SUZANNE M. ZILBER
Catalyst Counseling, P.L.C.
Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, August 1990
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, September 1988
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 1985
Magna Cum Laude
LICENSE: State of
Woman of Achievement Award–Professional Category, YWCA of Ames-ISU, 2004
Honorary Lavender Graduate, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services, ISU, 2002
Award for Outstanding Service to Trio Programs, ISU, 1998
Certificate of Recognition, Student Affairs Human Relations Committee, ISU, 1997
Who's Who of American Women, 1992
University Fellowship, The
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 1985
Rotary International Exchange
Private Practice Psychologist. Catalyst Counseling, P.L.C., Ames, Iowa, January 2005 to present.
Individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents and couples and group psychotherapy for adults. Clinical specialties: trauma, eating disorders, career counseling, gender and multicultural issues, pain.
Intern Training Coordinator. Student Counseling Service, Iowa State University, June 2004 to December 2004.
Coordinate an APA approved pre-doctoral internship with three interns. Chair training committee. Provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, consultation, crisis intervention, and training. Supervise trainee and staff clinical work.
Training Director. Student Counseling Service, Iowa State University, January 2002 to March 2004.
Coordinate practicum program and an APA approved pre-doctoral internship with four interns and then three interns. Facilitate intern case conference. Chair training committee. Provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, consultation, crisis intervention, and training. Supervise trainee and staff clinical work.
Practicum Training Coordinator. Student Counseling Service, Iowa State University, July 1999 to December 2001.
Provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. Coordinate beginning and advanced practicum student counselors. Teach practicum class. Co-teach intern supervision of supervision seminar. Supervise trainee and staff clinical work. Conduct outreach and train staff and trainees on various topics. Serve on training committee. Train student facilitators to conduct workshops on diversity and enhancing inter-racial communication. Liaison to various offices and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Chaired search committee for assistant director for clinical services.
Staff Psychologist and Career Exploration Coordinator. Student
Provided individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. Determined policies and resource usage for career development services. Supervised graduate assistant, interns, and practicum students. Conducted outreach and trained staff and trainees on career and various topics. Liaison with Career Services Council, YWCA, Student Affairs, and athletic services. Public speaking at rape, coming out day rallies and local television programs. Served on clinical policy, training, education, and diversity committees. Chaired search committee for staff psychologists twice. Developed and administered program to train student facilitators to conduct workshops on diversity and enhancing inter-racial communication with peer education coordinator.
Disaster Counselor (Mental Health Technician). Red Cross,
Received training and provided crisis counseling to flood survivors and Red Cross volunteers. Recruited and coordinated counselors to provide direct services. Granted media interviews and served on a television panel.
Psychology Intern. Counseling and Mental
Provided individual and couples short-term and long-term psychotherapy. Co-lead women's therapy, Hispanic women's support, lesbian support, and long term coed therapy groups. Supervised an advanced practicum student 2 hours weekly. Participated in eating disorders treatment team.
Career Counselor. Career Services, Colleges of the Arts and
Provided individual career counseling to students in eleven social sciences majors. Facilitated workshops on career exploration, resume writing, employment correspondence, interviewing, and job search skills.
Selected DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS PRESENTED
Career Awareness Through Self-Assessment
Enhancing Communication Between Black and White Women
Exploring White Identity Development
Body Image and Eating Disorders
Reducing the Odds of Sexual Assault (for women)
Sexual Consent and the Believable Yes (for men)
Creating Your Dating Checklist
Self-Esteem: Character and Integrity
Relationship and Coming Out Issues for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual
Organizational Trainer and Consultant.
Provided training and facilitation on conflict for staff in two non-profit organizations. Conducted individual assessments with staff to provide intervention plan. Provided advice to directors and board of directors. Facilitated board meetings related to staff performance issues. Conducted small group team building sessions.
Practicum Instructor. Psychology Department, Iowa State University, Fall 1992, Spring 1993 & 1994, Fall 1999, 2000, & 2001.
Created syllabus and co-taught graduate students in counseling psychology about case conceptualization, case management, psychotherapy technique, and agency policies and procedures. Received Adjunct Assistant Professor status Fall 1994.
Associate. Psychology Department, The
Taught "The Psychology of Academic and Personal Effectiveness". Wrote and delivered lectures, facilitated group discussion, constructed tests, and evaluated student performance.
Career Theory into Practice
Multi-Cultural Issues in Psychotherapy
Social Class Issues in Psychotherapy
Overcoming Internal and External Barriers to Achievement for Women in the
Multi-cultural Issues for Mediation: Center for Creative
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames
Toward Greater Worker Justice
Helping: the Original Ethical Dilemma
E-Motion: Energy for Motion
Coping with Disaster
The Power of Self-Determination and Connection
Being a Welcoming Congregation
Jewish Perspectives on Guilt and Redemption
Our Whole Lives: Sexuality education for 7th and 8th graders – one semester
Co-taught 2 undergraduate lectures on gender roles.
RESEARCH, CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, AND PUBLICATIONS
(2012). Social class and classism in
the helping professions: Research, theory and practice. (Book Review).
Cultural Diversity & Ethnic
Minority Psychology, 18,
Zilber, S.M. (2012, July) Social Class Issues Awareness. 6 hour adult training, 2 hour high school student training, and one documentary viewing with discussion at Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly, Potosi, MO.
Zilber, S.M. (2012, May) Balancing your stress snapshot. Keynote speaker for Story County Go Red for Women Luncheon, American Heart Association, Ames, IA.
Stark-Rose, R. M., Lokken, J. M., Norton, M., & Zilber, S. (2011). Bridging the gap. In M. Pope, J. Pangelinan, & A. Coker (Eds.), Experiential Activities for Teaching Multicultural Counseling Classes and Infusing Cultural Diversity into Core Classes. American Counseling Association.
Zilber, S.M. (2005, April) EMDR: Targeted treatment for troubled times. Iowa Psychological Association Spring Conference, Ames, IA.
Zilber, S.M. (2004, October) Exploring social class issues in counseling. Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies Conference, Atlantic Beach, FL.
Zilber, S.M. (2004, October) Letters of Recommendation Issues. Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies Conference, Atlantic Beach, FL.
Zilber, S. M.
(2003, March) Living
your values at wartime. Panelist for
university wide “The War on
Zilber, S.M. (2002, November) Avoiding the doom loop: Team improvement through strategic career development. Iowa Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration Fall Conference, Ames, IA.
Zilber, S.M. (2002, June) The Laramie Project: A Community response to hate crime
based on sexual orientation. Ames and Gilbert Communities, Ames High School, IA.
Zilber, S.M. (2002, February) The believable yes: Sexual consent programming for men. Cultivating Campus Communities – Big Ten Counseling Centers Conference, Iowa City, IA.
Zilber, S.M. (2002, January) Avoiding the doom loop: Team improvement through strategic career development. Iowa Association of County Conservation Board Employees Winterfest Conference, Waterloo, IA.
Zilber, S.M. (2001, September) Coping and Compassion after the 9/11
Terrorist Attacks. Panelist addressing
Zilber, S.M., & Douglas, L. (2000, October) Sexual consent programming for college men. Iowa Student Personnel Association, Des Moines, IA.
Zilber, S. M. & Jackson, R. (2000, March) The joys and concerns of biracial and multiethnic identities. Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Ames, IA.
Zilber, S. M. (2000) Leona Tyler. In Encyclopedia of Psychology,
Zilber, S.M. (1998, April). Avoiding the doom loop: Strategic staff career development. Big 12 Counseling Centers annual conference, Ames, IA.
Zilber, S.M. &
Harbin, J.J. (1998, January). Diversity awareness for therapy. Staff training for Mental Health Services,
Zilber, S.M. &
Spreda, S. (1997, October). Promoting girls to promote themselves in
science and engineering. The Road Less Traveled Statewide conference offered
by program for women in science and engineering.
Zilber, S. M. (1997, October) The kaleidoscope: Reflecting on our differences. Keynote presentation. Iowa Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration Fall Conference, Ames, Iowa.
Zilber, S. M.
Zilber, S. M. & Munoz, E. (1996, October) Black, white and beyond: enhancing inter-racial communication. The Faces and Voices of Iowa Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.
Zilber, S. M. (1995) Therapy for emotionally abused women. A book review of M. T. Loring's Emotional Abuse. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 19, 588-589.
Johnson, D. C., Zilber, S. M., and Osipow, S. H. (1995, April). Training students to have higher occupational self-efficacy. Poster session presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association annual meeting.
Zilber, S. M. (1995) It wasn't your fault: How rape victims can stop blaming themselves. Womenews. ISU Women's Center Newsletter, Spring, 4-5.
Zilber, S.M. (1994, May) Making the transition from trainee to professional. The Ohio State Counseling Psychology Reunion Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Helping children cope with disaster. Risky Business: Being a kid today, Youth
and Shelter Services Annual Conference,
Enhancing control while reducing blame. Stop Rape on Campus Conference,
Dawson-Threat, J. & Zilber, S. M. (1993, March) "Feminism: Black and White Perspectives" A program for Ames/ISU YWCA.
Enhancing Communication Between Black and White Women.
Zilber, S. M. and Davis, S.,
(1991, November). The Way Up IX,
Zilber, S. M. and McKinney, K.
(1991, April). YWCA sponsored program
Zilber, S. M., McKinney, K., and Constantine, M., (1992, March). The American College Personnel Association, San Francisco, California.
Zilber, S.M. and
Zilber, S. M., Pollard, D. and
Boyd, R. (1991, November). Diversity
Among Women; Empowerment Through Identity Development, Way Up IX,
Zilber, S. M. (1991). Pointing the Way: New Directions for Career Research. A book review of R. A. Young and W. A. Borgen (Eds.) Methodological Approaches to the Study of Career. Contemporary Psychology, 36 710-711.
Zilber, S. M. (1990). Doctoral Dissertation: Attributions as mediators of the relationship between midterm grade and academic and course requirements self-efficacy. Conducted under the advisement of Samuel H. Osipow, Nancy E. Betz, and Donald Dell.
Zilber, S. M. & Osipow, S. H. (1990). Biography on Leona E. Tyler, In A. O'Connell & N. F. Russo (Eds.), Women in Psychology, Greenwood Press.
Zilber, S. M.
& Serling, D. (1990, August). Creating a student advocacy committee to
address research training issues. In
D. Pilon (Chair), Research in psychology: Making
the most of it. Symposium conducted at
the American Psychological Association annual convention,
Zilber, S. M. (1988, August). The Effects of Attributional Styles, Sex, and Task Performance on Task and Career Self-efficacy Expectations. In K. M. Taylor (Chair), Recent applications of self-efficacy theory to career behaviors. Symposium conducted at the APA annual convention. Based on master's thesis.
Zilber, S. M. & Lent, R. (1988, May). Graduate student involvement in Division 17. Presentation and discussion at Great Lakes Regional Conference of Division 17, The Ohio State University, Columbus.
Zilber, S. M. (1987). A professional odyssey: One graduate student's journey through the APA convention. Student Affiliate Group of Division 17 Newsletter, 10, Number 3.
Research Assistant. The Talent Identification Program, Duke University, June 1984 to August 1984. For Drs. R. Sawyer and G. Kimble. Social support systems of academically gifted adolescents.
ORGANIZATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames. Sunday Services Chair, 1991-1993, Pledge Drive Chair, Spring 1994, Ministerial Search Committee, 1994-1995, Committee on Ministry and Publicity Chair, 1995-1998, 5th grade teacher 2000-2001, Director of Religious Education Relations Committee, 2001-2003, Capital Campaign Canvass Visits Coordinator, 2003. Religious Education teacher – 5th graders, 2-4 graders, preschoolers, middle schoolers. Coming of Age Mentor 2004. Religious Education Chair, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 COA Fundraising Coordinator- $20,000 raised, 2010 Our Whole Lives Facilitator- youth sexuality education program, Interim Minister Search Committee 2010.
Neighborhood Organizer, August 2009 to May 2010. Planned two events to address tension between homeowners and renters after crime increase in the neighborhood. Sept 20 event had 46 adults, May 15 event had 117 kids and adults. Assisted in the second event by the Strengthening Neighborhoods Action Group of United Ames.
Newsletter Editor. Iowa Psychological Association. December 2004 to May 2008. Solicit, write, and edit submissions for quarterly professional newsletter, circulation 260.
Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies Standing Committee on Diversity, Diversity Scholarship co-chair. Solicited nominations, selected, and introduced two professionals of color presenting at ACCTA conference October 2004.
Fundraising Committee Member. Beyond Welfare, Ames, IA. March 2001 to July 2002
Art Committee Member. Student Services Building, ISU. October 2000 to September 2002.
Commission artist to develop outdoor sculpture. Raised $1850 in private donations.
Board Member. Children's Museum of Central Iowa, Ames, IA. November 1999 to March 2000
Met weekly to develop new museum encouraging interactive learning. Co-chaired financial development.
Proposal Reviewer. APA Division 35 Psychology of Women, for APA Convention 1993 & 1994.
Board Member. Center for Personal Development,
Met monthly to provide guidance to residential treatment center for adults. Participated in restructuring the services to a shorter term model. Participated in deciding to close the center while still capable of meeting fiscal responsibilities.
Search Committee Member for
Women's Center Director.
Co-founder and Facilitator. Research Training Committee. January 1988 to August 1989.
This student committee developed recommendations and programs to enhance the research training environment within the counseling psychology program. Presented on establishing this group at APA 1990. Met biweekly using consensus process. Conducted research on student perceptions and presented data and recommendations to the faculty.
Participant: Working conference, in the identity task
group: The 3rd National Conference for Counseling Psychology. Division 17, APA.
Inmate Support Volunteer. Man to Man, Woman to Woman: United Way, the
Monthly visits and ongoing correspondence with 38 year-old African-American woman until her release.
EXTENDED TRAINING ATTENDED
Diversity Training. Lee Gardenswartz. Ph.D. and Joy Hawkins. Summer Institute for Intercultural
The Gestalt Approach to "Resistance". Phillip Belzunce, Ph.D., Lalei Guiterrez, Ph.D., Daniel E. Jones, Ph.D., Lynne Kweder, LSW. Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. June 12 & 13, 1998: 14 hours.
Drawing and Writing for Personal Transformation. Lucia Cappacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R. Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio. June 19 & 20, 1998: 10 hours.
Advanced Training in Cognitive Therapy. Barbara Fleming, Ph.D. and James Pretzer, Ph.D., Behavioral Health Associates, Cleveland, Ohio. September 1998– June 1999. 70 hours. Received Certification July 1999.
Iowa Mental Health
and the Law. Alfredo Alvarez,
EMDR (Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing) Level 1 Training. Kay Werk,
LISW. EMDR Institute, Overland Park,
EMDR (Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing) Level 2 Training. William Zangwill, Ph.D. EMDR Institute, Milwaukee, WI.
APA Training Site
Reviewer Training. Committee on
Accreditation. ACCTA Conference, Santa
for the Therapist. John Preston,
Ph.D. New England Education Institute,
Santa Fe, NM.
into the Treatment of Panic, Phobia, and OCD.
Marcia Whisman LCSW. Avila University,
and the Body. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Crime and Effect: Improving Victim Services
Legal Issues in
Behavioral Health in Iowa. Heather
Campbell & Christine Cownie.
Practice in Psychology. Carol Goodheart, Ph.D. Iowa
Psychological Association Conference.
Legal and Ethical
Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice. Jeffrey Younggren,
Ph.D. American Psychological
Association Insurance Trust.
The Power of
Mind-Body Medicine. Mark Weisberg,
Ph.D. Iowa Psychological
Training in Clinical Hypnosis. Michael
Art Therapy and
Anxiety: Healing Through Imagery.
Pamela Hayes, MFT, LMHC, ATR-BC.
Cross Country Education.
Minding the Body:
Somatic Interventions for Enhancing EMDR Effectiveness. Janina Fisher,
Ph.D. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorders. Deb Carnine, LISW, Ames, IA. February 16, May 11, June 1, 2007 . 9 hours
Bodily Harm: Strategies for Treating Those Who Self-Injure. Wendy Lader, Ph.D. Iowa Psychological Association Spring Conference, Amana, IA. April 27, 2007. 6 hours.
Practical Application for You and Your Clients. Thomas Roberts, LCSW, PESI,
Psychologists and the APA Ethics Code.
Stephen Behnke, J.D., Ph.D. Iowa Psychological Association.
The MMPI-2-RF, MCMI-III, MBMD, M-PACI and MACI in Clinical Use. Yossef Ben-Porat, Ph.D., Stephen Strack, Ph.D., and Robert Tringone, Ph.D. Iowa Psychological Association Spring Conference, Des Moines, IA, April 18 & 19, 2008. 12.5 hours
Our Whole Lives
Sexuality Education for Grades 7-12.
Jane Detwiler, UUFA OWL coordinator, and Ben
Attachment and Trauma. Pat Ogden,
Hungers: Eating Disorders, Chemical Dependency, and Depression in Women. Adrienne Ressler,
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Training for the Treatment of Trauma. Celia Grand LCSW, BCD and Joe Gillan MA, Kansas City, MO, 5 weekends, May through November 2009. Level 1 training completed with 80 hours.
Reprocessing Early Trauma and Neglect in Implicit Memory with EMDR. Katie O’Shea M.S. LMHC, St Louis Park, MN March 6 & 7, 2010. 13.5 hours.
Assessing and Managing Risk in Psychological Practice. American Psychological Association Insurance Trust. March 16, 2010. 8 hours
In the Shadows of the Net: What Clinicians should know about Online Sex. David Delmonico Ph.D. and Elizabeth Griffin, M.A. LNFT. Iowa Psychological Association, Perry Iowa. October 10, 2010. 6 hours
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Development, Attachment and Trauma Training. Joe Gillan, MA and Celia Grand LCSW, Kansas City, MO, 10 weekends, September 2010 through November 2011. 160 hours currently completed.
Adventures on the Electronic Frontier: Ethics and Risk Management in the Digital Era. Eric A. Harris, E.D., J.D., Des Moines, IA. American Psychological Association Insurance Trust. June 4, 2011. 6 hours
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome and Related Conditions. Valerie Gaus, Ph.D. Iowa Psychological Association. April 20, 2012. 6 hours
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Skill Building for Level III Certification. Christina Dickinson. Kansas City, MO. August 18, 2012. 6.5 hours
Heart and Soul of Change. Barry Duncan, Psy.D. Iowa Psychological Association. Des Moines, IA. 5 hours
Understanding the Gut Brain: Stress, Appetite, Digestion, and Mood. Merrily Kuhn, R.N., Ph.D.. Institute for Brain Potential. Des Moines, IA. May 3, 2013 6 hours.
Revolutionizing Diagnoses and Treatment Using the DSM-5. Robert Bogenberger, Ph.D. Des Moines, IA, PESI. May 9, 2013. 6 hours
The American Psychological Association
Divisions of Counseling Psychology (17) and Psychology of Women (35)
The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (51)
EMDRIA International Association
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
9to5, National Association of Working Women
Last revision: July 16, 2013
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