Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

2016 Award Citation

Counseling Psychology Program
Alumnus Award

Rufus Gonzales, PhD 2006

Dr. Rufus Gonzales received his Ph.D. in 2006 and is now a coordinator of clinical training in the School of Education's counseling psychology program.

Dr. Gonzalez served as President of the Association of the Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training. During his presidency, this organization developed guidelines and procedures for coordinating clinical placements of counseling and psychology students that involved cooperation among training programs and clinical sites. This was not an easy process given the number of clinical training programs and clinical sites in the Chicago-land area, but now the system functions quite effectively thanks to his efforts.  During his time at DePaul University, he served as Liaison to the Office of Student Diversity to develop an LGBTQ initiative that won a University-wide service award.  As a coordinator of clinical training, he not only streamlined procedures for clinical training, but also goes above and beyond his call of duty to ensure that all of our students are progressing well academically as well as clinically.

Our students admire and respect him and say how much they value the work he does with them.  The faculty of the Counseling Psychology Program feel that Dr. Rufus Gonzales certainly deserves to be honored with our Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2016 for his leadership in the training of counselors and psychologists in the greater Chicago-land area, his contributions to the lives of the LGBTQ community, and his dedication to our program and our students.