Faculty Highlights

Homrich publishes new book, the first of its kind in the counseling profession

Professor of Counseling Alicia Homrich recently published a co-edited book titled Gatekeeping in the Mental Health Professions, published by the American Counseling Association. The book also includes several chapters by Kyle Baldwin, clinical professor of counseling, and the Graduate Studies in Counseling department’s newest faculty member, Leigh DeLorenzi.

This book is the first of its kind in the field, addressing the responsibilities that graduate faculty and clinical supervisors have in upholding professional standards and safeguarding client welfare through competent gatekeeping practices. Methods and procedures designed to support the development of trainees’ professional competence are discussed along with ethically and legally informed strategies to regulate the advancement of problematic trainees into the professions of mental health counseling, psychology, social work, and/or marriage and family therapy.

Homrich is nationally recognized in the counseling profession as the expert on gatekeeping, and she has been central in leading the Graduate Studies in Counseling program in this area.