Tara M. Gray | Prescott College

Tara M. Gray

Academic Statement

Dr. Tara Gray, Associate Faculty and Co-Coordinator of the MEd in School Counseling Program at Prescott College, is a Licensed Professional School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist with over 25 years of experience across settings, including private practice, university clinic and career centers, residential treatment, and K-12 schools.  She is a 2019 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader.  Dr. Gray has been teaching and supervising in graduate counseling programs since 2010 and specializes in compassionate, ethical, evidence-based counseling across diverse populations, counselor education, clinical supervision, group counseling, child and adolescent counseling, school counseling and social justice and advocacy.  Her research article, “Sticking Together”: The Adolescent Experience of the Cohesion Process in Rural School Counseling Groups, was published in The Journal for Specialists in Group Work (Gray & Rubel, 2018).  She serves clients in private practice, presents on wellness and self-care, group work skills and techniques, and school counseling and offers consultation services including grant writing and conflict mediation.  Dr. Gray is certified as an Ethical and Legal Specialist with the American School Counselor Association and previously served as the Association for Specialists in Group Work Graduate Student and New Professional Committee Co-Chair.  Dr. Gray is also a member of the American Counseling Association and the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  www.DrTaraGray.com


PhD in Counseling, Oregon State University

MA in Counseling Psychology, University of Denver

BA in Psychology, Vanderbilt University


Licensed Professional Counselor, Colorado LPC.0012261

Approved Clinical Supervisor, Center for Credentialing & Education #ACS2909

Licensed School Counselor, Colorado Department of Education #22307

Legal & Ethical Specialist, American School Counselor Association #29571

Registered Play Therapist, Association for Play Therapy #T3633


Gray, T. M., & Rubel, D. J. (2018).  “Sticking together”: The Adolescent experience of the cohesion process in rural school counseling groups.  The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 43, 35-56.  doi: 10.1080/01933922.2017.1370049

Gray, T. M. (2014).  A Literature review and qualitative exploration of adolescent school counseling groups.  Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Awards, Grants, & Honors


Emerging Leader Award, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 4/2019    

Emerging Scholar Award, Association for Specialists in Group Work, 3/2012                           

Barbara Gazda Award, Association for Specialists in Group Work, 3/2011                      

Student Advocate Award, Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 5/2002  


Art Therapy in the Schools Grant, Telluride Education Foundation, Funded  $1,000, 3/2019

Play Therapy Grant, Telluride Education Foundation, Funded $1,000, 9/2017

Magnet Grant, Telluride Education Foundation, Funded $1,000, 5/2015

School Health Professional Grant, Colorado Department of Education, Requested $136,507, 5/2015

School Counselor Corps Grant, Colorado Department of Education, Funded $250,644, 5/2015

School Health Professional Grant, Colorado Department of Education, Funded $115,000, 12/2014

Research Grant, Association for Specialists in Group Work, Funded $1,2003/2014


School Counseling Interest Network, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 8/2012-6/2018                        

School Counselor Corps Grant Program Peer Reviewer, Colorado Department of Education, 5/2014             

Graduate Student & New Professional Committee Co-ChairAssociation for Specialists in Group Work, 6/2012-6/2013

Professional Development Committee, Colorado School Counselor Association, 7/2010-7/2011

Board of Directors, Region 5, Colorado School Counselor Association, 7/2004-7/2010

Crisis Hotline Advocate, Alternative Horizons Violence Prevention, 8/2003-6/2006

Advisory Board, Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center, 8/1999-6/2002

Child Protection Team, Las Animas County Department of Social Services, 8/1999-6/2002


Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Theories & Techniques, Prescott College Colloquium, 1/11/2019                        

Play Therapy: Theories & Techniques, Prescott College Colloquium, 1/10/2019   

Lidiar con el Estrés, with Gloria Chavira & Claudia Garcia Curzio, Latinx Community Mental Health Series, 10/22/2018

Experiential Group Activities: Icebreakers & Team Building ActivitiesPrescott College Colloquium, 8/24/2018   

Self-Care and Wellness for Counselors, Prescott College Colloquium, 8/23/2018

Wellness:  Coping with Work & Life Stress, Town of Telluride Employees, 8/10/2016             

K-6 School Counseling End of Year Report, Telluride School Board & K-6 Staff, 6/9/2015

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, Telluride School District K-12 Staff, 10/13/2014

Advocacy & School Counseling, Colorado School Counselor Association, 4/15/2011          

Data for Closing Achievement Gaps, Bayfield School District, 1/20/2009 & 10/5/2010

K-12 Bullying Prevention & Conflict Resolution, Bayfield School District, 11/1/2007   

Bullying Prevention in the Middle School, Colorado School Counselor Association Annual Conference, 4/20/2006

Response to Intervention (RTI)Colorado Department of Education Special Education Directors’ Meeting, 10/20/2005     


American Counseling Association

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Association for Specialists in Group Work

Association for Play Therapy

American School Counselor Association

Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Colorado Counseling Association

Colorado Association for Play Therapy

Colorado School Counselor Association