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MCA's Annual Conference

Holistic Health - Taking Care of Yourself, Your Clients and Your Community

Keynote Speaker - Dr. S. Kent Butler, Jr.

Session: RAW *Realism * Authenticity * Wisdom: Holistically Taking Care of US!

S. Kent Butler uses his personal story to speak truth about the effects of privilege on his own mental wellness and resolve, while sharing best practices for removing culturally biased barriers. Described by his audiences as authentic and real, he coins his presentation as “RAW: *Realism * Authenticity * Wisdom: Holistically Taking Care of US!” was developed during a moment of intense reflection of his life and an even deeper meditation related to the state of the world and highlights how clinicians can successfully balance counseling and self-care with social justice advocacy. This presentation provides counselors with insights, wisdom, and encouragement on how to intentionally get into “good trouble” as Anti-Racist co-conspirators fighting against injustices on a global scale and working proactively on behalf of the clients in their lives.

Learning Objectives: 

Following this presentation, participants will have learned and/or be able to:

1) Participants will explore and acquire a meaningful understanding of the influences power and privilege has on society

2) Participants will learn to develop and integrate best practices for removing culturally biased barriers that impact “US” today

3) Participants will learn how one’s values, attitudes, actions, and self-care affect the communities that they serve and adopt and utilize effective antiracist resources that support their social justice advocacy

    NBCC Content Area: Social and Cultural Foundations

    Presenter Information:

    S. Kent Butler, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Connecticut. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC). Dr. Butler is a Past President of the American Counseling Association (2021-2022), is an ACA Fellow, and hosted an ACA’s weekly podcast, “The Voice of Counseling”. Dr. Butler formerly served the University of Central Florida as the Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer and is a National Association of Chief Diversity Officer in Higher Education Fellow (2020-2021). In March of 2020, he was selected as a Fellow within the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education’s Chief Diversity Officer Fellows Program (NADOHE-CDOFP). He is a 2020 – 2021 cohort (C-7) member. The professional leadership program mentors new and early career Chief Diversity Officers. Dr. Butler is a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida and has served as a Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence within the Office of the Provost.

    Dr. Butler presently serves as faculty advisor to CHI SIGMA IOTA International Honor Society (CSI), the Counselor Education Doctoral Student Organization (CEDSO), Project for Haiti Knights, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the Principal Investigator, for The High-Risk Delinquent and Dependent Child Educational Research Project: Situational Environmental Circumstances Mentoring Program (SEC), which was a partnership between the University of Central Florida and several Florida universities. This grant opportunity has transitioned into the UCF Young Knights Mentoring Project a program that supports students at Hungerford Elementary School in Eatonville, FL.

    Also on the national level, Dr. Butler has served the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) as the 2011 – 2012 President and ACA Governing Council Representative (2015 – 2018). He is a proud member of AMCD’s Multicultural Counseling Competencies Revisions Committee which produced the Multicultural Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC). His research and academic interests lie in the areas of Multicultural and International Counseling, Social Justice, Mentoring, Counseling work as it relates specifically to African American males, Group Counseling, School Counseling, and Multicultural Supervision.

    Keynote Speaker - Dr. Karen VanDeusen

    Session:  Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Multiple Exposure: Advancing Well-being and Collective Care

    Counselors and other health practitioners may be exposed to their own history of personal, historical, and/ or intergenerational trauma, in addition to being exposed to the trauma narratives shared by their clients. This keynote presentation will address the impact of multiple exposures including direct trauma, shared trauma, and secondary traumatic stress on counselors and counselors in training, particularly in light of COVID-19 and increased exposure to community violence. We will discuss strategies that promote resilience and well-being; dismantle historical perspectives on self-care and advance the ethical imperative of collective care.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Distinguish multiple exposure, including trauma, shared trauma, and secondary traumatic stress
    2. Develop a wellness plan that includes STS reflective practice
    3. Rethink self-care to advance well-being and collective care

    NBCC Content Area: Wellness and Prevention

    Presenter Information:

    Dr. Karen VanDeusen (she/her) has over thirty years of experience working in trauma and trauma-informed and culturally responsive social work practice. She is a Professor at Western Michigan University (WMU) in the School of Social Work (SSW) and Director of the School’s Trauma Program. She is a licensed psychologist and licensed master social worker (Clinical and Macro) with over twenty years of clinical experience treating trauma survivors. Dr. VanDeusen teaches courses in the Clinical Social Work concentration and Trauma Program (WMU SSW), with emphasis on trauma-informed assessment, intervention, vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress (STS), and self and collective care. Dr. VanDeusen’s clinical work, consultation, research, and scholarship are in the areas of interpersonal trauma; vicarious traumatization, STS,  and resilience in clinicians and students in training; evidence-based practice; trauma and community resilience in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria; and trauma-informed and culturally responsive social work education. Dr. VanDeusen has presented her work nationally and internationally, has authored/ co-authored several publications, and co-developed professional programming in the areas of suicide prevention, trauma and resilience, and trauma-informed and culturally responsive organizations. Dr. VanDeusen is a facilitator and advanced facilitator in training of the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma, National Child Traumatic Stress Network and served on the Council of Social Work Education’s National Taskforce Steering Committee for the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Trauma-Informed Practice: Curricular Guide Resource Series.

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