Tres Stefurak, Ph.D.
Office Hours

UCOM 3813
Office hours
by appointment
Ph: (251) 380-2861
Fax: (251) 380-2713
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Tres Stefurak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Professional Studies
Counseling Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

B.A., Psychology, University of Georgia, 1996
M.Ed., Community Counseling, University of Georgia, 2000
Pre-Doctoral Internship: University of Virginia, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, 2003-2004
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia, 2004
Alabama Licensed Psychologist #1356
Teaching Philosophy

Most instructional duties occur with graduate students seeking to become mental health professionals. Therefore, my style of teaching is focused on both mastering understanding of abstract concepts informed by theory and empirical research, but also demonstration of clinical competencies. My instruction is also informed by my conceptualization of the developmental needs of students and meeting them where they are. My values around teaching sit in three broad areas: a) democratic and egalitarian learning environments, b) pluralism and respect for the complexity and diversity of human experience and ideas, c) pragmatism - viewing the goals of instruction as tied to results that have a real effect on how students will act and experience their future work.

I am primarily interested in two broad areas: a) adolescent youths placed at-risk, specifically juvenile offenders, and youth involved in the child welfare system, b) psychology of religion & spirituality focused on issues such as mental health symptoms, help-seeking, coping, and prejudice. I have lead a collaborative research program alongside my colleague Valerie Bryan in social work and partnering with the juvenile court and called the Mobile Juvenile Court Collaborative (MJCC). The MJCC conducts collaborative research focused on issues involving the psychosocial needs of juvenile offenders as well as systemic factors that impact the way in which systems intersect with such youth. The MJCC also conducted research with St. Mary's Home focused on systemic issues affecting how organizations intersect with traumatized youth in the child welfare system.
This project, the Mobile Juvenile Court Collaborative, has provided clinical internship training for approximately 30 graduate trainees in counseling and psychology since 2008, and approximately 14,000 hours of free, supervised mental health services including individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and psychological assessments to juvenile offenders in that same time period. The MJCC also works with St. Mary's Home to conduct systemic interventions to implement trauma-informed care practices within this residential center for youth involved in the child welfare system.

I grew up in various areas of the southeast including LA, MS, NC, GA & VA (actually I moved 13 times before I was 18). I spent my adolescence and young adulthood in Georgia in areas surrounding Atlanta. I have three degrees from the University of Georgia and bleed red and black. I have two children who occupy the majority of my time. When I'm not having fun or herding kids, I spend my time playing guitar badly, thinking of ways to improve services for at-risk youth, and trying not to read too many sci-fi novels and comic books.




CCP 756 - Psychology Practicum

CED 562 - Addictions Counseling