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Vancouver | Assistant Professor, Counselling Psychology

Kelsey H. Sarasqueta-Allen



As a counsellor educator, my philosophy towards teaching is informed by Transformative and Sentipensante pedagogical theories. I trust students to invest in their education and my role is to present materials and hold space for critical inquiry and reflection in the classroom. I believe that when students make contact with teaching material in holistic ways, a meaningful learning experience emerges.

My goal is to foster a learning environment that encourages students to experience their own becoming, both personally and professionally. I hope to support students in examining their ways of being in the world and how that intersects with counselling theory and practice.

At Adler, I appreciate the enthusiasm and dedication our students have to social justice and healing in our communities. I feel honored to work alongside students who are committed to being agents of change.



  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Counseling, Idaho State University
  • M.S., Counseling (Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling), Northwest Nazarene University
  • B.A., Multi-Ethnic Studies, Boise State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Boise State University
Professional Background

Current Positions

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Humanistic Counseling

Former Positions

  • Public Policy and Legislation Chair, Association for Adult Development and Aging
  • Public Policy and Legislation Chair, Idaho Counseling Association
  • Public Policy and Legislation Chair, Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association
  • CORE Member, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii

Current Licensures

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Idaho, USA
  • Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Idaho, USA

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association

Select Awards and Recognition

  • 2022 Research Grant, North Atlantic Region Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
  • 2020 Government Relations Award, Association for Aging and Adult Development
  • 2020 Research Grant, Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision

Areas of Expertise

  • Marital, couple, and family counselling
  • Counselling public policy and legislation
  • Instrument development and validation
  • Advocacy identity development in counsellor education
  • Abortion legislative advocacy
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Sarasqueta-Allen, K. H. (2020). Advocacy anxiety: Dismantling fear and resistance and engaging graduate students in public policy. In T. Jenkins (Ed.), Reshaping Graduate Education Through Innovation and Experiential Learning (pp. 43-58). IGI Global.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Self-efficacy and public policy engagement scale: Assessment creation. Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, October, 2022.
  • Understanding the embodiment of micro-skills in counselors in training (CITs). Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, October, 2021.
  • Seeds to Blooms: Cultivating social justice and advocacy strategies in counselor education to foster macrosystemic equity. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, October, 2021.
  • 5 go-to creative and innovative strategies to support rural youth wellness. Positive Youth Development Conference, July, 2021.
  • Embodied experiences: Embodied-based experiences in experiential learning of microskills. Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, December 2020.
  • A comparative analysis of religion, spirituality, happiness, and social support across undergraduate students at public and private universities. Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, April, 2018.

Vancouver Campus

Adler University in Vancouver has been, like Canada itself, born and built with an open mind. Located in the midst of one of the world’s most exciting and breathtaking cities, Adler University reflects a true Canadian spirit. It’s smart, inclusive and determined to make a world of difference. By design, our Vancouver campus echoes the Adler values and intent down every hall and in every room. It is built to live, breathe and inspire those with the passion to pursue a more just society. This is where the work gets done.

At Adler Vancouver, you’ll find multiple collaborative areas with the absolute latest technology. Learning areas and windows have literally been situated to stimulate thought. To some, that may sound odd, but these things do matter. If students are given the space, opportunity and technology to achieve their goals, they are more likely to rock the boat of conventional thought.

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