Black, Linda Lutisha

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Helm, Heather M.

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Smith, , Mark A.


Counselor Education and Supervision


University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley (Colo.)


University of Northern Colorado

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278 pages

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This study examined the experiences of African American men within the counselor education and supervision profession. The men self-identified as adhering to a self-defined African-centered worldview. This investigation was undertaken to determine how participants expressed African-centered cultural values within their classroom, supervision, and professional experience. This study investigated the commonalities of the participants’ unique stories and individual experiences. The literature review for this study focused on aspects of a traditional African-centered worldview and emphasized affective symbolism and call and response pattern. A narrative approach and the communal validation strategies of an Afrocentric research methodology were used for this investigation. Six participants took part in the focus group, first and second individual interviews, and artifact submission activities for this study. The six remaining participants elected to take part in smaller portions of the study. The data for the study were coded, member checked, and reviewed by an auditor to ensure its trustworthiness. The results of this study were presented using the literary device of the African tortoise and hare race story and in a strengths-based manner. The participants lauded the efforts of their ancestors and elders within counselor education. They indicated that counselor educators have left much undone in their efforts to achieve their multicultural and social justice aims. Implications for the profession are presented prior to a discussion of ideas and suggestions for future research. This study adds to the scant literature on the experiences of African American men within the counselor education professorate. This study provides critical insight and information into the attitudes, atmospheres, and supports necessary for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of African American men within the counseling education and supervision profession as expressed in their own words. Their stories are necessary and should be heard by counselors, educators, supervisors, and administrators to ensure the continued diversification of the counseling and counselor education and supervision professions.

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