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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Training School Professionals & Mental Health Professionals
in counseling and trauma-informed care for a multicultural society
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Margaret Slaska, MA, MS, LMFT

Director, M.A. in Education, Concentration in Counseling Program (Hybrid Online) Maggie Slaska

Margaret Slaska received an MA in Women’s Studies and an MS in Counselling, MFT, both from SDSU.  Her doctoral research examines cultural discourses of trauma and resiliencies, narrative therapy, domestic violence and sexual assault.  She is the Program Director for the MA Education, Concentration in Counseling and Trauma-informed Care Certificate (Hybrid Online) program. She also teaches with the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Women’s Studies Department. She has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocacy field and currently practices with Narrative Health Initiatives in Collaboration with the Center for Health and Wellbeing, an integrative medical center.

Research & Teaching Interests:

Social constructionist and feminist theories of trauma, intersectionality, and empowerment; Women and sexuality; Resiliencies, protests, and resistance to the effects of trauma; Globalization and Identity; Engaging students in critical service learning and social justice initiatives.

Professional Interests:

Clinical specialization in Narrative and Solution-focused therapies; Domestic violence, sexual assault and resiliencies to traumatic events; GLBTQ communities.

Recent Selected Professional Presentations:

Trauma, Resiliency and Collective Sustainability, San Diego County District Attorney Victim-Witness Assistance Program, San Diego, July, 2017

Service Learning, SDSU Be Hip Student Conference: High Impact Learning Practices, San Diego, San Diego, 2016

Narrative Approaches to Domestic Violence Couples Counseling Assessment, San Diego State University, Dede Alpert Center for Community Engagement, San Diego, 2015. 

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Crisis Intervention and Advocacy, International Family Justice Center Conference, 2007 

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence in LBGTQ Communities, San Diego Gay and Lesbian Center Youth Center, 2004

Women’s Activism in Latin America, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, 2003

Globalization and International Solidarity Movements, Southern California Women's Studies Association Conference. 2002


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