Adjunct Instructor Dena DiNardo

Dr. DiNardo began teaching in the Counseling and Family Therapy Program at LaSalle University in January 2014. This is a responsibility that she feels deeply grateful for as it gives her a chance, not only to educate students on the specific learning material, but to also help develop them as emerging Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

She is currently acting as an academic advisor for a specified group of students and she is on the Committee for Professional Development for Marriage and Family Therapy Students. Additionally, she has the honor of sitting on the Written and Oral Comprehensive panels for students achieving requisite program milestones. Recently, the Director of the Program invited Dr. DiNardo and her colleague, Dr. Michael Sude, to give monthly appearances on La Salle TV Programming for a segment called Relationships 101.

LaSalle Television: Relationships 101

What is Marriage and Family Therapy

Healthy Communication


Blended Families

Courses Taught by Dr. DiNarado

PCMF 505 Systems, Systems Thinking and Ethics:

Students are offered an overview of family functioning. Family structure, family development, family health, family dysfunction, and family treatment are considered. Particular emphasis is placed on acquiring a systems perspective and applying that perspective to an understanding of family functioning.  Additionally, this course provides a framework for understanding multicultural/diversity issues and broader systems.  Ethics and self of the therapist issues are addressed as well.

PCMF 616 Contextual Family Therapy:

Explores the convictions, concepts, strategies, and t echniques of Contextual Therapy, a resource-oriented, trust-based modality of healing interventions for individuals, couples, and families. This course is designed to be a thorough exploration of Contextual Family Therapy, and will cover its core beliefs, theoretical concepts, and clinical techniques. Teaches a comprehensive understanding of how Contextual Family Therapy offers methods of healing for individuals, couples, and families based on trustworthiness and commitment to fair give and take. Gives intense focus to ethical considerations, self of the therapist concerns, and diversity issues when working through a Contextual Family Therapy approach.

PCMF 624 Couple and Marital Therapy:

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the issues typically address in couples’ therapy and the ethical considerations when working with couples. Role playing is used to illustrate couples treatment dynamics and intervention strategies from initial contacts through the treatment process. Special issues in couple therapy, such as the relationship history, communication patters, sexual intimacy, and the “couple” relationship vs. the “parenting” relationship, and the impact of the couple relationship on children.

PCC 509 Assessment:*

Review basic psychometric concepts and important variables in the selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of assessment procedures commonly used in master’s level clinical and counseling psychology work. Students complete the assessment instruments for themselves as well as engage in mock feedback sessions for fictitious data.

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