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, is a professor and coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate Program he developed in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University. He holds a doctoral and master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Stebnicki is also certified by the Washington, DC−based crisis response team 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 more than 30 years’ experience working with the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of persons who have traumatic stress, chronic illnesses, and disabilities. He has written six books: The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (6th ed., 2012, Springer Publishing), The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference (first and second editions, 2008 and 2016, Springer Publishing), Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors (2008, Springer Publishing), What Is Adolescent Mental Health? Helping Disconnected and At-Risk Youth to Become Whole (2007), and Youth At-Risk: Foundations of Adolescent Mental Health and Resiliency (2005). He has written more than 26 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at more than 85 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from 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 prevention program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, has been awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence. 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).