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Rebecca Toporek, Ph.D.

Department of Counseling

San Francisco State University














toporek picture Welcome to my faculty web page. Here, you will find information about me, the Career Counseling Specialization, the Counseling Program, the courses I teach, my Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competence web tool, and other projects I am working on. I have summarized some of this information below. Go to the links on the left side of this page, and you will find more detail as well as links to other sites.

My main emphases are career and college counseling, multicultural competence, and social justice and advocacy. These are the arenas in which I live and breathe. I am challenged to continually develop myself both personally and professionally in these areas and hope that I can share that challenge with my students.

I am an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Career Counseling Specialization in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University. Courses I teach include introductory and advanced career counseling, social and cultural foundations, life span development, legal and ethical issues, advanced practicum. You can find syllabi for current courses by following the "My Courses" link in the left navigation.

I am also involved in a number of San Francisco community organizations and initiatives. These include Employment Services of Project Homeless Connect and 7 Tepees Youth Program. In addition, I maintain involvement with colleagues in New Orleans toward recovery of the region, specifically with regard to mental health and education. I am also involved in developing a tool for the internet community of counselors, educators and mental health workers regarding multicultural and social justice in services provision.

My research interests include social justice and multicultural training, attitudes toward race and poverty, the role of systemic interventions in addressing discrimination, and career and college counseling. I was fortunate to participate in the founding of Counselors for Social Justice of the American Counseling Association and was a co-editor of the 2009 Journal of Counseling and Development: Special Section on ACA Advocacy Competencies, ACA Advocacy Competencies: A social justice framework for counselors, the Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling and Psychology and the Handbook of Multicultural Competencies. Other publications include numerous chapters and articles in the areas of advocacy, multicultural counseling, supervision, training, and cultural equivalence in career assessment. I am currently co-editor of the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology and have served on the editorial boards of journals including The Counseling Psychologist, Cultural and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and Career Development Quarterly.

My Training and Experience
I received my doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters degree in Community Counseling from the University of Oregon. I worked at the University of California, Berkeley, in Counseling and Psychological Services as a predoctoral intern and postdoctoral fellow.

Prior to receiving my doctoral degree, I was blessed to work as a counselor and administrator at Mission College for two years and DeAnza College for 6 years. Community college counseling is very close to my heart. The best mentors and the people who challenged me to start a lifetime journey of multicultural awareness came from DeAnza College especially Jacqueline Reza and Shirley Kawazoe. Other wonderful mentors have continued to challenge and support me and for that I am so thankful. Thanks to Janet Helms, Don Pope-Davis, Derald Wing Sue, Patricia Arredondo, Allen Ivey, Thomas Parham, Judy Daniels, Michael D'Andrea, Judy Lewis, Will Liu, and many, many, many others.

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