Dr. Taqueena Quintana is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), national certified counselor (NCC), approved clinical supervisor (ACS), board certified telemental health counselor (BC-TMH), counselor educator, author and consultant. She has over 12 years experience in education and counseling within various settings including K-12 institutions, colleges/universities, private practice, military installations, hospitals, and community mental health agencies. Dr. Quintana is dedicated to supporting and preparing the next generation of professional counselors to serve historically excluded groups and communities. She has presented nationally and internationally at various counseling conferences and has published peer-reviewed articles that focus on culturally responsive practices in counseling. Her research interests include counseling military-connected youth, clinical supervision, school-based mental health, supporting students with disabilities, anti-racist counseling, and telemental health.
Dr. Quintana was awarded for her work in advocating for underserved, underrepresented and marginalized communities by the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program. Through NBCC, she currently volunteers as a mentor for emerging professional counselors who serve similar populations. Dr. Quintana holds holds a B.A. in History with a Minor in Puerto Rican, Africana and Latin American Studies from CUNY Hunter College, an M.S.Ed. in Teaching Students with Disabilities and an M.S.Ed. in School Counseling, both from CUNY Brooklyn College, and an Ed.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Argosy University- Northern Virginia.
2018: EdD-Counselor Education and Supervision, Argosy University
2013: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Medaille College
2012: MSEd-School Counseling, CUNY Brooklyn College
2010: MSEd-Teaching Students with Disabilities, CUNY Brooklyn College
2008: B.A- History/Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, CUNY Hunter College
2005: A.A- Liberal Arts and Mass Communications, CUNY Medgar Evers College
I believe that in being an effective instructor, one must create a safe learning environment that is interactive, collaborative and learner-centered. The instructor’s responsibility is to promote problem solving, critical thinking and self-examination in order to prepare students for their future work as counselors. In teaching at the graduate level, it is important for the instructor to accommodate various learning styles and acknowledge the unique needs and assets of all students in order to enhance the educational experience (Svinicki & McKeachie, 2014). Through video, lecture, case vignettes, in-person/online discussion, role-plays, fieldwork, experiential activities, class readings and group activities, students are able to connect with course content, engage in application and expand their understanding on a number of levels. With respect and recognition of students’ strengths, an atmosphere of learning and self-reflection is established. Throughout the self-examination process, students are able to engage in the necessary work of fine-tuning themselves as practitioners. As a counselor educator, it is important to develop a safe collaborative learning environment for growth and self-reflection to take place.
My mission as a counselor educator is to be accessible to students in and out of the classroom to assist them in becoming exceptional counselors. My goal is for my students combines the embracing of wellness and balance, engaging in ongoing professional development, and contributing to the counseling profession. I am focused on helping to develop equity-minded, culturally responsive counselors, researchers, supervisors and leaders who are advocates for the profession along with their clients. To be an outstanding counselor educator, I must be willing to learn from my students, as well as other professionals, in order to further enhance my skills, advance my professional development and model lifelong learning.
Spencer Gwyn, N., Hurt, C., Quintana, T., Watson, L. & Poindexter Ham, N. (In Review) Coming Together: School Counselors, Counselor Supervisors, and Counselor Educators of Color Use of Peer Consultation Practices to Promote Resiliency, Wellness, and Advocacy. Professional School Counseling (PSC).
Quintana, T. S., & Cole, R. F. (2021). Forward march: Implementing the ASCA National Model to support military-connected students. Journal of School Counseling, 19(7). http:/www.jsc.montana.edu/articles/v19n7.pdf
Quintana, T. S. (2020). The School Counselor’s Role in Supporting Military-Connected Youth. In M. Rausch & L. Gallo (Eds.), Strengthening School Counselor Advocacy and Practice for Important Populations and Difficult Topics. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Quintana, T. S. (2020). Social Anxiety Disorder. In M. Shillingford-Butler & T. Gonzalez (Eds.), Demystifying the DSM-5 for School Counselors. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
Quintana, T.S. & Alexis, S.E. (2020). Making SUPERVISION Work: An ASCA National Model Publication. Alexandria, VA: ASCA.
Quintana, T.S. & Gooden-Alexis, S.E. (July 2021). Making Supervision Work. Presented at the 2021 American School Counselor Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
Quintana, T.S. (July 2021). School Counselor Self-Care. Presented at the 2021 American School Counselor Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
Riggio, M.B., Trahan, D.P., Spann, R.T., & Quintana, T.S. (June 2021). Leading an Antiracist Counselor Education Program. Presented at the 2021 Association for Multicultural Counseling Development 3rd Annual Virtual Conference.
Cole, R.F. & Quintana, T.S. (April 2021). That We May Serve: Effective Telemental Health Services to the Military Population. Presented at the 2021 Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling 4th Annual Virtual Conference.
Smith, J., & Quintana, T.S. (October 2020). Medicine for the Mind and Body: Incorporating Wellness in Schools through Culture and Community. Presented at the 2020 International School Counselor Association Annual Conference, Virtual.
Quintana, T.S. (September 2019). Another World: Military-Connected Youth in Transition Beyond Borders. Presented at the 2019 European Branch-American Counseling Association Annual Conference, Vienna, Austria.
Quintana, T.S., & Cole R.F. (September 2019). Forward March: Military-Connected Youth in Transition. Presented at the 2019 Mediterranean Region Counselors Association Annual Conference, Naples, Italy.
Cole R.F., & Quintana, T.S. (September 2019). Resiliency in Action: Tackling Military Deployments One Stage at a Time. Presented at the 2019 Mediterranean Region Counselors Association Annual Conference, Naples, Italy.
Quintana, T.S., & Alvarez, J.M. (June 2019). Justice for All: Advocacy for Students with Disabilities. Presented at the 2019 American School Counselor Association Conference, Boston, MA.
Edirmanasinghe, N., Quintana, T.S., Brant-Rajahn, S., & Humphrey, E. (July 2018). Recruiting and Keeping Graduate Students of Color. Presented at the 2018 American School Counselor Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
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