Dr. Joan Blacher retired as the Director of the School of Education's Counseling and Guidance program in 1998 after 11 years of leading the program, during which she designed and implanted the College Student Personnel program. She also taught at Ventura Community College and Cal State University Northridge, and had more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, counselor, school psychologist and principal in regular and special education in the public schools..
She is the co-author of Difficult Teens: A Parents' Guide for Coping and the mystery novels Murder Canyon and Lethal Lake, and has published more than 16 articles and presented at over 70 state and national conferences. Her work has focused on career counseling and development, counselor preparation and student assessment, and writing and has been published in counseling and educational journals, magazines and newspapers. For eight years, she served on the California Association for Counseling and Development Editorial Board.
In 2003, the California Association of Marriage, Family Therapists presented her with the Carl Vincent for her literary contribution to the profession with the publication of Difficult Teens. She has lectured and given workshops on psychological and educational topics throughout the United States.
Dr. Blacher's research interests have included career counseling and school counselors' use of student assessment, and she has written and lectured frequently in those areas. She has served in leadership capacities in many professional associations, including as president of the Ventura County School Psychologists Association, California Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Phi chapter continues to be active in community organizations. For eight years she served on the Ventura County Mental Health Board and during that time she was its chair for one year.
- B.A. University of California at Berkeley
- Major: History
- Minor: English
- M.S. University of Southern California
- Major: Counseling and Guidance
- Ph.D. University of Southern California
- Major: Educational Psychology
- Minor: Administration
Dr. Blacher is the co-author of Difficult Teens: A Parents' Guide for Coping and the mystery novel Murder Canyon, has published more than 16 articles and presented at over 70 state and national conferences. Her work has focused on career counseling and development, counselor preparation and student assessment, and writing. For eight years, she served on the California Association for Counseling and Development Editorial Board.
A sample of Dr. Blacher’s publications include:
Blacher, Joan. (1993). Career transitions: success or stress. American Counseling Guidepost. 35 (9), 33.
Blacher, Joan. (1994). Essential career resources for students. American Counseling Guidepost. 36 (10), 22-24.
Blacher, Joan H. (1998). Preparing students for work: Great Britain’s approach. International Journal of Educational Reform. 7 (2), 136-141.
Blacher, Joan. (2010). Murder Canyon. Austin, TX: Zumaya Publications.
Blacher, Joan (2011) Lethal Lake. Austin, TX: Zumaya Publications
Blacher, Joan H., Murray-Ward, Mildred, Uellendahl, Gail E. (2000). School counselors’ use of assessment and its relationship to their training. California Association for Counseling and Development Journal. 20, 21-26.
Blacher, Joan H., Murray-Ward, Mildred, Uellendahl, Gail E. (2005). School counselors and student assessment. Professional school counselor. 8 (4) 337-343.
Meadows, Robert J. and Blacher, Joan H. (2002). Difficult Teens: A Parents’ Guide for Coping. Ventura, CA: Meadow Oaks Press.