Ellen's areas of expertise are counselor education, narrative therapy, the politics of race, class, gender, and critical psychology. The courses she teaches are designed for students interested in personal and social change, as they require the learner to blend self-reflection with social consciousness, and social action. Ellen is particularly interested in helping students analyze the role of power, well-being, oppression and liberation within mainstream psychology, and encouraging students to use their knowledge and position to help eradicate the injustices and inequities preferred by the mental health and other social, economic and political systems. In her work as an educator, Ellen encourages her students to question valued assumptions on which the field of psychology is based, and apply the concepts of critical psychology to psychological inquiry, research methods, and clinical practice.
Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 1991
MA; M.Ed. Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, 1983
B.A. Psychology/Women’s Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 1981
Abell, E. (2021).Loving Sammie. In chicken soup for the soul: My hilarious, heroic, human dog. Cos Cob, CT: CSS.
Abell, E., & Pitts. C. (2017). Sara Sharratt: A feminist global pioneer. Women & Therapy. Vol. 3-4, Taylor & Francis.
Abell, E. (2016). Picking the bones. The fat pedagogy reader. Peter Lange Publications.
Abell, E. (2002). Women & money. Healing Path Community Magazine, Jan/Feb 2002.
Abell, E. (2001). Stress busting. Community Business Journal, Vol. 111, 16.
Abell, E. (2001). Watchful eyes: The events of September 11th. Healing Path Community Magazine, Oct/Nov 2001.
Abell, E., & Simons, S. (2000).How much can you bend before you break? Constructionist consulting in the corporate world.. European Journal of Occupational & Industrial Psychology.
Abell, E. (1994). Our toughest challenge. In G. Simons & A. Zuckerman, Working together: Succeeding in a multicultural organization (rev. ed.). p.62. Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications.
Abell, E. (1993). Seven strategies for a more inclusive workplace. Managing Diversity, 3 (3), 2.
Abell, E. (1993). How diverse are we? Training & Development, 47 (10), 4.
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Differentiated Leadership
Prescott College, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Prescott College, Serving gender non-conforming students
Prescott College, Narrative Therapy: A feminist approach to helping
Prescott College, Microagressions in the classroom
Prescott College, A feminist critique of the DSM
Prescott College, Gender, sexuality & culture
Arizona Children’s Association, Advocating for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth
Prescott College, The three waves of feminism: A historical perspective
Annual Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough Conference, Who me, a feminist?
Prescott College, Gendered communication
Annual Out in the Wilderness Conference, Breaking free of the boxes: Viewing the spectrum of sexuality
Annual Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough Conference (2007) The web of connection: Building community from within
Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce (2002) Managing conflict wisely
Westchester State University, PA (2000) Raising awareness about racism, power & privilege: Using reflecting teams with student leaders
Colorado School Counselors Association (2000) The Way Home: Stories of Hope and Despair
Colorado State University, CO (2000) Leadership in the 21st Century
Social Construction and Relational Practices Conference, Durham, New Hampshire (1999) How much can you bend before you break? Constructionist consulting in the corporate world
Larimer County Employment & Training, Fort Collins, CO, The 21st Century leader
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Denver CO, Strategic planning for organizational leaders
Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region, Building collaborative teams
Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region, Harassment prevention for employees and managers
Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region, Leading-edge skills and practices for the human resources professional
Child Advocacy Resource & Education, Sexual harassment prevention for supervisors and employees
Pro Bono, Mental Health Association, Cultural competence
Colorado State University, Off the straight & narrow: Lesbians, gays, bisexuals & television
Justice Now Conference, Equality Colorado, Denver, CO, Seven not so easy steps to replenishing the soul of an activist
The Department of Education & Training, The positive role of conflict in the workplace
Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region, Leadership for the 21st Century (year-long course)
Westchester State University, Becoming an effective student leader
Chase Bank, Wilmington DE, Being gay and gay-friendly in corporate America
Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO Cultural competence in treating HIV positive consumers
Colorado State University, Multicultural counseling seminar (annual presentation)
Hewlett-Packard Company, Loveland CO, Barriers to effective teamwork
American Counseling and Personnel Association/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators International Conference, Chicago, IL, Equity and diversity: From stories of despair to stories of hope
Equality Colorado Annual Conference, Denver, CO, Racism within the gay, lesbian and bisexual community
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Conference, San Francisco, CA , Training tools for sexual orientation diversity training
Industry Liaison Group’s National Conference Phoenix, AZ (1996) Sexual orientation issues in the workplace
American Society for Training & Development International Conference, Dallas, TX (1995) Finding the Words: A Trainer’s Toolkit for Sexual Orientation Diversity Training
The Fifth Annual National Diversity Conference, Boston, MA, Subtle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
The Fourth Annual National Diversity Conference, San Francisco, CA, Subtle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
American Society for Training & Development International Conference, Anaheim, CA, Sexual Orientation Issues in the Workplace
Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region, Building Allies Across Cultures
Business-to-Business Expo, New York, NY, Training Activities for the Multicultural Workplace
Hewlett-Packard Company, Northern Colorado Region, Train-the-Trainer: Facilitating Harassment Prevention Programs
Colorado State University, Gay and Lesbian Issues in School and in the Workplace
United States Department of Agriculture- Forest Service, CO, Partners at Work: Men and Women Working Together
American Automobile Association, Harassment Prevention for Managers and Employees
Colorado State University, Lesbians and Self-Esteem
Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, Multicultural Awareness for Community and Business Leaders
Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Denver, CO, Becoming an Effective Speaker