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Gordon Lindbloom’s retirement party

September 05, 2012

You are invited to a celebration in honor of Gordon Lindbloom, retiring from his position as associate professor of Counseling Psychology, on Tuesday, September 25 from 3:00 to 5:00 in the Gregg Pavilion.

Gordon joined the faculty at Lewis & Clark in 1976, four years after programs in counseling started at the college.  He has been a devoted advocate for both students, counselors, and the Counseling Psychology Department for over 36 years, from the beginnings of our department, through the adoption of licensure for professional counselors in 1989, to our more recent accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 2010. Gordon’s vision for counseling and mental health was often at the cutting edge of the field; it was this vision that led to the creation of a degree with a specialization in addiction counseling (the Professional Mental Health Counseling – Addictions program).  This program was one of the first degree programs that fully integrated addictions counseling and the treatment of co-occurring disorders into counselor education training.  More recently Gordon’s research has been on forgiveness and counseling practice and he has also worked on the development of curriculum focusing on spirituality, religion and counseling.

Throughout his career Gordon could be counted on to step up and serve in whatever capacity was needed in the department or graduate school.  His leadership, kindness, gentleness, grace, and dignity have been invaluable.  He served as department chair more than once, most recently from 1996 – 2000, and was the first program coordinator for the Community Counseling program beginning in 2003.  Gordon served the graduate school faculty in many roles, including as secretary of the Faculty Executive Committee and chair of the curriculum committee.

Gordon’s other passions are his family and singing.  He was a member of Oregon Repertory Singers from 1999 – 2011, and if you listened closely, you could often hear humming or singing from his office or in the hallways of the third floor of Rogers Hall.