Dr. Thomas W. Blume

Dr. Thomas W Blume
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Couple and Family Specialization
Department: Counseling
Office: 491A Pawley Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3069
E-mail: blume@oakland.edu
Website: http://www.identityrenegotiation.com

Office Hours
Distance advising using Skype or Elluminate software (permits document sharing) can be arranged with advance notice. For current advising hours see the home page advising schedule. 

Courses Taught
Theories of Counseling, Developmental Counseling, Advanced Theories of Counseling, Practicum in Counseling, Introduction to Couple and Family Counseling, Advanced Couple and Family Theory, Couple and Family Methods and Techniques, Family Development, Family Assessment, and Internship in Couple and Family Counseling.

Personal Information
I am a Michigan Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor. I am a Clinical Fellow with Approved Supervisor status in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


  • Postmodern and Poststructural theories, including my own Identity Renegotiation theory
  • Addictions and families in recovery
  • Adolescents in families
  • Spirituality in families
  • Stepfamily politics and development
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Online relationships, including counseling and virtual worlds
  • Narrative counseling
  • Social justice

Ph.D. Marital and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University; M.A. Developmental Clinical Psychology, Antioch University; B.A. Early Childhood Education, Washington International College

Blume, T. W. (2010) Counseling for identity renegotiation. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 10, 92-105.

Blume, T. W. (2008) Retelling the story of family counseling. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 16(1), 6-12.

Blume, T. W. (2006). Becoming a family counselor: A bridge to family therapy theory and practice. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Blume, T. W., & Cole, C. L. (2004). A Family with gender inequality: Theory in clinical teaching. In V. L. Bengtson, A. C. Acock, K. R. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson, & D. M. Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of family theory and research (pp. 586-589) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Blume, L. B., & Blume, T. W. (2003). Toward a dialectical model of family gender discourse: Body, identity, and sexuality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 770-799.

Blume, T. W. (2002). Negotiating identity in couple sexuality. In L. Burlew and D. Capuzzi (Eds.), Sexuality counseling (pp. 89-109). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Koukal, D. R., Blume, L. B., & Blume, T. W. (2002). Dwelling in the classroom: A phenomenology of distance learning. Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family: Innovations in Family Science Education, 2, 19-40.

Blume, T. W., & Harris, S. (1999). Review Essay: F. Kaslow, Handbook of relational diagnoses and dysfunctional family patterns. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 7, 86-88.

Blume, T. W. (1997). A social role negotiation approach to campus prevention of alcohol and other drug problems. In Bringing theory into practice: Designing alcohol and other drug prevention programs in higher education (pp. 1-48). Newton, MA: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention. Available online at http://searchpubs.higheredcenter.org/files/product/designing-theory.pdf

Blume, T. W., Green, S., Joanning, & H., Quinn, W. (1994). Social role negotiation skills for substance abusing adolescents: A group model.Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 11, 197-204.

Blume, T. W., & Trumble, P. (1993). Alternatives: Choice-making in daily life. Detroit: Addiction Studies Institute. (ERIC Document Retrieval Service, #ED 363832)

Blume, T. W., & Price, J. A. (1993). Strategic mediation: Strategies in service of family empowerment. Journal of Systemic Therapies 12(4), 53-65.

Other Information
My papers, podcasts, and presentation slides can be downloaded from www.identityrenegotiation.com.