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Allen E. Ivey is Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Allen is the founder and former president of Microtraining Associates, an educational publishing firm focusing on counseling and therapy skills and multicultural approaches to counseling and therapy. He currently serves as a consultant to Microtraining/Alexander Street Press. After his degree from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), he studied social work in Denmark on a Fulbright and then earned his doctorate in counseling from Harvard. A Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Allen is a past-president and Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the American Counseling Association.  He is also a Fellow of  APA’s The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues and the Asian American Psychological Association.


The author or co-author of over 40 books and 200 articles, his works have been translated into 21 languages. His major scholarly focus has been on demystifying the counseling and therapy process and this led to a deep interest in multicultural issues.  His first anti-racism workshop was in 1967. The originator of the influential microcounseling framework and the integrative theory, Developmental Counseling and Therapy (DCT), Allen has won wide recognition and national and international awards. However, he is most pleased and honored by being named a “Distinguished Multicultural Elder” at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit.


Dr. Ivey was the first person to present on neuroscience and counseling at the American Counseling Association 13 years ago. The Ivey’s are delighted to see the growth in interest in neuroscience over the years. For years the couple has keynoted conferences around the world from Denmark and Finland to Turkey, Japan, and Australia. Recently, they keynoted the the South Asian and Pacific Rim Conference in Borneo. Allen and Mary’s most recent book with co-author Carlos P. Zalaquett is the 9th Edition of Intentional Interviewing and Counseling, with over 200 neuroscience related references from the years 2010 to the present. 


Ed.D. Counseling and Guidance, Harvard University, 1959


Fulbright Grant : Social Work:  Deinstitutionalization, Univ. Copenhagen, Denmark, 1955-56


A.B. Psychology, Stanford University, 1955 (With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa)

Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology

Research Interests
  • Counseling and Therapy Interviewing Skills (Microcounseling Developed in 1966)​​

  • Developmental Counseling and Therapy

  • Applied Neuroscience for Counseling and Therapy

  • Cognitive decline, MCI, Alzheimer’s

  • Multiculturalism

  • Social Justice in Clinical Practice


Mary Bradford Ivey is currently a Consultant with Microtraining, a division of Alexander Street Press.  She has served as visiting professor or counselor at Amherst, College, Flinders University, Australia (two appointments), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, University of Hawai`i, Manoa, and Keene State College. Mary’s undergraduate degree in social work and education is from Gustavus Adolphus College and she has a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She earned her doctorate in organizational development at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a founding director of the National Institute for Multicultural Competence.


Mary was among the first 10 named as Fellows of the American Counseling Association. She is the author or coauthor of 17 books, several articles and chapters, and over ten counseling and therapy training videotapes, translated into multiple languages. She is a nationally certified counselor (NCC).  She has presented workshops and keynote lectures throughout the world including Australia, Canada, Greater Britain, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, and Sweden.  Mary received national recognition in 1988 when her elementary counseling program at the Fort River School was named one of the ten best in the nation at the Christa McAuliffe Conference.  She is also the recipient of the O`hana Award of the American Counseling Association for her work in multicultural counseling and therapy. She is currently leading a major church/community program around social justice issues in Sarasota, Florida.


Mary has joined Allen in the work of neuroscience and their most recent book with Carlos Zalaquett, Intentional Interviewing and Counseling, was and is the first book to show specifics of neuroscience as they relate to counseling. Mary gives special attention to the role of stress and stress management as they relate to neuroscience and practice. Other presentation interests include management issues, professional coaching, community organizing, and counseling children.

Research Interests

Ed.D. Organizational Development, University of Massachusetts,


M.A. Counseling, University of Wisconsin, Madison

B.A. Social Work and Education, Gustavus Adolphus College

  • Multicultural/Social Justice 

  • Community Organizing and Action

  • Bullying

  • Applied Neuroscience/Neurobiology

  • Interviewing skills for counseling and therapy

  • Theories of counseling and psychotherapy

  • Community Organizing

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