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Chris Stuive
cjstuive@alaska.edu
P: 907-262-0335
Location: McLane 169d
Employee Type: Faculty
Campus: Kenai River Campus

Chris Stuive

Associate Professor of Counseling


Office Hours

  • Monday - 09:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Monday - Hours by appointment
  • Tuesday - Hours by appointment
  • Wednesday - Hours by appointment
  • Thursday - Hours by appointment

Biography

Christina Stuive is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at KPC's Kenai River Campus since 2010.    She has been practicing as a Professional Counselor for the past 13 years.  Dr. Stuive began her career with a non-profit Community Agency and spent the first seven years working in an urban setting serving ethnic minority adolescents from a lower socioeconomic class.  Conducting home assessments, court directed drug and alcohol assessments, and providing mental health and substance abuse treatment in community-based outpatient to secure residential, she has worked the continuum.  

In 2006 she began teaching graduate courses in counseling and shortly after began to provide supervision for post-master's counseling graduates in private practice.  In 2008 Dr. Stuive transitioned to working in higher education as the Director of Health and Counseling at a small private college until becoming part of KPC.  She currently provides academic advising, personal counseling, crisis counseling, and faculty consultation.  Dr. Stuive’s duties also encompass working closely with KPC Residence Life and the Rural and Native Student Services Coordinator.  In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member for the Counselor Education program at University of Alaska Anchorage.  In the past she has taught Human Services courses and Guidance courses for KPC.

Dr. Stuive currently serves in a variety of professional service roles.  Regionally, since 2011 she has served as the Treasurer for the Alaska Counseling Association.  Nationally, Dr. Stuive has been a Reviewer for the American Counseling Association Conference and Exposition for the past five years and has and will continue to serve on the Chi Sigma Iota International Awards Review Board and the Chi Sigma Iota Excellence in Counseling Research Grants Review Panel.  Internationally, Dr. Stuive has served multiple times as a peer reviewer for the Malaysian Journal of Counseling and as an external program reviewer for the University of Malay Counselor Education Program. 

Professional Presentations

Stuive, C., Hedstrom, S., Bultsma, S., Dye, L., Glaes, J., & Souders, E. (2009,March). 
How present are underrepresented groups in the Journal of Counseling and Development? Poster Presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Hedstrom, S., Stuive, C., Powell, B., Newton, E., & Romero, D. (2007, October).
The informed consent practices of counselors-Past and present. Session Presentation at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Columbus, OH.

Bultsma S., Newton, E., Powell, B, Stuive, C., Hedstrom, S., Glaes, J., & Foster, K.
(2007, October). Marginalized people: Reviewing the past ten years of  ACA publications.  Session  Presentation at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Columbus, OH

Hedstrom, S., Newton, E., Powell, B, Stuive, C., & Romero, D.  (2007, March).
The informed consent practices of counselors-Past and present. Poster Session Presentation at the American Counseling Association Conference, Detroit, MI.

Hedstrom, S., Newton, E., Powell, B, Stuive, C., & Romero, D. (2006, October).
The informed consent practices of counselors-Past and present. Session Presentation at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Stuive, C.  (2004, October).
Helping adolescents connect: Teaching the use of mindful meditation and journaling for groupwork with adolescents. Poster Presentation at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Bultsma, S., Mills, J., Glaes, J., & Stuive, C. (2004, October).
Identity development of the school counselor educator: Which came first the school counselor or the counselor educator? Session Presentation at the North Central Association for counselor Education and Supervision Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Research Interests

  • Alaskan Native Health
  • Alaskan Native Ways of Knowing
  • Counselor Supervision Practices
  • Multicultural Counseling Practices
  • Rural Counseling Practices and Delivery

Philosophy of Counseling

Philosophy and approach… 
I believe that everyone can reach an optimum state of health.  I believe that the counselor’s role is to assist in the facilitation of personal growth and wellness in each individual client.  As multicultural literature suggests, I believe that counseling theories do not fit the totality of our multicultural world.  Therefore, it is important to explore a client’s identity and context.  It is fundamental to understand a client holistically.  I do believe that theory is useful; it provides a general framework for practice and offers clinical jargon necessary for effective communication with other professionals.  In practice I employ an eclectic approach with a strong reliance on enhance motivational interviewing.  

With open arms…
I have worked with children, adolescents, and families as a licensed counselor since 2002.  I have worked with problems ranging from simple adjustment disorder, and parenting issues to sexual behavior issues, self-harm, and severe trauma.  I believe that people have the capacity to change regardless of the presenting problem.  I believe in the capacity for growth.  I am willing to “meet clients where they are at” and work on a collaborative solution building.  Like Carl Rodgers, I believe that counselors must demonstrate empathy, authenticity, and warmth. 

I am not the expert…
While I am the counselor, I believe healing is an internal process that the client directs.  Therapy is not a series of prescriptions given by the counselor, but more like a physical therapy session in which movements are guided but it is a distinctly joint effort. 

Nature of counseling…
Counseling provides the opportunity for growth and self-discovery in the context of a safe, supportive, and therapeutic relationship.   As a counselor it is my responsibility to provide a relationship that facilitates growth through challenge and reflection.  I believe that as a counselor I am privileged to have the confidences of clients and my role is to encourage development and growth...

I need to stand up…
As a counselor I am called to be a social advocate.  Fighting social injustice is not optional; it is the duty of a professional counselor.


Expertise

  • Assessment and Appraisal
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Holistic Health
  • Multicultural Issues in Counseling
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma-Informed Practices

Education

  • 2013 - Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University
  • 2002 - M.A. in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University
  • 2000 - B.A. in History from Grand Valley State University

Achievements

  • Licenses:

    National Certified Counselor, 2004 - Present
    Certification 80339
    Greensboro, NC

    Licensed Professional Counselor & State Recognized Supervisor, 2010 - Present
    License #672
    State of AK

    Licensed Professional Counselor & State Credentialed Supervisor, 2007-2011
    License #6401008451
    State of MI

    Limited Licensed Professional Counselor, 2002-2007
    License #6401008451
    State of MI

    National Provider Identifier Standard (NPI)
    I.D. #1992835086
    Baltimore, MD

  • Awards:

    Most Outstanding Alumni, 2014-2015
    Mu Beta Chapter of Sigma Iota
    Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI

    Departmental Creative Research Scholar, 2009-2010
    Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
    Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI

    Departmental Outstanding Graduate Teacher, 2006-2007
    Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
    Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI