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Charlene M. Kampfe, Ph. D., CRC, NCC, NCGC

Portrait of Charlene KampfeDr. Kampfe teaches graduate courses relating to rehabilitation. She is a CRC, and NCC, and an NCGC. She has received many awards for her teaching. Her high quality teaching is noted both locally and nationally. At the University level she has received at least 6 awards, has received an honorable mention, and has been nominated for other teaching/mentoring awards. At the state level, she received one mentoring award from the president of the state Association for Adult Development and Aging and one award (Sarah Folsom Memorial Award) for teaching and service from the Arizona Rehabilitation Association. At the national level, she has received a number of teaching and mentoring awards, one of which is the 2008 Rehabilitation Educator’s Award of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. In addition, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association named one of their student scholarship programs after her (“Dr. Charlene Kampfe Student Scholarship Award”).

Dr. Kampfe is known for her research and presentations in the field of rehabilitation education and for her pioneer work in the research of the clinical internship of rehabilitation counseling which started in the late 1980s/early 1990s. As primary researcher for ongoing research in this area, she and one or more of her colleagues received two American Counseling Association research awards for the application of a stress and coping model to the clinical internship of rehabilitation counseling interns (i.e., 2002, 2003). This research is the first of its kind, and was started in the 1980s by Dr. Kampfe.

Dr. Kampfe has also known for her work regarding rehabilitation and the older population. She has focused on the relationship between the needs of older people and the services available from rehabilitation counselors. Her first article regarding this topic was published in 1994. Since then, she has worked collaboratively with Dr. Mae Smith, Dr. John Wadsworth, and Dr. Deb Harley; and has been an editorial member of the 34th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues regarding the aging workforce. In addition to the focus on rehabilitation of older people, she has applied the stress and coping model of transition to residential relocation of older people. For this research, she received the Outstanding Research Award from an international counseling honors society (Chi Sigma Iota, 1991). She has also received the Outstanding Article award from the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (1999) for an article that focused on late-onset hearing loss.

Dr. Kampfe has a strong history of service to her profession and her community. She has served as president, member of the board, and chair of many committees for the Association for Adult Development and Aging. She has severed as a member of many committees (chairing several) and has served 2.5 terms on the Governing Council of the American Counseling Association. She has served on the board of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education and the American Counseling Association. She has received several local and national service awards including the Outstanding Member Award from the Arizona Counselors Association. At the national level she has received the Association for Adult Development and Aging Distinguished Service Award, the Government Relations Award from The Association for Adult Development and Aging, and the Government Relations Award from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. She has also received several group awards from the University of Arizona Alumni Association.

Dr. Kampfe has also focused on international/multicultural issues of counseling and rehabilitation counseling specifically. She is listed as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, and she has made professional trips to Mexico, Canada, China and Great Britain, in the quest for cultural understanding. She is currently involved with the University of Arizona/Kenya Taskforce in which students and faculty from the University of Arizona, Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi are interacting to find common interests in rehabilitation and in research in this area. She is working to improve her Keswahili skills. She has served, twice, on the American Counseling Association International Committee, as has chaired the international student presentation panel.


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