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Bellah Kiteki Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counseling

On Faculty since 2015
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Dr. Bellah Kiteki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Ohio) and a National Certified Counselor. She received her M.A. in Kiswahili Studies from University of Nairobi, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Kiteki’s teaching experience began as a high school teacher in Kenya. She has previously worked with adolescents and adults with chemical and substance abuse issues. Her research interests are primarily with refugees, particularly refugee youth from Africa. In her dissertation work, she focused on social support in the adjustment of African adolescent refugees in resettlement. She also continues with her volunteer work with refugees through refugee resettlement agencies.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision

Bowling Green State University
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling

University of Nairobi, Kenya
M.A., Kiswahili Studies

Moi University, Kenya
B.Ed., Christian Religious Education and Kiswahili Studies

  • Clinical Supervision
  • African Refugee Mental Health and Resilience
  • Multiculturalism
  • American Counseling Association (2004-present)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2004-present)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (2017-present)
  • North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2015-present)
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Practicum
  • Internship
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Counseling in Mental Health Settings
  • Spirituality and Religion in Counseling
  • Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Addictions in Counseling
  • Foundations of Integration I & II

Kiteki, B. N. (2016). The Case for Resilience in African Refugees: A Literature Review and
      Suggestions for Future Research. VISTAS, 66, 1 – 21. Article available at
      http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/vistas.

 Watson, T., Kiteki, B., & Yoo, H. (2019, March). Fostering ethical practice through clinical
    supervision: emerging trends in psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy.
    Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the Christian Association for
    Psychological Studies
: Irving, TX.

Kiteki, B. N. (2017, July). Religion and Spirituality as sources of resilience in working with
    African refugees: lessons from Rwanda. Education session presented at the Annual  
    Conference for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling

    Richmond, VA.

Watson, T., & Kiteki, B. N., Yoo, H. (2017, March). Fostering diversity competence and
    advocacy skills in clinical supervision. Education session presented at the Annual
    Conference for the Christian Association for Psychological Studies
: Lombard, IL.

Kiteki, B. N. (2015, October). The mental health and well-being of refugee youth: from
      trauma to resilience-based focus. Education session presented at the Annual Conference
      for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
: Philadelphia, PA.

Kiteki, B. N., Guth, L. J., Asner-Self, K., Strentzsch, J., Clarke, L., Shannon, D., Scott, A.
    (2015, March). International counseling in the warm heart of Africa: counselor reflections
    and current research. Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the
    American Counseling Association
: Orlando, FL.

Kiteki, B. N., Pope, A., Carter-Morrison, S., & Kemer, G. (2013, October). “In our own
      words:” experiences of new faculty in counselor education programs. Education session
      presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Counselor Education and
      Supervision
: Denver, CO.

Kiteki, B. N., Borders, L. D., Chung, M., Kemer, G., & Lima, C. (2011, October). Counseling 
      supervision in Brazil, Kenya, South Korea, and Turkey: relevance of U.S. supervision
      models. Roundtable discussion session presented at the Annual Conference for the
      Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
: Nashville, TN.

Kiteki, B. N. (2011, March). Pre-, peri-, and post-migration experiences and adjustment of
     Adolescent refugees in the United States: implications for counselors. Poster session
     presented at the Annual Conference for the American Counseling Association: New
     Orleans, LA.

Kiteki, B. N., Borders, L. D., Chung, M., Kemer, G., & Ying, X. (2009, March). Development
    of counseling in China, Kenya, South Korea, and Turkey: successes and challenges.
    Education session presented at the Annual Conference for the American Counseling
    Association
: Charlotte, NC. 

Sweeney, T. J., Myers, J. E., Bigbee, A. L., Brunelli, M., Hofmeier, S., Hodges, E., Ivers,
     N. Kardatzke, K., Kiteki, B. N., Makinson, L., Pope, A., & Welch, M. (2007, October).
    Adlerian theory and practice: early recollections, abreaction, and second order change.
    Education session presented at the Annual Conference for Licensed Professional
    Counselors of North Carolina
: Durham, NC.

Dr. Kiteki has been a recipient of two grants. The first enabled her to attend a Multicultural Trauma Training Institute in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition to her main research interest areas (African refugee youth and clinical supervision), Dr. Kiteki has also been a Co-recipient of a grant towards the good neighbor project, a project that explores the attitudes of White Christians, inter-group contact, and good Samaritan. Additionally, together with her Research Assistants, she continues to explore different aspects of African refugee youth, most recently a 10-year review of their mental health as well as content analysis research in her secondary research interest- spirituality and religion in counselor education and supervision.