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Faculty Biography | Jane Okech

Jane Okech

Jane Okech, Ph.D.Associate Professor

Contact Information:
101B Mann Hall
802-656-1481
Jane.Okech@uvm.edu

Dr. Jane Okech is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education & Counseling and Coordinator of the UVM’s Graduate Counseling Program. Her primary scholarly and research interests include group psychotherapy, especially the dynamics of group leadership, clinical supervision, diversity and multicultural counseling clinical competencies. Associated aspects of this research and scholarship agenda are practice based research and professional counseling practice standards. Her social and service interests include gender issues and education, civic engagement and the promotion children’s access to mental health services.

Areas of Expertise:

Collaboration; Ethics; Leadership; Mental Health; Multiculturalism; Research Methods; Social Justice

Current Projects:

UVM Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Interdisciplinary Trainning Program

Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Okech, J. E. A., & Kimemia, M. (2013). Professional Counseling in Kenya. In Hohenshil, T, Amundson, N., & Niles, S. (Eds.), Counseling Around the World: An International Handbook. (pp.31-40). American Counseling Association.  [abstract]
  • Champe, J., Okech, J. E. A., & Rubel, D. (2013). Emotion regulation: processes, strategies, and applications for group work training and supervision, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 38 (4), 349-368.  [abstract]
  • Okech, J. E. A., & Kimemia, M. (2012). Professional Counseling in Kenya: History, current status, and future trends, Journal of Counseling & Development, 90, 107-118..  [abstract]
  • Okech, J. E. A. (2012). A Multidimensional Assessment of Children in Conflictual Contexts: The Case of Kenya. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 34 (4), p331-348.  [abstract]
  • Rubel, D. & Okech, J. E. A. (2011). Qualitative research in group work. In R. K. Conyne (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling.(pp. 260-286). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rubel, D. & Okech, J. E. A. (2010). Diversity issues in Group work. In D. Capuzzi, D. Gross, & M. Stauffer (Eds.), Introduction to group work (5th ed.). (pp. 219-247). Denver, CO: Love Publishing.
  • Okech, J. E. A., & DeVoe, S. (2010). A multidimensional exploration of the impact of international experiences on counselors' cross-cultural awareness. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 32, 2, 117.  [abstract]
  • Okech, J. E.A., & Rubel, D. (2009). The experiences of expert group work supervisors: An exploratory study. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, (34)1,68
  • Rubel, D., & Okech, J. E.A. (2009). The Expert Group Work Supervision Process: Apperception, Actions, and Interactions. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 34, 227-250.
  • Okech, J. E. A. (2008). Reflective practice in group co-leadership. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 33(3), 1-17.
  • Okech, J. E. A., & Champe, J. (2008). Informing culturally competent practice through cross-racial friendships. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 30, 104- 115.  [abstract]
  • Okech, J. E. A., & Rubel, D. (2007). Diversity competent group work supervision: An application of the supervision of group work model (SGW). Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 32(3), 245-266.
  • Okech, J. E. A., & Kline. W. B. (2006). Competency concerns in group co-leader relationships. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 31(2), 165-180.  [abstract]
  • Okech, J. E. A., Astramovich, R., Johnson, M., Hoskins, W., & Rubel, D. (2006). Doctoral research training of counselor education faculty. Counselor Education & Supervision, 46(2), 131-145.  [abstract]
  • Rubel, D., & Okech, J. E. A. (2006). The supervision of group work model: Adapting the discrimination model for supervision of group workers. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 31(2), 113-134.  [abstract]
  • Okech, J. E. A., & Kline, W. B. (2005). A qualitative exploration of group co-leader relationships. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 30(2), 173-190.  [abstract]
  • Astramovich, R., Okech, J. E. A., & Hoskins, W. (2004). Counselor educators' perceptions of their doctoral course work in research methods. Guidance and Counselling, 19(3), 124- 131.
  • Smith, L. C., & Okech, J. E. A. (in press). Ethical issues raised by CACREP accreditation of programs within institutions that disaffirm or disallow diverse sexual orientations. Journal of Counseling & Development  [abstract]

Selected Presentations

  • Okech, J. E. A. & Geroski, A. (2014). Interdisciplinary Training: Preparing Counselors for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, North Atlantic Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) Regional Conference, Providence, RI, USA
  • Champe, J., Rubel, D., & Okech, J. E. A. (2014). Working with group leader-directed anger: Emotion regulation strategies. ). Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Conference, Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Champe, J., Okech, J. E.A., & Rubel, D. (2013). Promoting Emotion Regulation in Counseling Supervisees. Association for Counselor Educators & Supervisors Conference, Denver, CO, USA.
  • Amundson, N., Niles, S., Okech, J., Lim, B., Henning, S., Thomas, R., Kimemia, M., & Maat, M. T. (2013). Counseling Around the World: Increasing Global Literacy. Panel session at the Annual American Counseling Association Convention, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
  • Okech, J. E. A. (2013). Diversity & Multicultural Counseling Workshop. Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Ethics Workshop (9.00-4.45pm). Montpelier, VT.

Current Courses

  • EDCO 350, Professional Issues in Counseling (Fall 2014)
  • EDCO 393, Advanced Group Counseling: Theory & Practice (Fall 2014)
  • EDCO 292, DBT: Origins & Theory (Summer 2014)
  • EDCO 389, Internship in Clinical Mental Health (Spring 2015)

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Advanced Group Counseling: Theory & Practice; DBT: Fundamental Change Strategies ; DBT: Origins & Theory ; DBT: Validation and Dialects ; Developmental Perspectives in Counseling; Laboratory Experience in Counseling; Professional Issues in Counseling

Education

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Counseling from Idaho State University
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology from United Sates International University-Africa
  • B.Ed in Education from Kenyatta University

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Award from ALANA Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA.: Awarded to a faculty member who has displayed continual commitment to leadership, advocacy, and social Justice. This award particularly recognizes the positive impact a faculty member has on the UVM community through the promotion of racial and ethnic justice, inclusion and equity. (2014)
  • John Dewey Educator’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from College of Education and Social Services (CESS), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA.: 2014-John Dewey Educator’s Award for Excellence in Teaching-Presented during the May 18th Commencement Ceremony by the College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA (2014)
  • Western Association for Counselor Educators & Supervisors (WACES)-Research Award from Western Association for Counselor Educators & Supervisors: Okech, J. E. A., Astramovich, R., Johnson, M., Hoskins, W., & Rubel, D. (2006). Doctoral research training of counselor education faculty. Counselor Education & Supervision, 46(2), 131-145. (2008)
  • Outstanding Faculty Woman Award from University of Vermont’s Women’s Center and Women’s & Gender Studies Program: 2007-Outstanding Faculty Woman Award. University of Vermont’s Women’s Center and Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Burlington, VT, USA. This award honors faculty women who have made significant contributions to the lives of women on campus through service, teaching and feminist scholarship. (2007)
  • Journal for Specialist in Group Work-Outstanding Article Award from Editorial Board-Journal for Specialist in Group Work: 2005-Outstanding Article Award-Selected by the 30 editorial board members of the Journal for Specialist in Group work. This national award was presented on April 1, 2006 at the Annual American Counseling Association Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (2005)

Licensure or Certifications

  • National Certified Counselor(NCC)#69585
  • licensed Professional Counselor(LPC) ID, #2803-Inactive

Professional Associations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES), Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association (VTMHCA)