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Dareen Basma


Counselor Education

Dareen is currently seeking her PhD in Counselor Education. Originally from Kuwait, she received her BS in Psychology, her MS in Mental Health Counseling, and came to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for her PhD in 2013. We asked her to reflect on some of her past and current experiences. Read her responses below.

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Service Work

  • School-Community Liaison at Inskip Elementary School
    University Assisted Community Schools Program

    • Inskip Elementary is a Title I school that is being transitioned to a full-service community school under the University Assisted Community School Model.
  • Volunteer at Bridge Refugee Agency
    • Provide case management services to incoming families that include transportation, finding housing, employment services and applying for social security.

Manuscripts Under Review

  • Basma, D., & Gibbons, M. M. An existential approach with Arab American immigrants. Submitted to Journal of Humanistic Counseling. February 2015.
  • Basma, D., & Kronick, R. Lead, follow or get out of the way: The movement towards University Assisted Community Schools. Submitted to Universities and Community Schools November 2014.


  • Burgin, E., Banks, B., Basma, D. & Cochran, J. (March 2015). Avenues to Awareness: Wellness through Mindfulness, Art, and Culture. 90-minute workshop will be presented at 2015 Association for Humanistic Counseling Day of Wellness at American Counseling Association Conference. Orlando, FL: University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Basma, D. (February 2015). Plight of the Refugees: Implications For Counselors. 75-minute workshop will be presented at the 2015 Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change. Savannah, GA: University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Basma, D., Banks, B. & Burch, T. (February 2015). A Dialogue Between Frankl and Buddha: Mindfulness Skills in Existential Counseling. 60-minute workshop will be presented at the 2015 Smokey Mountain Counseling Association. Jefferson City, TN: University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Invited Presentations

  • Basma, D. (March, 2015). The Forgotten Three: Cross-cultural considerations when working with immigrants, refugees and undocumented youth and adult. 75 minute presentation in PSYCH 577: Multicultural Psychology: Research and Theory. University of Tennessee.
  • Basma, D. (December, 2014). Migration Stressors and Trauma in Refugees and Asylum Seekers. 60 minute workshop. Catholic Charities. Nasvhille, Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN.
  • Basma, D. (August 2014). Working with refugee populations in a community school setting. 60 minute presentation in COUN 404: Special Topics: Service Learning in the Community. University of Tennessee.

Refer to Curriculum Vita for more details

Personal Interests

My hobbies include reading, writing, painting, photography and eating (mainly eating). I also enjoy anything related to music and film. I have two sisters, an older one and a younger one, and they live in Kuwait with the rest of my family.

Future/Vocational Goals

My future goals involve teaching at a university level and continuing to work with refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrant populations. I want my work and research to focus on immigration policies and the education system, addressing issues that prevent those populations from both assimilating and succeeding in the U.S. Ideally, I’d like to work on the development of community based school settings that target incoming immigrant populations (both youth and adult), providing them with a full range of resources that help ease the migration and acculturation process.

What sold you on this program?

The faculty. I knew I wanted to be a part of this program after the day of my interview, where I had met and spoken to all the faculty members in the department.

What is the best tidbit/find you have about Knoxville?

Knoxville has a lot of hole-in-the-wall type ethnic restaurants that are so much better than the typical restaurants you would run into!

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