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Professional Advocacy Agent Interviews
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Professional Advocacy Agent Interviews

The interviews below recognize CSI members who are serving as "Professional Advocacy Agents" by contributing to recent national, state, or local advocacy projects that support professional counselors and their clients.


Dr. Letitia Browne-James

Interviewed by John Harrichand
The opportunity to interview Mrs. Letitia Browne-James was a privilege. Mrs. Browne-James, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor-Supervisor and National Certified Counselor (NCC), is a Doctoral Candidate at Walden University. She was recognized as a 2017 Doctoral Minority Fellow by the NBCC. The desire to contribute to positive social change for marginalized and underserved populations motivated Mrs. Browne-James to become involved in advocacy in the counseling profession... Read more.

Dr. Michael Brubaker

Interviewed by Zanovia P. Tucker
Dr. Brubaker has been advocating from the start of his career; however, he was not always aware that he was advocating. When he became conscious about the ways that client and professional advocacy are intertwined with one another, he realized that being a quality professional counselor is advocacy in itself. He wanted to provide exceptional clinical care for clients while also advocating for the counseling profession and those who serve within it... Read more.

Dr. Christian Chan

Interviewed by Cheryl L. Fulton
It was an honor to be granted an interview with Christian Chan, MA, NCC, a doctoral candidate at George Washington University and Counselor Educator at Idaho State University beginning Fall 2017. He is the Past President of the Maryland Counseling Association and Member-at-Large for the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA). This article documents his work as a passionate and effective advocate for the counseling profession... Read more.

Dr. Amanda DeDiego

Interviewed by Derron Hilts
It was a privilege to interview Dr. Amanda DeDiego, NCC, an Assistant Professor in the School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy, and Design at the University of Wyoming. Having served in multiple leadership positions in the Wyoming Counseling Association (WCA) including Secretary and President, and currently Treasurer, Dr. DeDiego continues to demonstrate her commitment to service and advocacy in the counseling profession... Read more.

Dr. Matthew Fullen

Interviewed by Mary Chase Mize
It was an honor to be granted an interview with Dr. Matthew Fullen, Assistant Professor in the Virginia Tech counselor education program. Dr. Fullen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (OH) and holds a Master of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Counselor Education with an interdisciplinary specialization in aging. This article highlights his experiences and inspirations for Medicare advocacy in the counseling profession... Read more.

Dr. John Laux

Interviewed by Zanovia P. Tucker
Dr. Laux had been advocating for quite some time before he realized that he was engaging in professional advocacy work. At first, he incorrectly believed that advocating meant going to the state court house rallying for change. He put that incorrect notion aside once he realized that there were many ways to advocate for the counseling profession. Dr. Laux realized that working with students and teaching them about the counseling profession was also advocacy work... Read more.

Dr. Stacey Diane A. Litam

Interviewed by Kenya Bledsoe
I welcomed the opportunity to interview Stacey Diane A. Litam, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, who is making her mark within the counseling profession through her advocacy at the state and national levels. Dr. Litam completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University... Read more.

Dr. Angela McDonald

Interviewed by Jonathan Ricks
It was an honor to be granted an interview with Dr. Angela McDonald, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in North Carolina. This article documents her experiences and motivation in advocating for the counseling profession as a licensed counselor, counselor educator, and President-elect of the American Association for the State Counseling Boards... Read more.

Ana Guadalupe Reyes

Interviewed by Isabel Farrell
Ana Guadalupe Reyes, M.S., LPC, NCC, is a doctoral candidate at University of North Texas and past president of the Rho Kappa Chapter. This article highlights Ana’s work in professional and social justice advocacy, the catalysts behind their work, their past and current advocacy efforts, and lessons they have learned as an advocate... Read more.