Faculty

Dr. Courtney Conley, EdD, NCC, LCPC-MD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Areas of Focus: Career, Child and Adolescent, Family, and Supervision
  • Contact Information
  • Office #734
  • Phone: 703-526-5828
  • Email: ceconley@argosy.edu
Courtney Conley

Degrees

  • Ed.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Argosy University, Washington, D.C., 2014.
  • M.A., Counseling, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
  • B.A., English Literature, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2004.

Biography

Courtney E. A. Conley is an Assistant Professor of counseling at Argosy University in Northern Virginia. Dr. Conley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Maryland, National Certified Counselor, and Certified School Counselor. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families from a wide range of multicultural backgrounds. During her time as a school counselor, Dr. Conley spent her career helping adolescents overcome barriers in order to achieve their educational and career goals. As an AVID-trained (Advancement Via Individual Determination) counselor she has worked in schools that have adopted this national program designed to help first generation and low income students access educational opportunities. Prior to Dr. Conley’s work within the school setting, she worked as a mobile therapist providing in-home counseling services to children/adolescents and as a crisis counselor at a sexual assault center in the D.C. area. Dr. Conley has served as the Vice President for the Maryland School Counseling Association and has presented regionally and nationally on topics such as school counselor supervision, using research in schools, and intervention strategies to foster adolescent achievement.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • American School Counseling Association (ASCA)
  • Maryland School Counseling Association (MSCA)

Recent Presentations

Conley, C. E. A. (2013). Bridging the Gap between Counselor and Researcher. Presentation at the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Conference: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 2013.

Conley, C. E. A. (2012). Bridging the Gap between Counselor and Researcher. Presentation at the Virginia Counselor Association (VCA) Conference: Fredericksburg, Virginia – November 2012.

Conley, C. E. A. (2011). Do Post-Masters School Counselors Receive Adequate Supervision?: Issues, Challenges and Implications. Presentation at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference: Nashville, Tennessee - October 2011.

Conley, C. E. A. (2011). Optimizing Your Student Support Team. Presentation at the Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA) Conference: Timonium, Maryland – October 2011

Dr. Felicia Pressley, PhD, LPC-S

  • Assistant Professor
  • Areas of Focus: Adolescent and Family Dynamics, and Multicultural issues
  • Contact Information
  • Office #736
  • Phone: 703-526-5847
  • Email: fpressley@argosy.edu
Felicia Pressley

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Auburn University, 2013.
  • Ed.S., Counseling and Development, Auburn University Montgomery, 2007.
  • M.S., Counseling, Alabama State University, 2002.
  • B.S., Psychology, Alabama State University, 1997

Biography

Dr. Felicia Pressley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama .She started as an adjunct professor at the Atlanta campus before securing the Assistant Professor position at the Northern Virginia campus. Dr. Pressley is new to the area but not to Argosy University. She has professional experiences as a Clinical Supervisor, Faculty member, Private Practice and Scholarship. Dr. Pressley has presented at National, Regional and State Conferences with her research primarily focuses on the influence of family, multiculturalism, social & racial justice issue, and African American Mental Health. She is a current member of the Alabama Counseling Association and American Counseling Association.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)
  • Alabama Counseling Association (ACA)

Recent Presentations

Hancock, E. & Pressley, F. D. (2015). Social Justice and Disability. Presentation at the Annual Alabama Counseling  Association (ALCA) Conference: Montgomery, Alabama –November 2015

Pressley, F. D. (2015). Ethics in Multicultural Counseling. Presentation at the Alabama Counseling  Association (ALCA) Chapter I & II Spring Workshop: Florence , Alabama –April 2015.

Hancock, E. & Pressley, F. D. (2014). Computer and the Counselor: Ethical Considerations of Using Technology. Presentation at the Annual Alabama Counseling  Association (ALCA) Conference: Huntsville, Alabama –November 2014

Hancock, E. & Pressley, F. D. (2014). Multicultural Competence: Advocacy and Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities. Presentation at the Annual Alabama Counseling  Association (ALCA) Conference: Huntsville, Alabama –November 2014

Dr. Paula L Rainer, PhD, LPC-VA

Paula Rainer

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Tech University, Falls Church, VA
  • M.E., Counseling Education, Virginia Tech University, Falls Church, VA
  • B.A., Philosophy, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Biography

Paula Rainer holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. Dr. Rainer currently is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia in private practice where she serves couples, individuals and teenagers. Her specialty includes autism spectrum, ADHD, anxiety, depression, couples, school refusal, and executive coaching. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Argosy University in Virginia. Dr. Rainer has previously taught at Johns Hopkins, South, George Mason, and Liberty Universities in the area of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. She has served as both a director of counseling and middle school counselor in Prince William County, Va. In 2015 Dr. Rainer recently published six chapters in Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision: Association of Specialist in Group work. Her current research agenda includes the incidence of depression and suicidal ideation in middle school and teenage youth.

Memberships

  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
  • Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
  • National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Phi Kappa Phi All Discipline, Honor Society

Selected Publications

Rainer, P.L. (2017). Five wellness tips for your teen this New Year. InBetween: For Parents Caught in the middle of raising a teen and young adult. Read here.

Rainer, P.L. (2016). Talking to Your Teenager. Your HEALTH Magazine, Prince William County-West Fairfax, VA.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Lead with your feet! Using the metaphor of feet to create strong leaders. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Neutralize your biases. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Play therapy cultural competency. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Play therapy exposes countertransference. In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. (2015).Using Borders to assess the head or the heart! In M. Luke & K.M. Goodrich (Eds.), Group experts share their favorite activities for supervision. Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Rainer, P.L. & Ghoston, M.R. (2014). Picking up your baggage. (2014). In K. Fineran, B. Houltberg, A. Nitza, J. McCoy, S. Roberts (Eds.), Group Work experts share their favorite activities: A guide to choosing, planning, conducting, and processing. (Vol. 2) (pp.) Alexandria, VA: Association of Specialist in Group Work.

Recent Presentations

Rainer, P,L. (2017). EMPOWERgirlz : Exposed girls to professional female mentors in the Washington, DC area. YWCA, Washington, DC.

Rainer, P.L. (2016). A qualitative perspective about the emotional and educational impact of living with Strabismus. Lions Club, Reston, VA.

Rainer, P.L. (2016). Suicide risk with African American children. Friendship Charter Schools. Washington. D.C.

Rainer, P.L. (2015). Utilizing Mindfulness and Spirituality in the treatment of depression. Association of Humanistic Counseling. Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Marsha Riggio PhD, NCC, LCPC-S, LPC-S

  • Counseling Department Chairperson and Associate Professor
  • Areas of Focus: Children, Military, Older Adults, Transculturalism and Women
  • Contact Information
  • Office #739
  • Phone: 703-526-5815
  • Email: Mriggio@argosy.edu
Marsh Riggio

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Carolina, 2000.
  • M.Ed., Counseling, Bowie State University, 1997.
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1994.

Biography

Dr. Riggio’s background includes 20 years of mental health experience that involves 15 years in the U.S. Army as a Behavioral Science Specialist/Mental Health Officer and several years as a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor where she has a private counseling and supervision practice in Northern Virginia and Maryland.  In addition to over a decade of counselor education experience, she has worked as a counselor, educator, administrator, and senior manager in various school and community agencies. Dr. Riggio has 14 years of higher education experience; 12 years of education experience working with preschoolers-high school; 10 years of senior management experience; and much experience conducting local, state, and national workshops/trainings/research via private and public funds/grants.  She is the Executive Director of the Maryland Counseling Association, Past-President of Maryland Counseling Association, President of the Maryland Association for Marriage and Family Counseling, and Board of Director member for the William V.S. Tubman University Foundation in Liberia. Her research interests are around children, military, older adults, transculturalism, and women.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • Association for Spirituality, Ethics, Religion, and Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
  • Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)
  • Maryland Counseling Association (MCA)
  • Maryland Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (MAMFC)

Selected Publications

Riggio, M. B. (2008, April). Caregiver resource guide. Columbia, MD: Retirement Living Television.

Riggio, M. B. (2007, December). Online and multimedia guide book. Columbia, MD: Retirement Living Television.

Riggio, M.B. (2007, August). RLTV research connections: 150+ facts about those 55+. Columbia, MD: Retirement Living

Boveja, M. E. (Riggio) & McFadden, J. (2000). Urban adolescents and violencia. In Sandhu (Ed.) Faces of Violence: Psychological Correlates, Concepts and Interventions.

Ashton, L. & Boveja, M. E. (1999, Fall). The intern experience: Professional opportunity, personal challenge. Chi Sigma Iota Exemplar, 14(3), 5. Rotter, J. & Boveja, M. E. (1999). Counseling military families. The Family Journal, 7(4) 379-382.

Rotter, J. & Boveja, M. E. (1999). Families and schools: A collaborative endeavor. The Family Journal, 7(3) 276-279. Boveja, M. E. (1998). Parenting styles and adolescents' learning strategies in the urban community. Journal of Multicultural Counseling Development, 26(2) 110-119.

Recent Presentations

Riggio, M. (2016, April). Black Men: Trauma, Bullying, and Resilency. Facilitated  for the Maryland Counseling Association. Rockville, MD.

Riggio, M. (2016, April). Supervisory relationships, supervision models, multicultural and group supervision, and legal issues and ethics in counseling. Training presented for the Liscensed Professional Counselors in Maryland supervision training series. Columbia, MD.

Lambert, S., Unterberg, H. & Riggio, M. (2016, March). Addiction and Family Systems. Presented at the International Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Annual Conference.

Riggio, M. (2016, February). Workplace Violence. Presented at the Maryland Association for Marriage and Family Counselors/Maryland School Counseling Association workshop. Baltimore, MD.

Riggio, M. (2015, February, June & December). Supervisory relationships, supervision models, multicultural and group supervision, and legal issues and ethics in counseling. Training presented for the Liscensed Professional Counselors in Maryland supervision training series. Columbia, MD.

Riggio, M. (2014, March). The Confident You: Taking Charge of Your Life. Keynote Speaker for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Bowie, MD

Riggio, M. (2014, March). Supervising Clinicians Working with Adolescents. American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry. Baltimore, MD.

Riggio, M. (2013, March). Treatment of Children in Military Families. Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration Annual Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Riggio, M. (2010, November). Working with the Challenging Supervisee. Keynote Speaker at the Licensed Professional Counselors in Maryland annual conference. Columbia, MD

Dr. Ajita Robinson, PhD, NCC, LCPC-S

  • Assistant Professor
  • Areas of Focus: Children, Adolescents, Grief & Loss and Life Transitions, Trauma
  • Contact Information
  • Office #735
  • Phone: 703-526-5800
  • Email: amrobinson@argosy.edu
Ajita Robinson

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, The George Washington University, 2014.
  • MA (Research)., Counseling and Human Development, Saint Louis University, 2009.
  • B.A., Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2006
  • B.S., Business Administration, Saint Louis University, 2006

Biography

Dr. Robinson's background includes nearly 10 years of mental health experience that involves working in schools, hospitals and community agencies. Dr. Robinson also has several years as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and National Certified Counselor. She works with children, adolescents, and families in her private counseling and supervision practice in Bethesda, Maryland. She has specializations in Grief, Loss and Life Transitions as well as Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. In addition to over a decade of clinical experience, she has worked as a counselor educator for the past 4 years.  She is the current President of the Maryland Association of Counselors Educators and Supervisors, a division of the Maryland Counseling Association, Advisory Council member of the National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation. Her substantive research agenda focuses on understanding the lived experiences and well-being of urban African American youth and their families as it relates to trauma.

Dr. Don Trahan, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Areas of Focus: Counselor pedagogy; ethics; intersectionality; multiculturalism and social justice initiatives; theories of counseling in contemporary society.
  • Contact Information
  • Office #755
  • Phone: 703-526-5875
  • Email: dtrahan@argosy.edu
Don Trahan, Jr.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of New Mexico, 2013
  • M.A., Educational Leadership, University of New Mexico, 2015
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2010
  • B.A., Psychology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2008

Biography

Dr. Trahan is a strong advocate for multiculturalism and social justice. Trahan specializes in multicultural counseling with an emphasis on advocating for historically marginalized groups and/or individuals. His scholarly work focuses on the integration of counseling theories, multicultural issues, and ethical decision-making processes, which has led to the publication of several articles and nationwide presentations addressing such issues. Moreover, his pedagogical practices consist of concepts based upon culturally responsive teaching and leadership. Trahan endeavors to assist his students with developing the competencies required to examine, address, and resolve issues in their communities with a critical lens. This same critical lens is the driving force behind his advocacy for social change.

Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA), August 2010 to Present
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy
  • Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society (CSI): (September 2010-Present)
  • North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES)

Selected Publications

Trahan, Jr., D. P. & Goodrich, K. M. (2015). You think you know me, but you have no idea: Dynamics in African American families following a son or daughter’s disclosure as LGBT.  The Family Journal, 23(2), 147-157.

Trahan, Jr., D. P. & Lemberger, M. E.  (2014). Critical race theory as a decisional framework for the ethical counseling of African American clients. Counseling Values, 59, 112-124.

Goodrich, K. M., Selig, J., & Trahan, Jr., D. P. (2012). The self-report family inventory (SFI): An exploratory factor analysis. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 45(4), 245-256.

Recent Presentations

Trahan, Jr., D. P. & Williams, D. E. (October, 2014). Do you know?: The intersection of cultural identities from a clinical lens. Association for Black Culture Centers. Champaign, IL.

Trahan, Jr., D. P. (September, 2014). Counselor educators teaching practices in a multicultural society. North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Providence, RI.

Trahan, Jr., D. P. & Goodrich, K. M. (September, 2014). Family dynamics post disclosure: The African American experience. ALGBTIC National Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Trahan, Jr., D. P. & Clayton, J. (October, 2013). Retaining and graduating students of color. Association for Black Culture Centers. Auburn, AL.