Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling & Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, 2006      
  • M.A., Counseling & Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, 2002            
  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 1995   

Prior to coming to Regis University in 2010, I was an assistant professor at Central Washington University in the department of psychology, where I taught master’s level classes in the counseling program for four years. My teaching interests include Cultural Issues and Social Justice in Counseling and Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Clinical Courses. I have worked as a licensed therapist since 2005, serving couples, families, and individuals from a systemic and contextual framework, and I provide supervision to therapists seeking licensure. I have an integrated approach to therapy and supervision, but I am most drawn to Experiential Family Therapy, Intergenerational Theory, Structural Family Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I have completed training in evidenced based models for couple therapy, including Gottman Level 1 and the Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Externship.

My teaching philosophy, based on the work of Paulo Freire, is a good fit for a Jesuit institution. I intentionally guide students to integrate their values and actions in service to others by thoughtfully engaging with the five elements of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm: Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation. I help students to gain cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills by identifying the sociopolitical context for themselves, their instructors, their peers, and the clients that they serve. I introduce experiential activities (e.g., readings, role plays, case studies) followed by reflective exercises, such as writing or group discussion. I provide opportunities for further experiential learning asking students to apply new knowledge based on readings and reflections. Finally, I engage students in self-evaluation and formal evaluation through written assignments and presentations.

 

Certifications & Expertise

Practice Licensure

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor

Practice Certifications

  • (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor
Professional Memberships
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee
  • Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFT), Vice-President

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

My research interests include cultural competence and social justice issues in community and educational settings. Specific topics of recent scholarship include: white racial identity development, heterosexual identity development, the relationship between college preparation programs and at-risk students’ college readiness, community intervention and group work strategies to promote social justice and advocacy, and perinatal behavioral health for low-income families and Mexican immigrant women.

Recent Publications

Malott, K.M., Paone, T.R., & Schaefle, S. Cates, J., (2013). Examining white racial identity: An exploratory study, 181–191.  Access: https://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/online-store/ebooks/diversity-and-recognition/images-of-whiteness

Haizlip, B., Schaefle, S., Hays, D., & Cates, J. (2013). Straight Talk: A Look at Conceptualized Heterosexual Theory. Professional Issues in Counseling, Winter.

Cates, J., Huntington, J., & Arman, J. (2013). Applying the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Regis University Journal of Higher Education, 2(1).

Cates, J. & Schaefle, S. (2011). The relationship between a college preparation program and at risk students’ college readiness. Journal of Latinos and Education, 10(4) 320-334.

Schaefle, S., Cates, J., Malott, K., Conwill, W., & Daniels, J. (2011). Implementing a community intervention to promote social justice and advocacy: Analysis of a town hall meeting on race, justice, and peace. Journal of Humanistic Counseling 50, 192-203.

Malott, K., Schaefle, S., Conwill, W., Cates, J., Daniels, J., & D’Andrea, M. (2010). Using group work strategies to continue the national discussion on race, justice, and peace. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 35(3) 299-307.

Recent Presentations

Cates, J., Christensen, T., Beres, S., Stratton, J., Lonneman-Doroff, T., & Reynolds, J. (2013). Engaging children in family therapy: Using play RESPECTFULly. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 17, 2013.

Malott, K., Paone, T., Schaefle, S., Cates, J., Haizlip, B. (2013). Who are antiracists and how do they live? Expanding the meaning and behaviors of Whiteness. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Biannual Conference Denver, Colorado, October, 2013.

Cates, J., Christensen, T., Beres, S., Stratton, J., Lonneman-Doroff, T., & Reynolds, J. Engaging children in family therapy: Using play RESPECTFULly. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Portland, OR.  Platform. May-June 2013.

Cates, J. (2012). Perinatal distress prevention for Mexican immigrant women. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, September, 2012.

Mallot, K., Paone, T., Schaefle, S., & Cates, J. (2012). Reconsidering ‘advanced’ White racial identity:  An empirical investigation.  Second Global Conference on Images of Whiteness: Exploring critical issues, Oxford, UK, July, 2012.

Schaefle, S., Cates, J., & Lingo, J. (2011). Cyberbullying: What school counselors know and need to learn to address the dark side of social networking and technology. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, March, 2011.

Cates, J., Schaefle, S., Cazares-Cervantes, A., Manzo, Y., Duarte, N. & Duarte, R. (2010). Preparing for parenthood together/ Preparándonos juntos para ser padres: Evaluating prenatal couples' groups for new parents. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, March, 2010.

Schaefle, S., Cates, J., Conwill, W., Daniels, J., & D’Andrea, M. (2010). Results from a national community building and research project: What counselors can do to combat oppression. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, March, 2010.

Student Supervised National Research Presentations

Strutz, K. (2010). Speaking up and stepping out: The implementation of a young women’s discussion group in a university based alternative high school. American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, March, 2010.

Awards & Recognition

  • Central Washington University, Faculty Research Appointment, $10,000 of reassigned time to implement a prenatal and postpartum psychoeducation and prevention program, 2009

Community Involvement & Service

Service to Community 

  • Project Homeless Connect Supervisor, Denver, CO, October 2010-September 2012
  • Project Cure Volunteer Togetherness Day, Denver, CO, June 2, 2011

Service to University

  • Cultivating Healthy Living Project Committee, August 2013-November 2014
  • Ignatian Scholars Program participant, 2011-2013

Service to College and Department

  • Marriage and Family Therapy Program Chair, 2013-present
  • Division of Counseling and Family Therapy Leadership Committee, 2013-present
  • Division of Counseling and Family Therapy Academic Council, 2013-present
  • Division of Counseling and Family Therapy Research Council, 2012-present
  • RHCHP Council for Research and Scholarship, August 2014-present
  • RHCHP Service Learning Committee, August 2013-present
  • RHCHP Interprofessional Clinical Committee, August 2013-present
  • Division of Counseling and Family Therapy Practicum Coordinator, 2011-2013
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Post-graduate Certificate Coordinator, 2011-2013
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Program Clinical Coordinator, 2011-2013
  • Ignatian Scholars Program participant, 2011-2013
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Program Committee, 2010-present
  • Division of Counseling and Family Therapy Clinical Committee, 2010-2013