Faculty Profile – Christie Eppler, Ph.D., LMFT2020-07-22T10:32:00-07:00
Christie Eppler, Ph.D., LMFT

Christie Eppler, Ph.D., LMFT

AAMFT Approved Supervisor,
Program Director and Professor, Couples & Family Therapy Program

  • Washington State Marriage and Family Therapy License: LF00002377
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor #77538
  • Ph.D. (2002) in Family and Child Ecology, Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Michigan State University, a COAMFTE-accredited program
  • M.A. (1999) in Marriage and Family Therapy, Michigan State University, a COAMFTE-accredited program
  • M.A. (1997) in Counseling and Guidance, Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • B.A. (1994) in Literature/English, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Minor in Family Studies and Minor in Bible

Book:

Family Therapy Magazine:

  • Eppler, C. (2018). The resilient family therapist. Family Therapy Magazine. Alexandria, VA: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.Link: TheResilientCouplesAndFamilyTherapist

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Eppler, C., Cobb, R. A., Bien, S., & Wright, T. (accepted). Integrating Buddhist-informed interventions into narrative family therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies.
  • Eppler, C., Cobb, R. A., Bien, S., & Wright, T. (accepted). Epistemological intersections of Buddhism and narrative family therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies.
  • Eppler, C., & Hutchings, J. (accepted). Use of cinematherapy to illustrate systemic resilience. Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1002/(ISSN)1097-4679
  • Eppler, C., Cobb, R. A., & Wilson, E. E. (2019). Multifaith perspectives on family therapy models. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. doi: 10.1080/08975353.2019.1695092
  • Eppler, C. (2018). Women’s perceptions of using short films to integrate spirituality in therapy, Journal of Systemic Therapies, 37, 68-80.
  • Fackler, M., Eppler C., Hyun, J., & Gritter, K. (in press). Still looking for Alaska: Exploring female development after trauma.  The ALAN Review, V(issue). Right to Read Column.
  • Eppler, C. (2018). Ecosystem in family systems theory. In J. L. Lebow, A. L. Chambers, & D. Breunlin (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.Quek, K., Eppler, C., & Morgan, M. (2016). Teaching gender in family therapy education: reflection of cis-female students’ learning. Journal of Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/1467-6427.12122
  • Quek, K., Eppler, C., & Morgan, M. (2014). Qualitative study on cis-male students’ gender perspectives in the couple and family therapy classroom. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 26, 199-217.
  • Fackina, P., & Eppler, C. (2012). Exploration of perceived stressors, communication, and resilience in law-enforcement couples. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 23, 20-41.
  • Miller, J. K., Todahl, J., Platt, J., Lambert-Shute, J., & Eppler, C. (2010). Internships for future faculty: Meeting the career goals of the next generation of educators in marriage and family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 36, 71-79.
  • Eppler, C., & Weir, S. (2009). Family assessment in K-12 settings: Understanding family systems to provide effective, collaborative services. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 501-514.
  • Eppler, C., Olsen, J. A., & Hidano, L. (2009). Using stories in school counseling: Brief, narrative intervention. Professional School Counseling, 12, 387-391.
  • Eppler, C. (2008). Exploring themes of resiliency in children after the death of a parent. Professional School Counseling, 11, 189-196.
  • Eppler, C., & Carolan, M.T. (2006). Biblionarrative: A narrative technique uniting oral and written life-stories. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 16, 31-43.
  • Eppler, C. (2020, November). MFT as Leader? American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Orlando, FL. Conference canceled due to COVID-19.
  • Quek, K., Eppler, C., Tuttle, A. & Chen, H.M. (2020, November). Navigating Social Intersections in Clinical Supervision. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Orlando, FL. Conference canceled due to COVID-19.
  • Rodriguez, J., & Eppler, C. (2019, September). Expanding Qualitative Assessments for Inclusivity. Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Fall Conference. Seattle, WA.
  • Eppler, C. (2018, November). The Resilient Family Therapist. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Louisville, KY.
  • Eppler, C. (2018, March). The Accidental Leader. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Leadership Symposium. Seattle, WA.
  • Eppler, C., & Rodriguez, J. (2018, March). The Culturally Conscious Leader. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Leadership Symposium. Seattle, WA.
  • Eppler, C., Cobb, R., & Chilivis, N. (2017, October). Interfaith Perspectives on Family Therapy Theory. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • Eppler, C., & Cobb, R. (2017, September). Film, Faith, and Culture in Family Therapy. Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. Seattle, WA.
  • Eppler, C., & Rodriguez, J. (2016, September). Using Creative Assessments to Promote Social Justice. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Eppler, C., & Chilivis, N. (2016, September). Exploring Spirituality through Cinemetherapy. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Eppler, C., & Williams-Reede, J. (2015, September). Experientially exploring the intersections of resiliency and spirituality. Presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Austin, TX.
  • Eppler, C. (2015, April). Narrative Therapy: Healing Stories of Faith and Hope. Washington Pastoral Counselor Association’s Regional Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Morgan, M., Quek, K., & Eppler, C. (2014, July). Male-students’ perspectives in gender course: A qualitative study. International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) 22nd International Congress. Paris, France.
  • Eppler, C., Quek, K., & Morgan, M. (2014, June). The reformation of gender for male therapists in training. American Academy for Family Therapy (AFTA) Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • Eppler, C. & Williams-Reede, J. (2013, October). Exploring the intersections of resiliency and spirituality using narrative therapy techniques when working with adolescents and adults. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Conference. Portland, Oregon.
  • Eppler, C. (2012, June). Using qualitative assessment tools to explore the intersection of spirituality and resiliency. Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Eppler, C. (2011, October). Response to keynote lecture and panel moderator. American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Northwest Division Conference. Seattle, Washington.
  • Eppler, C. (2009, October). Exploring spirituality in a multicultural family. American Association of Pastoral Counseling, Northwest Division Conference. Seattle, Washington.
  • Eppler, C. (2018). Energy Between Us: Celebrating World Marriage Day. Invited talk sponsored by Sacred Heart Parish. Bellevue, WA.
  • Eppler, C. (2016). Critical Race Theory and Media Images. Presented for the Center for Seattle University’s Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle, WA.
  • Eppler, C. (2016). Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care. Presented for Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s Mentor Day. Seattle, WA.
  • Eppler, C., & Casavant, C. (2015). Emotionally intelligent relationships. Presented for Looking from the Inside Out: An Exploration of Emotional Intelligence. Redhawk Leadership Summit, Seattle University.
  • Eppler, C. (2012). Listen, question, and create: A pastoral counselor’s encounter of Islam. Presented for the Dean’s Dinner, Seattle University.
  • Eppler, C. (2011). Culture, sacred texts and the individual: How to create meaning. Presented for Renew, Recharge, Refresh: Seattle University and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging.
  • Eppler, C. (2010). Values and the developmental assets. White Center Heights Family Advocacy Council.
  • Eppler, C. (2010). Family strengths. A Three-Week Adult Education Seminar at Seattle First Baptist Church.
  • Eppler, C. (2009). Good grief small group. Presented at Bellevue First Congregation Church. Bellevue, WA.

I love being a Couples and Family Therapy educator!  My vocation as an academic, specifically as a couple and family therapy instructor, researcher, and supervisor, aligns with Seattle University’s vision to educate the whole person and empower leaders for a just and humane world.

My passion is to work with students who desire to use systemic therapy in order to provide effective, ethical, and compassionate care to all.  I love seeing students transform. I enjoy teaching, supervising, and mentoring clinical students who become the next generation of therapists.

My teaching style combines didactic lectures and cooperative learning approaches. Collaborative learning de-emphasizes a competitive classroom atmosphere, instead increasing team learning and support. My classes prioritize a growth mindset.

A strength-based narrative model informs my teaching, research, and clinical work. I am a qualitative researcher. My scholarship gives voice to accounts of resilience, which aids therapists in bolstering their clients’ strengths.

CONTACT
Email: epplerc@seattleu.edu
Phone: 206.296.6975

COURSES TAUGHT

Clinical 2 (STMC 5560)

Couples and Family Therapy: Identity and Ethics (STMC 5220)

AREAS OF INTEREST

Resilience

Narrative Family Therapy

Social Justice and Systemic Treatment

Curriculum Vitae