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Statement from the Department of Counseling Faculty Regarding Recent National Events

The Department of Counseling stands firmly against the actions taken by the U.S. President that violate the rights of individuals, families and entire communities. The recent action including the Executive Order on January 27, 2017 effectively banning refugees from entering the United States and profiling individuals based on religion as well as the Executive Order on January 20 and 23, 2017, restricting the rights of people to access health care, as well as other Executive Orders infringes on the rights of many individuals and families, particularly those who are already marginalized and vulnerable.

 

We celebrate the inclusion of immigrants and refugees into our country, community, university, and counseling department. We are a diverse community of teachers and students who are from all parts of the world. We believe in the power and strength of individuals, families and communities regardless of their economic circumstances, color of their skin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identification, religious affiliation, age, size, ethnic or national background. We are warriors for social change who protect, protest, and fight for the rights of the most marginalized communities.

 

Our personal and professional values ground us in protecting the rights and dignity of our communities. The professional Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association (2014; https://www.counseling.org/resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf) summarizes this well:                                

                                                           

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Professional values are an important way of living out an ethical commitment. The following are core professional values of the counseling profession:

  1. enhancing human development throughout the life span;
  2. honoring diversity and embracing a multicultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and        
  3. uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts;
  4. promoting social justice;    
  5. safeguarding the integrity of the counselor–client relationship; and                                                                   
  6. practicing in a competent and ethical manner.

Resources/links for information on how to take action to protect those who have lost their rights, dignity, and justice can be found here.

 

Social and collective action:

Know Your Rights (ACLU)

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights

 

The Arab Resource & Organizing Center

http://araborganizing.org/

 

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

http://www.surjbayarea.org

 

"What can I do right now?"

https://medium.com/@nicolesilverberg/what-can-i-do-right-now-98169b7704b7#.96y5ags3o

 

10 Actions 100 Days

https://www.womensmarch.com/100

Bay Resistance

http://bayresistance.org/

 

Self care:

 

SF State's Counseling and Psychological Services website has great information and resources.

https://psyservs.sfsu.edu

 

Department of Counseling Brown Bag Lunches

Brown Bag Lunches with Faculty

Wednesday

Feb 8, 2017

12:00 – 1:00PM

BH 312

Wednesday

Feb 22, 2017

12:00 – 1:00PM

BH 312

Wednesday

Mar 8, 2017

12:00 – 1:00PM

BH 312

Wednesday

Mar 29, 2017

12:00 – 1:00PM

BH 312

Wednesday

Apr 5, 2017

12:00 – 1:00PM  

BH 312

Wednesday

Apr 19, 2017

12:00 – 1:00PM

BH 312

 

Dr. O'Shaughnessy receives the Christine Ladd-Franklin Award at Annual AWP Conference in Milwaukee.

Lindsay Walker, Carla Peña-Martinez, and Shola Shodiya-Zeumault: The Teacher's College Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Diversity at Columbia University in New York,

Dr. Toporek, Revae Hitt and Cynthia Yee at NMCS Conference

Dr. O'Shaughnessy and Shola Shodiya-Zeumault at NMCS Conference

 

RCSA Recognizing Rehabilitation Event

“The Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association, Recognizing Rehabilitation event was held at SFSU on November 2nd, 2016. The students, Kaitlin Kimmel (Event Chair), Alex Locust (RCSA President), Christophe Zepeda, Francesca Zuleta, James Valle and Judith Lung put on an incredible event at SF State that was impactful and provocative, reaching over 100 people in the audience including the First Lady of SF State. We thank our students for making the world a better place for people with disabilities and all the other many marginalized and oppressed communities. We are grateful for the work they do, and energized by their commitment to change. Thank you for rising up and righting a wrong.”

 

 

Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Students and Faculty attending Superfest, an event that showcases films that celebrate disability as a creative and generative force in film and culture. Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health student, Alex Locusts moderates a discussion about films with acclaimed film directors. Alex Locust, Dr. Sandra Fitzgerald, and Dr. Julie Chronister celebrating the event together!

Faculty Honor Received

Rebecca Toporek, Professor in the Department of Counseling, was invited as keynote speaker for the 6th Pan-Hellenic Conference of the Counselling Psychology Division of the Hellenic Psychological Society, the main scientific psychology organization in Greece. Her keynote, focusing on psychologists working on social justice and employment in a global context, will be given November 5, 2016, in Athens, Greece. The invitation was prompted based on the Greek translation of the Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling Psychology, of which Dr. Toporek was the lead editor.

 

AAMFT-CA Division Presents

Moving Forward Together

The Changing Culture of Behavioral Health Treatment: Preparing the Profession for Integrated Care

Click here for Flyer

APA Annual Convention in Denver, CO

Presenters: Dr. Tiffany O'shaughnessy and Zack Speir, MFT counseling student.