Jane Okech, Ph.D., is a Professor of Counselor Education & Counseling and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences in the College of Education and Social Services, at the University of Vermont. Her research and clinical specialization areas include group psychotherapy (especially the dynamics of group leadership), clinical supervision, diversity, and multicultural counseling clinical competencies. Associated aspects of this scholarship foci are professional counseling training and practice standards. Her scholarly publications have received multiple professional accolades including the honor of being recognized with the 2017 “Article of the Year” award by the Association for Specialists in Group Work. She has also been recognized for her excellence in teaching and social justice efforts with the CESS 2014 John Dewey Educator’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2014 ALANA Center Outstanding Faculty Award among others.

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Supervision; Diversity, Access, and Equity; Ethics; Group Co-Leadership; Group Leadership; Group Psychotherapy; Mental Health; Multiculturalism; Social Justice

Current Projects

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

Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Rubel, D. & Okech, J. E. A. (in press). Cross Cultural Group Counseling.  In D. Capuzzi & M. Stauffer (Eds.), Group Counseling. Denver: Pearson.
  • Rubel, J. D., & Okech, J. E. A. (2017). Qualitative Research in Group Work: Status, Synergies, and Implementation. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 42(1), 54-86. doi:10.1080/01933922.2016.1264522  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C., & Okech, J. E. A. (2016). Ethical issues raised by CACREP accreditation of programs within institutions that disaffirm or disallow diverse sexual orientations. Journal of Counseling & Development, 94, 252-264. doi.10.1002/jcad.12084  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C., & Okech, J. E. A. (2016). Negotiating CACREP accreditation practices, religious, and sexual orientation diversity: A rejoinder to Sells and Hagedorn. Journal of Counseling and Development, 94, 280-284. doi.10.1002/jcad.12082
  • Okech, J. E. A., Pimpleton, A., Vannata, R., & Champe, J. (2016). Intercultural conflict in groups. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 41(4), 350-369. doi:10.1080/01933922.2016.1232769.  [abstract]
  • Okech, J. E. A., Pimpleton, A., Vannata, R., & Champe, J. (2015). Intercultural communication: an application to group work. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 40, 268-293. doi10.1080/01933922.2015.1056568  [abstract]
  • Okech, J. E. A. (2015). The ORAL model for feedback exchange. In M. Luke & K. Goodrich (Eds.). Group Work experts share their favorite supervision activities. (pp. 162-167). Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work
  • Okech, J. E. A. (2015). An introduction to group work supervision activities. In M. Luke & K. Goodrich (Eds.). Group Work experts share their favorite supervision activities. (pp. 243-247). Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.
  • Okech, J. E. A., & Geroski, A. (2015). Interdisciplinary training: Preparing counselors for collaborative practice. The Professional Counselor, 5(4), 458-472. doi:10.15241/jeo.5.4.458  [abstract]
  • 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.

Selected Presentations

  • Okech , J. E. A., Pimpleton, A., Vannata, R., & Champe, J. (2016). Intercultural communication: an application to group work. Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Conference, Washington, DC, USA
  • 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 Article of the Year Award from Association for Specialists in Group Work: 2017-Article of the Year Award-Selected by the editorial board members of the Journal for Specialist in Group work. This national award will be presented on March 17, 2017 at the Annual American Counseling Association Conference in SanFrancisco, CA. (2017)
  • 2015 Outstanding Article Award from Associationl for Specialist in Group Work: 2015 Outstanding Article Award-The award is voted on by the members of the editorial board for the Journal for Specialists in Group Work. This national award was presented on February 19, 2016 at the Association for Specialists in Group Work Conference, Alexandria, VA. (2016)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2005 Outstanding Article Award from Association for Specialists in Group Work: 2005-Outstanding Article Award-Selected by the 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. (2006)

Professional Associations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA), American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), 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)

Licensure or Certifications

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

Education

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

    Contact

    Email: Jane.Okech@uvm.edu
    Phone: 802-656-1481
    Office: Mann Hall 204B
    Find me online:

    http://go.uvm.edu/jokech


    http://go.uvm.edu/kechcholar


    Current Courses

    • EDCO 350, Professional Issues in Counseling (Fall 2017)
    • EDCO 361, The Practice of Mental Health Counseling (Spring 2017)
    • EDCO 389, Clinical Mental Health Internship (Spring 2017)
    • EDCO 389, Clinical Mental Health Internship (Summer 2017)
    Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

    Advanced Group Counseling: Theory & Practice; Advanced Group: Theory & Practice; Clinical Mental Health Internship; DBT: Fundamental Change Strategies ; DBT: Origins & Theory ; DBT: Validation and Dialects ; Developmental Perspectives in Counseling; Internship in Clinical Mental Health; Internship: Clinical Mental Health; Laboratory Experience in Counseling; Professional Issues in Counseling; The Practice of Mental Health Counseling