Dr. Robert Casares

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address: Department of Counseling, Box 7406, WFU, Winston-Salem, NC  27109 

Email address: casaredr@nullwfu.edu

Office phone: (336) 758-5804

Location: Carswell 228

 

Faculty Member at Wake Forest University since July 2017

Education:

Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Holy Cross, 2016

M.A., Marriage and Family Counseling, University of Holy Cross, 2014

B.A., British and American Literature & Theology, Franciscan University, 2005

Research and Special Interests:

Creativity in counseling, the clinical and pedagogical uses of podcasts, boomerang children, the use of humor in Counselor Education and Supervision, applications of Family Systems Theory beyond a clinical setting.

Counseling Experience: 

  • Counselor, Private Practice, Winston-Salem, NC, 2018-present
  • Counselor, North Shore Pastoral Center, Covington, LA, 2016-2017
  • School Counselor, Archbishop Hannan High School, Covington, LA, 2013-2017
  • Clinical Intern, Catholic Counseling Service, New Orleans, LA, 2014
  • Clinical Intern, Thomas E. Chambers Counseling & Training Center, New Orleans, LA, 2013

Professional Licensure and Certifications:

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), State of North Carolina
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Professional Membership:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society (CSI), Alpha Zeta Chapter
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)

Professional Service (selected):

  • Chair, Podcast Committee, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Chair, Technology Committee, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Associate Editor, The Family Digest, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health
  • Member, Ad Hoc Editorial Board, The American Journal of Family Therapy
  • Chair, Technology Committee, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University
  • Member, School Counseling Committee, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University
  • Member, Clinical Committee, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University
  • Lower Division Advisor, Wake Forest College, Wake Forest University

Recent Podcasts (selected):

Casares, R. (producer). (2020, March 3). Episode 18 – Lessons learned with Heather Trepal. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2020, February 4). Episode 17 – Worth the wait with Kellie Camelford. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, November 12). Episode 16 – All in with Mark E. Young. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, October 1). Episode 15 – Meaning-making with Victor Yalom. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, September 24). Addictions counseling with Dr. Phil Clarke. Wake Forest University Counseling M.A. Program Podcast.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, September 3). Episode 14 – Thinking differently with Kathleen Smith. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, August 6). Episode 13 – Striving for a 9.5 with Jason King. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, July 2). Episode 12 – Appreciating the process with Temple Price. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, June 4). Episode 11 – Changing course with Brian Canfield. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, May 21). Exciting career opportunities for school counselors with Dr. Erin Binkley. Wake Forest University Counseling M.A. Program Podcast.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, May 7). Episode 10 – Re-authoring stories of shame and guilt with Melinda Page. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, April 23). Wellness counseling with Dr. Phil Clarke. Wake Forest University Counseling M.A. Program Podcast.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, April 2). Episode 9 – A steep learning curve with Paul Peluso. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, March 5). Episode 8 – Holding up hope with Amy E. Williams. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, February 5). Episode 7 – Coming full circle with Ted Remley. The Reframe.

Casares, R. (producer). (2019, January 1). Episode 6 – Learning to embrace new opportunities with Cheryl Mark. The Reframe.

Nations, J. R., & Warden, S. P. (producers). (2018, December 25). Multiple paths to counseling with Dr. Robert Casares and Dr. Cheyenne Carter. Wake Forest University Counseling M.A. Program Podcast.

Nations, J. R., & Warden, S. P. (producers). (2018, December 11). Mentorship and student professional development with Dr. Robert Casares. Wake Forest University Counseling M.A. Program Podcast.

Jencius, M., & Baltrinic, E. (producers). (2018, July 24). Teaching: Promoting creative approaches in the classroom with Dr. Rob Casares. The Faculty Meeting.

Recent Presentations (selected):

Casares, R., & Hendricks, C. B. (accepted). Leveraging the power of podcasts: Trends, opportunities, & implications for counselors. Presentation proposal for the American Counseling Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Casares, R. (2020, February). Utilizing podcasts as teaching tools in marriage and family counseling courses. Presentation to the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R. (2020, January). Counseling boomerang children and their families. Presentation to the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R. (2020, January). The pedagogical potential of podcasts. Presentation for The ACES Webinar Series, Spring 2020.

Casares, R. (2019, February). Novel approaches to exploring age-old challenges: Using mental health podcasts to teach and process complex ethical dilemmas. Presentation to the annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R., & Pistorius, J. (2019, February). Tight knit doesn’t have to equal tight spot: Navigating multiple relationships in small communities and schools. Presentation to the annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R., (2019, February). From headphones to head over heels: Utilizing podcasts as bibliotherapy in couples counseling. Presentation to the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R., Pistorius, J. (2019, February). Wired for connection in a wireless world: Addressing couples and family issues related to technology and social media use. Presentation to the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R. (2018, September). From free download to rich dialogue: The clinical and pedagogical utility of podcasts. Round table presentation to the annual Association for Creativity in Counseling National Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL.

Casares, R. (2018, September). Breaking down silos and building up creativity: Inspiring innovation through cross-disciplinary curiosity. Round table Presentation to the annual Association for Creativity in Counseling National Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL.

Casares, R. (2018, February). Who tells your story?: Utilizing popular culture to practice and teach narrative family therapy. Presentation to the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R. (2018, February). From safety net to launch pad: Counseling parents of boomerang children. Presentation to the annual International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R., & Pistorius, J. (2018, February). Beginners leading beginners: Legal, ethical, and professional considerations for novice supervisors. Presentation to the annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R., Ducros, S., & Songy, D. (2018, January). More apps, more problems: School counseling in the age of social media. Presentation to the annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Casares, R. (2018, January). From state licensed to a state of limbo: Challenges associated with moving to another state. Round table presentation to the annual Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Recent Publications:

Casares, R., & Gladding, S. (2019). Using comedy to explore racial-ethnic identity with clients: A narrative approach. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Casares, R., & White, C. (2018). The phenomenological experience of parents who live with a boomerang child. The American Journal of Family Therapy.

Current Writing Activities:

Casares, R., & Binkley, E. (in preparation). Podcasts as an evolution of bibliotherapy. Conceptual manuscript.

Casares, R., & Binkley, E. (in preparation). An unfiltered look at idealized images: A social media activity for adolescent girls. Conceptual manuscript.

Morris, M., Casares, R. (data collected and analyzed). Divorced parents experiences with a court-mandated co-parenting program: A grounded theory perspective. Qualitative manuscript.

Casares, R. (under review). Embracing the podcast era: Trends, opportunities, & implications for counselors. Conceptual manuscript submitted for publication.

Personal:

Enjoys biking, playing tennis, reading sports magazines and historical biographies, listening to podcasts, and watching hockey.