Vilia Tarvydas, Ph.D.

Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities
Center for Disabilities and Development
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Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
 
Phone: 319-335-5285
Email: vilia-tarvydas@uiowa.edu
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Last Updated: January 07, 2014

Vilia Tarvydas
 

Specialty Resource Contacts: Training Director - Rehabilitation & Mental Health
 
Discipline(s): Mental and Behavioral Health
Rehabilitation & Mental Health
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Education: Professor of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education. Dr. Vilia Tarvydas is Professor of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education and Director of the Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Ethics (I-DARE) and currently teaches ethics and mental health courses. Her clinical practice has been in traumatic brain injury, and physical rehabilitation, in a medical neurobehavioral brain injury facility, and hospital-based acute medical rehabilitation unit. She maintains her involvement with TBI rehabilitation through her current position as President of the Board of Directors of On With Life, Inc. in Ankeny, IA and the Recovery in Action Committee at the Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Center. Her scholarly works and national and international presentation shave concentrated on the areas of ethics, ethical decision-making, and professional governance and standards. She has published extensively in theses areas, and her most recent textbooks are Counseling Ethics and Decision Making (2007), a revised 3rd edition of her earlier book, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling, and The Professional Practice of Rehabilitation Counseling (in press). In 2009-2010 she also served on the Committee on the Qualification of Professionals Providing Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE, a study panel of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies of Science, Board o n the Health of Select Populations. Dr. Tarvydas has a career-long involvement in counseling professionalization, ethics, and credentialing. She served as Chair of the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners from 2000-2009, and it's Disciplinary Committee. She served on the ACA Licensure Committee for 7 years from 1985-1991. Dr. Tarvydas has extensive experience in counselor certification. She served for eight years on the national certification body CRS=CC in the 1990s. She was on CRCC's Executive Committee as Vice-Chair and Secretary, served on the Examination and Research Committee, chaired the Ethics Committee. Dr. Tarvydas has served as President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education in 2003-2004, President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (1997-98). Most recently, Dr. Tarvydas was President of the American Association of State Counseling boards from 2008-2009. She chaired the Iowa board of Behavioral Science Examiner's Disciplinary Committee for 8 years until summer 2008, has been a member of the ACA Ethics Committee and the American Occupational Therapy Association's Judicial Council. She was a member of the ACA Taskforce on Revision of the Code of Ethics that produced the 2005 The ACA Code of Ethics. She chaired the groups that developed the 1987 unified Code of Ethics for Professional Rehabilitation Counselors and served on the Task Force that drafted the 2002 CRCC Code of Professional Ethics. Most recently she was the Chair of the CRCC Task Force on Code Revision that produced the writing of the 2010 Code. She was the senior Co-Editor of a special joint edition of three professional journals in rehabilitation counseling (Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, and RehabPro) to provide scholarly discussion of the new CRCC Code of Professional Ethics.
Service: Professor of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education. Dr. Vilia Tarvydas is Professor of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education and Director of the Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Ethics (I-DARE) and currently teaches ethics and mental health courses. Her clinical practice has been in traumatic brain injury, and physical rehabilitation, in a medical neurobehavioral brain injury facility, and hospital-based acute medical rehabilitation unit. She maintains her involvement with TBI rehabilitation through her current position as President of the Board of Directors of On With Life, Inc. in Ankeny, IA and the Recovery in Action Committee at the Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Center. Her scholarly works and national and international presentation shave concentrated on the areas of ethics, ethical decision-making, and professional governance and standards. She has published extensively in theses areas, and her most recent textbooks are Counseling Ethics and Decision Making (2007), a revised 3rd edition of her earlier book, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling, and The Professional Practice of Rehabilitation Counseling (in press). In 2009-2010 she also served on the Committee on the Qualification of Professionals Providing Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE, a study panel of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies of Science, Board o n the Health of Select Populations. Dr. Tarvydas has a career-long involvement in counseling professionalization, ethics, and credentialing. She served as Chair of the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners from 2000-2009, and it's Disciplinary Committee. She served on the ACA Licensure Committee for 7 years from 1985-1991. Dr. Tarvydas has extensive experience in counselor certification. She served for eight years on the national certification body CRS=CC in the 1990s. She was on CRCC's Executive Committee as Vice-Chair and Secretary, served on the Examination and Research Committee, chaired the Ethics Committee. Dr. Tarvydas has served as President of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education in 2003-2004, President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (1997-98). Most recently, Dr. Tarvydas was President of the American Association of State Counseling boards from 2008-2009. She chaired the Iowa board of Behavioral Science Examiner's Disciplinary Committee for 8 years until summer 2008, has been a member of the ACA Ethics Committee and the American Occupational Therapy Association's Judicial Council. She was a member of the ACA Taskforce on Revision of the Code of Ethics that produced the 2005 The ACA Code of Ethics. She chaired the groups that developed the 1987 unified Code of Ethics for Professional Rehabilitation Counselors and served on the Task Force that drafted the 2002 CRCC Code of Professional Ethics. Most recently she was the Chair of the CRCC Task Force on Code Revision that produced the writing of the 2010 Code. She was the senior Co-Editor of a special joint edition of three professional journals in rehabilitation counseling (Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, and RehabPro) to provide scholarly discussion of the new CRCC Code of Professional Ethics.

Vita/Bio

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

NAME:  Tarvydas, Vilia T.                                                                                                                                      

Title on Training Grant: Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Training Director

Education:

     Institution and Location

Degree

Year(s)

Field of Study

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

B.A.

1971

Sociology

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

M.S.

1975

Rehabilitation Counseling

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Ph.D.

1987

Rehabilitation Counseling

Professional Experience (selected):

03/2010 to Present       Co-Director, Center for Disability Research and Education (CDRE) College of Education, The University of Iowa

09/2008 - 06/2011      Member, Conflict of Interest in Research Committee, The University of Iowa, Office of the Vice President for Research

07/2008 to Present       Professor and Clinical Coordinator, The Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, The University of Iowa

06/2004 to Present       Director, Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Ethics (IDARE), College of Education, The University of Iowa

05/2002 - 06/2008      Professor and Program Coordinator, The Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Counseling, Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development, The University of Iowa    

Certification and Licensure (selected):

05/1994 - Present        Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Iowa, #00409

05/1976 - Present        Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, #11742

Honors and Awards (selected):

04/2009                       Appointed Member of Committee on the Qualifications of Professionals Providing Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies of Science, Board on the Health of Select Populations

Publications (selected):

Leahy, M. J., Tarvydas, V.M., & Phillips, B.N. (In press). Re-visiting the call for unification of the professional associations in rehabilitation counseling.  Rehabilitation Education.

Tarvydas, V.M., Addy, A., & Fleming, A. (In press). Reconciling evidenced-based research practice with rehabilitation philosophy, ethics and practice: From dichotomy to dialectic.  Rehabilitation Education. 

Tarvydas, V., & Barros-Bailey, M. (2010). Ethical dilemmas of rehabilitation counselors: Results of an international qualitative study. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling,. [Joint special edition of Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, and The Rehabilitation Professional.}

Tarvydas, V.M., Leahy, M.J., & Zanskas, S.A. (2009). Judgment derred: Reappraisal of rehabilitation counseling movement toward licensure parity. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 39(4), 19-27.

Chan, F., Tarvydas, V., Blalock, K., Strauser, D., & Atkins, B. (2009). Unifying and elevating rehabilitation counseling through model-driven, diversity-sensitive evidence-based practice. Jounal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling (also published in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin).