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Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation

The Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation offers a variety of exciting educational opportunities for post-baccalaureate students seeking professional careers in the fields of Counselor Education. All programs are fully accredited and are recognized for excellence and innovation. Two programs in the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation are CACREP accredited, the MS degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and MS degree in Counseling, option in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.

Our Counselor Education program offers the Master of Science degree in Counseling with options in School Counseling and Student Affairs and College Counseling, the Master of Science degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and the Master of Science degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. We also offer the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential for students seeking a career in school counseling.

We have earned special recognition from the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) by receiving the Exemplary Program Award for outstanding innovations in providing professional preparation for counselors.

Department Chair and Staff

Jenelle Pitt
Chair, Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation (CER)
Office: Education Building, Rm350
Phone: 559.278.0340

April Cardiel
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office: Education Building, Rm 350
Phone: 559.278.0340

Department Faculty

Becton, Alicia: Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Alicia Becton
Office: Education Building, Rm 345
Phone: 559.278.0433

Crane, Jeff

Jeff Crane
Office: Education Building, Rm 457
Phone: 559.278.0363

Garcia, Juan C.

Juan Garcia

Office: Education Building, Rm481
Phone: 559.278.0287

Greaves, Mandy

Dr. Mandy Greaves
Office: Education Building, Rm335
Phone: 559.278.0381

Griffin, Dominiqua

Dr. Dominiqua Griffin
Office: Education Building, Rm441
Phone: 559.278.0383

Lee, Song

Song Lee
Office: Education Building, Rm350
Phone: 559.278.0340

Lucey, Christopher: Director, Fresno Family Counseling Center


Office: Education Building, Rm437
Phone: 559.278.0407

Pereyra, Sergio

Sergio Pereyra
Office: Education Building, Rm 451
Phone: 559.278.3341

Pitt, Jenelle : Department Chair

Jenelle Pitt
Office: Education Building, Rm435
Phone: 559.278.0304


Areas of Expertise:
Multiculturalism, Diversity, & Social Justice
Counselor Preparation
Organizational Behavioral Issues in State VR Agencies

Shaeffer, Ruth

Ruth Schaeffer

Office: Education Building, Rm455
Phone: 559.278.5419

Sharma, Gitima: Coordinator, Pupil Personnel Services Program

Gitima Sharma
Office: Education Building, Rm 463
Phone: 559.278.0069

Ph.D., Counselor Education                                                                                                                     
The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Counseling      
Michigan State University
M.S., Child Development    
Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, India

Areas of Expertise:
Sense of purpose, meaning, persistence, college access, retention, and identity development among school and college students.

Smith, H. Dan

Office: Education Building, Rm481
Phone: 559.278.0329

EdD - University of Northern Colorado, 1977

Areas of Expertise:
Counseling Techniques
Professional Practices, Laws, and Ethics for Therapists
Field Practice Supervision

Valencia, Albert

Albert Valencia
Office: Education Building, Rm331
Phone: 559.278.0283

Ed.D.   University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
M.S.    San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
B.A     California State University, Los Angeles, CA
A.A.     Los Angeles City College, CA

Areas of Expertise:
* Intimate Partner Violence
* Multicultural Issues in Counseling
* The impact of violence on the learning and development of children
* Presence of culture in psychology
* The art and craft of mentoring
* Transnational ties and the immigrant self

Weir, Kyle

Kyle Weir
Office: Education Building, Rm433
Phone: 559.278.0169

Xiong, Soua:  Coordinator, Student Affairs and College Counseling Graduate Program

Dr. Soua Xiong
Office: Education Building, Rm445
Phone: 559.278.0316