Dr. Richard Riordan writes, “after I’ve racked up my self-imposed quota for moaning about old age I often move to reveling in my choice of counseling and psychology as a career path. Those years have seen astounding advances in our discipline. My privilege has been to witness this with the finest set of students and colleagues imaginable.”
Riordan spent 31 years with CPS and mostly involved himself with the community and rehabilitation courses. He also spent additional concentration on directing the practicum/internship placements.
His doctoral students were drawn mostly from counselor education and counseling psychology, where the primary doctoral teaching courses were Supervision of Counseling Services and Advanced Career Counseling.
He retains his professional and hobby interests, enjoys reading APA type journals, but states the he would have to “feign currency in many of our discipline areas and probably could not pass comprehensives in most. However, I still love to debate anything.”
His past and present areas of study include his research endeavors that have involved the use of adjuncts in counseling and psychotherapy. He feels that passion is best represented by his publications in the adjunctive applications of scriptotherapy, bibliotherapy, group work, horticulture and other stress-coping tools. He hopes his own interest in writing and editorial appointments in major professional journals assisted greatly in helping interested students develop that part of their career.