Michael Mariska

Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator

E-mail: mamariska@plymouth.edu

Office: Samuel Read Hall Building, Room 312

Campus Phone #: 603-535-3288




Mike Mariska is the program coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Plymouth State University.  His is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of New Hampshire, and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  He has been a faculty member at Plymouth since 2014, having previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Long Island University in Brookville, NY.  In addition to program coordination, he teaches core coursework in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Couples and Family Therapy, and School Psychology programs.  He is the Clinical Experiences Coordinator for students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, working to coordinate placements at a variety of clinical sites for Practicum and Internship experiences.  In the Counselor Education and School Psychology department, he serves as the faculty advisor for Plymouth State’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honor society.

Mike Mariska was elected the president of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) for the 2017-2018 academic year, and has held multiple positions on the NARACES board since 2011.  He also serves as an accreditation site team member for the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), visiting and reviewing programs seeking accreditation or reaccreditation under CACREP standards.  In addition to his duties as a faculty member, Dr. Mariska works one day a week as a staff counselor in the Baird Health and Counseling Center at Colby-Sawyer College, assisting students with a variety of mental health concerns.  His clinical experiences also include work in other college counseling centers, career counseling, and community counseling with a variety of populations in multiple ares of the country. Prior to entering the counseling field, he worked in student affairs and as a program coordinator for a number of nonprofit organizations.

Degrees and Education
  • PhD, Counselor Education and Counseling, Idaho State University
  • MS, Community Counseling, Southern Connecticut State University
  • BA, Psychology, University of Connecticut

Research Interests
  • Counselor Education and Preparation
  • Counseling Skills Training
  • Nonverbal Communication in Counseling
  • Counselor Empathy and Self-Efficacy Development
  • LGBTQQI+ Issues in Counseling
  • Incorporating Neuroscience into Counselor Education and Practice

Courses Taught
  • Counseling Skills
  • Counseling Theories and Personality
  • Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health
  • Group Counseling
  • Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Social Behavior and Diversity
  • Practicum
  • Seminar and Internship in Mental Health Counseling