United States of America
Alan Forrest, Ed.D. is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Radford University. Over the past 35 years he has held a variety of positions in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse settings. Dr. Forrest is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has extensive clinical experience in the areas of individual, couples, family, and group counseling. He has facilitated training seminars, workshops, and retreats in the areas of loss, grief and bereavement; chemical dependency and family therapy; couples communication skill training; men's issues in counseling; and mindfulness/meditation practices in counseling. In addition to his personal mindfulness meditation practice, Alan has led, and co-led, mindfulness retreats for college and graduate students, medical students, human service and mental health professionals, educators, young adults and others. He is actively involved in infusing mindfulness into both his counseling practice and into the college classroom. He is interested in mindfulness pedagogy and facilitates weekly mindfulness practice groups at Radford University for faculty and staff. Alan has been a consultant and trainer for various mental health centers, school districts, hospices, businesses, and organizations. Alan is affiliated with a private practice, Life in Balance: Counseling & Wellness Center in Christiansburg.