Meet our faculty.

Colette Fleuridas


Professional Overview: 

Professor in the Counseling Department with expertise in and a passion for counselor self-care (holistic and integrative health and wellness) and an integrative and holistic approach to counseling and community enagement with a focus on social and earth justice and animal welfare.  Research includes an interest in the integration of evidence-based spirituality and mindfulness into clinical practice.

School of Education » Counseling Department
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Filippi Academic Hall - 221

Email: cfleurid@stmarys-ca.edu                                         

Phone: (925) 631-8870 (best to email)
Mail: P.O. Box 4350, Saint Mary's College


  • Ph.D. Counseling and Human Development, University of Iowa, 1987
  • M.A. Counseling and Human Development, University of Iowa, 1983
  • M.A. Religion, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1979
  • B.A. Religion, Chapman College, 1975

Professional Licenses & Certifications:

  • Marriage and Family Therapist - State of California (January 1991)

Professional Experience

Professional Experience:

  • Program Director/Department Chair, Counseling Department/Graduate Counseling Program - Saint Mary's College (1994-2003; 2013-2014)
  • Program Chair, Graduate Psychology - California State University, Chico (1993-1994)
  • Psychotherapist and Clinical Director - Various locations, including private practice (1983-1995)

Teaching Experience:

  • Full Professor, Counseling Department/Graduate Counseling Program - Saint Mary's College (1999-Present)
  • Associate Professor, Graduate Counseling Program - Saint Mary's College (1994-1999)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology. - California State University, Chico (1989-1994)

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • COUN 222 Personal and Professional Development of Counselors
  • COUN 523 Group Theory and Practice
  • COUN 230 Theories of Counseling

Regularly Taught:

  • COUN 252 Advanced Clinical Theories and Practice.


College and School faculty governance:

  • KSOE Ecoliteracy Committe (2014-2016)
  • Rank and Tenure Committee
    (September 2011 - May 2014; see below for additonal dates of service on this committee)
    Elected member; The Rank and Tenure Committee makes recommendations to the President on tenure and promotion of ranked faculty, and makes recommendations to the Provost on reappointment subsequent to interim reviews.
  • Program faculty and KSOE dean search committees
    (August 2009 - April 2011)
  • Faculty Welfare Committee
    (September 01, 2008 - May 2010)
    An elected member to the Faculty Welfare Committee; includes service on other faculty/administrative committees, including the faculty salary task force
  • Academic Policies Committee
    (September 01, 2008 - May 20, 2010)
    Program faculty representative to the School of Education's Academic Policies Committee, curriculum and policy development.
  • Faculty Development Committee
    (September 01, 2005 - May 20, 2007)
    Appointed position, review and approve SMC faculty development grant requests.
  • SMC Rank and Tenure Committee
    (November 2004 - June 2005)
    Elected member; representing the SOE faculty; review SMC faculty for promotion and tenure.
  • SMC James Irvine Foundation Campus Diversity Initiative executive committee
    (September 2003 - June 2004)
    Oversee grant activity.
  • SMC WASC Steering Committee
    (September 2002 - June 2004)
    SOE representative to the SMC WASC Steering Committee (2002-2004).
  • Co-Chair, SMC WASC Educational Effectiveness Diversity Team
    (September 2002 - May 2004)
    Appointed co-chair to the WASC Educational Effectiveness Diversity Team; see report for more information.
  • Educational Policies Board and the Graduate Policies Committee
    (September 2001 - May 2003)
    Elected faculty member to both committees.
  • Faculty Committed for Integrating Technology with Teaching Committee
    (September 2001 - May 2002)
  • SOE's Academic Policies Committee
    (September 2001 - May 2002)
  • Committee on Minority Presence
    (September 1998 - May 2000)
    Member on this and numerous other ad hoc related committees.
  • SMC Academic Senate
    (September 1997 - May 1999)
    Elected SOE faculty representative to the Senate.
  • Co-Chair, the SMC President’s Celebrating Diversity Committee
    (September 1997 - May 1999)
    See annual reports for more information.
  • Saint Mary’s College Diversity Task Force
    (January 1996 - May 2000)
    Co-founder and co-chair of Saint Mary’s College Diversity Task Force (1996-2000) and co-chair of the Education and Diversity Training Committee (1997-2000).
  • American Association of University Professors, Executive Committee, SMC Chapter
    (1996 - 1997)
    A member of the Executive Committee of the Saint Mary’s College chapter of the American Association of University Professors
  • School of Education's Administrative Council
    (September 01, 1994 - May 20, 2002)
  • Member of the SOE's Program Directors' Council
    (September 1994 - May 2003)
  • SOE Curriclum Committee
    (September 1994 - May 1996)
  • Director, Graduate Counseling Program
    (June 01, 1994 - July 31, 2003)
    Provided leadership for the shared governance of a master's degree program in counseling (students grew from apx. 70 to 120).


  • Institute of Noetic Sciences: Member.
    (2004 - 2012)
  • The Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies, executive board member.
    (2003 - 2006)
    Executive Board Member (2003-2006)
  • Association for Humanistic Psychology: Member. (2000 - 2016)
  • American Association of University Professors: Member. (1996 - 2002)
  • Association for Transpersonal Association.
    (1995 - 2016)
    Executive Committee Member (2006-2009)
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists: Clinical Member. (1989 - Present)
  • American Psychological Association: Member.
    (1986 - Present)


Selected Presentations

  • On-line survey of religious, spiritual, and paranormal experiences, beliefs, and values. Fleuridas, Colette (paper, primary presenter)
    World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality; New Delhi, India

    Preliminary analyses and results of the first 500 respondents to an on-line survey (results posted on research web site: http://www.spiritresearch.org/SRVBE.results.100slides.2007.pdf).
    (January 2008)
  • On-line survey of religious, spiritual, and paranormal experiences, beliefs, and values; The first 500 respondents: Some preliminary analyses.. Fleuridas, Colette (paper)
    American Psychological Association Annual Conference; San Francisco, CA.
    (August 2007)
  • Integrating transpersonal psychology and spiritual/religious issues into a more traditional curriculum: Challenges, successes, and sharing resources.. Fleuridas, Colette and Lukoff, David (talk, speech or lecture)
    Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies 2005 Symposium, Petaluma, California.
    (May 2005)
  • The Spiritual and Religious Values, Beliefs and Experiences Survey: Initial Findings related to AWE.. Fleuridas, Colette (panel or forum member)
    Awe to Action Conference. San Francisco, CA.
    (July 2004)
  • Racism and Multiculturalism: Our Personal Journeys.. Fleuridas, Colette, Heid, Laura, Parish, Mary and Lee, Wanda (panel or forum member)
    American Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Portland, OR.
  • Promoting Family Empowerment: The Role of the Child Care Professional.. Fleuridas, Colette and Bordin, Judy (talk, speech or lecture)
    Northern California Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. Rocklin, CA.
  • Family Functioning and Connection with Nature as a Child related to Adult Psychological Adjustment. Fleuridas, Colette, Worden, Daniel and Vela, Eddie (poster)
    The 51st National, Annual Conference for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. Anaheim, CA.
    Co-presented with graduate student Daniel Worden (1st author) and Dr. Eddie Vela (3rd author), Anaheim, California.
  • Building Self-Esteem to Make Healthy Lifestyle Choice. Fleuridas, Colette (talk, speech or lecture)
    Campus Wellness Center Forum, California State University, Chico
  • Family Functioning and Parental Alcoholism Related to Adult Psychological Adjustment.. Riley, Lionne and Fleuridas, Colette (poster)
    The 51st National, Annual Conference for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. Anaheim, CA.
  • Family Functioning and Clinical Symptoms: Adults Molested as Children.. Forester-Foong, Da Lene, Fleuridas, Colette and Herringer, Lawrence (poster)
    The 51st National, Annual Conference for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. Anaheim, CA.

Inservice Trainings or Seminars

  • Integrating Theory, Reserach, and Practice: Toward an integral, holistic approach to care for self and others. Fleuridas, Colette (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter)
    The Center for Integrative Psychology, Alliant University
    Day long seminar/workshop for clinicians, professors, and graduate students.
    (April 04, 2009)
  • Integrating Spirituality into Psychotherapy.. Fleuridas, Colette (invited)
    Faculty Inservice Training Workshop; Moraga, CA.
    (January 2002)
  • Resources and Experiences for Celebrating Diversity and Unlearning Racism.. Fleuridas, Colette (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    One-day Institute for Saint Mary's College Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential students.
  • Unlearning Racism: Diversity training.. Fleuridas, Colette and Gokul, Ram (invited)
    Saint Mary's College Counseling Center


  • Integral evolution: Wilber, Reich, and Levashov. Blasband, Richard and Fleuridas, Colette
    Esalen, Big Sur, California
    (June 2007)



  • Fleuridas, C., & Krafcik, D.  (2019). Beyond four forces: The evolution of psychotherapy. Sage Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244018824492
  • Fleuridas, C. (2008). Review: Encyclopedia of Religious and Spiritual Development. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, Vol. 18, Iss. 2, 164-168.
  • Fleuridas, C., Creevey, K. & Vela, E. (1997). Sexual risk taking in college students and functional families of origin.. Families, Systems & Health: The Journal of Collaborative Family Health Care, Vol. 15(2), 185-202.
  • Scofield, T. R., White, L. J. & Fleuridas, C. (1997). Relating training to changes in behavior, case conceptualization, and therapeutic outcome.. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families., Vol. 5, 4-18.
  • White, L. J., Rosenthal, D. M and Fleuridas, C. 1993. Accountable supervision through systematic data collection: Using single-case designs., Counselor Education and Supervision., vol. 33, pg.32-46
  • Fleuridas, C. (1993). Understanding women.. In Kimball, G. (Ed.), Everything you need to know to succeed after college.. Chico, CA.: Equity Press..
  • Fleuridas, C., Rosenthal, D. M., Leigh, G. K. & Leigh, T. E. (1990). Family Goal Recording: An adaptation of Goal Attainment Scaling for enhancing family therapy and assessment.. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy., Vol. 16, 389-406.
  • Fleuridas, C. (1987). The stress of unemployment: Its effects on the family and treatment.. In Rosenthal, D. M. and Hansen, J. C.(Eds.), Family stress. The family therapy collections.. Rockville, MD: Aspen.
  • Fleuridas, C., Nelson, T. S. & Rosenthal, D. M. (1986). The evolution of circular questions: Training family therapists.. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Vol. 12, 113-127.
  • Colangelo, N. and Fleuridas, C. "The abdication of childhood.." Journal of Counseling and Development 64 (1986): 561-563

Active Research Projects

The research of spiritual experience, practice, beliefs and values; the interface of spirituality, health, and counseling.

Current: Continue to engage in the two projects identified below.  In spring 2018, the SpiritResearch.org research web page is taken down after almost 2 decades; data from the survey has been downloaded and data analyses has begun.


Fall 2014: Conducted a review of the literature and wrote two papers: Beyond four forces: The evolution of psychotherapy Part I and Part II (Part II was co-authored with Dr. Drew Krafcik, SMC, Counseling Department). Both papers submitted for review in February, 2015; papers synthesized into one paper and resubmitted in September, 2016. This resulted in the publication of: Fleuridas, C., & Krafcik, D.  (2019). Beyond four forces: The evolution of psychotherapy. Sage Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244018824492

Fall 2007: Analyzed and presented research from web survey on spiritual and religious values, beliefs, practices, and experiences to the American Psychology Association Annual Conference (August 2007, in San Francisco) and to the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality (January 2008, in New Delhi, India).

Also had a sabbatical in 2001 to set up the research web page and do a review of the literature.


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