Dr. Stella Beatríz Kerl-McClain is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling and has been teaching at Lewis & Clark College since 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at Lewis and Clark, she spent ten years teaching at Texas State University — San Marcos (formerly Southwest Texas State University). Although she has been working in academe a long time, she identifies primarily as clinician/psychotherapist. Prior to and concurrent with her academic appointments, she worked in many different community mental health agencies and settings performing family, couples, and individual therapy. She is bilingual (English and Spanish) and has experience working with a broad range of clients: college students, children, adolescents, community women, couples and families, and people with chronic mental illness. She also has experience in time-limited individual and group therapies, forensic issues (including the false memory syndrome controversy), and with a wide range of presenting problems.
Dr. Kerl-McClain loves seeing her students grow as professional counselors, especially as they reach the moments when they begin understanding and making sense of their intuitive processes, i.e., why they believe counseling works.
Dr. Kerl-McClain is proud of being a founding board member and current President of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. Members of the division receive a quarterly copy of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, a refereed journal which explores how creative, diverse, and relational therapeutic approaches can be used by therapist and client to cultivate self-discovery, personal growth, and positive relations with family and others.