Ruth Ann Auten, MA, LMFT



Adjunct Faculty

Contact Information:
(408) 876-0909

Faculty Status:

Adjunct Faculty


Masters Program


BA, Sociology, Santa Clara University (1974)
MA, Counseling Psychology, John F Kennedy University (2006) 


Ms. Ruth Auten obtained her BA in Sociology from Santa Clara University in 1974.  She worked for 26-years for Santa Clara County Probation, with adolescents, adults, and families within the legal and custody systems.  Positions that afforded her the opportunity to counsel individuals and their families, supervise and manage institutions and adult supervision units.   She earned a MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (JFKU) in 2006.    

Some of Ms. Auten’s specialized trainings have included:  Giaretto Institute Sexual Abuse Victims Treatment; Adults and Children Together [ACT]-Parenting without Violence as Course Instructor; Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs Assessment [CANS]; and Trauma Informed Services Certification including Seeking Safety. She has worked for JFKU in a variety of positions since 2006: in JFKU’s Community Counseling Center as Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Director, and School-Based Director, and as Adjunct Faculty since 2012.  She has been in private practice since 2007 and has also works as a clinical supervisor.

In private practice, Ms. Auten typically sees adolescents, individuals, couples and families.  She also works with trainees, interns and licensed therapists on self-awareness, personal growth, and empowerment. She also enjoys working as a co-therapist in conjoint sessions with couples. 

Ms. Auten has taught courses to Probation Staff working in Juvenile Hall and the Ranches in Mental Health Issues in Custody as well as created a curriculum for a Leadership Academy for that Department.

Ms. Auten grew up in Los Angeles (Watts), California.  As a multi-racial child of divorced parents, she knew since 8th grade that she wanted to do this work!  She has been married for 44 years, has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and has lived in East San Jose for the past 38 years.  She comes from a family that is culturally, spiritually, and racially diverse.  Her personal interests include spending time with family, being in nature, cooking, reading, art creativity, exploring diverse cultural, spiritual or faith traditions and creating ritual for meaning-making.

Areas of Interest:

Mental Health Issues in Custody, Mentoring & Leadership, Clinical Issues in Treatment: Diversity & Culture & Spirituality