The Counseling faculty and staff are developing podcasts to share information and foster dialogue about critical issues in counselor education, such as Liberation Community Counseling, Culture-centered Disaster Mental Health Counseling, Pediatric Counseling, Multicultural Counseling: A Historical Perspective, Emancipatory Counseling Research, and Social Justice in Counseling. We ask that you provide the appropriate citation when publicly using these resources for your scholarly activities.

Liberation Community Counseling

This podcast features Dadria Lewis, a doctoral candidate in the University of Florida Counselor Education program, and master’s student, Melanie Varney. In an interview, Ms. Lewis introduces the concept of Liberation Community Counseling. Central underpinnings of this area of thought are liberation theology, multicultural counseling, and the systemic community perspective of conceptualizing both the client and the presenting problem. Ms. Lewis offers several recommendations for practitioners to advance their knowledge and skills in this area.

Disaster Mental Health Counseling

This interview by doctoral student, Kristin Page, provides an articulation the advocacy and social justice issues in disaster mental health counseling. Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji (associate professor of counselor education at the University of Florida and creator of the Disaster Mental Health Counseling certificate program) discusses ways in which practicing counselors, counselor educators, and counselor-trainees can become involved in disaster response. In particular, Dr. West-Olatunji advocates for increased cultural competence and augmented training in disaster/crisis counseling for the counseling community as a whole. Additionally, a discussion of disproportionately affected communities is offered.

Social Justice in Counseling

This podcast features Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji and Dr. Edil Torres-Rivera (professor in counselor education and associate director of the School of Human Development & Organizational Studies at the University of Florida). Both are past presidents of the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD), a division of ACA. Dr. Torres-Rivera is also past president of Counselors for Social Justice. Master’s students in counselor education, Rachel Henesy and Liz Zatz, interviewed Dr. West-Olatunji and Dr. Torres-Rivera about social justice and advocacy in the counseling profession. The following dialogue includes both professional and personal accounts of their experiences in social action and its inclusion in counselor education programs and the counseling field.

Interview with Dr. W. Max Parker

This Podcast is an interview with Dr. W. Max Parker, professor emeritus in the counselor education program at the University of Florida. In 2003, Dr. Parker retired after 26 years of exemplary service to his department. Dr. Parker has disseminated his research findings in numerous books and journals and received the Most Prolific Contributor Award for his work published in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. He has collaborated with numerous school districts and consulted with various colleges and universities. Dr. Parker has also conducted group discussions and research in West Africa and Puerto Rico. His experience as an educator spans four decades, and, in 1996, he received two university-wide awards for excellence in teaching and research. Yanel De Miranda, a UF master’s/specialist student in counselor education, interviews Dr. Max Parker about his reasons for specializing in multicultural counseling, issues of racial identity and cultural diversity, accomplishments in research and key issues that counselors in training should address.