Edil Torres-Rivera was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. During his 12 year Army career he completed a bachelor degree from Regents College in New York and a MEd from Boston University and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut to begin doctoral studies in counseling psychology with a concentration in "Multicultural Counseling."
Dr. Edil Torres Rivera is interested in multicultural counseling, group work, chaos theory, liberation psychology, technology, supervision, multicultural counseling, prisons, Puerto Rican studies, identity development, and gang-related behavior. Specifically, his primary research focuses on complexity and how indigenous healing techniques are a necessary ingredient when working with ethnic minority populations in the United States. Dr. Torres has additional interests in studying the implications of social injustice and oppression in counseling and psychotherapy with ethnic minorities, in particular, with school age Latinos/Latinas in the United States. His work has appeared in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, Radical Psychology Journal, Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, Intervention in School and Clinic Journal, Counselor Education and Supervision Journal, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Journal of Psychological Practice, Educational Technology, Computers in the Schools, Counseling and Values Journal, Journal of Technology in Counseling, and the Canadian Journal of Counselling. He was part of the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development and Counselor Education and Supervision Journal/. Presently he serves in the editorial boards of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Interamerican Journal of Psychology, and the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.
The University of Connecticut, 1991-1995, Storrs, Connecticut
Ph.D., educational psychology (Counseling Psychology)
Concentration in Multicultural Counseling
Boston University, 1987-1990, Boston Massachusetts
M.Ed., counseling psychology
Concentration in Mental Health Counseling
Excelsior College (University of the State of New York), 1984-1987, Albany, New York
B.S., Liberal Studies
Primary depth requirement in Psychology
Secondary depth requirement in Sociology
Licensed Professional Counselor #6401000688: Michigan, 1990 and Puerto Rico, 2008: #2477
National Certified Counselor #28836: National Board for Certified Counselors, 1992
Approved Clinical Supervisor #00166: Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc., 1998
- Areas Of Expertise
Teenage drop out and the relationship with gender role among Latino youth/ Substance abuse and crime in Latino men
How socioeconomic status affects alternatives toward higher education in Latino youth/ Gender role conflicts among Latino men and Latino women in the U.S.A.
Chaos Theory as the new approach to counsel American minorities
Group work with ethnic minorities
Structured group supervision form a multicultural perspective