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Heather Trepal

Professor and Graduate Advisor of Record



Dr. Heather Trepal is Professor and Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor and board approved supervisor in the state of Texas. Her research and publications focus on professional advocacy, bilingual counselor training and supervision, relational-cultural theory, gender issues and sexual trauma, supervision in integrated behavioral healthcare settings, and non-suicidal self-injury.

Dr. Trepal currently serves as the project director for the Program for the Integrated Training of Counselors in Behavioral Healthcare (PITCH). This is a 4-year, $807,000 Federeal Health Resources and Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant which provides specialized training and internship placements for students counselors to gain competence working with clients in rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved communities in integrated behavioral healthcare (IBH) settings.

Dr. Trepal has served as President of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervsion (ACES) and the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), both divisions of the American Counseling Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Professional Leadership Award, The Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) Advocacy Award, the American Counseling Association (ACA) Presidential Award, and the Dwight D. Arnold Outstanding Alumnus Award from Kent State University's Department of Counseling and Human Development Service Program.

She is the 2019-2020 President of the American Counseling Association.