Susan Branco



Susan Branco

Department Chair

  • Assistant Professor

  • Campus:
  • Washington, D.C.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. Branco is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Maryland. She maintained an independent clinical practice specializing in working with adults, children, and families connected to adoption and foster care since 2004. She also has professional experience working in community mental health, pre natal care clinics, and with immigrant populations. She utilizes attachment, relational cultural, and systems theories in her clinical work. Prior to joining the Chicago School, Dr. Branco served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Division Director of the Loyola Clinical Centers within the Pastoral Counseling Department at Loyola University Maryland. She has authored several peer reviewed publications and has presented at over 50 regional and national counseling and adoption related conferences. Her research interests examine how school and clinical mental health counselors work with persons adopted transracially, clinical supervision practices with under represented students, and experiences of counselors of color. Dr. Branco is a 2014 National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow and currently serves as the chair of the MFP Doctoral Advisory Council.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
BA, Human Services The George Washington University, Washington, DC 1995
MA Ed, Rehabilitation Counseling The George Washington University, Washington, DC 1997
Post Masters Certificate, Clinical Community Counseling The Johns Hopkins University, Rockville, MD 2009
Post Masters Certificate, Marriage and Family Therapy Virginia Tech, Falls Church, VA 2010
PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision Virginia Tech, Falls Church, VA 2015
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Counseling Association (ACA)
Member Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
Member Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Licensed Professional Counselor, Virginia
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Approved Supervisor, Maryland
National Certified Counselor
Approved Clinical Supervisor
Community Involvement
Role Organization
The Adoption Initiative Conference 2018 Co-Chair, Steering Committe Member (since 2012)
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Identity Development
Diversity Ethnic/Racial Identity Models
Immigration/Immigrant Issues
Latino/a Mental Health
Multicultural Training
Social Justice and Advocacy
Marriage & Family Adoption
PTSD/Trauma Historical Trauma
School Psychology Cultural Diversity
Title Location Date
Clinical supervision: Meeting the needs of future professional addiction counselors (co-presenter),Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Annual (ACES) Conference Chicago, IL October 7, 2017
Gatekeeping with grace (co-presenter), Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Annual (ACES) Conference Chicago, IL October 5, 2017
Using ethics to manage training clinic crises, Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Annual (ACES) Conference Chicago, IL October 4, 2017
When the supervisor is the elephant in the room: Live observation with beginner counselors in training, Thirteenth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision Garden City, NY June 15, 2017
Undocumented immigrants: Examining the international adult adoptee client (co-presenter), National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities Atlanta, GA May 25, 2017
Undocumented immigrants: Examining the international adult adoptee client (co-presenter), American Counseling Association Conference San Francisco, CA March 16, 2017
Revitalizing a counseling training clinic: Meeting community and student needs, Southern Association for Counseling and Supervision (SACES) Conference New Orleans, LA October 8, 2016
Current practice issues: Emergent lessons and lived experiences, Adoption Initiative Conference Montclair, NJ June 11, 2016
Broaching practices of counselors of color and implications for counselor training, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Philadelphia, PA October 8, 2015
Emergent adult adopted persons and their families: Counseling a diverse and underserved group (co-presenter),Rudd Adoption Center Annual Conference Amherst, MA April 17, 2015
Counseling transracial adult adopted persons: Diversity and lifespan interventions, Annual Conference, American Counseling Association Cinncinnati, OH March 22, 2013

Bayne, H.B., & Branco, S.F. (2018). A phenomenological inquiry into counselor of Color broaching experiences. Journal of Counseling and Development, 96 (1), 75-85.

Branco, S.F., & Brott, P.E. (2017). The elementary school counselor's voice in counseling transracially adopted students. Professional School Counseling, 21 (1), 26-36.

Branco, S.F. (2017). Revitalizing a counseling training clinic: Meeting student and community needs. Ideas and research you can use VISTAS 2017, 35 , 1-9.

Flores-Koulish, S., & Alvarado, S. B. (The ). Navigating both and understanding the complex needs of Latino/a adoptees.. The Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 24 (2), 61-80.

Alvarado, S. B., Rho, J., & Lambert, S. (2014). Counseling families with late adolescent or young adult transracial and international adoptees. The Family Journal, 22 (4), 402-408.