell is a professor and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College. Teresa has spent much of her career working to re-envision marriage and family therapy education in ways that better support social equity and cultural democracy. Her scholarship has focused on 1) integrating critical social theory into family therapy practice, 2) bridging social awareness and equity-based practice, and systemic treatment of problem gambling.  She is a long time clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark College, Teresa taught at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Storrs, CT. While there, she served as Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral and Master’s programs. Teresa also taught family therapy at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma WA and at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, IL. She has directed university family therapy clinics at NIU, PLU, and UConn. Originally from Arizona, Teresa has spent most of her adult life in the Northwest.

Teresa’s current CV can be found here.  

 

Personal Statement

In my teaching, I attempt to create equity based, collaborative learning communities where learners can act as critical thinkers, value their own voices, see themselves as knowledge creators, and engage in dialogues of difference. I encourage participants in the learning process to become aware of the origins of their world views in ways that empower them to consider their preferred assumptions within a framework of power, privilege and liberation.

Areas of Expertise

Marriage and Family Therapy and MFT education, Critical social theory in the practice of family therapy, Internationalizing family therapy, Problem Gambling Treatment, AAMFT Approved Supervisor/Supervision

Current Research

Teresa’s scholarship centers the integration of critical social theory in the practice of family therapy.  She and her colleagues, Carmen Knudson-Martin and J. Maria Bermudez, have recently written a book entitled “Socially Attuned Family Therapy: Guideline for Clinical Practice.”  As an educator and clinical supervisor, Teresa encourages recognizing and challenging power inequities that are foundational to mental health and relational problems. 

Publications

Books

McDowell, T., Knudson-Martin, C. & Burmudez, M. (2018).   Socio-Culturally

     Attuned Family Therapy: Guidelines for Equitable Theory and Practice.  Routledge.

McDowell, T. (2015). Applying Critical Social Theories to Family Therapy Practice.

     AFTA Springer Briefs in Family Therapy. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Select Recent Articles and Chapters 
  • Knudson-Martin, C., McDowell, T. & Bermudez, M. (In press).  From Knowing to

    Doing: Guidelines for Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy.  Journal of

    Marital and Family Therapy.

  • Parker, E. O. & McDowell, T. (2016). Integrating social justice into the practice of

    CBFT: A critical look at family schemas. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1111/jmft.12205

  • McDowell, T. & Kabura, P. (2016).  Humanitarianism, Colonization, (and) or

     Collaboration?  Our Connection as Ugandan-U.S Counseling and Family Therapy

  • Trainers, Ch. 4 in  L. Charles & Samarasinghe, G. Family Therapy in Global Humanitarian Contexts: Voices and Issues from the Field. New York : NY : Springer.
  • Garcia, M., Kosutic, I. & McDowell, T. (2015). Peace on Earth/War at Home:

      The Role of Emotion Regulation in Social Justice Work. Journal of Feminist Family    

      Therapy.

 

Presentations

Select Recent Presentations

  • McDowell, T., Knudson-Martin, C. & Bermudez, M. (2017). Ethics of Socioculturally

     Attuned Family Therapy: Beyond Diplomacy.  AAMFT Annual Conference,

     Atlanta, GA. 

  • McDowell, T., Berman, E, & Iñiguez, J. (2017). Working with Families in Problem

     Gambling Treatment. National Counsel on Problem Gambling Conference,

     Portland, OR, USA

  • McDowell, T. & Berman, E. (2016).  Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Relational Models  into Problem Gambling Treatment.  National Counsel on Problem Gambling Conference, Terrytown, NY, USA

  • McDowell, T. & Kabura, P. (Plenary, June, 2015). Making Connections: Decolonizing

     Approaches to International Collaboration. American Family Therapy Academy    

     National Conference, Vancouver, WA, USA

  • McDowell, T.  (2015).  Space, Place and Just Practice in International Work. American Family Therapy Academy National Conference, Vancouver, WA, USA
  • McDowell, T. (Keynote, May, 2015).  Professional Borderlands: Toward Just

    International Collaborations. International Conference on Counseling and

    Psychotherapy: Diversity in Training and Practice.  Bangalore, India.

  • McDowell, T. (Keynote, May, 2015).  Professional Borderlands: Toward Just

      International  Collaborations. International Conference on Counseling and

      Psychotherapy: Diversity in Training and Practice.  Bangalore, India.

 

 

Academic Credentials

Ed.D. 2003 Northern Illinois University

M.A. 1985 Pacific Lutheran University

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