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Academy of Leaders: Michael Brubaker
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Michael BrubakerMichael Brubaker 

Former Secretary Chi Sigma Iota
Academic Coordinator
Assistant Professor
University of Cincinatti

Licensed to practice chemical dependency counseling in Ohio, Dr. Brubaker is also a Nationally Certified Counselor. He received his Ph.D. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida, his M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, his M.Div. from Emory University, and his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Brubaker’s clinical and research interests have focused on under served and socially marginalized populations including the homeless, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and Native Americans. Taking a combined strengths and social justice perspective, he has sought to address clinical and social barriers to substance abuse and mental health services for these populations. As such, he has highlighted the importance of understanding communal supports, spiritual strengths, the power of the counseling relationship in promoting wellness and improved mental health.

Dr. Brubaker has been an active member of Chi Sigma Iota since 2004, becoming president of Beta Chapter (University of Florida) and later serving as a Leadership Fellow and Intern. In this role, he joined the CSI Strategic Planning Committee and subsequently led a visioning process for the creation of the Counselor Community Engagement Committee.

He served as the Associate Editor of the Special Edition of the Exemplar on Social Justice and authored a chapter for CSI’s Award winning book, Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy. Dr. Brubaker was elected Secretary of CSI International in 2011. He currently chairs the Publications Committee and has taken the lead in transitioning CSI to electronic publications in response to the need for sustainability of resources.

Dr. Brubaker is a dedicated member of the counseling profession, having served as Trustee with ALGBTIC and as a member of ACA, ACES, and IAAOC. He has authored or co-authored nine peer-reviewed articles, one invited article, and five book chapters on topics including social justice, homelessness, LGBTIC issues in counseling, and addictions. He is also senior author of the book, Advancing Your Career: Getting and Making the Most of Your Doctorate.

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