Representing Walden at the American Counseling Association conference expands an M.S. in Counseling student’s professional perspective and network.
Jeff Lubsen, a 2011 Scholars of Change and MS in Mental Health Counseling student, says Walden University’s commitment to effecting positive social change has inspired him to help healthcare providers in his community understand the importance of providing culturally competent care.
In 2011, Jeff established The LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Greater Kansas City, an organization that aims to increase awareness about how to better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families. Jeff’s organization offers a referral service for those seeking LGBT-friendly healthcare and also offers healthcare providers education and guidance on how to better serve their LGBT clients.
Recently, Jeff represented Walden at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference & Exposition in San Francisco.
“I was honored to attend this year’s American Counseling Association conference as a student representative for Walden University,” said Jeff. “As the organizer of The LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Greater Kansas City, it was refreshing to see that the conference had an entire division dedicated to LGBT issues in mental healthcare, and as an advocate for social change, I was proud to see Walden faculty members presenting there.”
Jeff also shared with Spotlight on Walden a key takeaway from his experience at the conference. “I attended a session on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which focuses on helping clients deal with shame, guilt, and self-forgiveness. The presenters showed us a number of mindful-based techniques that can help clients move beyond their current pain by ‘changing the channel’ in their life schemas. One quote that particularly stands out was when a presenter talked about pain and anger. He stated that anger informs us at the beginning; it lets us know that something is not right. But if that anger isn’t processed, it can turn to bitterness, which can then hurt our heart. His point was that anger does not have much utility in one’s life after the ‘informing’ part is over, which is why resolving anger is so essential, especially in situations of victimization.”
Faculty members from the School of Counseling and Social Service who presented at this year’s ACA conference included:
Additional information on presentations can be found in the 2012 Conference & Expo Program Guide.