Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of South Florida, 1988
  • M.A., Counseling University of South Florida, 1981
  • B.A., Elementary Education, University of South Florida, 1978

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Regis University, Professor, Graduate Counseling, Program Coordinator for post-graduate certificate in Counseling Children & Adolescents, Denver, CO, 2004-present
  • Regis University, Assistant Dean, School of Education & Counseling, Denver, CO, 2007-2010
  • Regis University, Department Chair: Counseling Division, Denver, CO, 2004-2007

I have had the pleasure of being a counselor educator and supervisor since 1988. In addition to my current position at Regis University, I have worked as a counselor educator at Texas State University, Texas Woman’s University, and Eastern Kentucky University.

My teaching philosophy is based in the adult learning theory, Andragogy (Knowles, 1970), which is a learner practitioner model of education. Based upon this foundation, I believe that counselor training and development occurs in the context of problem solving, use of inquiry, and application of critical thinking skills. I believe effective counseling programs should be a facilitative process for the learner that includes high learner experiential involvement in order to integrate a strong relational process of growth for the counselor in training. As a facilitator of my students’ growth, I strive to create supportive learning opportunities that challenge them to think empathically, analytically, and creatively, in order to develop inclusive ways of understanding and counseling diverse people. I provide supervision from a developmental counselor in training model, where the needs of the counselee are viewed developmentally within their professional growth process.

I hold licensure in Colorado as an LPC, and specialize in counseling children and adolescents. I have held LPC licensure in Texas licensure in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor. My 30+ years experience in counseling, have included counselor positions in non-profit mental health; schools, and in private practice. I operate primarily from a Gestalt Therapy orientation as a counselor, but often use Adlerian Theory and Bronfrenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Model to understand the person (or child) within her/his environment and systemic context. 

Certifications & Expertise

Practice Licensure

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), State of Colorado

Practice Certifications

  • Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (RMACES)
  • Colorado Counseling Association (CCA)
  • Colorado Play Therapy Association (CAPT)

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Play Therapy
Internationally Adopted Adolescents
Counselor Supervision

Recent Publications

Cates, J., Christensen, T. Beres, S., Stratton, J., Lonneman-Doroff, T., Reynolds, J. (2013). Using play RESPECTFULly: Engaging children in family therapy. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference Proceedings, (pp.13-15). AAMFT, Alexandra: VA

Reynolds, J., & Osterlund, L. (2011). Advocating for military family members: A counselor education model for promoting a culture of advocacy and action. VISTAS, Ann Arbor, MI: Counseling Outfitters

Reynolds, J., & Osterlund, L. (2011). Advocating for military family members: A counselor education model for promoting a culture of advocacy and action. VISTAS, Ann Arbor, MI: Counseling Outfitters.dependent parents. TCA Journal, 23(2) 20-27.

Stephens, G., & Reynolds, (1992). Helping students make decisions with Egan’s model. Journal of Career Planning and Employment, LII (2), 48-57

Recent Presentations

Reynolds, J. (March, 2014). Play Therapy Skills for Helping Professionals. A presentation made at the Italy Play Therapy Institute, Reggello, Italy, March 2014.

Cates, J., Christensen, T. Beres, S., Stratton, J., Lonneman-Doroff, T., Reynolds, J. (2013). Using play RESPECTFULly: Engaging children in family therapy. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference. Three hour educational presentation made at the American Association for Family Therapy Conference in Portland Oregon, Friday February 18, 2014.

Reynolds, J. (May 2013) This is Me: Enhancing the Resilience of Bicultural/Biracial Internationally Adopted Youth. A research presentation made at the Regis University Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Excellence, Denver Colorado, April 2013.

Reynolds, J., Osterlund, L., Ungarvski, J. (March 2011). Military families and wartime stress: Implications for counselors. American Counseling Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Reynolds, J. (Oct. 2010). The Eros of Community: Transforming the landscape of counselor education programs through relational leadership. Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Jackson Hole, WY.

Osterlund, L., Reynolds, J. (Oct. 2010) Curriculum for training post-master's degree counselors for working with military families. Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Jackson Hole WY.

Awards & Recognition

Grants Awarded
  • Enhancing the Resilience of Bicultural/Biracial Adopted Adolescents, Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC), Regis University, $2342, May 2012.
  • Enhancing the Resilience of Bicultural/Biracial Adopted Adolescents, SPARC, Regis University, $1700, February 2012.
  • Regis University, Counseling Lab Colorado Springs, El Pomar Foundation, $25,000, 2010.

Community Involvement & Service

Regis University Service

  • Academic Planning and Procedures Committee, 2007-2010
  • College of Professional Studies Deans’ and Assistant Dean Council, 2007-2010
  • School of Education and Counseling Academic Committee, 2007-2010

Recent Community Service

  • Colorado Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families: Russian, Eastern European and Central Asia Camp, Director, 2013-2014
  • Colorado Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Board of Directors, 2009-present
  • Pro Bono Counseling Services to low income children and families, Creative Psychotherapy Institute, LLC,  Broomfield, CO, 2012-2014