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Mark Stauffer

Core Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mark D. Stauffer, PhD, NCC, is a core faculty in the mental health counseling program at Walden University. He specialized in couples, marriage, and family counseling during his graduate work in the Counselor Education Program at Portland State University where he received his master’s degree. He received his doctoral degree from Oregon State University, Department of Teacher and Counselor Education.
As a clinician, Dr. Stauffer has worked in the Portland Metro Area in Oregon at crises centers and other non-profit organizations working with low income individuals, couples and families, homeless adults and youth. He has studied and trained in the Zen tradition, and presents locally and nationally on meditation and mindfulness-based therapies in counseling. His research interests are focused on meditation, mindfulness, nature connection/deep ecology, social justice, climate change effects/response, and climate justice.
He has served as co-chair of the American Counseling Association International Committee and as President of the Association of Humanistic Counseling (AHC, 2018-2019). He is on the ACA climate change taskforce and Chair of the ACES financial investment committee. Dr. Stauffer was a Chi Sigma Iota International fellow and was awarded the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Emerging Leaders Training Grant as well as the US President's Volunteer Service Award. Dr. Stauffer also won AHC's Humanistic Leadership Award (2020). He organized and co-chaired the AHC 2019 conference: Counseling in the Age of Climate Change, International Collaboration, and Cross-Cultural Action.
Dr. Stauffer has co-edited several other textbooks in the counseling field: Group Counseling (2019) Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theories and Interventions (2017, in Press); Career Counseling: Foundations, Perspectives, and Applications (2006, 2012), Foundations of Addictions Counseling (2008, 2012, 2016, 2019), Foundations of Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling (2015, 2020), Foundations of Group Counseling (2017), and Human Growth and Development Across the Life Span: Applications for Counselors (2016).

Courses Taught

COUN 6722 - Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories

COUN 6336 - Crises, Trauma, and Disaster Response

COUN - Counseling Pre-practicum II


MS, Portland State University - Portland, OR

PhD, Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR United States

Public Service

Columbia Grange, Chaplain - Corbett, OR United States

Awards / Honors

Humanistic Leadership Award, Association of Humanistic Counseling, 2020


Capuzzi, T. D., Stauffer, M. D. (2015). Foundations of Addictions Counseling.

Capuzzi, T. D., Stauffer, M. D. (2016). Counseling and psychotherapy: Theories and interventions.

Capuzzi, T. D., Stauffer, M. D. (2015). Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling.

Capuzzi, T. D., Stauffer, M. D. (2016). Human development across the life span: Implications for counselors.

Capuzzi, T. D., Stauffer, M. D. (2019). Foundations of Group Counseling.


Stauffer, M. D. (2019). Many Facets of Grief. American Counseling Association.

Stauffer, M. D., Capuzzi, T. D. (2017). Mindfulness Practices for Children. American Counseling Association.

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