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2018 SDCA Conference: The Magic of Music: Revitalize, Re-Energize, Relax

Catherine Griffith, Ph.D.
Catherine Griffith, Ph.D.
Keynote Speaker

Catherine Griffith, Ph.D.


Dr. Catherine Griffith is an Assistant Professor in the school counselor education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is the Associate Director for the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE). She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and earned her Master's degree and credential in School Counseling at Chapman University in Orange, CA. A passionate advocate for creating school environments that are responsive to under-served students and families, she specializes in using and teaching solution-focused brief counseling at sites to form strength-based and goal-focused sessions to establish a foundation for success. Her primary research activities include the development and validation of strengths-based counseling interventions and assessments. She has worked with children and adolescents in school, clinical, and community settings, and specializes in suicidality, complex grief, power-based personal violence, as well as the development of positive coping skills and resilience among LGBTQ+ youth. In addition, she teaches graduate-level courses in counseling theories and techniques, group counseling in schools, and social and cultural foundations of counseling. Dr. Griffith has presented over 50 skills-training and research-focused workshops both nationally and internationally, and serves on the editorial board for Professional School Counseling.


Location Details

Best Western Ramkota
920 West Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-6870


Lodging Information

SDCA has reserved a block of rooms at the Pierre Best Western Ramkota Hotel at the rate of $94.99 per night. Make your reservations directly with the Pierre Best Western Ramkota Hotel at 605-224-6870 Guests must specify they are with the South Dakota Counseling Association to receive the group rate.

The hotel block will be released on March 15, 2018, and this rate cannot be guaranteed after that time.