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Chicago | Assistant Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision

Elvita Kondili, Ph.D.



Teaching in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Adler, I have the honor, privilege and responsibility to help shape the knowledge, skills, and values of future counselors and counselor educators. I believe that my principal responsibility as a teacher is to prepare highly ethical and skilled, culturally competent leaders in the counseling field who care deeply about affecting change in the world, especially for those who are underserved and underrepresented. I model and promote excellence, highly ethical and professional conduct, cultural humility, and critical self-reflection in every aspect of my teaching.

At Adler, students have a unique opportunity to advance multiculturalism and social justice in the counseling field. To this aim, I value creating a safe, open, non-judgmental, encouraging and supporting classroom environment where all opinions, backgrounds, knowledge, cultures and values are honored and respected. I use the Socratic method to foster intellectual debate and a critical evaluation of knowledge and experience. I often provide examples that challenge a point I am making during lecture and encourage students to do the same. I have found that this helps foster cognitive complexity and improves students’ ability to sit with ambiguity, unanswered questions, and uncomfortable feelings.

My experience so far has helped me understand that students learning is facilitated by practicing, having opportunities to apply theory to real life situations. Thus, I systematically employ experiential activities, real life client examples, and metaphors from art, literature, philosophy, etc to bring the lecture to life. I believe this helps students relate to abstract material, integrate it into existing knowledge, and recall it for future application.

Finally, I believe the teacher-student relationship is essential in getting students to be engaged, motivated and excited to learn. Students learn best by exchanging ideas, experiences, and stories with other classmates and through the observation of the desired behavior(s). Role-modeling passion for learning, authenticity, a fun and personable disposition, combined with a well-integrated professional identity and personal commitment to the advancement of the counseling profession, are therefore essential ingredients of a successful counselor educator.

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  • 2018 Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education
    University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • 2003 MEd, Master of Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA
  • 2001 B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
    University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania
Professional Background

Former Positions

  • Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
    Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies, University of Detroit Mercy
    Detroit, MI

Current Licensures

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Michigan Board of Professional Counselors #6401017573

Select Awards and Recognition

  • 2016 Research Award, North Carolina Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
    Project Title: Counseling immigrants and refugees: Multicultural considerations for clinical practice and counselor education

Areas of Expertise

  • Counselor Education
  • Qualitative Research
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Refugee Mental Health
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Kondili, E., Interiano-Shiverdecker, C.G., & *Sabah, M. (2023). A multilayered, dynamic model of refugee resilience: A grounded theory. Journal of Counseling & Development, 1-13.
  • Anderson, K., Kondili, E., Stiller, C., Korenchuk, J., & Jennings, S. E. (2023). Personal Barriers to High Conflict Domestic Dispute Resolution. The Family Journal, 0(0).
  • Kondili, E., Isawi, D., Interiano-Shiverdecker, C. G., & *Maleckas, O. (2022). Predictors of cultural humility in counselors-in-training. Counselor Education and Supervision, 61(2), 129-140.
  • Kondili, E., Interiano-Shiverdecker, C. G., & Hahn, C. (2022). Counseling and social justice advocacy interventions with refugees: Two case studies. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 50(4), 219-229.
  • Interiano-Shiverdecker, & C. G., Kondili, E., & *Bazzi, R. (2022). Refugees in context: A systemic, intersectional exploration of discrimination experiences. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 44, 263-282.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Kondili, E., Isawi, D., & Interiano-Shiverdecker, C. G. (2021, November). Predictors of cultural humility in counselors-in-training: The role of multicultural training, intellectual humility, and the quiet ego. [Research presentation] Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Kondili, E., & Interiano-Shiverdecker, C.G. (2021, March). A systemic perspective on refugees’ mental health and discrimination. [Research presentation] American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference and Expo Online.
  • Kondili, E. (2020, September). Tele-supervision during COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities. [Education content presentation] Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Fall Webinar Series.
  • Kondili, E., Interiano- Shiverdecker, C. G., & *Ismail, L., (2019, June). Cultural and social capital as protective factors of refugee mental health: A community-based ethnographic study. [Research presentation] Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Summit, Orlando, FL.
  • Interiano C. G., Kondili, E., Parikh-Foxx, S. (2018). Bringing down systemic walls: The refugee resettlement process. [Research presentation] American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference, Atlanta, GA.

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