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Counselor Education Department Chair , Associate Professor
Counselor Education
College of Education
Expertise 
Licensed clinical professional counselor with experience in trauma-related mental health disorders; clinical supervisor; posttraumatic stress disorder and posttraumatic growth; crisis and trauma counseling; neurobiology, interpersonal trauma, affect regulation and attachment; and emotion focused therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy
Courses Taught 
COUN-402 Developmental Counseling
COUN-403 Theories of Counseling
COUN-438 Crisis and Trauma Counseling
COUN-444 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN-464 Internship I: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN-474 Internship II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Research Interests 
Supervisee anxiety and the supervisory relationship; risk and predictor factors of posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth; neurobiology of attachment and interpersonal trauma; cultural considerations in counseling military personnel and veterans with posttraumatic stress; effectiveness of emotion focused therapy on complex trauma; impact of expressive writing on acculturative stress.
Education 

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D.

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling, M.A.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Psychology and Sociology, B.A.

Selected Publications 

Darnell, F.J., Johansen, A., Tavakoli, S., Brugnone, N. (2016). Adoption and Identity Experiences among Adult Transnational Adoptees: A Qualitative Study. Adoption Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2016.1217574

Johansen, A. Tavakoli, S., Bjelland, I. E, Lumely, M. (2015). Constructivist SimultaneousTreatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma, and Addiction Comorbidity: A Qualitative Case Study. Qualitative Health Research. doi: 10.1177/1049732315618659

Tavakoli, S., Chen, M., Zook, N., Bethea, S. (2015). Attachment, Combat Exposure, and Posttraumatic Cognitions as Predictors of PTSD and PTG in Veterans. Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 3 (2), 113 - 130.

Tavakoli, S., Zook, N., Hull, G. (2015). Multicultural Considerations for Counseling Military Personnel and Veterans with Co-occurring PTSD and SUD. Kentucky Counseling Association Journal, 1(1), 19 -33.

Hijazi, A.M., Tavakoli, S., Slavin-Spenny, O.M., & Lumley, M.A.  (2011).  Targeting interventions: Moderators of the effects of assertiveness training and expressive writing on the adjustment of international university students. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 33, 101-112.

Tavakoli, S., Lumley, M., Hijazi, A., Slavin, O. & Parris, G. (2009) Effects of assertiveness training and expressive writing on acculturative stress in international students: A randomized trial. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 590-596.

Coven, A., Araujo, J., Van Hall, K., Tavakoli-Moayed, S., Collins, A., Enwiya, J., Boyes, K.(2007). Teaching a doctoral course in consultation: A parallel process. Dimensions of Counseling, 34(1). 

 

Selected Exhibitions 

Tavakoli, S., Lipkin, G. (November 2017). Supervision of Trauma Counselors: A Neuroscience based Approach. Presented at the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Lisle, IL

Schwartzbaum, S. & Tavakoli, S. (November, 2017). Couples counseling with veterans: One size does not fit all. Presented the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Lisle, IL

Tavakoli, S., Lipkin, G. (October, 2017). Essentials of Neuroscience in Training Trauma Counselors. Presented at the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Schwartzbaum, S. & Tavakoli, S. (March, 2017). Couples counseling with veterans: One size does not fit all. Presented the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, Northbrook, IL

Tejada, L., Tavakoli, S., Bloom, Z. (January, 2017). Compassionate Grading: Responding to the student, respecting the standards. Presented at the NEIU Lead and Learn Symposium. Chicago, IL

Tavakoli, S. (April, 2016). Counseling Clients with Complex Trauma and Addiction. One hour workshop presented at the American and Canadian Counseling Association Annual Conference, Montréal, Québec

Tavakoli, S., Zook, N. (July, 2016). Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress & Posttraumatic Growth Among Military Veterans: Research and Clinical Implications. One hour workshop presented at the American and Canadian Counseling Association Annual Conference, Montréal, Québec

Tavakoli, S. (July 2016). Simultaneous Treatment for Clients with Complex Trauma and Addiction. 90-minute workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Tavakoli, S. (July 2016). Simultaneous Treatment for Clients with Complex Trauma and Addiction. 90-minute workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Tejada, L. & Tavakoli (July 2016). Basics of Developmental Supervision. Workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Tavakoli, S. (April, 2015). A Rational for Emotion-Focused Treatment for Comorbid Substance Use Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress. Presented as part of a 90-minute symposium at the IV International Congress of CIPD, Barcelona, Spain 

Tavakoli, S. (November, 2015). Counseling Clients with Complex Trauma and Addiction. One hour workshop presented at the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Skokie, IL

Tavakoli, S & Tejada, L (July, 2015). Conceptualizing Complex Interpersonal Trauma Through the AN-CABS Model of Assessment and Treatment Planning. A 90- minute workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Tavakoli, S., Zook, N. & Tejada, L (July, 2015). Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress & Posttraumatic Growth Among Military Veterans: Research and Clinical Implications. A 90-minute workshop presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Tavakoli, S. & Zook, N. (March, 2015). Risk and Predictor Factors for PTSD and PTG in Military Veterans: A Strength-based Paradigm. A one-hour workshop presented at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

Tejada, L. & Tavakoli (March, 2015). Basics of Developmental Supervision. A 1.5-hour presentation at the Illinois Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Annual Conference, Naperville, IL

Tavakoli, S., (March, 2014). “Attachment and relational trauma: Neurobiological and social-cognitive considerations”. Illinois Counseling Association-Southern Conference, Collinsville, IL

Tavakoli, S., & Hall, G. (July 2013). “Counseling Considerations for Working with Ethnically Diverse Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD”. A one-hour presentation at the National Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC

Tavakoli, S., & Hall, G. (December 2012). “Counseling Considerations for Working with Ethnically Diverse Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD”.   A workshop presented at the Chicago Counseling Association meeting

Hall, G. & Tavakoli, S. (November 2012). Counseling LGBT Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD, poster session. Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Springfield, IL Springfield, IL

Tavakoli, S. & Hall, G. (November 2012). “Ethnic Differences in Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD, poster session. Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference, Springfield, IL

Tavakoli, S., Hall, G., and Gilliam, N. (November 2012). Ethnic Differences in Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD. Workshop presented at Argosy University Counselor Education & Supervision Department, Chicago, IL

Hull, G., & Tavakoli, S. (July 2012). A Review and implications for counseling military personnel and veterans with PTSD. American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL

Tavakoli, S., & Hall, G. (November, 2011). Strategies and implications for decreasing counseling students’ anxiety and increasing self-efficacy. Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference. Skokie, IL

Hall, G., & Tavakoli, S. (November 2011). A Review and implications for counseling military personnel and veterans with PTSD. Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference. Skokie, IL

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