Bita Rivas has been in the field of mental health since 2007, working in a residential treatment center with adolescent girls. She has experience with different populations in RTC working in several units, one of which was the more intensive care unit. She has facilitated juvenile court ordered petty theft and conflict management groups through NCTI. Dr. Rivas started a private practice in 2010, Alchemy of Healing Counseling LLC, and continues private practice work. She has done Pro-Bono work at a counseling center in Denver working with underserved populations. Bita earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She earned both her Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University Denver. She is licensed in the state of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a National Certified Counselor through NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors). She sees adolescents, adults, individuals, and couples; with specific interests in grief and loss, grief and loss associated with hearing loss and cochlear implants, life transitions, complicated grief, trauma, dissociative disorders, communication, and anxiety & stress. She has been involved in the cochlear implant community for over 15 years and provides psychoeducational and other support and volunteer services through Listen Foundation and Rocky Mountain Cochlear Implant Center. She has taught at the Community College of Aurora since 2010 teaching undergraduate psychology and at Argosy University teaching masters level counseling classes. Research interests include Counseling Self-Efficacy, Supervision, and Professional Identity.
Ed.D. Counselor Education and Supervision
Argosy University - 2013
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Argosy University- 2009
Metropolitan State University of Denver - 2007
COUN 3000 Intracultural Socialization Patterns
COUN 4000 Introduction to Counseling
COUN 5020 Laboratory in Individual Counseling
COUN 5040 Human Growth & Development
COUN 5120 Practicum in Professional Counseling
COUN 5330 Issues, Ethics and Trends in Professional Counseling
COUN 5720 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship
Psy 101 General Psychology
Psy 102 General Psychology II
Psy 235 Human Growth & Development
Psy 238 Child Development
PC 6104 Counseling Skills I
PC 6105 Counseling Skills II
PC 6410 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum
PC 6416 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I
PC 6417 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II
PC 6800 Special Topics in Counseling
MF 6400 Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum I
MF 6401 Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum II
MF 6402 Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum III
- Licensed Professional Counselor: Colorado LPC #11298
- National Certified Counselor: NCC #345260
Honors and Awards
- Certificate of Recognition, Events Co-Chair - Colorado Counseling Association 2013
- Outstanding Graduate Student Award, May 2013 Argosy University
- Employee of the Month-Excelsior Youth Center, November 2009
- Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100-FEMA, 2009
- National Response Framework, IS-800-FEMA, 2009
- CPR/First Aid-American Red Cross, Mile High Chapter, 2012
- CPI-Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc., 2009
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
- Colorado Career Development Association (CCDA)
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
- Chi Sigma Iota
- Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (RMACES)
Volunteer and Service
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Department of Counseling and Human Services Chi Sigma Iota, Chi Upsilon Sigma Chapter Faculty Advisor, 2014-2015
- University of Colorado Systems Budget Committee, Chair, 2014-2015
- University of Colorado Systems Faculty Assembly, Budget Committee Representative Chair, 2014-2015
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Education Curriculum Committee, 2013-2015
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Faculty Assembly, College of Education Representative, 2014-2015
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Faculty Assembly Library Advisory Committee, 2013-2015
- Awards Committee, Spring 2014
- UCCS Faculty Representative College of Education, 2014-2015
- UCCS Faculty Library Advisory Committee, 2013-2014
- COE Curriculum Committee, 2013-2014
- UCCS MOSAIC Mentor, 2013-2014
- CACREP Committee, Argosy University 2012
- Faculty Mentor, Community College of Aurora, 2013
- Coordinated documents for the Practicum and Internship courses for the CMHC Program at Argosy University in preparation for the CACREP visit 2012
- Coordination of the 2012 RMACES Conference, Argosy University 2012
- Dean Search Committee, Community College of Aurora 2012
- Founding Member of the Counseling Research Club at Argosy University 2012
- Secretary for the Counseling Research Club at Argosy University 2012 - 2013
- Social Sciences Critical Thinking and Assessment Committee, Community College of Aurora 2012
- American Counseling Association, ACA Mentor, 2013-2015
- Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Interstate Licensing Committee, 2014-2015
- Colorado Counseling Association, Conference Committee, Sponsorship Coordinator, 2013-2014
- Colorado Counseling Association, Speakers Bureau Chair, 2013-2014
- Colorado Counseling Association, Events Co-Chair, 2013-2014
- ACES Program Reviewer, 2013
- ACES Ad Hoc Committee, Colorado Counseling Association, 2012-2013
- Co-Founder of the Speakers Bureau for the Colorado Counseling Association, 2012
- Events Co-Chair for Colorado Counseling Association, 2012-2013
- Nomination Selection Committee, Colorado Counseling Association, 2012
- Pro-Bono Counselor, MDS Counseling Center, 2011
- Speakers Bureau Chair, Colorado Counseling Association, 2012-2013.
- Rivas, B. (2014). Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fostering Professional Identity and Counseling Self-Efficacy in the Classroom and Supervision Process.
- Rivas, B. (2012). Community College of Aurora, CentreTech Campus. Campus Information Session Post-Shooting. Trauma and Grief and Loss.
- Rivas, B. (2012). Community College of Aurora, Lowry Campus. Campus Information Session Post-Shooting. Trauma and Grief and Loss.
- Benham, R. & Rivas, B. (2012). Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Park City Utah. Supervising Future Supervisors: Challenges Facing Educators with Supervisors-in-Training in Clinical Training Courses.
- Young, A. & Rivas, B. (2013). Colorado Counseling Association Conference. Fostering Professional Identity and Counseling Self-Efficacy in the Classroom and Supervision Process.
- Rivas, B. (2013). Chi Sigma Iota, Chi Upsilon Sigma at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Local Professional Organizations and the Importance of Professional Involvement.
- Rivas, B., Field, J., Bell, D. (2014). Colorado Counseling Association, DTC, Colorado. The Ethical Way.
- Rivas, B. (2014). Listen Foundation, Littleton, Colorado. The Spring Parent Education Workshop. Balancing a Family: Hearing Loss, Sibling Needs, Relationships, and Self-Esteem.