Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Gwen Vogel Mitchell, Director of Clinical and International Services

Dr. Mitchell is a published international clinical psychologist with extensive experience working and training both nationally and internationally.  She is a core faculty member in the International Disaster Psychology graduate program at the University of Denver and has lectured on topics such as forensic psychology, crisis interventions, psychological first aid and disaster mental health.  She also provides expert testimony in the areas of immigration, PTSD, child abuse and fight-vs-flight.  Her international work experience includes long term consultancies with Doctors Without Borders (Nigeria), The Center for Victims of Torture (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Jordan) and extended training and capacity building/training trips to Thailand, Burma and Bosnia.  In these training environments, she has trained extensively using Participant Centered and Experiential Education Methodology on topics such as: trauma counseling, basic mental health, the psychology of aging, working with ex-combatants, child development and child-centered interventions, gender based violence and victim support services, group facilitation and counseling interventions for People Living with HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ communities. She has also played a part in the development of a mental health policy for the country of Liberia and consulted with a number of NGOs as an expert in mental health and trauma.

In addition to working in the humanitarian arena, she is responsible for providing short-term, non-medical counseling to US military service members and their families.  In this role she offers on and off site support, therapy and consultation through the service member’s cycle of deployment.   Included in these referrals are assessments for PTSD, depression, adjustment problems, traumatic head injuries and other neuropsychological issues.  Most recently she has served as a staff psychologist at the University of Colorado in Denver, conducting psychological evaluations in their Emergency Department.

Publication Areas: Dr. Mitchell has presented at conferences domestically and internationally and co-authored various publications in the areas of: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in refugees and IDPs, Post Traumatic Growth (PTG), counseling applications with people of African ancestry, the impact of war on civilians, therapeutic photography, re-entry trauma, group counseling with vulnerable groups in Myanmar and the experience of working as a psychologist internationally.

Professional Activities:  In the U.S. she has provided crisis intervention, psychological evaluations, and risk assessments in emergency rooms and correctional facilities and facilitated individual and group therapy for adult survivors of trauma and professionals in distress. She has also provided expert testimony in the areas of immigration, PTSD, child abuse, criminal mitigation, fitness to practice and sex offense specific.

Dr. Mitchell has particular interest in staff welfare, capacity building of local NGOs and refugee and military trauma. In addition to working in the humanitarian arena, Dr. Mitchell is responsible for providing short-term, non-medical counseling to US military service members and their families. In this role she offers on and off site support, therapy and consultation through the service member's cycle of deployment Included in these referrals are assessments for PTSD, depression, adjustment problems, traumatic head injuries and other neuropsychological issues. Most recently she has served as a staff psychologist at the University of Colorado in Denver, conducting psychological evaluations in their Emergency Department. She teaches Crisis Intervention, Therapeutic Models of Intervention, and Intercultural Competence at GSPP and is the Field Placement Director for the International Disaster Psychology M.A. program.