Biography

Dr. Courtney M. Alvarez

Assistant Professor, Professional Counseling
Department of Psychology & Counseling, College of Leadership and Social Change

Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education (CACREP-accredited), 2015
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas
Dissertation: Experiences of Career Counselors in Group Supervision Integrating Work-Life Balance

Master of Science, Counseling (CACREP-accredited), 2009 
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, 2006 
University of Houston, Houston, Texas


LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • Greater Pittsburgh Counseling Association
  • North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Pennsylvania Counseling Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
  • Editor, Monthly E-Newsletter, [October 2018 - Present] Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy
  • NARACES Conference, Proposal Reviewer [2018] North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • PCA Conference, Proposal Reviewer [2018] Pennsylvania Counseling Association
  • ACES Conference, Proposal Reviewer [2017] Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • SACES Conference, Proposal Reviewer [2016] Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • National Latino/a Psychological Conference, Proposal Reviewer [2106] National Lation/a Psychological Association

Publications

Selected Presentations: 

Alvarez, C. (2018, November). The use of solution-focused supervision to target developmental tasks of counseling students and new professionals. Presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Alvarez, C. (2018, November). How can counselors support individuals and communities affected by gun violence? Presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Kautzman-East, M., & Alvarez, C. (2017, November). Feedback: Do they even use it? Encouraging counseling students' engagement with classroom feedback. Presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, King of Prussia, PA. 

Stephenson, S., & Alvarez, C. (2017, November). Post-traumatic play: Identifying and intervening. Presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, King of Prussia, PA. 

Alvarez, C.(2016, March). Addressing attachment issues when counseling parent-child dyads involving parents with serious mental illness and trauma reactions. Presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, New Orleans, LA. 

Alvarez, C.(2015, October). Experiences of career counselors in a supervision group integrating work-life balance. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Philadelphia, PA. 

Alvarez, C.(2015, January). Career counseling group supervision integrating work-life balance. Presented at the annual conference of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Austin, TX. 

Oliver, M., & Alvarez, C. (2013, January). The use of psychodrama methods in group supervision. Presented at the annual conference of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Austin, TX. 

Sangganjanavanich, V.F., Schomaker, S., & Alvarez, C. (2012, July). Ethical, legal, and multicultural considerations in career counseling supervision. Presented at the annual conference of the National Career Development Association, Atlanta, GA. 

Holt, M.L., Oliver, M., Alvarez, C., & Heard, C. (2012, January) The ethics of supervision: Dual perspectives from supervisors and supervisees. Presented at the annual conference of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Austin, TX. 

Alvarez, C.M., & Lee, S. (2011, October). Building a relationship with numbers: Cultivating interest in assessment and testing within counselor education programs. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Nashville, TN. 

Alvarez, C.M. (2011, September). Moving beyond crisis in goal-setting: Using the Personal Wellness Card Sort with clients from low socioeconomic backgrounds.  Presented at the annual meeting for the Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services' Child and Family Program, Irving, TX. 

Alvarez, C.M. (2011, January). Creating an environment for success in supervision through the use of a solution-focused approach. Presented at the annual conference of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Austin, TX.

Alvarez, C.M., Jackson-Hernandez, D.R., & Doubrava, P. (2011, January). Strategies for addressing trauma-related issues in supervision. Presented at the annual conference of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Austin, TX. 

Selected Publications: 

Alvarez, C.M., & Lee, S. (2012). An international perspective on professional counselor identity. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory & Research, 39, 49 - 54.

Research Interests

Dr. Alvarez's primary research interests concern providing evidence-informed community- based counseling services, meeting the needs of families in inter-generational poverty, developmental evaluation of complex systems, and play therapy.