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Coombs, Ashley E.

Coombs, Ashley E.

Asst Professor
Counselor Education & Student Affairs
610-683-1557
Old Main 417
coombs@kutztown.edu
  • Degrees
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from Shippensburg University
    Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
    Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
  • Background Information
    Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-PA)
    Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
    Board Certified National Counselor (NCC)
    Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
  • Biography
    Dr. Coombs is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education and Student Affairs department at Kutztown University.

    Dr. Coombs possesses a strong counselor identity, and continues to work with clients via independent practice. She has worked in a variety of settings as a counselor, including residential treatment, community/family-based therapy, outpatient and private practice. Her counseling experiences involve working with individuals, couples, families and groups concerning issues of substance use, mental health diagnoses, life transitions and grief/loss.

    Prior experiences in teaching are at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Coombs instructed courses related to the field of psychology (e.g., Abnormal Psychology, Human Development). At the graduate level, Dr. Coombs instructed content-based courses and supervised counseling practicum experiences for Master's level students.

    Dr. Coombs also possesses a strong service and leadership identity, which is expressed through contributions to professional counseling organizations. Currently, Dr. Coombs is the Conference Committee Chair of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) Professional Development Committee, Secretary of the PCA Committee for Anti-Racism and Inclusive Access (CARIA), Co-Vice-Chair of the International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling (IARTC) Membership Committee, and immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania Association for Specialists in Group Work (PASGW). Past leadership positions include: Conference Volunteer Coordinator for PCA, Secretary-Treasurer of PASGW, President of Chi Sigma Iota-Iota Upsilon Pi Chapter, Conference Volunteer Coordinator for ASGW, Graduate Student Liaison of PCA.
  • Associations/Memberships
    American Counseling Association (ACA)
    Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
    Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
    Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
    International Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
    International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling (IARTC)
    Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)
    Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)
    Pennsylvania Association for Specialists in Group Work (PASGW)
    Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (PACES)
    North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES)
  • Publications
    Recent Conference Presentations:

    Coombs, A. E., & Sager-Heinrichs, B. (2020, November). Avoiding burnout before graduation: Wellness in the professional identities of doctoral students. Education session accepted to the biennial conference of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Andrews, R., & Coombs, A. E. (2020, April). Counselor self-marketing: Strategies and tips for maximizing employability. Education session accepted to the annual conference of the Chi Sigma Iota Statewide Conference, Shippensburg, PA.

    Shannon, E., Peace, E., & Coombs, A. E. (2020, February). Changing the code: A case for reframing the ACA's approach to multicultural competency. Roundtable session presented at the annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference, New Orleans, LA.

    Coombs, A. E., & Sager-Heinrichs, B. (2019, November). The struggle is real: Understanding wellness and counselor educator-in-training professional identity development. Education session presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, State College, PA.

    Peace, E., & Coombs, A. E. (2019, November). Politicizing self-care: Understanding the needs of social justice counseling advocates in today's global context. Poster session presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, State College, PA.

    Coombs, A. E., & Sager-Heinrichs, B. (2019, October). The hardest balancing act: Maintaining wellness as a counselor-educator-in-training while avoiding professional identity burnout. Roundtable session presented at the biennial conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Seattle, WA.

    Coombs, A. E., & Corbett-Contorchick, L. (2019, February). Re-imagining a competency-based approach to multicultural supervision: An ethical imperative. Roundtable session presented at the Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference, New Orleans, LA.

    Coombs, A. E. (2018, November). Raising certification standards for addiction counselors: Implications and advocacy for the profession. Roundtable session presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Coombs, A. E., & Lasinsky, E. (2018, November). Walking our talk: The role of wellness in the professional identity of counselors. Roundtable session presented at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Desmond, K. J., Mallis, S., Andrews, R., & Coombs, A. E. (2018, April). Continued professional development: Is a PhD for me? Roundtable session presented at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Research Interests
    Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competency
    Group Work
    Co-Occurring Trauma & Addiction
    Wellness and Professional Identity Development of Doctoral Students
  • Class Schedule
    Term Days Start Time End Time Course Location
    Fall 2022 M 5:00PM 7:50PM COU 507 101 OM278
    Fall 2022 T 5:00PM 7:50PM COU 507 102 OM287
    Fall 2022 H 5:00PM 7:50PM COU 562 101 OM125