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Phone: 509-963-2381

Sara Bender

Associate Professor of Psychology

Director, Online Psychology Program

Ph.D., Counseling Education, Oregon State University
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of West Alabama
B.A., Psychology, Western Washington University

Office: Online Only

Courses typically taught at CWU:

  • PSY200: Intro to the Major
  • PSY430: Positive Psychology
  • PSY445: Clinical, Counseling, and Community Psychology
  • PSY453: Theories of Personality
  • PSY465: Psychology and the Law
  • PSY568: Clinic Orientation, Crisis, and Rehabilitation Counseling

General areas of interest: online clinical supervision, counselor professional identity and practice, leveraging technology within higher education and behavioral health environments, first responder mental health, implications of Covid-19 across domains

Selected works:

  • Jorgensen, M. F., Bender, S., & McCutchen, A. (2021). “I’m haunted by it:” experiences of licensed counselors who had a client die by suicide. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, 1–16.
  • Bender, S., & Werries, J. (2021). Doctoral-level CES students’ lived experiences pursuing courses in an online learning environment. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 14(2).
  • Hurst, T. H., Bluemlein, J. S., Baggs, A. S., & Bender, S. (2020). A qualitative exploration of combat Veterans’ lived experiences with treatment for trauma: Competencies influence outcomes. Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 8(2), 49-72.
  • Bender, S.  & Stauffer, M. (2020). Ethical and legal considerations in counseling. In D. Capuzzi and D. Gross (Eds.). Introduction to the counseling profession (8th Ed, pp. 73-93). Cognella.
  • Bender, S., Rubel, D. J., & Dykeman, C. (2018). An interpretive phenomenological analysis of doctoral counselor education students' experience of receiving cybersupervision. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 11(1).
  • Richards, J., Dykeman, C., & Bender, S. (2017). Content, methodology, and design selections in counselor education dissertations. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, 4, 1-18. 
  • Bender, S., & Dykeman, C. (2016).  Perceptions of the usefulness of clinical supervision: Synchronous online vs. traditional face-to-face delivery. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 34, 326-337. doi: 10.1080/15228835.2016.1250026.

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