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Derek Griner

Clinical Professor, Licensed Psychologist

Statement of Supervision Philosophy

  • Academic Training
    • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2008
  • Internship
    • Counsleing and Consultation, Arizona State University, 2007-2008
  • Licensure/Certifications
    • Licensed Psychologist, State of Utah
    • Board Certified in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
    • Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)
  • Professional Affiliations
    • American Psychological Association
  • Areas of Special Interest/Current Professional Activities
    • Individual and Group Psychotherapy
    • Couples Counseling
    • Multicultural Counseling
    • Supervision
    • Disability Service
    • Assessment
    • Depression/Anxiety
  • Primary Theoretical Orientation
    • Humanistic/Client-Centered Therapy
    • Multicultural
    • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Multicultural Interests
    • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
    • Religion/Spirituality
    • Intersectionality
  • Previous Clinical Work Settings
    • College Counseling Center (+10 yrs)
    • Hospital (4-6 yrs)
    • Assessment/Testing (1-3 yrs)
  • Supervision Philosophy
    • In order to meet supervisees where they are, both in regard to skill and confidence, I approach supervision using a developmental model. During the course of supervision, I strive to create a collaborative environment. In doing so, my hope is that supervisees feel safe and supported in exploring areas in which they feel success and, perhaps more importantly, safe in sharing areas in which they have questions and feel that they could grow. I encourage the use of tape (both the supervisee’s and my own) and like to process reactions that occurred in session and reactions occurring in the here-and-now. I fully recognize that I too have much to learn and find that I grow through the supervision experience as well. Finally, I enjoy checking in with supervisees about their professional development, their experience in their various programs, and about their personal interests.
  • Personal Interests
    • I feel exceptionally fortunate to have a job that allows me the opportunity to continually learn and to meet with people and talk about important aspects of life. When I'm not at work, you'll likely find me outdoors (either with my family or with friends). Whether it be mountains, deserts, lakes, or sea I find that being outdoors rejuvenates my life in so many ways. One of my favorite activities is canyoneering. I also enjoy climbing, hiking, watching movies, reading good books, laughing, and being around those that I love.
  • Recent Scholarly Works
    • Published:

      Bailey, B., Heath, M., Jackson, A.P., Ward, C., Black, A., Cooper, E., Griner D., & Shafer, K. (In Press) Marginalized Sexuality and Masculinity: An Ethnographic Exploration of Adolescent Homophobic Language in a Rural High School within a Religiously Conservative Community. Journal of LGBT Youth.

      Hafoka, O., Smith, T.B., Griner, D., Allen, G.E.K., Beecher, M.E., Young, E., (2019). Psychotherapy Utilization, Presenting Concerns, and Outcomes among Pacific Islander and Asian American Students. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1-18.

      Page, N., Beecher, M.E., Griner, D., Smith, T.B., Jackson, A.P., & Hobbs, K. (2019). International Student Support Groups: Learning From Experienced Group Members and Leaders. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 33 (3), 180-198.

      Soto, A., Smith, T. B., Griner, D., Domenech Rodríguez, M., & Bernal, G. (2019). Cultural adaptations and multicultural competence. In J. Norcross & Wampold, B. (Eds.): Psychotherapy relationships that work; Volume 2: 3rd ed. Evidence-Based Therapist Responsiveness. (pp.86-132) New York: Oxford.

      Stokes, H., Griner, D., Smith, T.B., Beecher, M.E., Allen, G.E., Cox, J., Hobbs, K., & Kirtley, N. (2019). Psychotherapy Utilization and Presenting Concerns among International Asian and Asian American Students in a University Counseling Center. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 1-18.

      Hobbs, K., Hansen, K., Griner, D., Beecher, M., Worthen, V., & Burlingame, G. (2019, January). The Group Questionnaire: A practical and useful practice-based evidence measure. [Web article]. Retrieved from

      Frandsen, C., Smith, T.B., Griner, D., & Beecher, M.E. (2019). Beyond English Only: Addressing Language Interpretation in Multicultural Psychology Training. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 13 (1), 64-71.

      Soto, A., Smith, T.B., Griner, D., Domenech Rodríguez, M., & Bernal, G. (2018). Cultural Adaptations and Therapist Multicultural Competence: Two Meta-analytic Reviews. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. 74 (11). 1907-1923.

      Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Brown, L.B., Millet, A.J., Worthen, V., Boardman, R.D., Hansen, K., Cox, J., & Gleave, R.L. (2018). Practice-Based Evidence Can Help! Using the Group Questionnaire to Enhance Clinical Practice. Psychotherapy, 55(2), 196-202.

      Boardman, R.D., Worthen, V.E., Beecher, M.E., Griner, D., Burlingame, G.M., & Gleave, R.L. (2017). Outcome and Assessment Research. In The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy (pp.95-106). Routledge.

      Burlingame, G. M., Gleave, R. L., Beecher, M. E., Griner, D., Hansen, K. S. W., & Jensen, J. (2017). Administration and scoring manual for the Group Questionnaire-GQ. Salt Lake City, UT: OQ Measures L.L.C.

      Gleave, R. L., Burlingame, G. M., Beecher, M. E., Griner, D., Hansen, K. S. W., & Jenkins, S. (2017). Feedback-informed group treatment (FIGT): Application of the OQ-45 and Group Questionnaire (GQ). In S. Miller, D. Prescott, & C. Maeschalck (Eds.). Reaching for excellence: Feedback-Informed Treatment in practice. Washington, D.C., American Psychological Association.

      Takara, R., Beecher, M. E., Okiishi, J. C., Shimokawa, K., Lambert, M. J., & Griner, D. (2017). Translation of the Outcome Questionnaire-45 (OQ) into Japanese: A cultural adaptation. Psychotherapy Research, 27(2), 154-166.

      Beecher, M. E., Eggett, D., Erekson, D., Rees, L. B., Bingham, J., Klundt, J., Bailey, R. J., Ripplinger, C., Kirchhoefer, J., Gibson, R., Griner, D., Cox, J. C., & Boardman, R. (2016.). Sunshine on my shoulders: Weather, pollution, and emotional distress. Journal of Affective Disorders, 205, 234-238.

      Herrington, H., Smith, T. B., Griner, D., & Feinauer, E. (2016). Reliability generalization of the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure–Revised (MEIM–R). Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63 (5), 586.

      Allen, G. E. K., Cox, J., Smith, T. B., Hafoka, O., Griner, D., & Beecher, M. E. (2016). Psychotherapy utilization and presenting concerns among Polynesian American students in a university counseling center. The Counseling Psychologist, 44(1), 28-49.

      Lyman, M., Beecher, M.E., Griner, D., Brooks, M., Call, J., & Jackson, A. (2016). What Keeps Students with Disabilities from Utilizing Accommodations in Postsecondary Education? A Qualitative Review. Journal of Postsecondary Disability and Education, 29(2).

      Smith, T. B., Soto, A., & Griner, D. (2016). Culturally adapted mental health services: An updated meta-analysis of client outcomes. In T.B. Smith and J. Trimble (Eds.), Foundations of multicultural psychology: Research to inform effective practice. (pp.129-144). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

      Smith, T. B., Griner, D., & Soto, A. (2016). Matching clients with therapists based on race or ethnicity: A meta-analysis of clients’ level of participation in treatment. In T.B. Smith and J. Trimble (Eds.), Foundations of multicultural psychology: Research to inform effective practice. (pp.115-128). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

      Smith, T. B., Soto, A., & Griner, D. (2016). Therapist multicultural competence: A meta-analysis of client experiences in treatment. In T.B. Smith and J. Trimble (Eds.), Foundations of multicultural psychology: Research to inform effective practice. (pp. 49-64.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

      Smith, T. B., Soto, A., Griner, D., & Trimble, J. E. (2015). Multicultural counseling foundations: A synthesis of research findings on selected topics. In P. B. Pedersen, J. Draguns, W. Lonner, J. Trimble, and M. Scharrón del Río (Eds.), Counseling across cultures, 7th ed. (pp. 75-96). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

      Jensen, D.R.; Abbott, M.K., Beecher, M.E., Griner, D., Golightly, T.R., & Cannon, J.A.N. (2012). Taking the pulse of the group: The utilization of practice-based evidence in group psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(4), 388-394.

      Griner, D. (2008). Featured in APA Division 17’s Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) Newsletter. Becoming Successful in Graduate School: One Student’s Perspective.

      Griner, D. Featured in APA’s Monitor on Psychology (2006, February). Therapy is twice as effective in clients’ native language. APA’s Monitor on Psychology, 38, 17.

      Griner, D. & Smith T.B. (2006). Culturally adapted mental health treatments: A meta- analysis. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice and Training, 43, 531-548.

      Currently Under Review:

      Cline, J.I., Larsen, R.A., Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Allen, G.E.K., Lee, C.T., Lefrandt, J.B., & Worthen, V. (Revise and Resubmit; Under Review). Anxiety, Depression, and Spirituality: Ethnoracial Comparisons in Outcomes Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander College Students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

      Svien, H., Burlingame, G.M., Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Alldredge, C. (Revise and Resubmit; Under Review). Therapeutic Relationship Change and Failure in Group Psychotherapy. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research & Practice.

      Kane, D., Allen, G.E.K, Smith, T.B., Griner, D., Jackson, A.P., & Richards, P.S. (Under Review) Forgiveness and Gratitude as Mediators between Religious Commitment and Well-Being among Latter-day Saint Polynesian Americans. Mental Health, Religion & Culture.

      Lefrandt, J.B., Allen, G.E.K., Larsen, R., Fullmer, S., Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Jackson, A. (Under review). Alcohol Abuse among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander U.S. College Students. Asian American Journal of Psychology.

      Merrill, B.M., Vogeler, H., Kirchhoefer, J., Tass, S., Erekson, D., Beecher, M.E., Worthen, V., Hobbs, K., Boardman, RD., Bingham, J., Bailey, R.J., Cox, J.C., Carney, D., Kilcullen, R., Griner, D. (Under Review) The Impact of Presidential Elections on College Counseling Centers: Evaluating "Trump Anxiety Disorder” Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

      Griner, D.*, Cattani, K.*, Erekson, D.M.*, Burlingame, G.M.*, Beecher, M.E., Alldredge, C. (Under Review). Compassion Focused Group Therapy for College Counseling Centers; A Manualized Group Treatment Protocol.

      Alldredge, C., Lundgreen, R., Burlilngame, G.M., Erekson, D.M., Griner, D., Cattani, K., & Beecher, M.E. (Under Review) Compassion Focused Group Therapy for College Counseling Centers: A Participants Workbook.

      Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Erekson, D.M., Cattani, K., & Burlingame, G.M., (Under Review). CFT in Group. In G. Simos and P. Gilbert (Eds.), Compassion Focused Therapy in Clinical Practice.

      In Preparation:

      Doman, A.J., Smith, T.B., Griner, D., Worthen, V., Fischer, L., & Jackson, A.P. (In Preparation). The Association of Spirituality and Well-Being in South African and Ugandan Samples. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

      Mok, K.D., Smith, T.B., Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Goates-Jones, M., Bingham, J.L. (In Preparation). Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong: Identifying Risk Factors, Resilience, and Psychological Well-Being. Women and Health

      Allen, G. E. K., Masuda, A., Griner, D., Beecher, M., Cline, J. Ming, M., & Tsoi, C. (In Preparation). Psychotherapy expectations among Polynesian Americans.

      Gancinia, A., Allen, G. E. K., Larson, R., Griner, D., Jackson, A., & Beecher, M. (In Preparation). Humor as an intervention strategy in psychotherapy with Polynesian Americans.

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