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Rachel Vannatta, Ph.D.

Rachel Vannatta, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Office: Loyola Hall 341

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3293

rvannatta@immaculata.edu

Education:Ph.D. in Counseling, The George Washington University (CACREP accredited)
M.S.Ed. in Community Counseling, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (CACREP accredited)
B.A. in Psychology, Northwestern University
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) Maryland

Biography

Dr. Vannatta received her master’s degree in community counseling in 2010, and her Ph.D. in counseling in 2016. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including community mental health agencies, crisis settings, an eating disorders clinic, and in a university counseling center. Currently, Dr. Vannatta has a small private practice where she sees emerging adults and adults.

Dr. Vannatta decided to obtain her Ph.D. and pursue a career as a counselor educator because of her love of teaching. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in counseling and psychology, including Educational Psychology, Introduction to Helping Relationships, Group Counseling, Internship in Counseling, and Techniques of Counseling.

Teaching Philosophy:

As an instructor, I see my role as facilitating an environment that encourages students to ask questions, take risks, and take ownership of their own learning. Ultimately, my hope is to develop effective and ethical counselors. In order for this to occur, counseling students must be curious and open to learning long after they receive their degrees. I endeavor to make classes interactive, to encourage discussion among students, and to make connections between what we are learning and real- world counseling scenarios.

Courses Taught:

  • Counseling 601 Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Counseling 602 Theories of Counseling
  • Counseling 604 Group Counseling
  • Counseling 617 Ethical and Professional Issues

Research Interests:

  • Group Counseling
  • Pedagogy in Counselor Education
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Publications:

Vannatta, R., & Vannatta, S. (in press). Pedagogy in counselor education: Insights from John Dewey. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.

Vannatta, R., & Steen, S. (2019). Pedagogical practices in CACREP accredited group counseling courses: A content analysis. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work 44 (2), 138-150.

Okech, J.E., Pimpleton-Gray, A.M., Vannatta, R., & Champe, J. (2016). Intercultural conflict in groups. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 41(4), 350-369.

Steen, S., Vannatta, R., & Liu, X. (2016). Cultural considerations for group work. In C.Haen & S. Aronson (Eds.). Handbook of child and adolescent group therapy: A practitioner’s reference (pp. 255-265). New York, NY: Routlege.

Okech, J.E., Pimpleton, A.M., Vannatta, R., & Champe, J. (2015). Intercultural communication: An application to group work. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 40(3), 268-293.

Steen, S., & Vannatta, R. (2015). Addressing setting and population specific issues in group supervision of groups. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.). Group work experts share their favorite activities for supervision (pp. 174-180). Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Steen, S., Vasserman-Stokes, E., & Vannatta, R. (2014).  Group cohesion in experiential growth groups.  The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 39(3), 236-256.

Selected Presentations:

Vannatta, R. (October, 2020). Using your group leadership skills to enhance the classroom experience: A practical application. Accepted for presentation at the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (conference cancelled due to COVID 19).

Vannatta, R. (March, 2020). Enhancing resilience in the college student population: Practical strategies for counselors. Accepted for presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference, San Diego, CA (conference cancelled due to COVID 19).

Vannatta, R. (October, 2019). Teaching group counseling: Making the most of your limited time. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, WA.

Vannatta, R., & Vannatta, S. (April, 2019). Pedagogy in counselor education: Lessons from John Dewey. Presented at the Atlantic Coast Pragmatist Workshop, Arlington, VA.

Vannatta, R. (November, 2018). Using the process dimension in individual counseling: How, why, and what it looks like. Presented at the Maryland Counseling Association Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Vannatta, R. (February, 2018). Using group wellness activities as openers in counseling courses. Presented at the Association for Specialists in Group Work Conference, Savannah, GA.

Vannatta, R. (February, 2016). Pedagogical practices in graduate level group counseling classes. Presented at the Association for Specialists in Group Work Conference, Washington DC.

Okech, J.E., Pimpleton, A., Vannatta, R., & Champe, J. (February, 2016). Intercultural communication: An application to group work. Poster presented at The Association for Specialists in Group Work Conference, Washington DC

Professional Memberships:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • North Atlantic Region of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES)

Dissertation:

“Pedagogical practices and the infusion of multiculturalism in group counseling courses: A content analysis”

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