St. Bonaventure University

Faculty


Bourdeau, Alison

Alison Bourdeau

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
Counselor Education
ACADEMIC SCHOOL
School of Education

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Assistant Professor, Counselor Education
CONTACT
OFFICE
Teaches online
COURSES TAUGHT
  • CE 511. Advanced Human Growth and Development
  • CE 642. Introduction to Crisis Counseling
ACADEMIC DEGREES
  • Ph.D., Counseling, Florida Atlantic University, 2019
  • M.S.Ed., Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, University of Miami, 2010
  • M.S.Ed., Education, Exceptional Student Education/Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities/English for Speakers of Other Languages, University of Miami, 2005
  • B.S.Ed, Elementary Education K-6 & Psychology, University of Miami, 2002
OTHER EDUCATION
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
I was an exceptional student educator in the State of Florida for more than 10 years, working in settings ranging from early intervention to high school. I also worked as a clinician for the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University for 6 years, providing specialized consultation, training, and support to individuals with autism, their families, schools, and community agencies. 
 
I currently have a private practice in Jupiter, Florida, specializing in working with children and families to address developmental, behavioral, and school challenges, as well as providing specific support to individuals with disabilities. I also provide professional consultations and presentations for community agencies and school on a variety of topics related to neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan. 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Bourdeau, A. (2020). ASD into Adulthood:Managing Challenging Sexual Behaviors. In Whitby, P. S. (2020). Cases on Teaching Sexuality Education to Individuals With Autism (pp. 1-300). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Bourdeau, A. & Cunningham Abbott, A. (2019). Understanding family dynamics. In Cunningham Abbott, A. (2019). Counseling adults with autism: A comprehensive toolkit. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Bourdeau, A. & Cunningham Abbott, A. (2019). Building social cognition skills. In Cunningham Abbott, A. (2019). Counseling adults with autism: A comprehensive toolkit. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My philosophy of teaching is constructivist in nature. Students consistently assessing how material is developing understanding strikes me as an active manner of learning. This ties to observation and basic scientific theory, with the idea that opinions can change based upon new evidence. 
 
My approach to teaching is to facilitate the student in the process of developing meaning on a deeper level. The ultimate goal would be to guide the students in understanding how they individually learn, so that they may utilize critical thinking and problem solving when presented with new information. 
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS
I am researching and developing a treatment manual for counselors to address topics of sex education, sexuality, gender identity, consent, and safety for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder within the clinical setting. 
PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County (NAMI PBC); vice president, Board of Directors 2019-present; board member, 2018-2019.
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