I self-identify as a straight, white, mostly-able-bodied, atheist, cisgender man of upper-middle class socioeconomic status. As a person and counseling psychologist, I believe that our cultural identities have a powerful influence on how we see ourselves, relate to each other, and experience the world. Systems of oppression (e.g., White Supremacy/racism, nativism, sexism, cissesism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, sizeism, ageism) permeate all spaces, including academia, operating at the individual and systemic level.  It is my ethical obligation to continue to learn about myself as a cultural being, work toward relational repair when I unintentionally microaggress, engage in difficult but necessary conversations about power/privilege/oppression with those in my personal and professional life, and work alongside others to promote a more socially just world through my teaching, scholarship, and service.

Below are some of the resources that I have found useful as I’ve sought to increase my critical consciousness.  You’ll notice that many focus on privilege and power tied to race; this is intentional, as many of us tend to struggle the most with conversations around racism and White Supremacy.  Likewise, many of these resources are geared toward people who hold power and privilege due to their social location; we are often the ones who need to do the most self-education about these systems of oppression and our role in supporting/dismantling theses systems.

Power, Privilege, Oppression, Allyship

White Supremacy, Whiteness, Race, Racism

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

Intersectionality

Personal Reflections

The below videos are from my Culture, Diversity, and Social Justice YouTube series.  They reflect my understanding of myself and the world, as a person and professional, at different points in my journey.  Videos recorded earlier in my life naturally reflect a less sophisticated understanding of how power operates in our world.  For example, one of my growth edges has been learning to think and act from an intersectional frame.  My hope is that these videos can be useful, particularly for psychologists in training who are trying to navigate their own journeys of growth during graduate school.

  • No Progress without Discomfort and Loss – I reflect on how my speaking out has challenged me to develop a willingness to tolerate discomfort (e.g., difficult dialogues create difficult emotions) and loss (e.g., of certain relationships).
  • Masculine Gender Role Socialization, Stoicism, & Doing Therapy – I talk about how my socialization (as a white, cisgender man) related to the importance of being stoic has influenced my personal and professional development.
  • How the Personal is Professional in Counseling Psychology – I talk about how my personal life have influenced my professional life, touching on emotion, privilege, and implicit bias in therapy.
  • Interpersonal Patterns, Cultural Socialization, Personal/Professional Growth Edges – I reflect on how my cultural socialization, particularly related to traditional western masculine gender role norms, influenced the development of my emotional and interpersonal style over time, and in turn my professional development during graduate school. My struggles connected to growth edges fueled by my cultural socialization are the specific focus, including how I conceptualize them from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) perspective, and how I have engaged in intentional personal/professional growth to address these growth edges over time. I openly discuss these things in the hope that counseling psychology graduate students who are working on their own personal/professional growth edges can learn more about how one can productively approach this difficult work.