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Dr. Barbara Mahaffey
February 07, 2017 : OUC Professor Barbara Mahaffey selected to present at IAMFC conference

OUC Professor Barbara Mahaffey selected to present at IAMFC conference


Ohio University Chillicothe Associate Professor, Dr. Barbara Mahaffey, was recently selected to present an education session at the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors conference in New Orleans, La. Feb. 3 – 4, 2017.


Mahaffey’s presentation was titled, “Creative Couples Counseling Directive Techniques: Advanced ways to Help Clients Connect and Communicate.”


Through this presentation, Mahaffey was able to demonstrate several techniques she has created to help clients understand cultural and characteristic differences, motivation and brain differences, and how they can create communications barriers.


“I was able to exhibit numerous methods I share with my students in the Human Services Technology program,” said Mahaffey. “This presentation was a peer reviewed acceptance to be a conference presenter and it was the most exciting conference acceptance in my lifetime.”


Conference attendees could sit in on Mahaffey’s presentation to explore techniques such as nonthreatening ways for counselors to help clients discuss their family rule book issues, diversities, barriers, and life issues. It also included take away activities which were cathartic and promoted client self-disclosure, insight, and problem resolution.


In addition to presenting at the IAMFC this year, Mahaffey has had several other accomplishments in the realm of scholarship and academics. She published an article titled “Applying Reality Therapy’s WDEP Tenants to Assist Couples in Creating New Communications Strategies” in the Family Journal with co-author and theorist Dr. Robert Wubbolding. Additionally, her article, “Teaching Diversity in Introduction to Human Services: Using a Miscommunication Model to Enrich Student Insights,” was published in the National Organization of Human Service Educators and she wrote the conjoint family therapy entry for the Sage Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling in 2016.


Mahaffey is the coordinator for the Human Services Technology program at OUC, an associate degree track with a generalist approach to jobs and services such as mental health, prevention services, social services and chemical dependency.


She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication, master’s degree in education in community counseling from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in education with a major in counselor education from The Ohio State University. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervising counselor credential who specializes in marriage, couples and family counseling.