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Derek Griner

Associate Training Director, Clinical Professor, Licensed Psychologist

Statement of Supervision Philosophy

Academic Training

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Brigham Young University, 2008


  • Counseling and Consultation, Arizona State University, 2007-2008


  • 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
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Supervision

Primary Theoretical Orientation

  • Humanistic/Client-Centered Therapy
  • Multicultural
  • Compassion Focused Therapy

Multicultural Interests

  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Intersectionality

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 Over Past 5 years:

  • Erekson, D.E., Griner, D., & Beecher, M.E. (2023). Recovery Through Compassionate Connection: A structured Compassion Focused Therapy Protocol for Groups. Ärztliche Psychotherapie 18: 105–11. DOI 10.21706/aep-18-2-105
  • Hoskin, J. M., Vogeler, H., Kirchhoefer, J., Merrill, B. M., Erekson, D., Beecher, M. E., & Griner, D. (2023). Comparing Psychotherapeutic Treatment Rates in University Counseling Centers between American Latinx and International Latinx University Students. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 1-15.
  • Caldwell, H.W., Vogeler, H., Erekson, D.M., Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Hobbs, K., Schmuck, D., Worthen, V., Hoskin, J., Merrill, B.M., & Hales, J. (2023). Presenting concerns and psychotherapy utilization in university counseling centers: What do we know about Asian American and international Asian students? Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.
  • Scalese, A. M., Worthen, V. E., Ripplinger, J. C., Gleave, R. L., Beecher, M. E., Griner, D., Jackson, A. P., Fischer, L., Wood, D. S., Hansen, K. S. W., Fisher, A. R., Caldwell, Y. H. W., & Hannan, C. R. (2023). Processes and outcomes of pornography addiction support groups. Sexual Health & Compulsivity, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/26929953.2022.2161027
  • 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. (2023). Impacts of Presidential Elections on College Student Mental Health.” Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 37(1) 21-38.
  • Allen, G. K., Masuda, A., Griner, D., Beecher, M., Cline, J., Hee, C., & Ming, M. (2022). Examining Expectations Among Polynesian Americans About Seeking Psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 75(4), 154-160.
  • Erekson, D. M., Larsen, R. A., Clayton, C. K., Hamm, I., Hoskin, J. M., Morrison, S., Vogeler, H. A., Merrill, B. M., Griner, D., & Beecher, M. E. (2022). Is the Measure Good Enough? Measurement Invariance and Validity of the Clance Imposter Phenomenon Scale in a University Population. Psychological Reports, 0(0).
  • Griner, D., Erekson, D. M., Beecher, M. E., Cattani, K., & Burlingame, G. M. (2022). The power of compassion in group psychotherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1-12.
  • Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Erekson, D.M., Cattani, K., & Burlingame, G.M., (2022). Compassion Focused Therapy in Group. In G. Simos and P. Gilbert (Eds.), Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical Practice and Applications (pp. 413-426). Routledge.
  • Cline, J.I., Larsen, R.A., Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Allen, G.E.K., Lee, C.T., Lefrandt, J.B., & Worthen, V. (2022). Ethnoracial Comparisons in Anxiety and Depression Outcomes Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander College Students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. 00, 1-10.
  • Bailey, B., Heath, M., Jackson, A.P., Ward, C., Black, A., Cooper, E., Griner D., & Shafer, K. (2022). An Ethnographic Exploration of Adolescent Homophobic Language in a Rural High School within a Religiously Conservative Community. Journal of LGBT Youth, 19 (2) 217-245.
  • Bailey, R. J., Erekson, D. M., Cattani, K., Jensen, D., Simpson, D. M., Klundt, J., Vogeler, H. A., Schmuck, D., Worthen, V. E., Caldwell, Y., Beecher, M. E., Griner, D., & Hobbs, K. (2022). Adapting stepped care: Changes to service delivery format in the context of high demand. Psychological Services, 19(3), 494
  • Cattani, K.*, Griner, D.*Erekson, D.M. *, Burlingame, G.M. *, Beecher, M.E., Alldredge, C. (2021). Compassion Focused Group Therapy for College Counseling Centers. Routledge. Authors contributed in equal ways as first authors.
  • Arnold, R., Alldredge, C., Cattani, K., Griner, D., Erekson, D.M., Burlingame, G.M., & Beecher, M.E. (2021). Compassion Focused Group Therapy for College Counseling Centers: A Participants Workbook. Routledge.
  • Svien, H., Burlingame, G.M., Griner, D., Beecher, M.E., Alldredge, C. (2021). Group Therapeutic Relationship Change: Using Routine Outcome Monitoring to Detect the Effect of Single Versus Multiple Ruptures. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research & Practice, 25(1), 45.
  • Stokes, H., Griner, D., Smith, T.B., Beecher, M.E., Allen, G.E., Cox, J., Hobbs, K., & Kirtley, N. (2021). Psychotherapy Utilization and Presenting Concerns among International Asian and Asian American Students in a University Counseling Center. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 35(2) 118-135.
  • Kane, D.K., Allen, G. E. K., Ming, M., Smith, T.B., Jackson, A.P., Griner, D. Cutrer-Párraga, E., & Richards, P.S. (2021). Forgiveness and gratitude as mediators between religious commitment and well-Being among Latter-day Saint Polynesian Americans, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 24(2), 195-210.
  • Hafoka, O., Smith, T.B., Griner, D., Allen, G.E.K., Beecher, M.E., Young, E., (2021). Psychotherapy Utilization, Presenting Concerns, and Outcomes among Pacific Islander and Asian American Students. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 34(2). 183-200.
  • 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.
  • 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.