Irmo Marini, PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP, is currently a professor in the department of rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Pan American. He earned his master’s in clinical psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada, and his PhD in rehabilitation from Auburn University in Alabama. Over his 22-year academic career, Dr. Marini earned two outstanding faculty research awards at Arkansas State, three faculty research awards at Pan-American, two outstanding teaching awards at Pan-American, and one service award. On a national level, he was the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, and, a year later, received the 2010 James F. Garrett Distinguished Career Award in rehabilitation research from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He was also voted the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s 2013 recipient of the Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award. In 2012, Dr. Marini received an honorary doctorate in science from his alma mater, Lakehead University. To date, he has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 30 book chapters, and coauthored and coedited four books on counseling and rehabilitation counseling psychology−related topics. He is former president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and former chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
Mark A. Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CCMC, is a professor and coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate Program he developed in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University. He holds a doctoral (PhD) and master's degree in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Stebnicki is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in North Carolina and holds three national certifications: Diplomate in Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) in Trauma Counseling through the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA); Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); and Certified Case Manager (CCM). He is also certified by the Washington, DC-based crisis response team, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), and North Carolina's American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis team. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner with over 30 years of experience working with the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of persons who have traumatic stress, chronic illnesses, and disabilities. In 2016, Dr. Stebnicki developed a military counseling training program for the state of North Carolina. The credential, The Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC), is for those who train professional counselors to work with the medical, psychosocial, vocational, and mental health needs of active duty personnel, veterans, and family members.
Dr. Stebnicki has written seven books (four edited books with Dr. Irmo Marini), most recently The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (7th ed.; forthcoming, Springer Publishing Company) and The Professional Counselors' Desk Reference (2016, Springer Publishing Company); and four single-author books, most recently Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors (2008, Springer Publishing Company). He has over 28 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at over 100 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics such as youth violence, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Dr. Stebnicki has served on multiple professional counseling and accreditation boards. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas (March 24, 1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, was awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence in the area of youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with former President Bill Clinton's staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999).