College of Education

Bita Ashouri Rivas, Ed.D, LPC, NCC

Instructor, Counseling and Human Services

College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Work : 719-255-3738

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.  Dr. Rivas started a private practice in 2010 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 has a wide range of specialties to include: supervision, teaching, individual, and group counseling. She sees adolescents, adults, individuals, and couples with an interest in grief and loss, life transitions, complicated grief, trauma, communication, and anxiety & stress. She has taught at the Community College of Aurora since 2010 teaching undergraduate psychology and at Argosy University teaching masters level counseling classes. She has served in the role of faculty mentor at the Community College of Aurora working with newly hired adjuncts. She currently serves in the position of Events Co-Chair and Speakers Bureau Chair at the Colorado Counseling Association. 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

B.S., Biology
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, Omega Sigma Phi Chapter
  • Colorado Counseling Association (CCA)
  • Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce
  • Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (RMACES)

Volunteer and Service


  • 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 Argosi University 2012 - 2013
  • Social Sciences Critical Thinking and Assessment Committee, Community College of Aurora 2012


  • American Counseling Association Mentor, 2013-2014
  • 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. (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.