Clarissa Cigrand, PhD, LPC

Core Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Faculty and Curriculum
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Concentration (residential and low residency)
PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado, MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, BS in Psychology and a Minor in Ancient Greek from the University of Iowa
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Concentration (residential and low residency)
Social and Multicultural Foundations, Counseling and Helping Relationships I, Counseling and Helping Relationships II, Research Methods and Program Evaluation, Counseling Practicum, Professional Orientation and Ethics I, Professional Orientation and Ethics II
Clarissa Cigrand, PhD, LPC, is a Core Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Faculty and Curriculum in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling concentration of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She is an educator, researcher, mental health counselor, and clinical supervisor and received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is passionate about the fields of transpersonal counseling, contemplative practice, contemplative pedagogy, ways of knowing, and social justice and liberation and deeply enjoys the honor of supporting bourgeoning counselors in their development.
  • Cigrand, C. B. (2020). Contemplative Pedagogy: A Grounded Theory of the Integration of Contemplative Practices and Perspectives Within Counselor Training. University of Northern Colorado.
  • Cigrand, C. (2020). Contemplative practice: A proposal in reducing novice counselor’s performance anxiety and excessive self-focus. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 13(4), 2.
  • Cigrand, C. (2021). Bringing learning to life: The contemplative counseling classroom. In Kaklauskas, F. J., Nimmanheminda, S., Hoffman, L., Jack, M., & Perlstein, J. (Eds.). (2021). Brilliant Sanity (Volume 1, Revised & Expanded Edition): Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy. University Professors Press.
  • Quaglia, J. T., Cigrand, C., & Sallmann, H. (2022). Caring for you, me, and us: The lived experience of compassion in counselors. Psychotherapy, 59(3), 321.

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