Jose Tapia-Fuselier, PhD

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Jose Tapia-Fuselier, PhD

Assistant Professor
Counseling and Human Services
COLU 3001

Biographical Information

Jose “Joey” Luis Tapia-Fuselier Jr. (pronouns: he, him, his) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the College of Education at UCCS. He completed his PhD in counseling at the University of North Texas with a focus on marriage and family therapy. His research focuses on culturally and disability-responsive care across the lifespan for people with disabilities, interabled couples in couple counseling, and bilingual counselor training and supervision. Jose is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas, National Certified Counselor, Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapy-Supervisor. He has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has served clients (individuals, couples, families, children) in public and private rehabilitation settings as well as, in private and community practice. He serves clients across the lifespan with a special focus on disability in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Theoretical Orientation

  • Attachment Theory
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy

Areas of Interest

  • Disability Affirmative Therapy
  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy
  • Couple Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision


PhD, Counseling, University of North Texas

MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of North Texas

BS, Rehabilitative Services-Deafness Concentration, University of Texas Pan-American


Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)

National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist – Supervisor (CCPT-S)

Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapist – Supervisor (CPRT-S)


COUN 5410 Measurement and Appraisal

COUN 3110 Interviewing and Mediation

COUN 3500 Group Dynamics and Group Process

COUN 5020 Laboratory in Individual Counseling

COUN 5040 Human Growth and Development

Specialized Training

EFT in a Time of Racial Reckoning – April 2021

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, Level 1 – February 2021

Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals – April 2020

EFT, Working with High Conflict Couples – November 2019

EFT, Core Skills 3 & 4 – September 2019 

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy – September 2019 

EFT, Core Skills 1 & 2 – June 2019

Attachment Centered Play Therapy – June 2019

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) – June 2019

SAR Fatness – June 2019

Group Play Therapy Workshop – October 2018

EFT, Externship – Austin, TX June 2018


Rodriguez, M., Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., Ceballos, P., & Agarwal, S. (2021). Disability-responsive adaptations: Child-parent relationship therapy for children with disabilities. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 1-10.

Schmit, M. K., Oller, M. L., Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., & Schmit, E. L. (2020) A holistic client functioning profile comparison of persons with serious mental illness. Journal of Counseling and Development, 20(1), 3-16. Doi:10.1002/jcad.12295

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., & Ray, D. C. (2019). Culturally and linguistically responsive play therapy: Adapting child-centered play therapy for deaf children. International Journal of Play Therapy, 28(2), 79-87. Doi:10.1037/pla0000091

Selected Presentations

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., Balva, D., & Sacco-Bene, C. (2021, March). Creating space in the classroom: Exploring power, privilege, and inclusion of disability. Presented (online) at American Counseling Association (ACA).


Balva, D., Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., & Mandas, P. A. (2021, March). Supervising counselors-in-training with disabilities: What our profession needs to know. Sponsored by American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) presented (online) at ACA.


Stark, C., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2021, March). Ethically responsive treatment of gender-diverse clients with disabilities. Presented (online) at Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference.


Robinson, K., Vaishnav, S., Backer, A., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2021, March). Social justice, advocacy, and inclusion strategies for graduate students and new professional. Presented (online) at ACA.


Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2020, July). Enhancing relational bonds: Conducting group therapy with interabled couples. Presented (online) at the National Council for Rehabilitation Education (NCRE).

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., Balva, D. (2020, July). Advancing as a student: Preparing for certification exam and conference preparation. Presented (online) at the NCRE.

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., Robinson, H. (2019, October). Can we work together? Navigating cross-theory supervision. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Seattle, Washington. 

Wehrman, J. D., Burgin, E., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2019, July). Never shall I fail my comrades: Addressing moral injury with military and first responder personnel. Presented at the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., Malacara, A. (2019, June). Sex therapy with interabled couples: An intersectional approach. Presented at the American Association Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Waddington, A., Robino, A., Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., Vaishnav, S., & McKenna (2019, March). Survival tips for graduate students and new professionals. Presented at the American Counseling Association (ACA), New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., & Rodríguez, M. (2018, October). Enhancing the diverse learner experience: Training in consejeria bilingüe. Presented at Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., Butts, C. M. (2018, October). First timer’s session. Presented at SACES, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Cartwright, A., Ceballos, P., Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., Carey, C., & Amundson, J. (2019, February). Cultivating equity: Two grant projects for clinically underserved communities. Presented at Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES), Dallas, Texas.

Robinson, H., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2019, February). Blurred lines: Addressing sticky situations in counselor education and supervision. Presented at TACES, Dallas, Texas.

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., & Rodríguez, M. (2018, March). Implications for bilingual counselor training and supervision. Presented at TACES, Austin, Texas.

Agarwal, S., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2019, February). Utilizing research to inform clinical practice: Tips and tricks to integrating research and advocating for clients. Presented at CSI/UNT CSJ 2nd Annual Conference, Denton, Texas.

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2018, February). Progressing in multicultural and social justice counseling competencies: A discussion on ability status. Presented at Chi Sigma Iota: Rho Kappa One-Day Conference at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

Reyes, A. G., Rodríguez, M., Allen, N., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2018, February). Beyond the counseling room: Meeting the needs of undocumented Latinx clients. Presented at Chi Sigma Iota: Rho Kappa One-Day Conference at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

Chan, C. D., Cartwright, A. D., Ceballas, P. L., Carey, C. D., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2020, June). Multicultural Training in Integrated Care and Behavioral Health. Presented at ICBH Summer Training.

Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., & Montana, A. (2020, June). The impact of COVID-19 on children with disabilities. Presented at Denton County Friends of the Family online

Ceballos, P. L., Rodríguez, M., Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr., & Reyes, A. G. (2019, December) Terapia de juego centrada en niños. Presented at Departamento de Trabajo Social Inter Metro at San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Ceballos, P. L., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2019, June). Immigration integration and translation services in mental health counseling. Presented at ICBH Summer Integrated Care and Multicultural Training.

Cartwright, A. D., Ceballos, P. L., Carey, C. D., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. L., Jr. (2019, January). Creating and cultivating equity: Grant writing and medically underserved communities. Presented for Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.


Doctoral Student of The Year Award – ARCA April 2021

Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award – ACA March 2021

Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award – ICP December 2020

Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award – ACES October 2020

NBCC Minority Fellowship Award for Doctoral Mental Health Counselors 2019 – 2020

Outstanding Doctoral Student Award – Chi Sigma Iota: Rho Kappa Chapter 2018 – 2019

Outstanding Service to Chapter Award – Chi Sigma Iota: Rho Kappa Chapter 2017 – 2018


RMACES, President-Elect July 2021 – Present

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International, Faculty Co-Advisor July 2020 – Present

International Journal for Play Therapy, Ad Hoc Reviewer March 2019

ACES, Graduate Student Representative July 2020 – July 2021

ACES Graduate Student Committee, Chair July 2020 – July 2021

ACES Finance and Budget Committee, Committee Member June 2020 – July 2021

NCRE, Student Representative April 2019 – April 2021

SACES Emerging Leader Program, Co-coordinator May 2020 – Present