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Dr. Nate Pruitt is the director of the Counseling Center and a licensed psychologist in New York.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a master's and doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Marquette University.  Dr. Pruitt also worked as a clinician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Marquette University before coming to Siena College.

Dr. Pruitt has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Albany Medical Center.  He has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles on topics including psychotherapy, cultural issues, and advising relationships.  Dr. Pruitt directs a practicum program for doctoral students from the University at Albany to work as clinicians at the Counseling Center for an academic year as part of their training.

Dr. Pruitt tends to use cognitive behavioral therapy and humanistic counseling approaches to treat depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and relationship problems.  He also enjoys working with cultural concerns, grief, and college adjustment issues.  He greatly enjoys his work with college students. 

Professional Development Activities:

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for OCD – Advanced Workshop
University at Albany

Providing Effective and Risk Managed Treatment for Patients with Suicidal Ideation
American Insurance Trust

Establishing a Peer Mentoring Program
Counseling Centers of New York Conference 

Outreach to Marginalized Populations
AUCCCD Webinar

Engaging faculty in outreach and prevention programming
AUCCCD Conference

Current Research in Suicide Prevention 
Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors

Assessing the Effect of Counseling Services on Retention and Graduation
Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors

Threat Assessment and Intervention Strategies
Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors

Strategies to Manage Demand at Counseling Centers 
Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors

Opportunities and Challenges of Working at a Faith-Based School 
Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors

Affirming Mental Health Care for LGBTQ+ Clients
Pride Center of the Capital Region

Building Emotional Resilience in College Students
Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors

Building Bridges: Decoding Media Coverage of Race, Gender and Class
Eric Deggans & Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors

Ethics of Trauma Treatment
American Psychological Association

Issues for Veterans on College Campuses 
Center for Deployment Psychology & American College Counseling Association