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Farinato, Eleanor A.

Senior Faculty
University of Massachusetts Amherst
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Psychology and Counseling

Academic Focus

Counseling children and adolescents, multiculturalism, school safety

Community Involvement

While a counselor in the Cambridge Public Schools, Dr. Farinato worked with the bilingual students and community to establish bilingual education for all students. Her facility with five languages has served her well when it comes to dealing with non-English speaking people. She volunteered with the Community Crisis Response Team out of Cambridge Hospital and trained with the American Red Cross, Secret Service and FBI. She co-developed and ran the totally volunteer employee assistance program for the Cambridge School Department. She volunteered with the Cambridge and Arlington Police Departments to develop crisis teams. She helped to develop the Adolescent Parenting Program, for pregnant and parenting teens. She was also invited to be part of various NEASC teams that went out to evaluate high schools and colleges throughout New England.

Courses Taught

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Practicum and Internship
Internship Seminar and Advanced Internship Seminar
Human Development Across the Lifespan


Ed.D. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Supervision
C.A.E.S. - Boston College - Counseling psychology
M.Ed. - Boston College - Counseling psychology
B.A. - Boston University - Mathematics and history

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)


C. C. Lee and M. L. Sirch in "Counseling in an Enlightened Society: Values for a New Millenium" Counseling and Values (38, pp. 90-97) use a couple of phrases when speaking of counseling and these phrases, I feel, are important to our profession. They indicate that, as counselors, we should develop "a sense of social responsibility" and become "social change agents." Counselors need to expand their roles beyond just helping their clients, to also making the world and society a better place for EVERYONE, including their clients. We must believe that positive change can occur, but we must work to help that change happen.

Professional Experience
  • Lesley University - adjunct faculty
  • Arlington Public Schools - supervisor of guidance
  • Cambridge Public Schools - teacher, counselor, lead counselor, lead teacher for management, principal summer school
Awards & Recognitions
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • Finalist, Crystal Award for Preeminence in Teaching
  • Cambridge Alumni Association Hall of Fame 1997
  • Massachusetts Teacher of the Year - nominated 1997, 1998
  • Outstanding Counselor Award - Rutgers University
  • Peace and Justice Award - Cambridge Peace Commission
  • Christa McAuliffe's Christa's Teacher Award
  • Delta Kappa Gamma
  • Who's Who of American Women
  • Notable Americans of the Bicentennial Era
  • Who's Who in the East
  • Humanitarian Award - Cambridge Teachers Association
Research & Publications

Doctoral dissertation: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting: National Problem, Local Solution. 1994

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association
National Education Association
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Massachusetts School Counselors Association
Portuguese American Cultural Society
Cambridge Organization of Portuguese Americans
Delta Kappa Gamma
Sons of Italy, Grand Lodge
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
American Counseling Association
American School Counselors Association
Phi Delta Kappa
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
American Mental Health Counseling Association