The Elephant in the Room: Affectional Orientation, Ethnicity, and Religion in Counseling

Apr 28, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Apr 28, 2018 3:30pm

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We live in a time where we are increasingly divided based on demographics. We see the phrase ‘religious liberty’ has become a calling cry of those who are concerned by what appears to be the disenfranchisement of their beliefs and practices. This panel discussion is a safe, open dialogue on how we as counseling professionals can work together to address the ‘elephant in the room’. We will sift through the myriad of intersectional identities so that we can focus on what is true, right, and most important, our humanity.

The counseling profession is at a crossroads. We live in a time where it seems that we are more and more divided based on demographics. The American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics is clear on discrimination yet the phrase ‘religious liberty’ has become a calling cry of those who are concerned by what appears to be the disenfranchisement of conservative, religious beliefs and practices. This panel discussion is designed to have a safe, open dialogue on how we as counseling professionals can work together to address the ‘elephant in the room’. We are a profession made up of LGBT, religious, racial/ethnic minorities, and the like. Come and have a conversation with experts in these areas as they sift through the myriad of intersectional identities so that we can focus on what is true, right, and most important… our humanity.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Increased understanding of intersectionality
    • Intentional focus on the development of understanding, empathy and compassion for those identified as ‘other’
    • Beginning development of a constructivistic conversation intended expand one’s own self- and other- awareness.

    Speaker(s):

    • Adrienne N. Erby, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ohio University
    • Joel Marc Filmore, EdD
    • Diane Estrada, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver
    • Shon D. Smith, EdD, Clinical Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, University of Florida
    • Anna Flores Locke, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mental Health Counseling, Nyack College - Alliance Graduate School of Counseling
    • Misty M. Ginicola, PhD, Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

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