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Anibal Torres Bernal, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Mental Health Counseling
Division of Science
CC Room 139A

PHONE: 812.348.7385
FAX: 812.348.7370
E-MAIL: atorresb@iupuc,.edu

Biographical Statement

Anibal Torres Bernal is an assistant professor of psychology in the mental health counseling program at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). He holds a B.A. in psychology from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico: Recinto de San German and an M.A. and Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Syracuse University. He has held academic appointments at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Drake University, State University of New York: Empire State College, Syracuse University and Fairfield University.

His teaching interests include research methodology, issues in professional development and theories of psychotherapy. His scholarly endeavors have focused on exploring issues of accessibility, sustainability, diversity and social justice within the mental health professions and educational programs. Currently his research agenda includes projects that critically analyze and evaluate the delivery of mental health services / training while addressing questions of access and cost within these contexts. He has published and presented his work in multiple venues.

Education

B.A. – Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
M.A. – Syracuse University
Ph.D. – Syracuse University

Professional Activities

Mentor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship Program, DC ● 2013 – Present
Site Visitor, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, DC ● 2012 – Present
Team Member, COAMFTE Site Visit Team: Michigan State University (Ph.D.), April 2013
Team Member, COAMFTE Site Visit Team: Florida State University (Ph.D.), October 2012
Abstract Reviewer, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, OR ● 2013
Director, Board of Directors, Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, CT ● 2010 –  2012

Affiliations, Memberships, Certifications and Licenses

Clinical Fellow, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy ● 2012- Present
Member, International Family Therapy Association ● 2010-Present
Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy ● 2009-Present
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Connecticut ● 2007-Present
Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy ● 2006-2012
Supervisor in Training, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy ● 2007-2009
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Iowa ● 2006-2008


 

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses Taught: Intimate Partner Violence.
Graduate Courses Taught: Counseling Theories; Individual Appraisal: Principles and Procedures; Lifespan Development; Multicultural Counseling; Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling; Counseling Techniques; Internship in Counseling; Seminar in Professional Issues.

Publications

Publications in Refereed Journals

Torres Bernal, A. & Mille, D. (In Press). Initiating Alumni Engagement Initiatives: Recommendations from MFT Alumni Focus Groups. Contemporary Family Therapy.
Torres Bernal, A., D’ Aniello, C. & Vasquez-Mazariegos, W. (2013). Gender Distribution in COAMFTE-Accredited Programs. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 25 (2), 93-111.
Torres Bernal, A. & Coolhart, D. (2012). Treatment and Ethical Considerations with Transgender Children and Youth in Family Therapy. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 23 (4), 287-303.
Torres Bernal, A. & Zera, D. (2012) Increasing Accessibility in Couple and Family Therapy Training: Incorporating Universal Design for Instruction. Contemporary Family Therapy, 34 (1), 112-123.
Torres Bernal, A. & Mille, D. (2011). Healing from Trauma: Utilizing Effective Assessment Strategies to Develop Accessible and Inclusive Goals. Kairos: Slovenian Journal of Psychotherapy, 5 (1-2), 25-39.
Torres Bernal, A. (2009). Family Therapy Education and Higher Education Administration Policy: Facing New Challenges. Contemporary Family Therapy, 31 (4), 280-293.
Mille, D. & Torres Bernal, A. (2009). The Client-Therapist Relationship Within The Systems Frame: Reconciling The Differences. Kairos: Slovenian Journal of Psychotherapy, 3(1-2), 55-67.
Torres Bernal, A. & Coolhart, D. (2005). Learning from Sexual Minorities: Adolescents and the Coming out Process. Guidance & Counselling, 20(3/4), 128-138.

Invited Publications

Coolhart, D. & Torres Bernal, A. (2008). Transgender in Family Therapy. In AAMFT (Ed.), Clinical Updates for Family Therapists: Research and Treatment Approaches for Issues Affecting Today's Families, Volume 3 (pp. 197-209). Washington, DC: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Coolhart, D. & Torres Bernal, A. (2007). AAMFT Consumer Update: Gender Identity. Washington, DC: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Coolhart, D. & Torres Bernal, A. (2007). Clinical Update: Transgender in Family Therapy. Family Therapy Magazine, 6(3), 36-42.
Torres Bernal, A. (2006). Editorial: Social Justice, Diversity and Counseling. Guidance & Counselling, 21(2), 1.
Torres Bernal, A. (2005). Editorial: Social Justice, Diversity and Counseling. Guidance & Counselling, 21(1),1-2.s Bernal, A. (2004). The Never Ending Journey: The Creation of Constraint, Possibility, and Relational Potential in Family Therapy. Guidance & Counselling, 19(3), 108-117.