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Jennifer Gess

Core Faculty
Jennifer Gess

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree ProgramM.S. Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Jennifer Gess, PhD, LMHC, LCPC, is core faculty in the School of Counseling at Walden University. Her commitment to empowerment and social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities is central to her pedagogy, clinical engagement, scholarship, and service. She is licensed in Idaho and Washington and has worked as a licensed counselor for ten years specializing with LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families. Her research focuses on LGBTQ+ competence in counseling and counselor education. In addition to teaching, research, and counseling, she is an advocate for equality, demonstrated by facilitating trainings for schools and agencies to increase LGBTQ+ inclusivity and safety. She is also committed to service that promotes LGBTQ+ affirmative practice, such starting the Idaho Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling (2015-2016) and infusing such practices as the Past President of Idaho Counseling Association (2017-2018).

Dr. Jennifer Gess is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Idaho, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State, and a National Certified Counselor. She is a professor for Walden University in the School of Counseling. She has worked as a licensed counselor for over seven years specializing with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) children, youth, and families. Dr. Gess is an advocate for equality, demonstrated by facilitating trainings for schools and agencies to increase LGBTQ+ inclusivity and safety. She earned a Masters of Education in Community Counseling from Seattle University and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Idaho State University. Both universities are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education (CACREP). Dr. Gess was the founding president of the Idaho Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling (2015-2016) and is the Past President of Idaho Counseling Association. Further, she has published and presented on LGBTQ+ topics locally, regionally, and nationally. Dr. Gess interned at Seattle Counseling Service in 2010-2011 where she focused on LGBTQ+ children and youth.

Courses Taught

COUN 6723 - Multicultural Counseling

COUN 6361 - Human Sexuality

COUN 6671 - Practicum

COUN 6101 - Foundations in Counseling

Education

PhD, Idaho State University

Public Service

Idaho Counseling Association, President - , ID United States

Idaho Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling, President - , ID United States

Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Committee Member

American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, Committee Member

Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Chair - , United States

Trans Network, Board Member

Awards / Honors

Advocacy "Pass It On" Award, Idaho Counseling Association, 2016

Dissertation Award, Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, 2015

Minority Fellowship Program Scholarship, National Board of Certified Counselors, 2014

Outstanding Research, Chi Sigma Iota Idaho State University Chapter, 2016

Research Grant, Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, 2015

Publications

Gess, J. M., Doughty Horn, E. A. (2018). Queering Counselor Education: Situational Analysis of LGBTQ+ Competent Faculty Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Presentations

Chehey, D., Gess, J. M., Stewart, J. (2015). Beyond tolerance: Assessing and advocating for LGBTQ youth

Wagner, H., Gess, J. M., LaMantia, K. (2015). Broaching the topic of LGBTQ competencies with conservative counseling students

Ratts, M., Gess, J. M., Hawes, J., Kathleen, S., Cantwell, C. (2011). Counselors for Social Justice Safe Space Training Workshop

Gess, J. M., Luke, M. (2016). Facilitating empowering and affirming LGBTQQIA youth groups

Gess, J. M., Kerwin, A., D, oughty Horn, E. A., Crews, J. (2014). Grief and loss of families with LGBTQ members

Gess, J. M., Krafft, B. (2016). IALGBTIC LGBTQ+ panel on LGBTQ+ affirmative counseling

Gess, J. M., Viehl, C. (2015). LGBTQ competence within counselor education

Gess, J. M., Lister, K. (2014). LGBTQ competencies in counselor education

Gess, J. M., Lister, K. (2014). Providing a safe space for LGBTQ clients

Gess, J. M., Speedlin, S., Speciale, M. (2015). You don't look like a lesbian: Promoting awareness and respect for women in academia

Lange, J., Gess, J. M. (2016). Understanding trauma: Transcending gender through the PTSD diagnosis

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