Name: Dr. Michele Rivas
Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology and Mental Health Counseling
Office Location: Dyson 319
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2894
Email: michele.rivas@marist.edu
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education, CACREP Accredited, Syracuse University, NY

Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S) in Disability Studies, Syracuse University, NY

M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, CACREP Accredited, Long Island University, NY

B.S. in Psychology, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

Certifications:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Permit holder, P95150, New York State

National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors

Licensed Psychologist, License #5905, Venezuelan Psychologists Federation

Bio:

Dr. Rivas’ scholarly interests include multicultural counseling competencies, disability counseling competencies, counselor development, and disability rhetoric within the counseling and psychotherapy discourse. Dr. Rivas is committed to professional engagement that strengthens counseling, counselor education, and clinical supervision of counselors within the United States and in South America. Her participation on multiple committees and professional associations has contributed to a broader understanding of how to promote the advancement of the counseling profession through mentorship, service, and advocacy. Prior to joining the faculty at Marist College, Dr. Rivas practiced as a professional counselor in Syracuse, NY, where she provided individual and couple counseling to clients with disabilities from multicultural communities.

Awards & Honors:

2016 - Outstanding Graduate Student Award, North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, NARACES, Syracuse, NY

2015 - Emerging Leader, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, ACES, Philadelphia, PA

2015 - Present, Inductee, Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society, Syracuse, NY

2013 - Graduate Symbolic Degree Recipient, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

2012 - Emerging Leader, North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, NARACES, Niagara Falls, NY

2012 - Aviva Bershaw Award for Dedication and Commitment to the Profession of Counseling, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

Publications:

Lopez (Rivas), M. (2015). Developmental disability, sexuality, and counseling: A call for action and ecological implications. Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, 14, 19-27.

Lopez (Rivas), M. (2015). Combining Feminist Group Supervision with the Foci Areas of the Discrimination Model. In M. Luke & K. M. Goodrich (Eds.). Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities for Supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Vereen, L., Hill, N. R., & Lopez (Rivas), M. (2015). African American Athletes and Higher Education. In M. A. Shillingford-Butler & J. Curry (Eds.), The Journey Unraveled: College & Career Readiness of African American Students. NY: Lexington Books.

Research Interests:

Multicultural counseling competencies, disability counseling competencies, humanistic counseling, counselor development, health disparities, disability and trauma, global mental health, critical disability studies, quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

Affiliations:

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (LGBTIC)

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES)

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)

Society for Disability Studies

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)

Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)

Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society (CSI)              

Presentations:

National / International:

Rivas, M., Peters, H., & Lee, A. (June, 2017). Humanism and the Global South: Expanding the Multicultural Discourse. (Poster session) Association for Humanistic Counseling Conference, Syracuse, New York.

Peters, H. & Rivas, M. (June, 2017). The Self-Model of Humanistic Supervision: A Proposed Model (Educational session) Association for Humanistic Counseling Conference, Syracuse, New York.

Levine, C., Peters, H. C., Rivas, M., Lee, A., Luke, M., & Seward, D. (March, 2016). Advocacy through Exploration: Group Dialogues for Strengthening Counselor Identity. (Poster Presentation) American Counseling Association and Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference. Montreal, Canada.

Hill, N. R., Vereen, L., & Rivas, M. (March, 2016). Student Athlete Well-Being: Creating Synergy between Wellness and Career Readiness. (Educational session) American Counseling Association and Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Conference. Montreal, Canada.

Rivas, M. (September, 2015) A Structured and Systemic Model for Literature Reviews: Cultivating Success for Emergent Scholars. (ACES INFORM session) Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lee, A. & Rivas, M. (September, 2015) Fostering Cultural Conversations through Safety and Engaged Pedagogy. (Roundtable Session) Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Rivas, M. (September, 2015) Cultivating Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: A Phenomenological Study of Counselors’ Lived Experiences Counseling Disability. (Educational session) Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rivas, M. & Lee, A. (September, 2015) Intersectionality in Group Supervision: A Feminist Approach to Engaged and Transformative Pedagogy. (Roundtable Session) Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hill, N, Kerns, L., Vereen, L., Seward, D., Rivas, M., & Peters, H. (September, 2015) Privacy, Security, and Encryption: Challenges and Strategies for Ensuring HIPAA Compliance. (Presentation Panel) Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rivas, M. (June, 2015). Group work and People with Disabilities, A Critical Examination of the Counseling Literature. (Poster Presentation) American Mental Health Counseling Association Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rivas, M. (July, 2014) Attachment Styles and Clinical Supervision: A research approach and potential practical suggestions for clinical supervisors. (Educational Session) 10th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Adelphi University. Garden City, New York.

Rivas, M. (March, 2014) International Student Panel. Presented at the American Counseling Association International Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Regional:

Rivas, M. & Peters, H. C. (October 2016). Contested Narratives in Counselor Education: Multicultural Humanism or Humanism in the Global South. (Poster Session) Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Louisiana, New Orleans.

Rivas, M. & Hill, N. R. (October 2016). Disability in Multicultural Training: A Phenomenological Study of Counselors’ Lived Experiences. (Poster Session) Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Louisiana, New Orleans.

Hill, N. R., Vereen, L. G., & Rivas, M. (October 2016). Strengthening the Resilience of Student-Athletes: Contributions of Counselor Education Programs. (Rountable) Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Louisiana, New Orleans.

Rivas, M., Hill, N. R., Peters, H. C., & Vereen, L. G. (September 2016). Multicultural Training for Counselors: A Qualitative Investigation of Students' Experiences. (Poster Session). North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Syracuse, New York.

Rivas, M. & McEachern, M. (September, 2014). Igniting the power of love: A review of the literature in LGBT in people with Disabilities. North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Providence, Rhode Island.

Mariska, M., Rivas, M., & Denicker, A. (September, 2012). Using Strength based Assessment in Experiential Learning Assignments. North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Niagara Falls, New York.

Local:

Rivas, M. (October, 2015). Indigenous Street Children: Contested Narratives of Mental Health and Disability in Indigenous Ecuador. 2015 University of Rochester, Disabilities Studies Cluster Symposium. Rochester, New York.