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Bearce, Jacqueline

SOPC program and field placement coordinator, Springfield
Senior Instructor
University of Massachusetts/Amherst
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Psychology & Counseling

Academic Focus

Mental Health Counseling and School Adjustment Counseling

Community Involvement

Am becoming involved in peace and diversity focused political groups in my home community of Amherst, MA.

Courses Taught

CCP 754 - Perspectives on Cross Cultural Counseling
CCP 622 - Ethics and Professional Issues for School Counselors and Mental Health Practitioners.
CCP 520, CCP 641, CCP 700 and CCP 701 - Practicum and Internship classes/seminars.


Ed.D. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Counseling Psychology
M.Ed. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Counseling Psychology
M.A. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Speech and Language Pathology
B.A. - Merrimack College - Biology and Chemistry


Now is the only time there is. I trust students’ current experience and their ability to use their “here and now” experience to gain insight,  understanding and empathy into their clients’ possible “here and now” experience during the counseling session.

Professional Experience
  • Counseling Center Director, Amherst College, Amherst, MA. 2001-2014.
  • Staff Psychologist, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 1991-2001.
  • Private Psychology Practice, Northampton, MA  1981-1991.
  • Clinical Director, WW Johnson Life Center, Springfield, MA, 1981-1988
  • Clinical Supervisor, Mount Tom Institute, Holyoke, MA, 1979-1981
  • Practicum and Clinical Internships in various mental health settings, 1975-1979.
Awards & Recognitions
  • NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences: Emerita Recognition, 2017
  • Center for Human Development, Springfield, MA, Board Member Recognition, 1997-2003.
Research & Publications

Ritvo, R. and Bearce, J., The T-Group: Effective Members and Trainers. NTL Institute, Alexandria, VA., 2006

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences. Professional Member since 1982. I served on the Board of directors from 2000 to 2004 and chaired the Ethics and the Nominations Committees while on the Board. I have further served on various other standing and ad hoc committees over the years.