Dr. Jillian Blueford

Jillian Blueford

Clinical Assistant Professor

Practicum & Internship Specialist

What I do

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology
Practicum & Internship Specialist, SchoolCounseling@Denver


Grief counseling; children and adolescent grief; counselor preparation and grief training


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2019
  • MA, Counseling, Rollins College, 2016
  • BS, Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2013

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • American School Counselor Association
  • Association of Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Adult Development & Aging
  • Colorado School Counseling Association
  • National Alliance for Grieving Children

Featured Publications

Blueford, J. M. -L., Thacker, N. E., & Brott, P. E. (2021). Creating a system of care for early adolescents grieving a death loss . Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 7(3), 207-220.
Blueford, J. M. -L., Diambra, J. F., & Wheat, L. S. (2021). Counselor preparedness to counsel grieving clients: Insights and implications. Death Studies.
Blueford, J. M. -L., & Adams, C. R. (2021). Trauma-Informed grief counseling with older BIPOC individuals. Adultspan Journal, 20(2), 111-124.
Blueford, J. M. -L., & Gibbons, M. M. (2020). Elementary school counselors supporting students experiencing anticipatory grief . Professional School Counseling Journal, 23(1), 1-9.
Blueford, J. M. -L. (2021). Perspectives on grief and loss, 64(5), 24-25.


Blueford, J. M. -L. (2021). COVID19: Stress and grief during a global pandemic. Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute 19th Annual Community Mental Health Conference. Virtual: Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute.
Blueford, J. M. -L., Shaine, M., Kostohryz, K., Avadhanam, R., Kocet, M., Wheat, L., & Kepic, M. (2021). Teaching grief and loss across the CACREP curriculum. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2021 Conference. Atlanta, GA: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.


  • Edie Stark-Shirley Scott Early Achievement Award, Association for Death Education and Counseling