Francesca G. Giordano, Ph.D. Online Campus

"In my classes, I have one primary goal:   
I want to increase my student’s knowledge,  
in the form of practical strategies." 
- Francesca Giordano, Ph.D.

"In my classes, I have one primary goal:
I want to increase my student’s knowledge,
in the form of practical strategies."
- Francesca Giordano, Ph.D.

Francesca G. Giordano, Ph.D.
Associate Chair of Online Curriculum and Training
Department of Counselor Education and Counseling

In my classes, I have one primary goal: I want to increase my student’s knowledge, in the form of practical strategies. However, I also believe that they remember practical strategies most effectively when the connection between theory and practice is made transparent.

I think it is also evident that students learn from their relationship with me. Actually, I believe that this philosophy is pervasive throughout all my roles, teacher, program director, and administrator. To inspire them and facilitate the achievements of their own goals.

I also teach my students that they must understand themselves deeply. I have relevant and current stories and I can convey this experience to them and emphasize the skills they need to develop, using myself as a model. To me, this is the epitome effective teaching, modeling criterial thinking and the effective application of knowledge, while also modeling self-reflection and the capacity to make and recover from mistakes.

Education

  • Ph.D. Counselor Education, University of Virginia
  • M.A. Counseling, Michigan State University
  • B.A. Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey

Professional Memberships

  • Treasurer, American Association of State Counseling Boards (2008-2010)
  • Vice-Chair, Professional Counselor Licensing and Disciplinary Board (2003-2013)
  • President, Illinois Counseling Association (2011-2012)
  • President-Elect, Illinois Counseling Association (2010-2011)
  • Co-Editor, Journal of Counseling in Illinois (2010-2015)
  • Co-Editor, Illinois Counselor (2009-2010)
  • Board Member, Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association (2008-2009)
  • Past President and Board Member, Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association (2003-2006). (2013-2015; 2016-Present)
  • President, Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association, (2002-2003).
  • Member of Supervision Standards Subcommittee, American Association of State Counseling Boards (2001-2003).

Select Presentations

  • Giordano, F.G. (October, 2017). Please Pass the Salt: Adding Flavor to out Unified Identity for the Future of Program Accreditation. Chicago, IL: Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • Giordano, F. (November, 2015). Showing Courage in Front of Others: How to Give an Effective Presentation. Skokie, IL: Illinois Counseling Association.
  • Wilson, N.L., & Giordano, F. (October, 2014). Arrested development: Depicting
    psychodynamic practice as anachronism. St. Louis, MO: North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • Giordano, F.G. (November, 2013). Now What? Elimination of the Multi-Axial
    Diagnostic System in the DSM-5. Illinois Counseling Association annual conference in Skokie, IL.
  • Giordano, F.G., Carn-Watkins, A., Baptiste, D., Pagones, P., Freed, A., & Yesko, C. (November, 2013). Please Pass the Salt: Challenges and Opportunities for Related Counseling Programs seeking CACREP Accreditation. Illinois Counseling Association annual conference in Skokie, IL.
  • Litherland, G. & Giordano, F.G. (November, 2013). Put That Bass in Your Walk: Queer Clients and Internalized Heterosexism. Illinois Counseling Association annual conference in Skokie, IL.

Select Publications

  • Giordano, F. (2018). Linking Logic: Strategies for Success in the NCMHCE. Great River Learning.
  • Giordano, F. (2015). Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. In E. Neukrug (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of theory in counseling and psychotherapy (pp. 529-591). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
  • Giordano, F.G. (2014). Everyone is Bisexual: Updating Klein’s model for the postmodern world. In L.W. Watson & J.M. Johnson (Eds). Authentic Leadership: An Engaged Discussion. (pp. 41-49). North Carolina: Information Age Publications.
  • Guindon, M.H., & Giordano, F.G. (2012). Career counseling in mental health and private practice settings. In D.Capuzzi & M.D. Stanffer (Eds). Career Counseling: Foundations, Perspectives, and Applications. (pp.399-428). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Bokar, L., Sells, J.N., Giordano, F.G., & Tollerud, T. (2011). The validity of the relational conflict model. The Family Journal, 19(1), 7-14

Awards

  • Diplomate in Couples and Family Counseling (2016) American Mental Health Counselors Association.
  • Robert J. Nejedlo Distinguished Leadership Award (2013), Illinois Counseling Association.
  • C.A. Michelman Award for Outstanding Service to ICA and Professional Counseling (2009), Illinois Counseling Association
  • Counselor Educator of the Year (2006), Illinois Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • Distinguished Service Award (2002), Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association.
  • Counselor Educator of the Year (1998), American Mental Health Counselors Association