The Maine Counseling Association is pleased to announce our

2017 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker


Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D.


Past President, American Counseling Association

Visiting Professor, Arizona State University


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“Counselors as Social Justice Champions Confronting Daily Injustices”


Counseling professionals are at the forefront of multiple social justice issues in and out of the workplace.  No longer is it possible to separate our work roles from societal inequities for children, families, immigrants, and community members at-large. At times people’s issues or situations may feel overwhelming and yet, our preparation as helpers and humanists make it impossible to not take action. The multicultural mindset and the multicultural and social justice competencies can guide our processes from awareness to action.


Dr. Patricia Arredondo has had a successful career as an organizational consultant, Full Professor, and senior administrator in higher education. She served as president of the Chicago campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Senior Vice President Student initiatives, Arizona State University. Currently, she is president of the Arredondo Advisory Group, Visiting Professor with the Counseling/Counseling Psychology program, Arizona State University, and Faculty Fellow, Fielding Graduate University.


Throughout her career, Dr. Arredondo has been a scholar and professional organizational leader. Her scholarship has been in the areas of multicultural counseling competencies and organizational development, women’s leadership, Latina/o psychology, and social justice advocacy. She has authored

and co-authored six books and more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and bilingual videos, including Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinas/os (2014) published by the American Counseling Association. She has been Co-PI on an NSF grant advancing women of color at HBCU and Tribal Colleges in STEM to academic leadership positions. Dr. Arredondo has also been a pioneering leader with national professional associations. She is the first and only Latina to serve as president of the American Counseling Association (2005-2006) and is the Founding President of the National Latina/o Psychological Association.


Dr. Arredondo has been recognized for her service and leadership by various associations. Most recently (Fall 2015), she was named a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United and in February 2016, she received the Social Justice Award from Teachers College Roundtable. She is a Fellow with the American

Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association and holds an honorary degree from the University of San Diego. She is passionate about mentoring graduate students and early career professionals.


The Maine Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2020. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  

The Maine Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



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