Brian S. Canfield, EdD

Professor, Department of Counseling

EdD in Counseling and Guidance, emphasis in Marriage and Family
Therapy, Texas A&M University at Commerce
MA in Counseling, Louisiana Tech University
BA in Psychology, Louisiana Tech University

Dr. Brian Canfield holds the rank of Professor in the Counseling Department. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University, and the Doctor of Education degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce – with a major in Counseling and Guidance, and program emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. His research interests include professional practice issues, applied cybernetics, and intercultural counseling.

Dr. Canfield is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Louisiana, and a licensed Psychologist in the State of Arkansas. Throughout his career, Dr. Canfield has been active in professional organizations and has served in leadership roles at the state, national, and international level. He is a Fellow and former President of the American Counseling Association, and currently serves on the ACA Governing Council and Executive Committee.

Selected Publications

  • Canfield, B. (2014.) Diversity and Intercultural Work in Family Counseling – Chapter Three in Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling (David Capuzzi and Mark Stauffer, Editors) John Wiley & Sons, Publisher (In press.)
  • Canfield, B.; Low, L.; and Hovestadt, A. (2009.)Cultural immersion as a learning method for expanding intercultural competencies. The Family Journal. Vol. 17. No. 4.
  • Canfield, B. (2007.)The Dyadic Complexity Formula. The Family Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2.
  • Tatman, A.; Hovestadt, A.; Yelsma, P.; Fenell, D.; & Canfield, B. (2006.) Work and family conflict: An often overlooked issue in couple and family therapy, Contemporary Family Therapy, 28, 39-51.
  • Canfield, B., Ballard, M., Osmon, B., & McCune, C. (2004.). Collaborating to reduce fighting at school: School and family counselors work together, Journal of Professional School Counseling. Fall 2004.
  • Hovestadt, A.; Fenell, D. and Canfield, B. (2002.)Characteristics of Effective Providers of Marital and Family Therapy in Rural Mental Health Settings, Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Canfield, B. (2001.)Split-team therapy, chapter in Family Therapy Techniques, Vol. II. Richard Watts (Editor). American Counseling Association Press.
  • Canfield, B. (1999.) Relationship enrichment in Counseling and Human Development (monograph) Love Publishing: Denver. Vol. 31, No. 6.
  • Becvar, R.; Canfield, B.; and Becvar, D. (1997.) Group Work: Cybernetic, Constructivist, and Social Constructionist Perspectives. Love: Denver.

Selected Presentations

  • Canfield, B.; Fenell, D.; Flamez’, B.; and Hovestadt, A. (March 25, 2014.) Family Counseling Education in Developing and Emerging Countries – presentation at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association. Honolulu, HI.
  • Canfield, B. (November 2, 2013.) Helping “high-risk” clients: strategies for addressing issues of substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and suicidal ideation – two-day learning institute sponsored by the European Branch of the American Counseling Association. Bad Herrenalb, Germany.
  • Canfield, B., Albaz, R. and Fenell, D. (June 3, 2013.) International Developments in Family Counseling Education – IAMFC Northampton Institute. Park Campus, University of Northampton. Northampton, United Kingdom.
  • Canfield, B. (May 8, 2013.) Family Counseling Applications for School Counselors - Mevlana University, Konya, Turkey.
  • Canfield, B. (November 3 and 4, 2012.) Essentials of Systemic Therapy – Learning Institute conducted for the European Branch of the American Counseling Association. Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Canfield, B. (March 25, 2012.) International Advancements in Marriage and Family Counseling - The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors distinguished lecture series at the 2012 annual conference of the American Counseling Association. (Invited Presenter) San Francisco, CA.
  • Canfield, B. (October 3, 2011) Family Counseling: Moving from an Individual to a Systemic Orientation – Invited keynote address to the 11th National Congress of the Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association. Kusadasi, Turkey.