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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 and mental health counseling 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 (SUNY): Empire State College, Syracuse University and Fairfield University. 

Anibal is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Additionally, he currently serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), and an advisory committee member for the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Research and Education Foundation. 

His scholarly endeavors have focused on exploring issues of accessibility, sustainability, diversity and relational justice within marriage and family therapy and mental health training programs. Currently his research agenda includes projects that critically analyze and evaluate the delivery of marriage and family therapy services and training while addressing questions of access, sustainability and cost within these contexts. He has published and presented his work in multiple venues. Amongst these are publications in refereed journals and close to thirty presentations. 

Anibal’s expansive clinical experience has provided him with the opportunity to serve in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics providing therapeutic services to families dealing with mental illness, and a psychiatric hospital providing services to adolescents with acute psychiatric crises. He has also extensively worked with varied and diverse populations, including Spanish-speaking immigrants and urban communities. He has worked as both a direct provider and a clinical supervisor having supervised mental health clinical trainees, pre licensure therapists and licensed mental health clinicians.

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.

Awards & Activities

Torres, A. Faculty Development Fund: Faculty Development Fund Award. Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Funding for Spring 2014: $1,000. 

Faculty Fellow: Workforce Development in Evidence-Based and Promising Practice Intensive In-Home Family Treatment Faculty Fellowship Program. Wheeler Clinic and Yale Center for Workforce Development: Funds provided by the Connecticut Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant (MHT-SIG). Funding period from October 2009 to May 2011.  

Torres, A. "Marriage and Family Therapy Research Symposium". Integrative Learning Funds: Center for Academic Excellence, Fairfield University. Funding period from October 2010 to December 2010: $500. 

Torres, A. "Increasing Diversity in MFT Educational Programs: Effective Student Recruitment Strategies". Research Leave: Faculty Research Committee, Fairfield University. Funding period from September 2009 to December 2009: One semester research sabbatical. 

Torres Bernal, A. "Urban Marriage and Family Therapy Initiatives". Health and Education Initiatives: Connecticut Department of Higher Education, Connecticut Department of Public Health, and Office

for Workforce Development. Funding period from January 2009 to December 2009: $26,530 (State Funds) and $17,974.60 (In-Kind Contributions).

 Torres, A. Graduate School: Travel Support Award. Graduate School, Syracuse University. Funding for Fall 2001: $1,500.

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.

Additional Content

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops 

Refereed

“Gender and Symptomology: A Comparison of Cisgander and Transgender Individuals in a Clinical Population”. Eighty-sixth Annual Meeting: Midwestern Psychological Association. May, 3, 2014, Chicago, IL. Presented with Kimdy Le.
 
Demographical Shifts in Puerto Rico: Implications for Family Therapist”. 22nd World Family Therapy Congress. March, 7, 2014, Panama City, Panama.
 
"Ensuring a Legacy: Will Marriage and Family Therapy Educational Programs Survive the New Economic Challenges?". International Family Therapy Association World Family Therapy Congress. February 22, 2013, Orlando, FL. 
 
“Family Therapy, Demography and Puerto Rico”. Caribbean Studies Association 36th Annual Conference. June 1, 2011, World Trade Center, Curacao.
 
"Healing From the Injustices of Trauma: Developing Accessible and Inclusive Goals". International Family Therapy Association: 19th World Family Therapy Congress. March 31, 2011, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. Presented with Diana Mille. 
 
"Ethical Considerations with Transgender Youth". American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. November, 1, 2008, Memphis, TN. Presented with Deborah Coolhart.
 
"A Multi-Faceted Approach Towards a Better Understanding of Latino/Hispanic Families". American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. October, 19, 2001, Nashville, TN. Presented with Andrea Reinking.