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Chicago | Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Bellah Kiteki, Ph.D., LPC, NCC



My teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that learning occurs in a collaborative environment as students also become active participants in the learning process. This calls for utilizing various teaching approaches and modalities to accommodate diverse student learning styles, whether through visuals, videos, didactic lecture presentations, and discussions. These can be before, during, or after instruction to help students interact with the course material in learning.

Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and critically.” Facilitating students learning to become critical thinkers in approaching life’s demanding questions is crucial. In a classroom environment, a diverse group of students, based on factors such as gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, race, immigrant status, and ethnicity, can be a microcosm of society. For students to become critical thinkers in the learning process, I facilitate student engagement in embracing inclusivity with each other and discussions on the influences of social and cultural dynamics in others’ livelihoods. These dynamics reflect Adler University’s mission of preparing lifelong agents of social justice.

Due to the diverse student backgrounds and lived experiences, developing individual self-awareness within a community learning environment is an essential goal. Teaching and learning are shared and co-constructed mutual processes. Therefore, genuinely valuing and honoring life experiences and creativity in learning styles is necessary. Although the balance between building group or community consensus and respect for individuality in the teaching and learning process is only sometimes easy to achieve, it ensures hearing, honoring, and respecting diverse voices. Developing individual self-awareness within a group or community context is a skill that often later translates into students working in multidisciplinary teams in mental health settings.



  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro, NC
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, OH
  • M.A., Kiswahili Studies
    University of Nairobi
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • B.Ed., Education
    Moi University
    Kesses, Kenya
Professional Background

Current Positions

  • Editorial Board Member – Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision (JCPS)
  • Editorial Board Member – Journal of Counseling in Illinois (JCI)
  • Ad hoc Editorial Board Member – The Journal for Specialists in Group Work (JSGW)

Current Licensures

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

Areas of Expertise

  • Refugee Mental Health
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Group Work
  • Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Kiteki, B.N., Can, A., Kemer, G., & Preston, J. (2022). “A big part is to address the elephant”: International counselor trainees’ experiences in clinical supervision in the United States. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.
  • Kiteki, B.N., Lou, S., & Liu, T. (2022). The impact of covid-19 virus pandemic lockdowns on refugee mental: A narrative review. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 44(3), 395–413.
  • Kiteki, B.N., Yong, A., Sotonye, Natalie, H., & Onyambu, F. N. (2021). “In all our Training, where was this thing called supervision”? Clinical supervision in Kenya. The Clinical Supervisor, 41(1), 6–24.
  • Kiteki, B.N. (2021). African refugee youth’s experiences and impact on career development: An adaptation of a culturally responsive career exploration group. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 46(1), 90–107.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Kiteki, B., & Martin, C. (2024, February). Group counseling with refugee populations: Best practices and reflections from current research. Education session, Biennial conference for the Association for Specialists in Group Work, Portland, OR.
  • Fuller, L., & Kiteki, B. (2024, February). Creating space for counselor re-invention through rest. Pre-conference learning institute, Biennial conference for the Association for Specialists in Group Work, Portland, OR.
  • Kiteki, B. (2020, July). Clinical supervision in Kenya. Education session, Fourteenth Virtual International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Chicago, IL.
  • Kiteki, B., Kim-Appel, D., Cheng, Y., Choudhuri, D., Cheruba, D., & Jeongwoon, J. (2019, October). International/transnational supervision in U.S. counseling programs: Perspectives from faculty and students. Education session, Annual Conference for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Seattle, WA.
  • Kiteki, B.N. (2017, July). Religion and spirituality as sources of resilience in working with African refugees: Lessons from Rwanda. Education session, Annual Conference for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling: Richmond, VA.

Chicago Campus

Located in the heart of the city, the Chicago Campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional, and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world and the latest technology. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form, and shape your journey. At Adler University, we have more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

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