April Vogel, Ph.D.
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April Vogel is a licensed psychologist with 30 years of experience in teaching, counseling, research, and assessment. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Stanford University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami, her internship training at Franciscan Children’s Hospital (Boston University), and her post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins University. Her career has focused on helping infants, children, adolescents and families navigate a wide range of life challenges. She has a deep commitment to attachment theory, to helping people with the transformation process early in life, and to a family systems perspective in counseling.
April began her career in private practice in combination with consulting in elementary schools, and teaching a course about the effects of divorce on children. She then transitioned into positions within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami, where she conducted research on the long term effects of in-utero drug exposure on children and on the most effective models to engage substance abusing pregnant women into treatment. While at the University of Miami, she taught courses on Developmental Psychology, Social and Emotional Development, and Effective Behavioral Health Delivery Systems. She then joined the faculty of a pre-K through 12th grade private independent day school as the Guidance Counselor in the High School where she counseled students, ran character education, mindfulness, and peer counseling programs, taught a Life Skills course to 10th graders, led the community service program, and started a Theater for Social Change program.
When she moved to Santa Fe in 2015, April began a deeper pursuit of her interests in yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and the restorative power of nature. She has brought this focus to her current work as a third grade associate teacher at Rio Grande School. Her goal as a faculty member at Southwestern is to create a nurturing classroom environment where students can examine their own backgrounds in relation to the work they will do as future counselors helping others. She integrates her own mindfulness practice into her teaching methods and her facilitation of the group experience.