James Bludworth received his doctorate from the APA-accredited counseling psychology program at Arizona State University in 2007 and has been a Licensed Psychologist in Arizona since 2008. He is registered with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as an approved clinical supervisor in the state of Arizona.
The course of his career to date has been defined by the commitment to provide culturally responsive counseling, training, administration, and supervision. He had the great fortune of combining these interests early in his career in his role as a staff psychologist at ASU Counseling Services (ASU CS). He worked with clients who presented with a diversity of intersecting identities and myriad clinical concerns. He also provided clinical supervision to trainees who were managing a wide variety of cases. In his role as practicum coordinator, he developed curriculum for group supervision and the seminar portions of the practicum training program as well.
Bludworth later moved to a leadership role at ASU CS when he served as the associate director and provided administrative oversight for all four counseling centers at ASU. During his time as the person responsible for operations at ASU CS, he developed the administrative skills necessary to quickly identify solutions to complex problems. He was responsible for the administrative and clinical supervision of 25 direct reports and was the lead clinician in coordinating crisis response of the unit to mental health emergencies. This experience taught him the value of systems level interventions that improve access to mental health services, honor diversity, and allow clinicians and supervisors to do their best work. It also provided the opportunity to cultivate important relationships across the ASU community that have allowed him to engage in collaborations that move projects forward successfully.
Most recently, Bludworth has been utilizing his clinical, supervisory, and administrative skills as the director of the Counselor Training Center (CTC) and clinical assistant professor at ASU. At the direction of the faculty head and the dean of College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, he has taken steps to bring the operations of an already outstanding training clinic into compliance with HIPAA requirements, coordinated the procurement and installation of a HIPAA-secure clinic observation and recording system, and implemented a scheduling and electronic health record system that also supports the research mission of the CTC. He has provided clinical supervision for doctoral and master's students in the clinic and have collaborated with clinical faculty to continue the strong tradition of inclusive clinical service and training for which the CTC is so well known.
Though his career has taken a clinical trajectory, he has always considered himself to be an educator in each role he has taken. This has fueled his enthusiasm for training, supervision, and teaching. He finds great enjoyment in teaching and takes a student-centered approach as an educator and mentor. The courses I has taught at ASU (Counseling Theories, Doctoral Practicum Seminar, Doctoral Practicum Clinic, Doctoral Supervision Practicum, Masters Practcicum Clinic, Masters Parcticum Seminar) have focused on the intersections of science and practice, integration of multicultural and contextual considerations in theory and practice, and development of ethical professional identities.