Curriculum Vita

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Counselor Education, August 2009 to December 2013
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
A research and theory intensive experience designed to provide a balance of intellectual and experiential learning resulting in professional educators who have multiple competencies as researchers, theorists, and problem-solvers in human growth and development.

Research Interests: Sexual Issues, Technology in Counseling, Social Networking
Doctoral Dissertation: Counselor Discomfort with Sexual Issues and Supervisory Role

M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, January 2005 to May 2007
Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, January 2007 to June 2008
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
A professional degree program with additional certification combining hands-on clinical work with academic study.
Research Proposal: Longitudinal Study of Marital Satisfaction in Age Discrepant Relationships

B.S. in Computer Science, cum laude, September 1984 to May 1986
State University of New York College of Technology, Utica, NY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, March 2008 – present

  • Provide counseling services to individuals and couples, specializing in sexual issues, marital issues, grief, anxiety and depression
  • See professional website counselorbarb.com for further details

Best Online Universities, Blogger, October 2011 – August 2018

  • Contracted to write four blog entries per month on topics counseling students at the masters level or new professionals might be interested in.  Please see http://www.mastersincounseling.org/blog.html for more information

University of South Florida, Department of Psychological and Social Foundations

  • Teaching Assistant, August 2010 to December 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, January 2014 to August 2014
  • Visiting Professor, August 2014 to May 2016

Tampa Crossroads, Primary Counselor, March 2007 – September 2007

  • Provided individual substance abuse counseling utilizing motivational interviewing and CBT
  • Designed and led groups in Grief, Anger Management, Communication, Meditation and Process
  • Performed psychosocial assessments
  • Designed individualized treatment plans
  • Participated in Treatment Team meetings
  • Trained and supervised staff and interns

University of South Florida, Department of Mental Health & Rehabilitation Counseling
Graduate Assistant, August 2005 to December 2006

  • Assisted professors with research
  • Advised current and prospective students
  • Provided administrative support as needed
  • Updated and maintained Departmental website

INTERNSHIPS

The Life Center, Grief Counselor, January 2007 – March 2007

  • Provided grief and traumatic loss counseling to clients suffering the loss of a loved one or the aftermath of a crime

DACCO, Substance Abuse Counseling Intern, January 2007 – March 2007

  • Provided substance abuse counseling to clients in Women’s Outpatient Services
  • Led a weekly group where clients presented their treatment plan assignments
  • Participated in staffings, community meetings, and treatment team meetings

PRACTICA

The Life Center, Grief Counselor and Group Facilitator, January 2006 – March 2008

  • Provided grief and traumatic loss counseling to individuals and families suffering the loss of a loved one or the aftermath of a crime
  • Facilitated the Recovering From Loss adult grief group

The Salvation Army (Adult Rehabilitation Center), Volunteer Marriage Counselor and Group Facilitator, January 2008 – June 2008

  • Led support group for the wives of men dealing with substance abuse issues
  • Provided couples counseling for couples with the male partner in recovery

The Life Center, Grief Counselor, May 2006 – December 2006

  • Provided grief and traumatic loss counseling to individuals suffering the loss of a loved one or the aftermath of a crime

JOURNAL ARTICLES – PUBLISHED

LoFrisco, B. M. Social networking in private practice. (2013). Career Planning and Adult Development Journal. 29(3).

Osborn, D. S., & LoFrisco, B. M. (2012). How do career centers use social networking sites? Career Development Quarterly, 60.

LoFrisco, B. M., & Osborn, D. S. (2012). Training culturally competent career counselors. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 28(1).

LoFrisco, B. M. (2012). Multicultural Panel. In T. M. Laura, M. Pope, & C. W. Minor (Eds.), Experiential activities for teaching career counseling and for facilitating career groups (Volume III).  Broken Arrow, OK: National Career Development Association.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2011). Female sexual pain and cognitive behavioral therapy. Journal of Sex Research, 48(6), 573 – 579. doi:10.1080/00224499.2010.540682

NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Hicks, B., & LoFrisco, B. (2012, December). Barriers & Facilitators to Addressing Clients’ Sexual Issues in Supervision. FMHCA Newsletter.

LoFrisco, B. (2011, October). Say What?! How to Improve Your Communication Skills. Tampa Woman Magazine, 2(5), 9.

LoFrisco, B. (2011, August). Cool Off Your Anger. Tampa Woman Magazine. 2(4), 12.

Rollins, J. (2010, October). Success stories with challenging clients. Counseling Today,  35. (Clinical case description)

Rollins, J. (2009, March). Counseling in a time of economic upheaval. Counseling Today, 32-33. (Interview)

LoFrisco, B. (2009, June). Client and business considerations in a tough economy. The Counseling Clipboard, 8, 5-6.

COURSES TAUGHT

Graduate level Counseling Theories and Practices
Spring 2013, Spring 2011

  • 14 – 17 students
  • Assisted with course delivery and assessment, including use of Safe Assign and Blackboard
  • Assisted students in the counseling lab
  • Presented several major theories

Graduate level Trends and Principles of the Counseling Profession (section 902)
Fall 2013, Fall 2012

  • 12 – 15 students
  • Assisted with course delivery and assessment
  • Assisted with fieldwork placement
  • Assisted students in the counseling lab
  • Utilized Panopto to create online lectures
  • Utilized Respondus to create Bb tests

Graduate level Human Sexual Issues For Counselors
Summer 2014, 2013, and 2012

  • 23 – 30 students
  • Designed course based on USF College of Education Conceptual Framework, Florida Accomplished Practices, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and multicultural considerations
  • Delivered course as combination of didactic lecture infused with discussion and experiential activities such as debate or role plays
  • Arranged for 6 guest speakers with special expertise in topics such as HIV/AIDS, sexual compulsivity, adolescent sexuality, juvenile sex offenders and sexual coercion
  • Created and utilized rubrics to score professionalism/participation, journal entries and group projects
  • Discussed real-life examples of cases with students in class

Graduate level Practicum
Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Fall 2011 

  • Supervised 5 school counseling students (Fall 2011), 5 mental health and one career counseling student (Spring 2012), and 4 school and 2 mental health counseling students (Spring 2014) in their first practicum experience
  • Provided feedback on their recorded sections
  • Instructed students on listening and confrontation skills, ethics, confidentiality, and professional identity
  • Modeled appropriate method of providing feedback and professionalism

Undergraduate level Human Relations Skills In Counseling
Fall 2011

  • 29 students
  • Responsible for 100% of course delivery and assessment, including multicultural competency throughout
  • Utilized structured presentations and active learning strategies such as interactive card games and skit presentations
  • Facilitated classroom discussions
  • Used rubrics and Safe Assign to grade student’s papers and final projects

Graduate level Counseling Theories
Spring 2011

  • 17 students
  • Responsible for 50% of course delivery and assessment
  • Created Podcasts to enhance student learning
  • Uploaded quiz banks, utilized Safe Assign, and graded students in Blackboard
  • Created and utilized rubrics in grading students’ papers
  • Created and presented on several major theories
  • Responsible for addressing student’s questions/concerns on quiz items
  • Led discussion of reflection questions

Graduate level Career Development
Fall 2010

  • 17 students
  • 60% online
  • Responsible for 50% of course delivery and assessment
  • Created multimedia presentations including Profcast, Camtasia and Podcasting
  • Created test items, posted multimedia lectures, used Safe Assign and graded students in Blackboard
  • Utilized active learning strategies such as job search jeopardy, ball toss, and multicultural panel (please see teaching blog https://barbaramlofrisco.com/blog for more details)
  • Supervised students’ counseling skills remotely using chat group in Elluminate
  • Researched, created, and produced video instruction via Camtasia for a Digital Narrative

REFEREED PRESENTATIONS

LoFrisco, B. M., & Hicks, B. (2013, February). How supervisors can help clients address their clients’ sexual issues. Florida Mental Health Counselors Association 2013 Conference, Palm Harbor, Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M., & Hicks, B. (2012, October). Barriers and facilitators to addressing clients’ sexual issues in supervision. Poster presented at the 2012 Florida Counseling Association 63rd Convention, Brandon, Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2012, April). How do career centers use social networking sites? Poster presented at the 2012 ResearchOne Graduate Student Symposium, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

INVITED REFEREED PRESENTATIONS

LoFrisco, B. M., Bird, J., & Bird, C. (2014, May). Sexual dysfunctions/disorders, Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2014, February). Panel Member. What to expect after graduation. Florida Mental Health Counselors Association 2014 Conference, Orlando, Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M., Lue, F., Weisman, P., & Abdnour, A. (2013, September). Can couples survive infidelity?  Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

LoFrisco, B. M., Bird, J., & Bird, C. (2011, December). Sexual dysfunctions/disorders, Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2010, April). Technology and family therapy, Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

LoFrisco, B. M. (2014, March). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Counseling Theories and Practices. Lecture conducted from the Counselor Education Program at University of South Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2014, March). Family Systems Theory. Counseling Theories and Practices. Lecture conducted from the Counselor Education Program at University of South Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2014, February; 2013, March; 2012, March). Social Networking Sites and Counseling. Computer Applications in Counseling Psychology & Other Human Services. Lecture conducted from Florida State University.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2014, February; 2013, October). Private Practice. Counseling in Community Settings. Lecture conducted from the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Department at University of South Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2014 February; 2013, October). Sexuality Throughout The Lifespan. Human Growth and Development. Lecture conducted from the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Department at University of South Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2013, October). Sexual Dysfunctions. Practicum I. Lecture conducted from the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Department at University of South Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2012, November). Sexual Dysfunctions. Sex, Health and Decision Making. Lecture conducted from the College of Public Health at University of South Florida.

LoFrisco, B. M. (2012, November). Decisional Counseling and Goal Setting. Trends and Principles of the Counseling Profession. Lecture conducted from the Counselor Education Program at University of South Florida.

RADIO PRESENTATIONS

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2014, May). Keeping Your Couples Connection After Children. [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2014, April).What Messages Are You Missing That Could Lead To Divorce. [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2014, March). Getting Out of Toxic Relationships. [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

LoFrisco, B. M. (Host and Producer). (2014, February). Nutrition: What You Need To Know But Your Doctor Won’t Tell You. [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ. 

Holt, J. (Host and Producer) & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2014, February). Networking Singles with John Holt. [Radio series episode]. Connecticut: WXLM.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2014, January). Saving On Your Taxes & Dealing With Trouble Spouses. [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2014, January). Need Some Couples Advice: We Have it Tonight. [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ. 

Richter, T. (Host and Producer) & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2014, January). New Year’s Resolutions For Relationships. [Radio series episode]. In T. Richter (Producer), The Dating Jungle Radio Show. Tampa: WTAN.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, December). Communication in Relationships. [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, November). Improving The Female Sexual Experience [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, October). Are Emotional Affairs as Damaging as Physical? [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, September). Erectile Dysfunction [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WMGG.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, August). Sexual Fetishism [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WMGG.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, July). Infidelity: Can Your Relationship Withstand It? [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WMGG.

Richter, T. (Host), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, July). The Gottman Relationship Theories. [Radio series episode]. In T. Richter (Producer), The Dating Jungle With Tara Richter. Tampa: Talk Wad Radio.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, May). Is Communication The Key To A Better Relationship And Love Life? [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WMGG.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, April). Orgasms and The Myth of The G-spot [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WMGG.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, April). ED and the MD [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WMGG.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, March). Sex: What to Do if You Have ED? [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WMGG.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2013, February). Sex: Is It As Important To Women As It Is To Men? [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WMGG.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2012, November). Sex And Communication [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2012, August). Improve Your Relationship Before It’s Too Late [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Gold, E. (Host), Gold, D. (Producer), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2012, May). Sex Drive and Why Couples Aren’t in Sync [Radio series episode]. In D. Gold (Producer), Senior Voice America: Health, Wealth and Wisdom Radio. Tampa: WHNZ.

Bird, J. (Producer/Host), Bird, C. (Producer/Host), & LoFrisco, B. M. (Guest). (2011). Sexual Desire!,[Radio series episode]. In J. Bird (Producer), & C. Bird (Producer), Intimate Chats with The Love Birds. Tampa: WTAN.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

University of South Florida

Recipient of Honorable Mention: 2013 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Social Science, Business and Education category

University of South Florida, Department of Psychological and Social Foundations

Recipient of University Graduate Fellowship for 2009-2010 academic year:
A prestigious, competitive award for full-time students of outstanding academic potential

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, #MH10206, expires March 2015
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MT2518, expires March 2015
  • ABS Certified Clinical Sexologist, #2890, American Board of Sexology Florida Practitioners
  • Qualified Supervisor with the state of Florida

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association Member 11/2012 – present
Florida Mental Health Counseling Association Member 10/2012 – present
American Counseling Association Professional Member 4/2008 – present
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Member 8/2009 – present
American Board of Sexology Diplomate 1/2010 – present
Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Member 7/2008 – present
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Member 4/2008 – present
Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society Member 4/2006 – 4/2007
Serving Others Selflessly Member 1/2005 – 5/2007

TRAINING

North Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 3/2013
“Rethinking Couples Therapy: An Innovative Approach to Love, Sex, and Infidelity” by Ester Perel, LMFT

The Gottman Institiute, 6/2013 and 11/2012
“Bridging the Couple Chasm: Level 1”

Center for 21st Teaching Excellence, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Teacher Training Certificate, Spring 2011 and Spring 2010

“Teaching Online Using Canvas LMS” 10/2012
“Developing Multimedia for Online Courses: Video Tools” 10/2011
“Teaching Online with Second Life” 10/2011
“Articulate Quizmaker” 10/2011
“Designing Online Courses: Strategies & Practices for Effective Online Teaching” 10/2011
“Intermediate Blackboard” 9/2011
“Articulate Presenter- Advanced Techniques” 4/2011
“Educasting” 11/2010
“Advanced Blackboard 9” 10/2010
“Rubrics” 10/2010
“Leading Class Discussions Online” 9/2010
“Using Elluminate Live! 10 to Conduct Real-Time, Online Classes” 9/2010
“Active Learning: Practical Applications to Promote Passion and Ration” 2/2010
“Blackboard: Adding Content and Effectively using the Communication Tools” 2/2010
“Using Cooperative Learning Groups in Large and Small Classes” 2/2010
“Dealing with Challenging Student Behaviors” 1/2010
“Creating a Teaching Philosophy Statement” 9/2009
“Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills” 9/2009

American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, Orlando, FL
State sanctioned 120 hours training in clinical sexology, 5/2009 – 12/2009

Gulfcoast North AHEC, University Community Hospital, Tampa, FL
“Painting a Moving Train: Working with Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families”, 7/2009

Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TBAMFT), Tampa, FL

“Getting the Love You Want: Imago Relationship Therapy” 3/2013
“Rapid Resolution Therapy: Learn About How to Heal the Emotional Wounds of Trauma & PTSD” 1/2012
“Divorce 101: LMFTs Working with the Lawyers” 10/2010
“MFTs Addressing Divorce: Protecting the Children” 9/2010
“MFTs Serving in the Area of Trauma” 3/2010
“Family Impact of Domestic Violence” 1/2010
“Imago Therapy” 5/2009
“Enneagrams” 4/2009
“Basic and Fundamental Concepts of Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity” 3/2009
“Neuroscience in Therapy: Reshaping the Brain, Restoring the Mind” 2/2009
“Ethics and Boundaries” 1/2009
“Parenting Skills and Family Therapy” 10/2008

Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, St. Petersburg, FL
Dr. Alan Wolfelt, 5/2009
“Exploring ‘Complicated’ Mourning: Sudden Death,
Suicide Grief & Trauma Loss”
Sunrise of Pasco County, Dade City, FL
Domestic Violence Core Competency Training, 1/2008

EMDR Institute
“Grief & EMDR”, 6/2008

Bayside CEU
“Laws and Rules”, 4/2008

Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association (SMHCA), Tampa, FL
“Sharpening your DSM-IV-TR’s Diagnostic Tools: Case Diagnosis & Corresponding Treatment”, 6/2007

Lifepath Hospice, Clearwater, FL
“Medical Errors”, 8/2007

iCON (The Florida Institute for Continuing Professional Development), St. Petersburg, FL
“Documentation Really Matters”, 6/2007

Red Cross of Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL
“CPR & First Aid”, 5/2007

Hillsborough County Health Department, Tampa, FL
“HIV 104 Training”, 4/2007

Life Connections Counseling Center, Tampa, FL
“Hiding Pathology Behind One’s Theology”, 2/2007

CONFERENCE PROPOSAL REVIEWER

American Counseling Association (ACA) 2013 Conference & Exposition Program Review
Annual Conference Planning Committee (proposal reviews):                                    6/2012

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) 2012 Conference 
Proposal reviews for “Women: Evolving Roles in Society and Family”                12/2011

American Counseling Association (ACA)
Annual Conference Planning Committee (proposal reviews):                                    6/2011

SERVICE

Guest speaker at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting    4/2013
“How to spice up your love life after having kids”

Guest speaker at Congregation Rodeph Shalom event               2/2013
“Enhancing your feminine sexuality”

Inaugural College of Behavioral & Community Sciences Alumni Council Member  4/2014 – present 
Tampa Bay Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Election Committee Member  6/2011 – 12/2012 
National Board for Certified Counselors Contributor for The Practice of Internet Counseling 11/2009 
The Salvation Army (ARC) Volunteer Counselor 6/2008 – 12/2008
The Life Center       Volunteer Counselor & Group Facilitator 6/2008 – 9/2009
Carrollwood Service League Treasurer 10/2004 – 5/2005
Magdalene Reserve Social Committee
 
Member 11/1998 – 1/2005
Lifepath Hospice
 
Family/Patient Volunteer 7/2004 – 1/2005
Meals on Wheels
 
Volunteer Route Coordinator 9/1999 – 4/2002
Magdalene Reserve Budget Committee

Chairperson 11/1996 – 11/1998
Alpha House Volunteer Math Tutor 1/1990 – 7/1990

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Social networking
  • Website development
  • Panopto
  • Camtasia
  • Second Life
  • Respondus
  • Podcasting
  • Profcast
  • Elluminate

Revised May 22, 2014

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