• James Ungvarsky, PsyD, MPA, LMFT

    Associate Professor <br>Program Coordinator for post-graduate certificate in Counseling Military Families <br>Clinical & Internship Coordinator <br> Clinical/Counseling Program Coordinator, Colorado Springs Campus

    Graduate Counseling Programs

    Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

    719.264.7032
    jungvars@regis.edu

Professional Bio

Education

  • PsyD, Doctor of Psychology, Colorado School of Professional Psychology/University of the Rockies, CO
  • M.A., Psychology, Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, Chapman University, CA
  • C.F.P, Certificate in Financial Planning, College for Financial Planning, CO
  • M.A.P, Master of Public Administration, San Jose State University, CA
  • B.A., Psychology, Cleveland State University, OH

Recent Academic Experience

  • Regis University, Associate Professor, Graduate Counseling, Program Coordinator for post-graduate certificate in Counseling Military Families, Colorado Springs, CO, 2010-present
  • Saybrook University, College of Mind Body Medicine, Adjunct Faculty, San Francisco, CA, 2011-present
  • Regis University, Affiliate Faculty, Graduate Counseling, Colorado Springs, CO, 2009-2010

Recent Clinical & Professional Experience

  • Confidential Health Consultants, Marriage & Family Therapist, Colorado Springs, CO, 2011-present
  • Springs Counseling Center, Marriage & Family Therapist, Colorado Springs, CO, 2010

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Certifications & Expertise

Practice Licensure 

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), State of Colorado

Practice Certifications

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor
  • COAMFTE Site Visitor, AAMFT National Conference, Portland, OR (2013)
  • HeartMath, Resilience Advantage Instructor,  Coherence Advantage Instructor, Washington, DC, (2013)

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
  • National Latino/a Psychological Association (NLPA)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)
  • Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region (PSPPR)

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Resiliency of First Responders (with an emphasis on Law Enforcement) following a traumatic incident.

Developing resiliency as a preventive action prior to encountering a potentially traumatic event. Use of feedback techniques (e.g., HeartMath) to improve resiliency.

Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in military, first responders and allied professions (i.e., news correspondents).

Recent Publications

Ungvarsky, J., Conaty, M., & Bellflower, S. (2012). Back on Track: Recovery for veterans with mental health, cognitive and substance use issues in the criminal justice system. Retrieved from http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas12/Article_20.pdf

Dias, J., Chan, A., Ungvarsky, J., Oraker, J., & Cleare-Hoffman, H. P. (2011).  Reflections on marriage and family therapy emergent from international dialogues in China. The Humanistic Psychologist, 39, 268-275.

Numbers, M., Osterlund, L., & Ungvarsky, J. (2011). Military spouses: The overlooked, underpaid, and stressed-out casualties of war. Retrieved from http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas11/Article_15.pdf

Recent Presentations

Ungvarsky, J. & Trivette, S. (January, 2014). Building resiliency into therapy: Batman breathes and Superman sleeps. 40th Annual Winter Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Mental Health, and Behavioral Health, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ungvarsky, J., Huntington, J., and Welch, D. (March, 2013). Understanding the Warrior Mind:  Promoting Resilience and Understanding Stress Inoculation, Operational Stress and PTSD. Presentation at the Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Ungvarsky, J. (March, 2013). Neither melting pot nor mosaic: Looking beyond assimilation and multiculturalism. American Psychological Association Humanistic Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.

Ungvarsky, J. & Trivette, S. (January, 2013). Factors in post-traumatic growth and resilience of 1st responders. 39th Annual Winter Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Mental Health, and Behavioral Health, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ungvarsky, J. (May, 2012). Dare to Know! - In search of truth, wisdom, goodness, and meaning in life. Presentation at the 2nd International Existential Psychology Conference, Shanghai, China.

Ungvarsky, J., Conaty, M., & Bellflower, S. (March, 2012). Back on Track: Recovery for veterans with mental health, cognitive and substance use issues in the criminal justice system. Presentation at the National Conference of the American Counseling Association, San Francisco, CA.

Ungvarsky, J., Conaty, M., & Bellflower, S. (March, 2012). Back on Track: Recovery for veterans with mental health issues in the criminal justice system. Presentation at the Colorado Counseling Association, Denver, CO.

Conaty, M., Bellflower, S.  & Ungvarsky, J. (March 2012).Three R’s of counseling military and their families: Recognition, Resilience, and Re-Integration. Poster presentation at the Colorado Counseling Association, Denver, CO.

Ungvarsky, J. (January, 2012). Amped: The War after fighting is over. 38th Annual Winter Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Mental Health, and Behavioral Health, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ungvarsky, J. (April, 2011). Virtue Ethics Revisited. American Psychological Association Humanistic Conference, Chicago, IL.

Yang, M., Wang, X., Hoffman, L., Ungvarsky, J., Bargdill, R., Claypool, T., Moats, M., Mendolowitz, E., & Oraker, J. (April, 2011). Existential Psychology Lessons from Indigenous Chinese Existential Psychology and East-West Dialogues. American Psychological Association Humanistic Conference, Chicago, IL.

Claypool, T., Hoffman, L., Calvert, C., Fehl, S., Galaska, D., Ungvarsky, J., Calhoon, K., Oraker, J., Olson, E., Kaklauskas, F., Altayli, B., McGuire, K., & Bower, M. (April, 2011).  Teaching through Being and Other Relational Factors in Mentoring & Training: Unwritten History – The Contributions of Emory G. Cowan, Jr. & Susan Cooper to Existential & Humanistic Psychology. American Psychological Association Humanistic Conference, Chicago, IL.

Reynolds, J., Osterlund, L., Ungvarsky, J, & Alvarez, R. (March, 2011).  Military Families and Wartime Stress: Implications for Counseling. Presentation at the National Conference of the American Counseling Association. New Orleans, LA.

Numbers, M., Osterlund, L, & Ungvarsky, J. (March, 2011). Military Spouses Supporting Spouses. National Conference of the American Counseling Association. New Orleans, LA.

Numbers, M., Osterlund, L, & Ungvarsky, J. (February, 2011). Spouses Supporting Spouses: A Military Family Support Program. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Winter Symposium on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ungvarsky, J. (April, 2010). Supervision in Integrative Existential Therapy. 1st International Existential Psychology Conference. Nanjing, China.

Ungvarsky, J. (April, 2010). Self Deception. 1st International existential psychology conference. Nanjing, China.

Ungvarsky, J., & Oraker, J. (March, 2010). Lecture Series: Counselors’ Emotional Competence. Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ungvarsky, J., Cleare-Hoffman, H., & Hoffman, L. (March, 2010). Lecture Series: An Existential Approach to the Satir Model and Family Therapy. Hong Kong Baptist University.

Hoffman, L. & Ungvarsky, J. (March, 2010). Lecture Series: Existential Psychology and Substance Abuse. Hong Kong Baptist University.

Hoffman, L., Yang, M., Ungvarsky, J., & Cleare-Hoffman, H. (March, 2010). Lecture Series: Existential-Integrative Psychology and the Common Factors of Therapy. Hong Kong Baptist University.

Ungvarsky, J. (March, 2010). Self-deception in therapy. Hong Kong Institute of Christian Counseling, Hong Kong.

Ungvarsky, J. (March, 2010). Humanistic approaches to marriage and family therapy. Hong Kong Institute of Christian Counseling, Hong Kong.

Ungvarsky, J. (January, 2010). Self-deception in therapy. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Winter Symposium on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ungvarsky, J. (October, 2009). The psychology of self-deception: The day I made a holy man swear. 3rd Annual APA Division 32 Humanistic Conference, Colorado Springs, CO.

McGuire, K., Chan, A., Claypool, T., Dias, J., Deloia, C., Moats, M., Ren, J., Saxon, E., Ungvarsky, J., Wang, X., Yang, M., & Hoffman, L. (October, 2009). Existential psychology in China: Challenges and possibilities. Poster session presented at the 3rd Annual APA Division 32 Humanistic Conference, Colorado Springs, CO.

Ungvarsky, J. (September, 2009). Deception and self-deception in therapy. Paper presented at Albuquerque, NM.

Ungvarsky, J. (April, 2009). Psychology of self-deception. Paper presented at James Cook University, Singapore. Cited  in : http://existentialpsychology.typepad.com/my_weblog/east-west/

Ungvarsky, J. (April, 2009). Psychology of deception with special emphasis on self-deception. Existential Psychology International Forum, Nanjing, China.

Ungvarsky, J. (March, 2009). Research in self-deception. Paper presented at Hong Kong City College and Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

 

Awards & Recognition

Recognition

  • Psychotherapy Associates and Educational Supporters 39th Annual International Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Health, Recognized for sustained excellence in mental health and substance abuse education, training, administration and community service, January 2013
  • Cambridge (Manchester) Who’s Who, 2013 Pro-Files Magazine feature
  • Cambridge (Manchester) Who’s Who, 2013 Counseling Academics, Top 100
  • Cambridge (Manchester) Who’s Who, 2012 Pro-Files Magazine feature
  • Cambridge (Manchester) Who’s Who, 2010 Counseling Academics, Top 100
  • Cambridge (Manchester) Who’s Who, 2009 Academia Professional of the Year
  • Cambridge (Manchester) Who’s Who, Lifetime Member, 2005
  • Premier Who’s Who, Colorado Professional of the Year, 2008-2009
  • Madison Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professional, 2008-2009

Recent Grants

  • Victims Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE), 4th Judicial District, CO, Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime, awarded 2010 ($64k), 2009 ($64k) and past
  • Colorado Trust, 5-year, Community Mental Health Grant awarded to consortium of providers in El Paso County providing Dual Diagnosis (SMI/Substance Abuse) integrated care, 2005-2010. $500,000.

Community Involvement & Service

Service to Regis University

  • Academic Committee
  • Marriage & Family Committee
  • Cultural Issues Committee
  • Regis University Center for Student Academic Support Advisory Council
  • University Research and Scholarship Council

Service to Profession

  • Colorado Marriage and Family Therapist Board of Examiners, Governor Appointment to Department of Regulatory Agencies, 2012
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Conference Abstract Reviewer, 2007, 2010-2011
  • International Winter Symposium of Addictive Disorders & Behavioral Health, Planning Committee Member, Colorado Springs, CO, 2000-2012

Community Service & Involvement

  • Joint Information Center, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs, CO, Volunteer, Black Forest Fire Response Team (2013)
  • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Springs, CO, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (2013)
  • City of Fountain Police Department, Fountain, CO, Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (2011-2013)
  • Leadership Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO
    • Board of Trustees, 2008-2011
    • Education Day Planner, Signature Program, 2008-2010
    • Quality of Life Indicators Report Vision Council Member, 2009
    • Dream City Vision 2020, Colorado Springs Planner, 2008-2009
    • Annual Event Planner, 2008, 2009